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Entries from January 2014

Shower Ladybug

January 27th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Our bathroom shower is just about as far from the water heater as it could be. When taking a shower, we turn on the hot water and then go do something else while we wait 1-2 minutes for the hot water to make it through the pipes. But it’s hard to guess when the water […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Family Updates


January 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments

There’s a very useful webpage, Put a checkmark next to all the programs you have installed on your computer, click “Get Installer”, and the page will download and install all updates. It even makes sure to leave out the add-ons so many programs like to include, such as the despicable Ask bar, or McAfee […]

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Physics Misconceptions

January 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

How do airplanes fly? I was taught in high school that the reason a wing provides lift is because the top is curved more than the bottom and that the air flowing faster over the top has less pressure. There is some truth to that, but the major source of lift is angle of attack, […]

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Goodbye Incandescents

January 4th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Starting January 1, 2014 it is now illegal to manufacture or import incandescent light bulbs in the US. Actually, the law (signed by George W. Bush) doesn’t specifically state incandescents. It just sets a maximum wattage to produce a given amount of light, from 40 to 100 watt equivalents, and there are many loopholes for […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Opinion