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Computer Hardware Resell/Donations

[caption id="attachment_530" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] It’s no real secret that I’m kind of a technology whore. I’m quick to take in any old, yet still useful computer gear (with the exception of the TekTronix terminal). Mainly, I’ve gotten gear from businesses or family/friends that are offloading it, because they don’t need it, and/or don’t want to take the time to refurbish and resell it. I am now getting a stockpile of computers...

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FarmVille ~ Time for greener pastures

[caption id="attachment_526" align="alignnone" width="480" caption="Tim\'s Farm on Zynga\'s Farmville"][/caption] OK – So, if you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably had at least 1, if not 1,000 invites from your friends to play FarmVille, no need to be ashamed. I was sucked into the game last summer, and found myself spending more time than I should have been spending, plowing, planting, milking etc.. It wasn’t so bad, because you could plunk away at it while you...

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Blackberry vs. DROID vs. iPhone

My Verizon contract is up coming in June, and I’ve started to get the upgrade offers from Verizon, and I’ve been really debating on what device to get. I started out, way back in the day with a basic analog phone on Ariel like most other people, which became Voice Stream, and now T-Mobile. I’ve used Nextel service in the past, and have had an array of devices like the Sidekick family, Treo...

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Upcoming Holiday Madness

[Holiday 2009] is just around the corner, and it seems that the retail industry is starting sooner than historically in plugging the sales, touting they’ll have lower excess inventory nearer the holidays, and to take advantage of sales sooner than later. I can remember growing up as a kid, getting just a crapload of gifts from all sides of the family, and from Santa, which was truly awesome as a kid, lots of new toys to...

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2009 MS-150 Bike Tour

[caption id="attachment_416" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by Jim Scott"][/caption] Once again, this past June, I loaded up my bike, packed a backpack and trekked north to Proctor, MN for the MS-150 bike tour, just as I have done for the last 14 or 15 years if I'm correct, pretty much, since I've been able to drive. This year, the tour started in Nowthen, MN at the Nowthen Threshing Showgrounds so I was already a little excited to see...

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Its Camping Tyme, – Old Style!

[caption id="attachment_377" align="alignnone" width="448" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Following thru with my intent this year to get out camping in some fashion at least once a month from May until October, I booked the first trip of the year up at Interstate Park in in St. Croix Falls, WI. This park has been a favorite of mine for many years, due to it's close proximity to me (only about an hour away), it's in Wisconsin,...

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Flooding in Fargo/Moorhead – 09

First off, I need to say a big 'hats off' to all of the volunteers that helped with this entire process, from providing or moving food, filling bags, getting down in the trenches to shore up dikes, or doing whatever you could to help out, Thank You. Also, thank you to the men and women of any and all branches of service that contributed to this massive effort to work to save Fargo Moorhead...

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Doing our part for the environment

[caption id="attachment_337" align="alignnone" width="448" caption="Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] After a recent trip to the iMax Theater at the Science Museum and seeing the Grand Canyon film currently showing (which I suggest you go see) coupled with walking thru the current Water exhibit they have, it was made quite clear how our environment has changed over the last century in regards to the decrease of natural resources, mainly water. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the...

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New site launched – Drivers Beware

[caption id="attachment_301" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Photo uploaded by Tim Dachtera"] [/caption]   I've had this thought kicking around in my head for a number of years, and when I first thought about it, WordPress, formalized blogging weren't really around, nor was the concept of sending photos from your cellphone to a website.  The land before Facebook I guess you could say. DriversBeware.com is a simple notion.  If you run across (or get run over) by a crappy driver, post it...

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Texting and Driving Law – are we really safer now?

While I am not currently driving and composing this post, I did think about the topic while driving, just needed to throw that out there to start with.  Recently, MN implemented a law against text messaging while operating a motor vehicle, listing it as a primary offense and carrying up to a $300 fine. Since that went into effect on Aug. 1, I have not noticed a decrease in the people I see texting or whatnot...

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