Archive for September, 2009

Put your computer to work and earn some cash

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Here are a couple of things you can do to earn some cash while your computer is sitting idle.

  1. Setup a Paypal account and earn some interest
  2. Download Gomez Peer and let it run
  3. Earn money by displaying google ads on your website

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

Microsoft Life Cam HD 720p widescreen

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Microsoft LifeCamMicrosoft LifeCam Cinema™

List price is around $80.00

LifeCam Cinema™ New!

Part Number: H5D-00001

  • 720p HD widescreen
  • Auto Focus
  • High-precision glass element lens
  • ClearFrame Technology
  • Digital Microphone
  • Aluminum Body

Works with Skype.  Install software first before plugging in the USB cable to your pc.

Source : Microsoft

Home Security Products

Monday, September 21st, 2009
  1. Home security X10
  2. Fake TV A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at
  3. Dog barking alarm on Amazon

Solar Power – Kulltech House – 20 BP 150 2.5 kW AC Solar Farm

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
  • Installed in April of 2004Solar - Sidewalk view
  • 20 BP 150
  • 2.5 kW AC
  • Solar Farm installed on our hillside.
  • We use the Sunny boy inverter and feed the energy (sell unused power) to the electric company.
  • At night, we buy back the energy at a lower rate.
  • Monthly maintenance, cleaning the glass with a window cleaner.
  • This has lowered our electric bill for the year from $1500 to $100.
  • The cost of the system was $24,000 installed.  After the 50% rebate from the government, we paid $12,000.
  • We expect to break even in about 8 years.  After that, it will be almost free electricity.

We purchased our solar farm from Energy Efficiency : EESOLAR.COM

Solar Inv DSCN0835Solar Mounting DSCN0843Solar Wires DSCN0844Solar DSCF0091

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Lets get into shape

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Lets get into shape.  Visit hundred pushups

Post your goals here

Make a bootable USB Drive for installing Vista or Windows 7

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Simple guide to creating a bootable USB thumb/pen/flash drive for a Vista and/or Windows 7 installation.

Steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS.


  • USB Flash Drive (4GB+)
  • Access to a computer with Windows Vista / Windows 7  installed on it.
  • Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7)

Step 1: Format the Drive
The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.]

  1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive
  2. Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”
  3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
    list disk

    The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step.  I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
  4. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
    select disk 1
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    format fs=NTFS
    When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.

Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable 
Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable.  In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:

  1. Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
  2. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
    cd d:\boot
  3. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
    bootsect /nt60 g:
  4. You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here.

Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive.  After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.

Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB
This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.



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