CategoryTechie Stuff

Faster internet is fun

We switched phone and internet providers yesterday. It’s great. For only $15 more a month, our internet speed is double what it was before. What we had was fine, but the quality wasn’t that great.

Until someone in our community started using a cb radio. Somehow, the frequencies he uses interferes with the digital cable in the area (we had cable internet). One person’s actions affected an entire community. It’s one of the more bizarre things I’ve heard of, but I trust that the cable guy knows what he’s talking about.

So we switched. I’m hoping the faster speed will help Stephen be able to get his work done faster in the evenings, but we’ll see. The internet didn’t get working last night until about two hours after he usually starts working, so he was up until 1:30 this morning finishing. Yikes!

Then today I called and canceled our old accounts. Even though we still have voice over internet phone, the sound quality is a lot better. I’m thankful!

Does everything look ok?

I’ve been playing around with some WordPress plugins. I added a plugin that allows the blog to be viewed easier from a mobile device. I don’t blog often from my PocketPC, but thought the added functionality would be nice.

There’s now a link at the very bottom of the page for you to switch views – from desktop view to mobile or the other way around. The mobile view is very basic but that was the intent.

Everything looks ok on my end, but if you don’t mind, would you let me know if it looks fine to you? Thanks.

I love Swagbucks!


I am loving Swagbucks. I joined last summer just on a whim, figuring why not? Now I’ve earned over $105 in gift cards. Amazing. It’s been nice having “free money,” in a sense, to do things with. We’ve used the gift cards for Christmas gifts, for needs, and for fun things like my new pink tool set. (I’ve been wanting my own tools for a while, but just never got around to getting any until now. Now I don’t have to run out to the shed to find a hammer.)

If you haven’t given Swagbucks a try, I recommend it! It’s a great way to earn stuff while doing what you’re already doing (internet searches).

There were some other pictures of just the tool set, but aren’t Caleb’s little hands just too cute? :wub_tb:

New webhost

I’m switching my sites over to a new webhost this weekend. There’s more room for the sites to grow there and the host is familiar with the shopping cart software I use. Hopefully things won’t be down for long, but if the sites disappear for a while, that’s why.

One of those days


This is definitely one of those days.

I finally heard from the company that I sent my broken USB drive to. They think they can fix it, but estimates start at $450. That’s a good bit more than I budgeted for. There was just enough tax-related information on there that I guess we’ll be saving up to have the drive repaired before we file our taxes for this year.

On the bright side, most of my older important information was stored on our external hard drive. All my music arrangements are safe. For that, I am IMMENSELY grateful. It was nice to see just how much was older than I thought and therefore not gone for good.

If you have anything important on your computer, getting Carbonite is a good investment. They back up the contents of your hard drive daily, so if anything happens, you can get the data back. We’ve talked about getting it for each of our computers, but just haven’t gotten around to doing it until now. Lesson learned.

And just for the record, the contents of the mug are actually herbal tea tonight instead of coffee. Imagine that.

Just a friendly reminder

This is just a little reminder to back up your important files. If you haven’t done it in a while, it’s probably time to do it again.

I had been trying to keep my hard drive as free as possible, so I was saving a lot of files on a USB drive. I did a great job at saving my files, but needed to back them up somewhere other than my USB drive. I just hadn’t done it yet. Now I think I’ll store files in both places, because that little USB drive broke this week. Now I’m researching companies that can repair a physically damaged drive.

Some of the files I’m not worried about, but others I am. Like the year’s worth of pictures that were on that drive. . .I was just thinking how I needed to back them up to a CD, but hadn’t done it yet. Now I’m hoping that whatever company I send my drive to will be able to get them back for me. Those were the most sentimental files, but I had a lot of information that was pretty important to me on there.

So take it from me – back up your information so you don’t lose something important!

Swagbucks again

Using Swagbucks has proven to work a LOT better than I expected when I first signed up with them. WOW! I just redeemed more Swagbucks for another Amazon gift card. This makes $45 in Amazon gift cards that I’ve earned so far!

It took me a while to sign up with them. I’d seen several posts about it on various blogs, but wasn’t too impressed. Then I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it. I was a pretty die-hard Google fan, and figured I could always switch back. To be honest, at first, I considered switching back to Google. Now though, I have no desire to. The Swagbucks add up fast enough that I’m able to redeem them for gift cards a lot faster than I thought I would. That works for me!

They also just released a new toolbar for your browser. I’m not usually a big fan of add-ons (I’m more of a minimalist in that regard, I guess), but I like this one. They’re giving out a new swag code (which, if entered on their site, gives you one more SwagBuck, sometimes two) every day this month through the toolbar. I don’t know if I’ll keep the tool bar installed after this month, but for now, I’m enjoying the extra Swag Bucks earned from it.

Take a look at SwagBucks. I personally think it’s worth signing up for.


I originally wasn’t planning on blogging about Swagbucks, but after today, figured it wouldn’t hurt.

Swagbucks is an online search engine where you can win points (called Swagbucks) every few searches. You can then redeem those bucks for prizes.

One of the prizes that I particularly like is a $5 gift card to Right now you can get the card for only 45 points. I thought it would take a while to get those 45 points, but surprisingly, it’s only taken me a week.

They also award MegaBucks periodically too. One day, instead of seeing the usual “You have 1 new SwagBuck!” message, I got a message saying I’d gotten 20. Nice.

It took me a long time to even register because I wasn’t convinced it was worth the effort. Now though, it seems worth it. Swagbucks even has an add-on for Firefox that allows you to add a search bar to your browser window (they have it for other browsers too – I’m just a loyal Firefox fan) to make it easier.

They also have a referral program where you can get points when people sign up using your referral link.

The only thing I had to do differently was switch search engines to Swagbucks. Easy enough.

So go over, take a look, and maybe even sign up. You might find it was worth your time.


Subscribe by Email

After an email from a reader, I decided to try and add a Subscribe by Email feature. I’d thought of it before, but hadn’t ever taken action on it.

Now there’s a link near the bottom of the right sidebar for you to subscribe to posts on this blog by email. Just click the subscribe by email link and enter your information.

So far, everything looks like it’s working correctly, but if you have problems with it, feel free to let me know and I’ll do what I can.