Rita finished some touch up painting on the walls just above the newly installed base boards in the freshly minted, new office room in the garage.
Now that this last step was completed, things are ready to move back in. After getting back from work, I moved the four drawer filing cabinet into position, then the desk. Both of these items fit exactly perfect along the back wall, approximately five and a half feet (1.68 meters).
Now to find a phone and wire up the data closet so the drop is active, and start moving and settling in. This is kinda nice, the fun part of doing these home improvement projects!
Since the remodel happened, I've been displaced. I used to have a room dedicated to being my office room, but now that we have a new occupant in the house, and the two smaller ones need their own playroom, there's no more room for my thinking space.
There is a storage room in the back of the garage that a former owner installed by simply building a wall around a corner of the garage. This 8 foot 2 inch (2.49m) by 5 foot 6 inch (1.68m) space has a window and a door, and has been known as the Dog Food Room. This is, obviously, where we kept the dog food as well as storage racks for sporting and other gear.
The previous owner had used this room as his office, and now it's my turn. This past week, I moved all the stuff out of the room and into the garage so I could finish work on it.
One wall had old, inappropriate wallpaper that needed to come down. Taking it down, though, was a mind numbing mess, so we had the bright idea of installing one-eighth inch (3.18mm) -thick wood paneling over it. Turns out, this panelling isn't easy to install in large sheets since it's really difficult to get the warpiness out of them. I am no professional! But the three panels, cut to size and worked so as to provide for the electrical switches and boxes, went in and there they will stay until the day comes when I get back to this room, and pull the sheet rock out like I should have done to begin with.
The other walls, and ceiling, had fresh sheet rock and were all primered already. So I picked a brown color paint, from the gallons and gallons of leftovers we are, for some reason, hanging on to, and painted the walls and ceiling.
Also, before I forget, I also installed some leftover baseboard to all the wall segments. Got it, may as well use it.
This should be all the work the room needs, other than a window covering, like blinds. That means I should be able to start moving back in again this week, including the computer(s), monitors, etc. Cool! I can move my temp office out of the bedroom!
Got up early enough so that I got a good 40 minute run in. Took off from home, rather than driving to the trail head, and crossed the freeway, down the street to Penny's new school where she starts this coming Monday, past the hospital, back across the freeway, past the park where amateur astronomy is done, and back home. It was refreshing and energizing.
I then got started on working on the Dog Food Room, which will soon be my new "office". I need to install baseboards, wall panels and paint, then start moving stuff back in and configuring this to take advantage of the small space as efficiently as possible.
I got as far as I was going to go for the day on that project, so I stopped and I cleaned up a bit. I then readied things to go out observing. Packed up the scope, table, camp chair, charts, etc and took off for Coyote Lake County Park. The SJAA was having one of their summer public star parties that night, and so you get a lot of campers coming through with their kids, looking at eye candy with the typical astonished reactions. I forgot to bring an observing chair, but other than that, it was a good night, logging five M objects.
Got home and was in bed by 1AM, not too terribly tired, despite getting up really early and staying busy all day. Let's have more days like this!
It's been on my mind for what, a couple of years now? I have a couple of old win-tel computers that I don't use, are really old, and need to be discarded.
One of them is a Pentium 1 machine running, on turbo mode, at 133MHz and has 32MB of RAM with a whopping 1GB hard disk. It has two hard disks, one running Win95 and the other an old release of RH Linux in a dual boot config. This machine has the old keyboard connector that's huge and round (pre-PS2), and requires a serial mouse. That's right, no USB.
I had to dig around pretty deep in boxes to find a serial mouse, but I was able to connect the machine to the flat screen LCD monitor I just picked up from CL. It took forever to boot, but it still chugged along, despite living outside in the back yard, under a blue tarp, throughout the entire winter last year.
I verified there weren't any files I needed from this machine, then with a couple of small hiccups, booted it again using a floppy with Darik's Boot and Nuke, and proceeded to wipe the drives spic and span. That process took just about 9 hours for two hard disks, one 1GB and the other 2GB. That machine is ready for the recycler.
The second machine is a bit newer and came from Rita's brother who 'donated' it to us. It is a dual Pentium 200MHz with 167MB of memory and a 2GB drive. It's running Win2K server with SCSI drives. Rita still needs to clean her files from this machine, but I plan to do the same with this one, Boot and Nuke it. I fired it up last night, and it had some problems with the display, but it eventually fixed itself.
It runs pretty loudly, with a high pitched whining noise coming from the hard drives, and it also runs really hot. It shut itself down while I was browsing the file system, and touching the top of the case showing it was pretty warm. I tried restarting it, but it wouldn't go. After about 10 minutes, it would start to boot, but I was done with it for the night.
Hope to get this machine cleaned up this weekend and take them down to the recycling center earlier next week. I saw that they take motherboards now too, and I'm hoping they'll take the entire machine, case and all.
This is just one step of assembling my office room, the storage room in the back of the gargage, up til now called the Dog Food Room. Next is emptying the room, installing panels to cover old wall paper, and paint.
I am sick and tired of the president of the United States embarrassing me.
George Bush's record as a student, military man, businessman and leader of the free world is one of constant failure. And the part that troubles me most is he seems content with himself.
He will leave office with the country $10 trillion in debt, fighting two wars, our international reputation in shambles, our government cloaked in secrecy and suspicion that his entire presidency has been a litany of broken laws and promises, our citizens' faith in our own country ripped to shreds. Yet Bush goes bumbling along, grinning and spewing moronic one-liners, as though nobody understands what a colossal failure he has been.