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the greener rechargeables | buy.com

Even though most electronics we use daily have built-in and proprietary batteries or simply plug into the wall, many other devices still use classic batteries to perform their duties. Think portable radios, remote controls, and some digital cameras. Even third-party video game console controllers also use regular AA batteries.

Why spend more on single-use batteries when you can invest in some rechargeable batteries and a charger that will eventually pay for themselves? A Rayovac charger is on sale now for $19 and also includes a 12-pack of rechargeable AA batteries. This is a great deal since other 4-pack rechargeables that you find at other popular electronics or grocery stores sell for around ten dollars by themselves.

Charge up to four AA or AAA rechargeable batteries of any brand with this charger that has an LED indicator to let you know when the charge is complete. The batteries also work with any charger that fits them. Next time you need to restock on batteries, consider investing in rechargeable batteries. They’re a better choice for the planet because they make less waste, and they’re a better choice for your wallet because they cost less with the number of charges you get out of them versus their equivalence in single-use batteries.

the weather or not

Has the temperature in the beautiful city of Austin finally dipped below 90 degrees? I hear it is supposed to hang around for the next ten days. (:smile:) My brain can actually function optimally. The unreasonable heat really drags me down, not so much the summer itself. I’m looking forward to the milder weather.

I went to EZ’s on Lamar across from Central Market with my family for dinner last night and had the poblano burger. I’ve never had their food before and was a little disappointed that my patty was really undercooked. The meat was so pink throughout the middle that it looked like it was just wrapped in a thin brown layer of “grilled.”

I ate it anyway. I didn’t want to complain, because I was sure that my next burger would have just been made with a hockey puck patty by disgruntled workers who work in the kitchen. I may go back to that restaurant, but chances are that I won’t with all the great places to choose from in this town.

I send this post into the ether we affectionately called the interweb. Everyone who reads these words will know I had an undercooked burger from EZ’s this weekend but also possess an iron stomach so I didn’t get food poisoning.

the 1tb external hard drive for under $70 | buy.com

Backing up your data provides you with peace of mind and ensures that in the event of hardware failure, your valuable information can be restored instead of being forever lost. Data can be important documents, priceless digital photographs, your music collection, home videos, and other kinds of formats that keep your life together. The thought of losing everything because you did not back up your data can lead to a whirlwind of frustration.

You should always have at least two copies of your important data. An inexpensive solution is to invest in a 1TB external hard drive on sale for $70 and set up your backup software to copy all of your files to this drive periodically. Depending on your level of paranoia, you may want to do this weekly or even daily.

Storage has become very affordable. A terabyte of disk space can hold more than the average computer user has on their computer’s hard drive. Whether you download episodes of your favorite television shows, catalog all of the music you like, or back up your DVD collection, a 1TB hard drive is a valuable tool in storing and protecting your files. The price is irresistable, and we live in a computing society that has advanced to a point where valuable data should never be lost.

the object dot methods

Learning computer programming is essentially learning foreign languages.

Traffic was terrible in Austin yesterday. I spent over an hour on the road traveling from North Austin to Downtown. When the rain falls, many Austin drivers become too cautious. I’m a cautious driver myself, but I am able to maintain a reasonable speed limit even in unfavorable weather conditions.

I commute to Downtown twice a week to a class that starts shortly after 7pm. I can choose to arrive early before the traffic jams get worse, or I can deal with a congestion that can get so annoying your head will spin. I have stubbornly chosen the latter since this semester started. What a waste of time. What a waste of fuel. It’s just something I deal with every week to enjoy everything else in my life.

My goddaughter’s father emailed me some videos of her laughing. Adorable. We look forward to seeing her next month. I said that in my last somewhat personal update on here, didn’t I? Yep. Still excited. Peace out.

the 16gb usb flash drive for only $23 | buy.com

If you don’t use a flash drive as one of your primary methods of portable data storage, then you’re living in the past. Sure, internet clouds and other forms of online storage are available but what if you were unable to access the internet or needed to download a very large file on a time crunch? Consider one of the most cost-effective methods of transporting data that has proved itself time and time again: the USB flash drive.

The Kingston DataTraveler line of USB flash drives are a dependable solution for carrying around data. The physical device has a sturdy loop where a lanyard or a keychain can easily be attached and transported conveniently. This Generation 3 (G3) DataTraveler on sale for $22.95 with free shipping features impressive speeds of 10MB/sec read and 5MB/sec write.

Something I probably haven’t mentioned in posts about Kingston products is their amazing warranties. This 16GB flash drive has a five-year warranty that only proves that this is a great investment in a very useful device manufactured to last you a very long time. Accept no substitutions. Compare the quality of Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives to similar storage devices and experience the highest levels of durability and dependability.

You could be storing up to 16GB of some very important data on one of these little guys, and the last thing aside from misplacing it that you would want to happen is to experience a disk failure. I’ve been using Kingston memory for many years now and turn to them first. They offer the most bang for your buck without skimping on the quality of their products.

the junk drawer

I’ve been updating this soapbox for over four years now.

On a related note: Happy Belated 4th Birthday, Modern Soapbox!

This medium of communication that I will always praise has become a junk drawer since I first established it as a storage device for my memories, rants, and other assorted bursts of pseudo-creativity. Many other word compositions are stored throughout this collection, but I have not forgotten about it and have no idea when I will. I vow to update this at least once a month, since it’s something I’ve kept up with for a while now. Think about this. If Modern Soapbox was a human child, it would be enrolled in pre-kindergarten now. What a thought.

Speaking of human children, my goddaughter is a beautiful being that was baptized last month. I’ll be seeing her again next month when Mary & I do one of our “get outta town for weekend” trips. I’m not the best at keeping up with people that don’t keep up with me, but she’s an exception for obvious reasons.

The fall semester is in full swing. It’s a part-time job. I loathe my commutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, because the most congested part of MoPac in central Austin is a force to be reckoned with. Quite honestly, it’s such a waste of time, but it’s for the cause, the bigger picture and necessary because that’s the only option for the path I’m following.

Well, it always seems like when I just need to compose a “padpost” that I end up writing longer than I should and then feeling like I want to do this more often in the future when I know I will only update this as much as I already do or even less. Time to make a little paper before I do my dreaded Tuesday commute.  T minus ~35 minutes. Peace out.

the back to school flash drive sale | buy.com

When I was growing up, computers weren’t really a mainstay in grade school. We had a computer lab where we would play Oregon Trail and other assorted educational games stored on 5¼” floppy disks. We’d use Big Chief paper in the earlier years to write sentences and wide-ruled paper to write essays in the latter years. Junior high was when I first remember typing papers on a computer and printing them out on a dot matrix printer to turn in for a grade.

Today, the kids and computers have collided to make modern technology necessary in the current educational institution. Everything from educational software to word-processing programs have become much more advanced in the past ten years. Who knows how teaching would have evolved if it wasn’t for computers teaching the today’s teachers now teaching today’s youth.

Data storage has also changed from floppy disks to Zip disks to writable compact discs to now flash drives. One flash drive can last a student his entire grade school career. SanDisk has a 4GB solution on sale for only $9. Add flash drives to your children’s school supply list because they’ll need something to store all of the papers they write and projects they work on. The Back To School sale is in full swing, and the best prices on technology are going on right now.