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BuzzLOL. This computer still has Windows 7 and it doesn't have things saved if things shut down. Windows 10 will be able to restore some things, but not 7. I'm still trying to find a legal way to upgrade for free. I tried the method on the official microsoft website but the installation failed. I may have to see if I can buy the upgrade software though. A lot of things are no longer supporting windows 7.

I changed all of the burned out lightbulbs I could find in the house. Unfortunately, after I put the ceiling fan globe back on, I thought it was secure, but 10min later it fell off and shattered. I spent a long time cleaning up shards of glass. That globe was from the 1980s. I wonder if they make them in plastic or something that won't shatter. Need to figure out the size so I can replace it. At least the bulbs work now.

So, after my brother's savings account got hacked & drained awhile back, the bank didn't do its due diligence to protect his account. They were supposed to close that account and open a new one with a different number, but they didn't. Even though they were alerted someone was trying to steal his identity & $ they still let it happen AGAIN. They hacked his account to change his mobile app info so it wouldn't alert him (changed phone number and settings). They transferred all of his savings to his checking account. Then they used a debit card he deactivated (which bank was not supposed to allow it to be used) to empty his checking account. Then they overdrafted with Zelle (an app he'd never even heard of before) by several hundred $. Mind you, he has overdrafting disabled so if a transaction will overdraft it is supposed to be denied. The names that received money from his account were clearly bogus. The lady at the bank said the bank screwed up majorly on this one. Said the fraud department should have caught this instantly but didn't. So, now he had to change his account #, secure his mobile app, and fill out paperwork to dispute the fraudulent transactions. Took over an hour in the bank.

We took my friend for his dental appointment, popped in to samsclub, and then ate at the chinese place. Friend can chew without pain for the first time since 2015.

My feet got swollen while I was waiting on my brother at the bank so I have them elevated and I'm about to take a nap.
 

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@zannej that's great that your friend can chew without pain now. He will enjoy life so much more. It would not be surprising if he puts on a few pounds.

And I'm glad you're taking some time to put your feet up and take care of yourself.
 

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Thanks, HandyOne. I needed that nap. Woke up to a very loud crack of thunder. It toasted the landline cable though. I've never seen a line explode like that before. I didn't see it happen, but found it later. The entire line from the jack to the phone blew apart. It killed the base phone so I have to get a new one and some sort of surge protector for the phone cable itself. I had one but Mom misplaced it somewhere.
It's still raining. One of my cats was outside in the rain so he came in and jumped on me to warm up and dry off. I have him under the covers with me & he's purring away.
 

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I did a preliminary experiment Monday and Tuesday to figure out if I wanted to do a thorough and detailed experiment, which I do.

I knew the temp would be about 100 on Monday and about 91 on Tuesday. I decided not to use the range or the crockpot at all on Monday. The range is only used for 30 minutes to cook rice and the crockpot for a few hours to cook lentils for my whack diet.

I kept the 2 box fans on Medium all day, and did the required 2 loads of laundry. That was it for heat generating devices... My projector puts off an impressive amount of heat, but I didn't factor it in because it would be used both days. I did not use the AC all day. At 1700, the internal temp was 82 degrees.

Tuesday, I had to do the required cooking that I described above, so heat was generated. Everything else stayed the same. Now, in a detailed experiment, other variables would be added like how many times I open the door to go outside / for the Dogs to go out etc... I didn't keep track of that for the 2 days.

So, Tuesday, with the added cooking and the weather being a good 10 degrees off the Monday temp, the internal temp at 1700 was the same 82 degrees.

That 30 minutes of range time and 2.5 or so hours of crockpot time seemingly made up for the change in outside temp...

On my official experiment, I will try to find days that are equal in temp, or off by only a couple of degrees. There's no wiggle room when it's 10 degrees off... I am real curious if the range even has anything to do with it, since it's not constantly on.

Yes, I was that bored.
 

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I don't even remember what I did most of the day. Oh wait, my brother needed gas in the CR-V so we got in the truck and stared heading in (also needed to go to walmart). Halfway down the road I realize we're in the wrong vehicle. Had to get to the end of the road to turn around. Parked, grabbed a cooler bag from inside, hopped in the CRV and we headed in. Grabbed stuff at Walmart, stuffed it in the cooler bag, and then went to the gas station. Straight back home after that. My bro didn't get home until fairly late last night bc he stopped over at our friend's house to shower and watch a movie. He went into work later and was told they mistakenly had him on the schedule & he wasn't supposed to work but they were glad he was there because they needed him. He had to rebundle used tickets (not sure how). Took him almost 5 hours. Someone didn't order the new tickets or there's a delivery delay so they ran out.

I was going to cook for Mom but she insisted on having curry rice & I don't know how to make it. My brother had to make her some before he went to work. I watched him but didn't know what spices he was using and he wasn't measuring-- just eyeballing as he poured stuff out. Mom didn't complain. I'm still trying to get her to read my e-mails to pick a new phone and other stuff, but she keeps forgetting and making all sorts of excuses. She asked me why I didn't just order it and I said it was bc I wanted her to choose which option she wanted. I told her this at least 5x but she never listens. She has never been a good listener. Verbal communication is not her strong suit.

Woke up first to the dog repeatedly kicking me in the back. Accidentally knocked Rupert off of my shoulder when I reached back to stop the dog from kicking. Went back to sleep and woke up to frantic scratching and Bethesda was trying to do chinups from my monitor mount. She was also trying to get on top of the monitor and was grabbing it but it was spinning. Her back feet were kicking like crazy as she scrambled to get up. I had to grab my monitor to hold it in place and then had to grab her by the scruff of the neck because she refused to let go. Ended up having to yank her off while she cried out in protest. Tossed her a few feet across the room (she landed on a soft blanket) to make it clear I did NOT want her repeating that behavior. I don't normally handle my cats that roughly but I do not need to lose another monitor & I had just woken up. I petted her a few minutes later to make sure she was ok.

Still feeling run down but am now awake bc of the "excitement".
 

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I did a preliminary experiment Monday and Tuesday to figure out if I wanted to do a thorough and detailed experiment, which I do.
Avoiding running the expensive A/C as much as possible by opening windows at night and cooling the house and then closing them in morning when temp starts to rise to trap cooler air inside...
 

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Avoiding running the expensive A/C as much as possible by opening windows at night and cooling the house and then closing them in morning when temp starts to rise to trap cooler air inside...
Yeah, that doesn't work in the Mountains of Montucky... The entire Country East of Nebraska is covered in Fire smoke besides the top of Wisconsin and Michigan and the bottom of Florida... You don't notice it unless you look up. I'm around 5000 feet in elevation, so it's right outside said windows.

Of course, the Fire season doesn't start until AC is needed anyway.

 

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The entire Country East of Nebraska is covered in Fire smoke besides the top of Wisconsin and Michigan and the bottom of Florida...
Seems like this country should have the fire fighting spotters, satellites, and extinguishing resources to spot any fire quickly and put it out before it gets out of hand... I'm sure the insurance companies would like that...
 

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Seems like this country should have the fire fighting spotters, satellites, and extinguishing resources to spot any fire quickly and put it out before it gets out of hand... I'm sure the insurance companies would like that...
Depends on the State. They backburn here constantly in the Spring and otherwise clean the forests under Republican Governorship. Under Democrat Governorship from 2005-2020, they didn't clean the forests and had incredible fires. One year it was so bad, I couldn't see the Mountains at all, and could see ash floating by the windows.

Cali never cleans their forests or implements one iota of common sense, so they burn every single year. I figured things would change a few years ago when the blaze took out a bunch of Celebrity houses in Malibu, but nope...

As far as putting out fires quickly, they don't do that unless they directly threaten a community. If it's in the middle of nowhere, they let it burn for a few days before they even drop water or retardant. That's called lots of Federal money and job security. My only year as a Wildland Firefighter was exactly like that. Catered food every night when we got back to base camp because why not? 180 Million people paid for it.

They also can't have a lot of surviving trees to flood the market and bring the lumber prices down... Same reason they pay farmers not to grow anything to keep Cereal and Bread prices artificially high.
 

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They do "controlled burns" here all the time. Sometimes they get out of hand. I was going to post earlier but power went out AGAIN. The power kept blinking on and off over and over for several minutes. Then it stayed on for awhile, and then the on of on off again at least 7 times before it went out completely.

Found out the AC adapter for the phone blew up so I need to replace it along with a phone. Saw a replacement base on ebay but it was missing the AC adapter. I either need to find the adapter separately or find one that has the adapter with it.

It stays too hot at night here to be able to open windows. Plus most of the windows don't have decent screens anymore so it lets mosquitoes in. Some of the windows only have storm windows over them. Former tenants stole or broke most of our screens and storm windows and we never got them replaced. They are unusual size windows so its hard to find something the right size.

Mewlatto saw me get my keyboard out so he had to lay across my lap. Rupert got jealous and is sitting on top of him. Mew doesn't like it.
 

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They are unusual size windows so its hard to find something the right size.
Hardware stores can usually make storm windows and screens any size needed. There are DIY kits to do that as well, but may not save much...
 

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Depends on the State. They backburn here constantly in the Spring and otherwise clean the forests
I was thinking of a federal effort... a fire springs up anywhere, bring overbearing effort from all the states to put it out in minutes to hours... not days, weeks, months, years...
That fire map had a green dot over us but there is no fire here (other than you know who burning their houses/apartments down daily) and the skies are clear and air smells clean... especially after a rain...
 

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I was thinking of a federal effort... a fire springs up anywhere, bring overbearing effort from all the states to put it out in minutes to hours... not days, weeks, months, years...
That fire map had a green dot over us but there is no fire here (other than you know who burning their houses/apartments down daily) and the skies are clear and air smells clean... especially after a rain...
They do Federal for every fire that I have ever tracked, we had a local fire yesterday that the local departments took down for the most part, and it was right by the lake so it was easy to get buckets etc. This morning the Feds took over the ops.

As far as bringing in Firefighters from other States or even other Countries, that happens on huge fires like 2 that I was on. We were in WA, but had crews from every surrounding or close State as well as Marines from Camp Pendleton and some Canadians and small crews from Europe, but they were already stateside for other fires as well. The camps were full of State / Country flags in front of their group of tents so newcomers could find where they belonged easier.
 

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My mother nagged my father for years to make new screens but he didn't know how. As much as I like one of my local hardware stores, I don't think they would do a good job making screens either. I do have to look into it. Our screens are mostly broken now. When the power was out for a prolonged time and I had to open windows the cats tore a big hole in my screen so they could use my window as a door. I'm hoping to eventually get new windows but it will cost several thousand $.

Thus far today I cleaned the toilet and took out the trash. Trash bag was stuck like a mofo in that can though. I had to sit down and put my feet on the can and pull on the bag to get it out. The kitties got to hear some interesting language from me. Some of the trash spilled out on the floor. I'l have to pick it up in a bit. My back didn't like me after all that effort so I needed a break. I hate having so little energy.
 

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I'm hoping to eventually get new windows but it will cost several thousand $.
My windows are over a 100 years old and still work so I'm not going to replace them... don't know how they treated the wood to last so long, but they have... will just fix them and add new cords as needed... my screens and storms look like bare wood but also lasted... maybe treated with boiled lindseed oil...
I know from building new houses that the new windows now start falling apart at 10 years old... when that happened to my Mom's windows she went over to the fancy window showroom and stayed there and raised a stink and drove customers away until they gave her everything needed to fix them... then I and my brothers installed the new stuff... then the showroom/warehouse closed down...
 

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Deer are horrible. They scraped the tree protectors off 2 of my trees and then killed them. They don't show up in the day here, but my Sister has herds of them at her house 24/7.
 

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I asked HD for a quote on making one of the screens (~3x6ft) for my house a couple of years ago and they quoted me for more $200. Ouch! If you have or can borrow a mitter saw to cut the frame, making them is quite easy. I looked in the store and they even sell the plastic pieces that the corners snap into. In my case, I was able to reuse the frames, so it was a matter of replacing the screens. You can buy the tool, a roll of the screen material (for several windows), and the edge spline (e.g., Robot or human?) for ~$25.

Of all the repairs that one can do this ranks pretty high on the money saved per time/effort expended.
 

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ekrig, I may have to make my own screens at some point.
BuzzLOL, my windows are metal. Most of them won't open or won't stay open (drop like guillotines). Several of them are broken and patched with duct tape. One of my bedroom windows had the glass replaced but it was too small and it has a 1" gap the entire pane. It had tape on it but the tape came off. I need to clean it and put new tape over it.
I'd really like to get the eco type windows that keep heat out and have argon inside, but that's not gonna happen with the bigger windows. I'm thinking of getting the double pane kind with blinds inside though. That way cats can't tear the blinds down.

Today is my brother's day off from work so I'll see if he will go with me to get groceries. Makes things faster with loading/unloading-- although takes longer on the shopping part. He likes to stop and talk to people.
 
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