Updates, Freebies, Backups, and Good Advice

Oct 03, 2011 5:00am

No kidding, in the last 48 hours I’ve cleaned almost 90,000 infected files off of my computer, which is still not working. Ninety thousand. Needless to say, I haven’t been doing much other than sitting at the desk shooting death-rays out of my eyes at the computer for days. The good news is that I bought an external hard drive and managed to transfer all of my files and pictures off the computer while it was in Safe Mode, so at least the last two years of my life no longer hangs in the balance.

I’ve been meaning to get the thing backed up for, oh, a couple of years, but with the whole house building thing, I never managed to find the time. So here’s the “good advice” portion of this post:

Go to carbonite.com right now and get yourself setup for online backups. $50/year is totally worth it.

Also, if you want to know how to protect yourself from this kind of disaster 1.) Don’t search for song lyrics, anything “free”, or adult content websites. 2.) Read this and do what it says.

Updates, Kind Of

When I started this post I thought I might accomplish something significant on the kitchen or with the interior doors of the house yet this weekend to update on, but no, the slow death of the computer is also sucking the life out of me.

So instead the update is this, I’d be shocked if there wasn’t a little more garage living in my future, and if there is, boy I hope that garage looks like this.

(You must check out the full slide show via New York Times here.)


Okay, moving on to something that makes sense… free stuff. (That won’t crash your computer, I swear.)

1. Spice Label InDesign File


If any of you want to make spice labels similar to mine but have Adobe InDesign and want to chance the wording, I’ve added the link to download the .indd file to this post, or you can just click here.

2. Everyone Needs a Good Drill

And Joey and Lana are giving this one away here, along with some other great tools. You should check it out, because as far as I can tell, there’s no reason not to have more power tools.

That wraps up the number of somewhat-coherent sentences I have in me today. I swear as soon as the computer is fixed I’ll have the other half of my brain back. Probably.


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