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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Handheld game consoles Nintendo Review

Nintedo 3DS

Technology sure is moving fast, or maybe I’m just getting older.  Who remembers Pong? One of the first ever video tennis games with the two bars and a ball where you had to outscore your opponent. For those of you who are too young to remember you may have to look that one up.

Well now I’m really giving way my age, but really technology has come so far since then. Today gaming is as simple as handheld, and you can take anywhere.

Nintendo rules the market for handheld gaming, with their first attempt; The Gameboy released in 1989, and now with the Nintendo DS systems they continue to dominate the market.

Oh well enough history, I’m not really a gamer myself. Although I did own a Gameboy, and still have our Nintendo 64 console that hooks up to the television. My grandson and I play my favorite Space Invaders all of the time.

So I can only speak about the Nintendo DS handheld through my grandsons, as they both have one. And can play for hours. As long as they play in moderation and not all day long.

My opinion is; I think they learn hand eye coordination very quickly, and also I think it they learn problem solving skills.

I can say that Nintendo has excellent customer service, as my grandson dropped his game and broke it while still under the one-year warranty. We sent the game back and within a week had it fixed at no charge, and with a new one-year warranty.

I think these games make great gifts kids and adults alike. A word of caution, conversation is nonexistent while the kids are playing their games. In the case of an emergency when you do have to talk to them and it requires a response, there is a pause button.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My New HP Laptop Review

My HP laptop

I was due for a new computer upgrade. I wanted a new laptop loaded with Windows 10. The operating system in my old laptop is Windows Vista, and this computer is now seven years old.

I had a decision to make, do I spend the money to update a seven-year-old laptop with a new operating system or do I buy a new laptop? 

I decided on a new laptop so I bought the HP 17z and have had had it now for more than a month. I couldn’t be happier, my new computer has a 750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 6GB Ram, and a 17-inch screen.

I’m not going to try and explain all of the technical aspects because to be honest with you I’m not a technical kind of guy. So I’ll leave all of the techie stuff to your own research.

My new laptop is thin, lightweight and travels nicely. The system is fast and loads pages with lightning speed.

 I’m very pleased with Windows 10 as I’m learning new things every day, and it has so much to offer. I decided that I really didn’t want a touch screen, but the 17-inch screen on this laptop is a dream for me. 

The only complaint that I have is that when the laptop is fully closed it’s a little difficult to open, as was my old one. I can certainly live with that because it really has nothing to do with the performance of the computer.

Why did I choose and why do I recommend the HP laptop or any HP product? Because my seven-year-old laptop is an HP and is still operating just fine.

I’ve had other brands of computers in the past and they all have crashed and burned on me. My old HP has served me well, so I thought I should stick with what is working, and this is why I recommend it.

Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Patch a large hole in plaster or drywall

Wire the wire mesh with a pencil
Secure the wire mesh with a pencil

Accidents do happen, maybe the kids were playing too hard, or you were moving some furniture around, banged into the wall and put a nice hole in it.

Not to worry these things do happen, we were moving into a new house, and ran right into a wall with a large dresser.

I’m talking about a large hole here one of those not so easy to just slap in some patching compound.

Time required for this DIY: 3-Days

Difficulty: easy

Materials you will need:
  • Patching plaster or dry wall compound
  • Some wire mesh
  • Small amount of water
  • Sand Paper
Tools Required:
  • 3-inch putty knife
  • 12-inch piece of wire
  • Pencil
  • Pliers
  • Spray bottle
  • Paint Brush
Here is how to do this, sorry the picture is not very good but it’s self-explanatory.

1. Remove any loose material from around the edges of the hole. Cut a piece of wire mesh bigger than the hole, and run the wire through one side and back out the to the front. Now push the wire mesh into the hole and pull tight towards you. Tie the pencil to the center keeping it tight against the wall.

2. Spray some water on the wire mesh and around the edges, not too much. Now apply a rough coat of patching plaster leaving a small space where the wire is tied to the pencil.

3. Allow the rough coat to dry thoroughly, remove the pencil and wire. Now apply your finish coat of patching plaster.

4. After the finish patch is dry, sand it smooth, and use a primer before applying a finish coat of paint. Congratulations you’ve patched a big hole in the wall. That was pretty easy don’t you think?

I sure hope this helped you, thanks for stopping by.
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