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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 5:15 AM: Happy Thanksgiving for 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving!Wishing everyone a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving for 2016! I’ll be spending mine with the folks and really looking forward to all the great food and time spent with family! :)

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Friday, November 11, 2016 5:22 AM: Happy Veteran's Day 2016

Veterans DayWishing everyone a Happy Veterans’ Day and reminding everyone to remember our troops, past and present, and the sacrifices they and their families have made, not only on this day, but every day. :) Thank you for your service!

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Monday, October 31, 2016 2:52 PM: Trick or Treat! Happy Halloween for 2016!

Happy Halloween Ghost♫ Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat! ♫ LOL!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween for 2016! Boo! :) While I doubt any trick-or-treaters will show up to my apartment, I'll still get myself some candy. :)

Oh, here's some weather facts for Oklahoma City on Halloween:

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Monday, October 24, 2016 4:42 PM: EVGA 600W 80 Plus Power Supply Installed into Computer

On October 13, 2016 while I was in the middle of playing EverQuest II my computer all of sudden shutoff and I heard a “fizz-pop” kind of sound. 8-O I about had a heart-attack! It would not turn back on. No fans would spin or POST code beeps generated. I was hoping the only problem was a fried power supply and not anything else.

The power supply that came with the system was HEC-550TEB 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze model so I went looking for a replacement. In my rush to get a new power supply I first got the Apevia Jupiter ATX-JP600W 80 Plus Bronze power supply from Computer Connections. After I got home, installed it into the computer and reconnected everything. I then looked towards the heavens and hit the power button. WOOHOO!! Everything worked! Thank the Lord. :)

After a few days, however, the power supply was just making more noise than I would have liked. I went looking online and eventually settled on an EVGA 600W 80 Plus power supply from Best Buy that happened to be on sale.

EVGA 600W

I've been running it a few days now and am satisfied with the noise level and it's performance. :) I will keep the other power supply as a backup.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:55 PM: New Epson XP-520 Printer for Computer

Well, over the past couple weeks, my Epson Workforce 645 printer failed to operate normally after replacing the black ink cartridge. The printer would keep displaying a generic “printer error” and all I could do was turn it off and on to retry which never worked. I had received this error before but this was the first time it never came back alive.  I even unplugged it for awhile with no positive results.  So, I went to the Epson support site and found the nearest authorized service center at AAMComp Computer Technologies in Oklahoma City. After a few days it was determined to be a bad printhead that would cost $185 to fix as the printer was 4.5 years old and out of warranty. Yeah.. uhm, no.

As it happens, they had an Epson XP-520 Printer that some other customer had given them that was still under the original warranty and in working order.  I decided to buy it for the reduced price of $74 (total). Here's what it looks like:

Epson XP-520 Printer

It seems to work well and the color print-outs actually look a little better than the Workforce printer did in standard/normal mode.  Scanning also works well.  I did lose the fax capability that the Workforce had but I never used it and had actually disabled the Windows services that controlled it a long time ago. Hopefully this one will last awhile.

I have updated my hardware page to reflect the addition. :)

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