We have a 2-3 year old Dell Dimension XP2400 that I’m bringing into my office to use in lieu of the laptop. It’s in good shape overall, but has a ridiculous little 30gB hard drive.

We had a spare 80gB drive in the basement so that worked out perfectly. But the mounting bracket that came with this cramped case only holds one drive, and it has a weird shape. We went scrounging in the server room at my husband’s office looking for other cages and found two, but neither remotely fit.

I did find a few online, but decided to go with the bracket kit from Issue Resolved. Even though it was a bit more expensive than the bracket alone, they were super-speedy (it got here in three days) and included every part I needed – ribbon, screws etc. I’d use them again.

Now we’re formatting the HD after some confusion about how to do this on Windows XP Pro… Seems to be proceeding normally. I can’t wait to plug in the flat panel monitor.

Yeah, but fortunately this one was only about 8 inches. We spent two hours shoveling this time and actually made it out to the middle of the cul-de-sac, so this isn’t as bad.

Still, I’m getting tired of shoveling. I want it to be 70 for a few days. Better yet, I’d like to be in Cozumel right now. But of course I couldn’t get a flight out.

Yes, we did have a lot of snow. Officially it was between 21 and 27 inches here, but we easily had drifts of four feet. Especially in our driveway – it took 2 1/2 hours to clear it out yesterday. And today I found the mailman slogging through the yard knee-deep in snow so I had to clear the sidewalk too.

I won two jobs this week – one doing maintenance and content updating for a medical office, and the other translating a new graphic layout into a functional web template for the local university. I’m really excited about the academic work – I spent a lot of time in upper-level academia and enjoy working with researchers as I have in the past on other projects. Plus, the university has a working style guide and strict ADA requirements. I always make an effort to address accessibility issues on the sites I design, but have never actually had to do it before. I think that will be a good learning experience for me.Continue reading

What are ‘hobbies,’ you ask?

Those are things done for fun outside of work, strange as that concept may sound. And I might have a new one; I’m taking a silversmithing class from Fort Collins silversmith Chad Parker. Last night was the first of 5 sessions, and it was quite fun. I made two rings that don’t look terribly bad and started on a pendant for the next class. It was not difficult but the series of tasks and materials involved is sort of complex, and I like complexity.Continue reading