Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lego saved the day!

I started to build my Lego 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon. Everything was going great, until I discovered that my instruction booklet was missing 67 pages!!!!  I was worried because in the past Lego had fought some sites that were posting instructions online. Would I be able to find the instructions online?

A quick google search later and I discoverd that Lego made the correct decision and now provides the instructions online in pdf:

So I can return to the humongous pile of Lego and try to get a few more pages into this Millennium Falcon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Year off update (51 days in)

Getting close to two months and I thought it was time for an update.

Out Etsy store:

I have sold a few items on Etsy now and I have a better idea of the direction I should take here.  I should be posting some new "Eye Guys" to Etsy soon.  I also still plan to try to do a series of little creatures for Artomat.

iPhone development:

No progress made here, but I'm thinking about it and should be working on something soon.

Weight Loss:

To date I have lost 21 pounds.  My energy levels are way up, and I think I should easily meet my 50 pound loss by the end of my year off.  Who knows I might lose much more than that.

Monday, May 12, 2008

iMac Review part 2 (memory upgrade)

I have had my iMac for a couple of weeks now, and I'm very happy with it.  The 4 gig memory upgrade was a huge improvement when it comes to parallels usage, and to when playing World of Warcraft.

Here is the quick rundown of pros and cons during my first 2 weeks with this machine.


  • Large, crisp, and bright Apple LCD display

  • 2nd monitor support (with purchase of mini-DVI to DVI cable)

  • Machine is surprisingly fast and responsive

  • Removal of clutter under the desk

  • Reduction in number of cables


  • Overheating. I did not notice any issues with the temperature the machine was running at until I ran World of Warcraft for several hours.  The back of the machine was too hot to touch.  I have since read some info on the bad fan control in the iMac. No wonder it was so quiet.  A few downloads later and I have turned the fans up and made things run a little smoother.  There really should be better built in control for the fans and for monitoring temperatures.  I should not have to download a 3rd party program to warn me of high temperatures and to turn the fan speeds up. (Note: I have only had one crash on this system so far, and it was most likely due to overheating, but I did not get any warnings or info to confirm this)

  • One week after I bought this iMac, Apple released an update to the Apple store with new top end iMac's.  I would have had to pay full price for these, so it didn't really change my mind about the purchase.

I have to say that overall I am very happy with my purchase of a refurbished iMac.


Where I got my memory upgrade from.

Temperature Monitor

Fan Control 1.2

Note: This installs as a preference app and it allows you to change the base fan speeds, but does not seem to properly conrol them automatically.