Category Archives: Daily Updates

St. Louis Retail: the good, the bad and the ugly

I spent the past few days with Samantha and Hazel in St. Louis. We were visiting my longtime buddy and business partner John. We had a great trip and accomplished a lot of fun stuff (dining out, talking, playing) as well as some serious work (computer & server installation, house planning, etc.) One thing that really struck me though was how poorly St. Louis retail locations were performing. Service at Best Buy, Target, Old Navy and several other places was

New theme: Swift Basic

2012.01.14 UPDATE: I have disabled the Swift theme after having some major image issues with it In an effort to reduce bandwidth usage and decrease page load times, I am evaluating a new theme for my blog So far I like the theme and here are some links that were helpful in customizing it: Ideal media settings and useful plugins for SWIFT theme : Swift Themeshttp://swiftthemes.com/wordpress-themes/swift/swift-user-guide/ideal-media-settings-and-useful-plugins-for-swift-theme/Ideal media settings and useful plugins for SWIFT theme The following screenshot shows the ideal media

PV photovoltaic skylights: energy production & UV reduction together

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Image source: OnyxSolar, please visit their site below… My long time buddy, and most excellent architect, John Odom forwarded me an interesting email about PV skylights. He tries to keep me abreast of the latest architectural trends and while “BIPV” or Building-integrated photovoltaics has been around for a while, it is DEFINITELY a popular topic today! Here’s a brief intro to the subject of BIPV and its components: Skylights – an integral feature of modern architecture We are probably all familiar with skylights

Antique secretary laptop desk and cool retro PC mod!

My Dell M6500 laptop setting on antique secretary

I routinely use my laptop setup in my grandma’s vintage secretary. It is a gorgeous piece of furniture. Every time I sit down at it I think fondly of her. The secretary is very functional with its fold out desktop surface. I would eventually like to build (or have built) a slightly larger version that could accommodate a full PC but keep the old-school antique look. Curious about what exactly a secretary desk is?! Secretary desk – Wikipedia, the free

Small always on green RAID system for NAS

Our family is looking to upgrade our “always on” network storage. Criteria include: energy efficiency, data protection, unobtrusive design, cost. Here is our past and future setup… Currently we use a Linksys NSLU2 with a 16GB USB flash drive. Pros: +super-low power usage (nice since we live off the grid) +compact size +simplicity +SSD (flash drive) for reliability +silent +cheap Cons: +SLOW Planned upgrade: Thecus N4100 Pro (2) 750GB 2.5″ 7200RPM SATA laptop hard drives Upgrade to 1GB RAM (supposed to

Two ways to save at Lowe’s and Home Depot

10% off at Lowe's Coupon, Project Starter!

If you are starting a big remodeling project on your home or office here are a couple great ways to save money at Lowe’s and Home Depot! #1 Lowe’s 10% off “project starter” coupons I rarely go to Lowe’s without one of these coupons. It just does not make sense to buy without them! Save 10% on your entire purchase, up to $500 in savings per coupon (so you can use the coupon for up to $5,000 of stuff per

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