January 15th, 2003

drink coffee

Computer Update and Some Of Last Week's News Headlines...

Well, I've got the old PC completely reformatted, got all the "unnecessary" programs off the thing, to hopefully make it run a little smoother at least. My mother said she saw a computer table at Wal-Mart for a little under $50, so she said she may go by there tomorrow to get one if she gets off work early enough. I need to run by Radio Shack and pick up a "three-outlet" phone jack adapter (she has one jack in her trailer, it currently has a "two-outlet" adapter hooked up... her phone and satellite reciever are plugged into it), a mouse pad, some phone wire, and a surge-protector.

Just found out my favorite store, KMart, will be closing the only Supercenter here in town, not another one within 100 miles. 130 people will be out of a job, from what I heard on TV earlier. I had a feeling though, back when the chain announced bankruptcy last January, that the chain probably wasn't going to survive, and the fact that they are closing 326 more stores and their stock price is still around 17 cents a share kind of forebodes their future fate I think. Going to miss that place!

Now for something completely different...
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Up & Running

Well, my mom now has a computer and internet access, although at this writing, she doesn't know it yet. She gave me the money this morning before she left for work to go pick up a computer table she saw at Wal-Mart for $47.48. She wasn't sure the box would fit in her car. I went, picked it up, along with a mouse pad, a surge protector, a three-outlet phone jack adapter, and 50 ft. of phone wire. I let myself into her trailer, assembled the computer table, ran the phone wire, and brought over the computer equipment. Then, I came back home, went online to BellSouth.com, and signed her phone number up for internet service. If you call BellSouth to set up, or order their CD, there's a $15 set-up fee. If you set it up online, there is no set-up fee, and the first three months are just $14.95 per month...$20.95 after that, unlimited dial-up. I got all the DNS info and all that, wrote it down, and put in the information on her PC. Did some "test browsing" to make sure everything was working...sent test emails too...everything seems to be working well, just a LOT slower than I'm accustomed to after having DSL so long!
If she gets in from work early enough(before I fall asleep), I'll go over and show her the basics on how to get started on the World Wide Web. I'm sure she'll pick things up quite easily. Only browser I put on the PC after the reformat was Internet Exploder 6...figured it'd be the easier for her to work with. All she has to do, the way I set it up, to get online, is to click the Internet Exploder icon, and it will automatically dial the ISP, and go straight to the Yahoo home page I set up for her. I'll wait a while before putting some chat software on there, not sure she'd be ready for that yet.
Also, final thing, set her up with a free Hotmail account. That way, if she fills out any online forms or anything, she can put the Hotmail address instead of the BellSouth address, and all the spam that results can go there. A "spam dump" is the only thing I use my Hotmail account for...

Now, I'm going to go somewhere and get some food...I'm starving...haven't eaten since around 6pm yesterday evening...
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