Archive | February 11, 2017

Chinatown, Boston: Sunday, February 5, 2017, For Chinese New Year — Rain/Snow!

by Anura Guruge


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NOPE, Boston Chinatown, Sunday, February 12, 2017 is NOT going to be much fun.

Snow, then rain, starting early and going on all day. It will be wet.

Not sure what will happen to the dragon parades. They might try to do it but the costumes will get soaked.

Shame. Not the first time we have had lot of snow for the Chinese New Year. Had a blizzard in 2013.

Glad we went last Sunday

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by Anura Guruge

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 Available At Walmart At $7/Bottle — A 40% Markdown.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

No, No. You don’t have to tell me. I know my Beaujolais Nouveau better than most. {SMILE}

Yes, I bought 4 bottles of the 2016 ON THE DAY — Thursday, November 17, 2016.

I also know from past experience that Beaujolais Nouveau doesn’t ‘turn’ overnight. I have drunk it in January of the following year and found it just as good.

OK, so this is February. Again, I don’t think it would have turned to ‘vinegar’ this soon.

So, just giving you a heads up in case you are interested.

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Replacing Intel i7-920 CPU Stock Fan With A Zalman CNPS9500A Cooler Fan.

by Anura Guruge

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The old Intel i7 stock/kit fan.

My workhorse computer, which I used for all my daily work, is over 7 years old!

I had it built to run Windows 7 and it was built on the day that Windows 7 was made generally available, viz. October 22, 2009. I had pre-ordered Windows 7 Professional from Microsoft and received a DVD the day prior to the G.A.

I hate to jinx it but this PC has done well by me. In addition to the 10,000 or more posts I have done with it, I have written (and published) 20 books on it. Yes, 20 books.

It was a top-end PC when I had it built, i.e., Intel i7-920 (4-core), 12GB of memory etc., and it is plenty fast enough for what I do.

So I am not motivated at all to upgrade.

But, over the last few years it has required work. The power-supply blew, quite spectacularly, about 4-years ago. I put in a new EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB graphics card last year. I now clone and replace the ‘C’-drive twice a year.

Though it has 7 fans, yes, 7 — heating has always been a concern. But, until 2 weeks I never had a real heating issue.

But, one morning the CPU heat hit max. and the PC shutdown! That was scary. It started to run hot. My computer guy, who I trust, Shane Selling, recommended that I ditch the stock cooling fan that came with the Intel i7 and get an upmarket one. For $45 for the cooler it was crazy to refuse.

So, on Wednesday, Shane installed this bronze work-of-art on my PC. Wow. Quite the cooler.

It has made a HUGE difference. The PC is running at 1/2 the temperature! Wow.

Just wanted to share this with you. I will keep you posted.

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