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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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Blacklist – Review



We have watched this series from day one when the Blacklist premiered in September of 2013, and now the series is going into its fourth season.

I'm a huge fan of James Spader as I thought that he was outstanding in his role that he played in the series, Boston Legal, I didn't miss an episode of that.

 After watching the first episode of the Blacklist, I fell in love with it. I have to tell you I haven't seen this much suspense and intrigue since the series Alias, you can read all about Alias here. This was another television series that we never missed, staring Jennifer Garner.

James Spader as Raymond Reddington in the Blacklist is outstanding, he always plays his characters with such a one of a kind wit about him, and his role in the Blacklist is no exception.

A former government agent turned fugitive Reddington is now on the FBI Most Wanted list.  Raymond Reddington turns himself in, and professes to have a list of criminals that even the FBI doesn’t know about, and he will help bring them to justice under one condition. He will only work with a rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen.

As you watch every episode the suspense gets deeper, why will Reddington only work with Elizabeth Keen, who he calls Lizzy? He seems to know everything about her and will protect her at all costs.

There were so many questions left unanswered at the end of season one. Is Reddington really Keen’s father? Is Tom Keen Lizzy’s husband really a school teacher? 

Now going into season four we have those answers, but the writers keep on creating new suspense and drama raising more and more questions at the end of every episode.

I for one look forward to tuning in every week I guess you could say I’m hooked on this one.