Tuesday, 16 February 2016

11:32 – More sleet and freezing rain came in yesterday afternoon and through the night, but not enough more to matter. Our mail ran late this morning, but it was the replacement guy delivering on the Tuesday after a Monday holiday, so that was expected. The garbage pickup service didn’t run yesterday, but they’ll get here eventually.

I just closed my Stamps.com account. It’s a PITA to use their software, and with USPS Click-N-Ship now supporting Regional Rate boxes again at the Commercial Base Pricing, I wouldn’t save enough money with Stamps.com to offset the $16/month fee.

The Lenovo Core i7 micro-tower is setup and running fine under Windows 10. When I get a spare moment, I’ll pop the lid, disconnect the Windows drive, install a new hard drive, and install Linux Mint. I’ll just leave the original hard drive in the unit, where I can find it if I ever need to run Windows again.

I did pull three DVDs of the original Windows installation, or at least I think I did. I was expecting each restore/recovery set to span more than one DVD+R disc, but each set fit on one DVD with something like 1 GB to spare. I have no clue where to find the activation key or whatever they call it now. I expected at least a sticker on the system unit, but there isn’t one. Search around in Windows, all I found listed was a long string of all X’s and hyphens, with only the last few characters being a part of the actual key. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Microsoft?