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A Tale of Two Cities

A nice home in a good suburb of St. Louis, priced at $169,900:

 

MO_home

 

A roughly comparable home in a good suburb of Baltimore (our area), priced at ...  $364,900:

 

MD_home

 

While for time-saving I didn't go toe-to-toe with the match, the houses are probably pretty indicative of the differences between the two areas (I understand it's about a 40% price difference).  Not only are homes here more expensive, but it seems a better quality can be gotten for the more reasonable price, in many circumstances. Wages are supposed to be about 5-10% less in MO.

 

What can be bought for near $170k?   Not very much.  Here's one in our area ( less-nice neighborhood than the previous house)  in much need of a rehab for $170,000:

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Atari Modern Classics!

Since we have an Atari (Jaguar/Lynx) producer in our fold, this is a great "what if" Carl were to develop for it and port modern games over to the 2600:

 

Atari Modern Classics.

Check out the Halo3 box.

A Computer Tune-Up

Just like cars, computers must be tuned-up periodically.  Just like cars, there's a one-shop-stop which covers many basics.  It's a free service from Microsoft, known as "Live OneCare".  Here's how to drive over to their site and get that 'puter purring:

 

Use Internet Explorer for this (not Firefox or anything else) and

  • Navigate to Microsoft Live OneCare.
  • Click "Full Service Scan".  A popup window should show up.
  • If it asks you to download and install anything, accept.
  • Click on "Complete scan (recommended)"
  • Hit the "Next" button.  It should either ask to install or start automatically downloading tools and begin scanning.
  • When the scan is finished, click the GREEN arrow-- "Not yet, I'm not
    ready to be protected with OneCare".  Otherwise, they'll try to sell
    you something.


From there, just follow the instructions. Most of it will be automatic. 

Now listen to that CPU roar!

A year already?

Yep, theconans.com has been up for over a year! Happy birthday!

 

 Even though it's been dead here lately, I've re-upped the theconans.com site registration.

 

It's been a great year--here's to many more!

YouTube, MyTube

Dusting off the website for YAWP (Yet Another Wedding Post).

 

Our wedding photographer and friend, Kelly Belly found a fun new way to display photographs set to music.   The goofball then exported it directly to YouTube.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18ct8oCCDm8

 

I expect we'll become famous any day now.

I own a Buffalo!

Well, not that kind of buffalo. I own a Buffalo LinkStation Pro. It's a NAS with two 500GB drives in a RAID-1 configuration. I have redirected my "My Documents" to point to the network drive instead of my C drive, so now all our photos, videos, MP3's, downloads, etc. are backed up instantly.

 

I bought it for $250 shipped at Buy.com (looks like the price has gone up since last week):

http://www.buy.com/prod/buffalo-1tb-linkstation-pro-duo-network-hard-drive-7200-rpm-raid-sata/q/loc/101/206531661.html

 

Highly recommended!

More Forhan family news...

I've reworked the muddyhorse.com web site to include our own weblog with news and happenings.  I'll still post some stuff here, but you'll get everything over there.

My Dream Home

Here in Maryland, no less.

Anyone want to go halvsies?

 

 

Favorite Sci-fi books

I posted this over at IGN, but I wanted to preserve the content here. To that end, here are some of my favorite science fictionbooks.

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The Official 230.

Kelly spent the weekend doing post-processing work on the 230
photographs he chose (he had taken over 800).  You can view them here:

Kell Photography

Of course, the high-rez versions of the ones we choose will get shipped
off to another friend who has graciously offered to process them for us
into actual photographs.

Look at this classic beauty!
Sara

 

Thankfully, David Lee was there to keep the porch from falling:

david lee

 

And a very rowdy-looking group of Conans (sans one bro):

conans

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