Monthly Archives: April 2007

Brandi Bigfoot

Here is a photo of Brandi Bigfoot, Mr. & Mrs. Depraved Brain’s cocker spaniel.

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Jonathan Harrity

Here is a photo on my nephew, Jonathan Harrity, and I taken on Easter.

Nora did her best to cut our heads off.

Jonathan is in his school’s chess club and played in his first over-the-board tournament a few months ago.

We played one game of regular chess, then I taught him two chess variation games. The first is called Giveaway Chess and the second is called Scottish (or Progressive) Chess.

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Jonathan Harrity

Here is a photo on my nephew, Jonathan Harrity, and I taken on Easter.

Mrs. Depraved Brain did her best to cut our heads off.

Jonathan is in his school’s chess club and played in his first over-the-board tournament a few months ago.

We played one game of regular chess, then the Depraved Brain uncle taught him two chess variation games. The first is called Giveaway Chess and the second is called Scottish (or Progressive) Chess.

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Zip Drive – Thing Of The Past

I bought my first external Iomega Zip drive many years ago. When they first came on the scene they would store 100 megs of data on a disk. The disks were very expensive at that time.

They arrived shortly before writable CDs were readily available and were a way of putting a tremendous amount of data onto a disk. The nice part was that you could reuse the disk.

I put internal Zip drives into my computers.

Then the Zip drive increased capacity. They jumped to 250 megs. The cost of the disks went up.

Finally everything started to come back down. Then writeable CDs became affordable. That was the end of the Zip drive.

What really hurt the Zip drives was when the price of the writeable CDs dropped. Suddenly, it was better to cut a new CD everytime you changed data. You kept the previous CD as a backup.

Eventually, Zip increased their capacity to 750 megs – about the same amount of data that you could put onto a CD.

Now you have JumpDrives. My first had a capacity of about 64 megs, although previous models were 32 megs. Then 128 meg, 256 meg, and 512 meg units were available – although costly. These were great and were replaced with 1 and 2 gig units. I currently have a few 1 and 2 gig units. Very handy. Now you can get them in 4 and 8 gig sizes.

Next the portable USB hard drives came on the scene. I bought my first unit about a year ago. It holds 80 gigs and I paid about $100 for it. Now you can get larger units for the same price. The price of the 1 and 2 gig JumpDrives for almost nothing.

The portable USB hard drive is outstanding. I’ll probably be needing another one down the road as I put more photos on it. I think you can get them up to about 120 gigs now at a good price. You can buy larger external USB hard drives, but these are really meant to be portable. The portable units are very nice.

I even noticed that with Nora’s new Ipod type unit, that you can store computer data on the unit along with mp3 and photos.

Zip Drive – Thing Of The Past

I bought my first external Iomega Zip drive many years ago. When they first came on the scene they would store 100 megs of data on a disk. The disks were very expensive at that time.

They arrived shortly before writable CDs were readily available and were a way of putting a tremendous amount of data onto a disk. The nice part was that you could reuse the disk.

I put internal Zip drives into my computers.

Then the Zip drive increased capacity. They jumped to 250 megs. The cost of the disks went up.

Finally everything started to come back down. Then writeable CDs became affordable. That was the end of the Zip drive.

What really hurt the Zip drives was when the price of the writeable CDs dropped. Suddenly, it was better to cut a new CD everytime you changed data. You kept the previous CD as a backup.

Eventually, Zip increased their capacity to 750 megs – about the same amount of data that you could put onto a CD.

Now you have JumpDrives. My first had a capacity of about 64 megs, although previous models were 32 megs. Then 128 meg, 256 meg, and 512 meg units were available – although costly. These were great and were replaced with 1 and 2 gig units. I currently have a few 1 and 2 gig units. Very handy. Now you can get them in 4 and 8 gig sizes.

Next the portable USB hard drives came on the scene. I bought my first unit about a year ago. It holds 80 gigs and I paid about $100 for it. Now you can get larger units for the same price. The price of the 1 and 2 gig JumpDrives for almost nothing.

The portable USB hard drive is outstanding. I’ll probably be needing another one down the road as I put more photos on it. I think you can get them up to about 120 gigs now at a good price. You can buy larger external USB hard drives, but these are really meant to be portable. The portable units are very nice.

I even noticed that with Nora’s new Ipod type unit, that you can store computer data on the unit along with mp3 and photos.

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening

Here is a photo from Jackson’s Christening on Sunday. I’ll try to post other photos in a little bit.

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Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening

Here is a photo from Jackson’s Christening on Sunday. I’ll try to post other photos in a little bit.

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Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christianing

We’re all heading up to Pennsylvania this morning for Jackson’s christening. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take several photos for posting on the website. We have about a 2 1/2 hour drive in each direction.

I’m also taking a few gifts. One is a very nice outfit for Jackson. I’ve also bought a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker for Sara. Finally, I bought Reb & Sara’s first Mother & Father’s Day present from Jackson. Their camera broke shortly after he was born. Nora and I bought them a digital camera. Seems like today would be a good day to give it to them.

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christianing

We’re all heading up to Pennsylvania this morning for Jackson’s christening. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take several photos for posting on the website. We have about a 2 1/2 hour drive in each direction.

I’m also taking a few gifts. One is a very nice outfit for Jackson. I’ve also bought a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker for Sara. Finally, I bought Reb & Sara’s first Mother & Father’s Day present from Jackson. Their camera broke shortly after he was born. Nora and I bought them a digital camera. Seems like today would be a good day to give it to them.

Creative Zen Vision M – 30 Gig mp3 Player

CreativeZenVisionM1.jpgAs many of the readers of this blog are aware, Mrs. Depraved Brain recently celebrated a birthday. I was surprised when she asked for a mp3 player. She had wanted me to get a 30 gig Toshiba Gigabeat model; however, I could not locate one at any of the local stores.

I started checking around and began talking to the sales people at Best Buy. We opted to get a Creative Zen Vision M 30 gig model instead. I must say, it is a handy little unit, certainly much better than the smaller 4 gig more common units on the market. This is much more than just an mp3 player.

It holds videos, photos, songs (anything in mp3 format), and will even serve as a portable hard drive. You can actually put computer data on the unit. At 30 gigs, you have a lot of room to grow.

While the price was quite a bit higher than the smaller units, I’m glad we sprung for this unit. Our total cost including an extended warrenty, carrying case, charger, and other accessories came to about $350. The unit itself was about $229. OK, we overspent, but she is pleased with it which is the bottom line.

Her new Honda CR-V has an outlet in which you can plug in an mp3 player. Also, the CD unit in the Honda will also play CDs which has mp3s on them. That’s a nice feature. I cut a mp3 CD every week for that week’s talk radio shows. It’s nice to know I can put that into the CD and listen to the shows days, weeks, or months after their original airing date.

I must say the Creative Zen Vision M, as well as most other mp3 players, are geared for the younger set. It took me forever to figure out how to rip CDs onto it and download mp3 songs. It took even more time to figure out how to configure the handheld unit to our liking and how to transfer my talk shows.

It wasn’t easy; I even found the manual not to be too much help. Of course, it comes with software, but apparently all of this sort of stuff, is just automatically known by the younger generation. Creating ‘playlists’, ‘albums’, and favorites was a chore to learn.

I was able to transfer over all of the recent photos of Jackson. That’s a nice treat, as you can create a slideshow for everyone to see. Apparently you can also download movies and TV shows to the unit. Naturally, there’s a cost for downloads. Using Rhapsody (Best Buy’s website) or Napster, runs into money. It costs something like 89 or 99 cents per song to download. Of course, you are also limited to the number of devices you put these songs on.

However, in about 3 hours I was able to ‘rip’ the CDs we own and download onto the unit. I probably put about 20 of Nora’s albums into the unit.

Yesterday, I fooled around with downloading this past week’s Mark Levin, Michael Savage, and Rush Limbaugh shows. It took a little bit to learn how to transfer my downloaded mp3 shows into the unit, but I did get it to work.

The audio quality with the headphones is outstanding. Once you get used to the unit it is very nice.

There are tons of accessories that you can get. One is a base unit with speakers. You can just drop your Creative Zen into the slot and use it as a regular radio. Speaking of radio, the unit also has a FM radio tuner it. There is even a method for transfering your home videos to it.

I like to listen to talk radio when I get in bed. I used the unit last night and listened to a few talk radio programs. I must say I really like the unit; so much in fact that I just might ask for one when my birthday comes in a few months.

Mine won’t have the same type of songs of it. Mrs. Depraved Brain, being 12 years younger, likes a different type of music. While she really likes songs from the 80’s, I’m been stuck in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s for years. I’ll just have to pull out some of my ‘oldies’ CDs and rip them, along with my light jazz. I like an instrumental light jazz – Kenny G, George Howard, Naje, etc. I also enjoy Sade, Barry White, and Luther Van Dross. I did ‘sneak’ some of them onto her unit.

I have seen the 30 gig model as low as $175 and the 60 gig model as low as $255. For an extra $75, I’d say it would be worth it to get the higher capacity unit. 60 gigs might seem like a lot; however, when you start downloading about 600 megs every week for talk radio alone, it does fill up fast. Of course, after a week or so, you just delete the older shows. Perhaps I’ll just ask for the same unit.