Monthly Archives: April 2007

Past due oil changes

Both of our vehicles need an oil change, but I’ve been lazy and haven’t taken care of it yet. I hate the thought of doing it tomorrow (Sunday) but might not have a choice. If we don’t have anything planned for tomorrow, I may go to an auto parts store and buy my special oil for my car and take care of it. With Liz’s van, its more convenient to take it to a quick lube place, and a similar expense. I like to change my car’s oil because I use a special weight oil. 0W-30, which I don’t think you can get at the quick lube places. It takes a while in my car as the oil filter is poorly places, maybe one day I’ll get a filter relocation kit. I enjoy doing routine maintenance on my car, and its cheaper in some cases.

Close haircut

I just got a really close haircut, which makes it all the more obvious that I am not escaping the natural results of years of family genetics when it comes to my hair whats left of my hair. I think I’m going to bite the bullet and stick to shorter cuts and see how things go. I’ll look like Jean Luc Picard in no time at this rate. 🙂

SpamAssassin Test info

I found this page on the spamassassin website today, which is going to be very helpful to me. It lists all the tests SA 3.1.X uses and shows all the default score values along with a link to a Wiki on each test to find out more about what it does.


Last weekend, Liz and Amanda painted our bedroom walls a nice blue color. They used two shades of blue to give the room a different look. I was skeptacle at first, but now that I can see it, I really like it! Now I don’t mind so much the possability of painting other rooms in our house.

Really cool MSN Messenger plus pack

I found this really neat little plus pack for Windows Live Messenger. Go to WLM Plus Pack to download it. Its got some awesome features, like logging, transparency, and much more. Its totally free and adware/spyware free.

POP3 connection for Exchange

I personally use one of these on my Exchange server, but didn’t know about this one until recently. Go to POP Grabber and check it out. It has a free version for 3 accounts or you can pay I think $35 for the full version which is unlimited. This is a great deal compared to other POP3 downloaders which are often much more expensive.

Even after all this time, I'm number 2 in the customer review section

I love NST

Why PST files on a network drive are a bad idea

Go here for the full article PSTs on network drive

Nice weekend

Despite a rocky start, this past weekend was actually rather pleasant. Friday night, my sister-in-law came over and spent the night. We watched a movie (The fifth element) which we hadn’t seen in quite a while. Then on Saturday afternoon Liz and I go to go out by ourselves. We went ot Quiznos and got some subs for lunch. We took the subs to Lettuce Lake park and spread a sheet out on the ground and had lunch together under a shade tree. Saturday was really nice, beautiful sky with a nice breeze and perfect temperatures around 80 and only slight humidity. After the park we went to Dairy Queen, where Liz had an oreo blizzard and I had a bananna split. After that we went to Lowes (which is always fun for me). We bumped into a lady we knew and chatted for a few minutes. We didn’t get much of anything for various reasons, but I did buy a dimmer switch for our dining room light. It gets really hot when fully engaged so I was worried it wasn’t the right amperage. I went to replace it with a good switch only to find the switch I would be replacing was the exact same switch I bought at Lowes. So we are going to return it and assume its normal for the switch to get hot.

Sunday was funny, as some other people read my message to Liz on her MOPS donation page. I nearly got a standing ovation for that! I was also told that people like my persona of being laid back and calm. I got to hang out with Scott for a few minutes, I cut out a heart from some colored paper for him to give to his mother. He wrote “I love you” on it and gave it to his mom. I of course got the obligatory “high five”. We also planted some seeds in a bucket that Adam gave to the girls. Due to rain and general busy-ness we just got around to it a week later.

Really cool parenting tool and chore tracker

I stumbled across this really cool website today while looking for home management software. Its called Handipoints, and you can find them at HandiPoints. This is a web based parenting tool where the parents can create chores and tasks and keep track of them, print them out and teach their children responsibility. There is also a section to setup rewards and bonuses, as you acknowledge your child’s achievements and reward them for good behavior. Its totally customizable as to what the rewards can be, and as a parent you can even assign your child demerits if needed. Its an amazing system and I highly recommend it to anyone with children regardless of age, as long as they are of age to have chores. Older kids can even logon to their own custom part of the site and see what they are expected to do and redeem their points for cool stuff on the website. Or you can use your own rewards like a trip to the park, or ice cream! Check it out, its a great service and totally free!