The Laptop that wouldn’t Die


WallStreet Laptop
It’s ALIVE !!

I was checking some dust covered laptop bags when this came to light.

A PowerBook G3 Wallstreet 500 MHz PPC Motorola processor. A 20 Gb hard drive 386 Mb RAM

It’s setup to dual boot MacOS 9.2.2 and X 10.3.9

Seems a shame to shitcan it. However, as many items we encounter during our lives, it is obsolete, as I am, and therefore must go.

It’s a Bitch Getting Old

I find my old eyes must defer to my visual impairment and alter the site color scheme. I will search for a combination that provides me with the best visual contrast for my condition.

If you do not like it, too bad. If you ain’t payin’ the bills, you got no dog in this fight. It does get more than a bit tedious
dealing with the limitations. Some days ….

Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

Even the Moose get tired of Rain

This little guy and his momma showed up today during one of the heavier rain showers.

They wandered around, ate some of Pammy’s berries and stripped some branches off the trees. The young one then took exception to our pulsing sprinkler.

rain calf
I’m gonna stomp somethin’.

I don’t know why. The sprinkler was not running but something about that yellow and black hardware in the middle of the lawn really pissed it off.
It sniffed and pawed and finally stomped the sprinkler. It would walk away with a bit of a strut in its step as if to say, “Well, I certainly showed you.”

Then Pammy turned the water on. That really upset both the moose and it’s momma. Note the hackle standing up on the back of the neck. If you ever see a moose with its hair up like that, just walk away. Now ! It would charge the sprinkler until it was hit with the stream then it would back off. It did this over and over.

Finally, they moved off into the woods. Pammy gave it about five minutes then moved to turn off the hose.

Momma came charging out of the woods snorting and grunting. Pammy was in no danger as she was behind the fence. The moose made several threatening moves toward the now running sprinkler but didn’t like to get sprayed in the snoot or the boot.

Even the moose get cranky in the rain.

The 6000 Pound Elephant in the Room

That would be Facebook.

At one time I had this nifty little WordPress plugin “Add Link to FaceBook” that worked like a champ.

If I made a new post on this blog, the plug-in would automagically interface with FaceBook and share a link on my business page. “”

Then FaceBook decided that was a bad thing to have. They first made changes to the API so you had to stay on your toes keeping up to date.
Then it just quit working, the plug-in developers decided it was way too much work for their free efforts.

So it died.

Seems Facebook wants you to compose your offsite content to their “standards” before you publish a link. It would be nice if Facebook would vet the links to be sure there are no nasties associated with the link. People will click on anything.

From the Alaska Garden

We are running much cooler this summer with heavy cloud cover and cold rain. The garden is running about 4 weeks behind. First frost is no more than 6 weeks off.

The crops are struggling mightily to reach maturity. Yields will be low.

Squash Blossom
Alaska Squash Blossom – iPhone 5s – handheld

This blossom is over 6 inches across and the plant is throwing leaves that are over a foot square. I don’t recall the zucchini of my Indiana youth being so large.

Cauliflower and cabbage are putting out monster leaves as well.

For more images, please visit my Photo Gallery

Alaska Moose enjoying the end of Winter

Cabin Fever may soon rear its ugly head here in SouthCentral Alaska.

The daylight hours are rapidly approaching 12 hours per day, each day we are currently gaining close to 6 minutes a day.

The sun has warmth in it again and the weather has been clear and sunny for the last week. The temps are near freezing during the day and then plummet to the negative over night.

The snow is still three foot deep and the temp reminds you that winter has not relaxed her icy grip.

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Prices start at a low $24.00 for an 8×10 print.

Click on the image of Denali to see all products.

Mounting, Shipping, and Framing are extra. Not all images are available in all sizes.

Denali in Winter

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Boogity Boogity Boogity Let’s Go Racing

It’s time for the long distance dog racing classic. The Iditarod 2013. 66 teams left downtown Anchorage bound for Nome Alaska about 1000 miles away.

Sunday morning 65 teams set out at the race restart at Willow. One team scratched at Campbell Airstrip before leaving Anchorage.

It's time for the 2013 Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome
It’s time for the 2013 Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome

Goodbye Gallery 3 – Hello Zenfolio

Well, I struggled with the inherent limitation of Gallery 3 with respect to shopping carts and user security long enough. Despite my efforts and patience there does not yet seem to be any method using the existing module “basket” that would offer a customer a safe secure transaction. There was no way to encrypt the data as well as no way to require a user to register prior to purchase.

I have gone on to Zenfolio. Their business plan offered pretty much everything I require for beginning ecommerce. I have chosen to use only the products offered by MPIX. I did some test prints via the MPIX site and was impressed with the speed and color accuracy of the final products.

Now this is not to say that the Zenfolio site offerings are perfect. The information they provide on how to set up a subdomain pointing to your Zenfolio images is incomplete as it does not inform you of the full URL needed to link to your images. And only one price list can be applied to a product or group of products at a time.

The first issue took me a bit of time to realize that something was missing. Every time I attempted to go to the subdomain i was rerouted back to my main website. What was missing was the directory f428776771 at the end of the URL.

The second issue is a limitation on Zenfolio’s part. To deal with it, one must set up a separate gallery or group of images that you want to use the second price list.

So I have been busy customizing my little Zenfolio world. I will be offering select images for purchase as prints and cards. I hope to defray some of the costs of my addictive Nikon photo habit.

I highly recommend prints of the Aurora Borealis on the Kodak Metallic Paper offered by MPIX. The colors are simply amazing. Unfortunately it is not available on the extremely large print size.

You may cruise my Zenfolio offerings here.

Thank you for your support and consideration.

If you choose to open your own Zenfolio site, my referral code is 79P-V3P-17E .