Daily Archives: November 15, 2017

Coming Out of The Closet . . .

I didn’t get much done today at work, ending up kind of stuck, and in fact I ended up leaving a couple of hours early.

I couldn’t do anything on my computer because I had started a system image backup to the external HD and the 785GB backup was taking a lot longer than I figured because I found I wasn’t plugged into a USB 3.0 port. And in fact looking closer, this computer doesn’t even have any 3.0 ports.

USB 3.0 is about 10 times faster than 2.0, so it really makes a difference on a 785GB backup. That’s why I just went online and ordered a 3.0 PCI card for $16. Should be here by Friday.

I had also planned to move the Zen Cart/Email Server out of the closet, and on to my desk where I can hook up a monitor/keyboard/mouse to it. That way I can continue trying to hack directly, instead of teleporting in from my machine.

But I quickly ran into problems when I realized that I already had everything running off of one 20amp outlet, and I’m not sure how well it would handle another computer, et. al. The other visible outlet was dead, (not a circuit breaker, I checked), but I was told that there was another outlet behind the big metal desk that I use.

So pulling it out and crawling up and laying across the top I was able to reach down and plug in a power strip. And when I check it I had power. But . . .

Was it on the same breaker as the original outlet? Since the circuit breaker panel wasn’t really marked, I was on my own. I could start popping breakers at random, but then I’d probably end up cutting off power to one or all of the other computers.

So I gave up,left early and stopped by Harbor Freight for one of these.

Harbor Freight Circuit Tracer

You plug the transmitter into the outlet in question and then run the sensor up and down the line of breakers in the panel until the sensor beeps. That’s the breaker that controls the outlet. Neat.

About 5:30 Jan and I headed back up FM646 to once again have dinner at Pho20, our new favorite places. It was nice to be recognized and greeted by the owner, especially since we’d only been here once before.

We started off with an order of their Shrimp Spring Rolls. Normally these come with Peanut Sauce, but since we had mentioned that we like things spicy, this is what they call ‘J’ sauce. Really good, and REALLY spicy and flavorful.

Pho20 Shrimp Spring Rolls

Unlike other places that make these ahead of time, these are made when you order them. Delicious.

Then we shared one of their Crunch House Salads, big enough for two, covered with Tempura Crunchies.

Pho 20 Crunch Salad

For her entrée Jan got the Lemongrass Chicken, XX spicy.

Pho20 Lemongrass Chicken

And I got the Jalapeno Chicken, XXXXX spicy and very good.

Pho20 Jalapeno Chicken

And the owner sent us home with dessert. Nice.

All really delicious and a hidden gem. If you’re in the area, check out Pho 20 on FM646, a little west of I-45.

Looks like it’s a go for our new awnings. Should be about two weeks since they’re pretty booked up.

Sometimes I come across a headline that you don’t even have to click on. The headline itself is enough. So every now and then I’ll substitute a good one for the Word of the Day.


Headline of the Day:  Woman kicked off AMERICAN AIRLINES flight after ‘Support PIG’ becomes rowdy.

Thought for the Day:

I know I said I wouldn’t click on the story above, but I weakened. Now I have to share the photo of the women and her pig leaving the plane.

Support Pig

No more words needed.


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