How does this work? I have no idea. However, it’s a pair of old 3.5-inch floppy disk drives playing the Imperial March from the Star Wars series. If that’s not worthy of a few views, I don’t know what is. Thanks to @sarahdobbs on Twitter for posting it, and thanks to me for stealing the video and reposting it here.
Archives for September 2011
Right now, I’m sitting in a hotel in Texas having spent the entire day within the confines of HP’s massive complex where every computer, television, phone, and what-have-you gets tested for every conceivable flaw using every conceivable method under the sun. You name it, they do it to computers. If you’re not supposed to do it? They do it twice, just to be sure.
I’ve had good luck with HP products in the past, and I’ve usually recommended the company as one to look for when folks ask me what kind of computer they should buy. The tour of HP’s facilities only underscores that confidence I’ve had in their products in the past. The sheer amount of work put in to analyzing products for flaws and examining every bit about the product is amazing.
I’ll talk about it more tomorrow and in the days to come, but for now, let’s just say that the behind the scenes stuff of the computer industry is pretty fascinating.
A puppy doomed for certain death TWICE is something of a miracle. Harper has a disease that is commonly called swimmer puppy disorder where the legs are splayed out and the animal lays on its chest. One person tried to throw her away, but Erica Daniel took the baby and ran it to her veterinarian.
The vet decided to take the puppy home for one night before next day euthanasia, but that one single night of love and affection effectively began the miracle recovery. According to Today.com,
Daniel kept massaging Harper’s tight muscles, hoping to alleviate at least some of her stiffness and pain. Within just a few hours, Harper started lifting her head and looking around. Her front legs became more limber as well, so much so that she tried using them to walk and pull herself around.
Daniel’s reaction: “WHOA.”
Little Harper at 11 weeks old is now thriving. What a fantastic story, this little pup!
See this picture?
Beautiful, isn’t it? What you see is just a fraction of the gorgeous estate that J Lo is buying following her divorce from musician husband Marc Anthony. According to Zillow.com,
The property’s listing information touts J.Lo’s potential 2-acre pad was recently built in 2009 and includes “every amenity.” Features include a gated driveway, Venetian plaster walls, living room with French doors, white oak-paneled library, custom china cabinets, kitchen with modern appliances and marble counters, 2 living rooms, media room, elevator, master suite with 2 exterior decks, 4 additional en-suite bedrooms, and panoramic Mecox Bay and ocean views.
It is a stunning home!
Buyers from across the nation are enjoying the lowest mortgage interest rates ever. Unfortunately the 4.09 percent interest for a 30-year loan has done little to boost home sales, according to MSNBC.com. In fact, this has been the worst year for home sales since 1997.
Many Americans are in no position to buy or refinance. High unemployment, scant wage gains and large debt loads have kept them away.
Others can’t qualify. Banks are insisting on higher credit scores and 20 percent down payments for first-time buyers. Some homeowners have too little equity invested in their homes to meet loan requirements.
Most people must also pay extra fees to get the low mortgage rates. Those fees are known as points, with one point equaling 1 percent of the total loan amount.
If more people could refinance, it would be an economic boost for America. However, it seems to be a waiting game for the return of consumer confidence.
As cooler temperatures begin making their way across the country (with the possible exception of the always-hot Texas), it’s time to take a good long ook on how to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Zillow.com offers five quick tips, but I believe two are the most helpful,
- Install a thermostat that you can program yourself. Cooler temperatures in the winter when you’re away from the house, and warmer when you’re home, for example, can save you a ton of money.
- Regularly change your furnace filters. This is such an easy step, but incredibly many people forget it. While you’re changing your filters, it also won’t hurt to get your heat/air unit inspected a couple of times a year.