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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-29-2012 11:45 AM 899 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We had quite a day here yesterday, filled with excitement. Not the kind of crazy excitement that you are probably thinking of, but we are ‘mature’ (ha!) country people and it doesn’t take much for us to be excited.

My partner Keith got his new computer case yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, he isn’t only my fellow designer, but also the ‘technological genius’ behind Sheila Landry Designs. While I am the one who has most of the contact with our customers (he calls me the ‘P.R. girl’ (public relations)) I refer to him as the ‘I.T. guy’ (internet technology.) He loves anything to do with gadgets and has a couple of degrees in technology. While I am not quite stupid when it comes to computers, I have nowhere near the knowledge that he does on those things. But that is OK, as together we round out the company and each have out own special part in it.

As with tools, it seems that to an I. T. guy, you can never have enough computer stuff. It doesn’t help that no matter what you have, within five minutes from buying it, there is something out that that is better and faster or bigger. It is a never ending quest for having the best equipment possible and it is a fun challenge to make what you do have perform optimally. Such is a life of a ‘geek.’

I love geeks though (my son is also one!) and while I don’t have the desire or need to have the absolute top of the line equipment for myself, I do enjoy sitting on the sideline and watching Keith progressively build a computer system that could theoretically send a spaceship to Mars. Right in our own living room! Besides, I frequently am first in line for his ‘run off’ parts – many which are eons superior to what I am running on my computer. So I happily cheer from the sidelines as he adds on and builds his computer into a technological marvel.

His most recent acquisition was a new computer case. Now you may ask yourself “What is so special about a computer case?” as I did when he said he was thinking of getting one. After all, isn’t it just a box made of sheet metal to hold the parts? That was certainly my thoughts about it about a week ago. When I saw some of the prices for them, I nearly dropped a jaw. What the heck would justify some of the cost for a “box” after all?? But then, as I was quietly painting and doing my work here, I started paying attention to some of the videos that Keith was watching about the different models of computer cases and I caught myself thinking that some of them were pretty cool. After all, both Keith and I are organization junkies and to someone like that, many of them have things that are quite appealing.

To make a long story short, after much (MUCH!) deliberation, Keith chose a model that was suitable for his present (and we hope future) needs. It all started when NCIX (a large mail order computer supplier here in Canada) put a large CPU heat sink on sale for a obnoxiously low price. Keith was looking to have his computer run cooler and jumped on the great deal. Unfortunately, it was so large that it wasn’t going to fit in his case. So just like a line of dominoes, one piece fell into the other and he wound up getting the heat sink, the case, and assorted other upgrades for his system. (I think NCIX knew what they were doing!)

I must admit, it is really COOL though! Yesterday when the Purolator guy came with several boxes, it was like Christmas in May. I haven’t seen Kieth so excited for a long time and I was really happy for him. He works hard and manages his money well, so why not splurge and make himself happy? I could think of many worse vices. How could seeing this not make you smile???

He spent the entire day getting the thing set up, and worked well past midnight. There are still tweaks to make and wires to organize, but it is up and running and very, very cool. I know this isn’t woodworking related, but indirectly it is, as we do draw our woodworking patterns with our computers and most woodworkers I know work with their computers. Besides, it is like sharing a ‘tool gloat’. Part of the fun of it is talking about it.

All the while Keith was working on his computer, I was able to finish the last of my stocking ornaments. I now have the set of 12 complete.

In addition, I drew up the next set of ornaments that I will be submitting to the Artist’s Club, as well as cut them out and began to paint them. I will spend the day today painting and I should be able to get the majority of them finished.

It was a good day around here. And I feel I have a good life in general. It is nice to be content in the choices we made and have a good purpose to do some positive things each day – and have some fun in the process.

I hope you all have a good day today, too.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 01:25 PM

My beautiful lady is the geek in our family, and it is great watching someone that close to you get something
that makes them happy, and helps both of you in your daily life and work, to say nothing of being on the
cutting edge of technology. Congratulations on you updates and may you both enjoy them for a long time,
or at least until the next newest and fastest item comes out..

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 03:21 PM

I’m much the same. I build my own P.C.’s. A couple of years ago I upgraded the one I’m using now. Bought a new case from a friend and with the old bits made a spare P.C. which I ‘experiment’ on. Its the ‘crash and burn’ machine. I can try anything out on it and if I screw it up (hardware or software) I just rebuild it. Geeks/ Nerds of the world unite. We could do some really interesting things with it.

Anyway all this isn’t getting my latest box designed now is it.

Have a good day

Regards

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 03:38 PM

Yes – I no longer panic when things go wrong. Learning to back the important things up, along with seeing that most stuff can be retrieved in most cases, leaves me with a (perhaps false) sense of security to forge ahead. I try not to get too high and mighty though or I know I will regret it. I (usually) know what Keith is talking about when he throws technical jargon across the room at me. If I don’t, I pretend to anyway and then later can google it to figure it out. It is interesting stuff to me most of the time and I am glad to have learned what I have. Between my son and Keith I have a graduates degree in the School of Second Hand Computer Knowledge. Enough for me to be dangerous anyway. ;)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 03:58 PM

That cat should have ‘backed up’!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 04:55 PM

That looks like a real COOL cool case!

I agree that cat should be “backed up” and out of that case! ... one little strand of hair could cause much grief in making a card connection work vs not work.
... I suggest that it be vacuumed out really good.

I used to make my own PC’s… until I found it much cheaper to buy the same configuration cheaper! LOL
Sounds like things have gone full circle… what goes around, comes around… LOL
... I did find it fun to do… a lot of satisfaction in it… just like designing a system, the programs, writing the programs, debugging, and watching it all function perfectly & smoothly… (LOL) ... very satisfying.

I wish all of your problems be small ones & fixable…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 12:50 AM

That isn’t my cat, Joe! Just a pic I found. Although if we would have let them, they would have been crawling in the case. Our biggest fear was their wet noses being where they don’t belong. :)

Everything is back up and running and works great. It is really nice to have such nice equipment.

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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