Friday, April 20, 2012

Plugs and Surge Protectors

I have a surge protector on my computer.  It's a nice one.  Not the top of the line but not super cheap either.  I think it came with a warranty in case it fails.  Not that I kept any paperwork involving such a thing.

It has eight outlets on it.  Five are side by side and two are actually off to the side.  It also has protection for coaxial cable and phone line, and a cable management system and other doo-dads but I'm not going to explore them right now.

The problem with such a set up on a surge protector is that most electronic devices now have an electronic box of some type attached to the end of their plug.  Therefore instead of a nice normal little plug they have this monstrosity of a box.  With that box the plug will then block several outlets.  My cell phone charger has a narrow box that would actually only block one slot if the outlets were horizontal instead of vertical.  Instead the bloc physically covers two outlets and the cord interferes with a third outlet.  My router has a monstrosity of a square box that can block the outlets on either side and from top to bottom.  However, my printer has a nice box that is actually in the middle of the cord so that the box will sit on the floor and it has a normal plug to fit in the surge protector.

Thus, with all of my computer equipment, I now need to purchase a second surge protector to protect everything.  Currently, my speakers and my cell phone charger are plugged in with no protection.  I wish that these companies would make smarter equipment and start adding a "normal" plug to everything.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Studio Gainex!

I find it quite odd that I have failed to post this video.  The music is "I Want You" and it is off of the OST that the anime is based on.

For those that are interested, the title of the anime is "Panty and Kneesocks with Garterbelt."  Yes, it is as absurd as the title suggests, but what else would you expect from the studio that also brought you FLCL?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Playing on the internet.

Between my normal work schedule, training, overtime, and Easter I've been very busy.  Adorable Preciousness woke up at 3am and wanted to play, then woke up again at 7.  I finally got her down for her nap and tried to work on transferring files to my wife's new laptop.  Going from Vista 32bit to Win7 64bit is... a lot more trouble than it's worth.  Unfortunately, I'm spending more time playing on the internet than I am researching how to properly transfer all of the files.