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Tutorial: Changing a car battery

Tutorial: Changing a car battery
Tutorial: Changing a car battery

Up on Limestone Mountain outside of Lander, WY, helping retune an antenna rig.  Try to start Truckzilla to listen to the football game … click click click.  Dead battery.  Fortunately, another one of the guys on the crew that day was able to jump start us.  No problems for a month, until we were pointing a satellite dish on a hill partway between Laramie and Cheyenne.  Dish pointed, went to start up Truckzilla to go home, and you guessed it – click, click, click.  Dead battery.  We tried a few different unorthodox “don’t try this at home, kids” ways to trickle charge, the battery, but in the end, a nice man in a tow truck used the Square card reader on his iPhone to relieve us of $85 in exchange for jumping the truck.  We stopped at Walmart on the way home to get a new battery, and The Hubs left me in charge of changing batteries.  Trust me, it’s a lot easier than you think to change the battery in your car, truck, SUV, what have you.  Been there, done that on my scooter! Read the rest of this entry

How fast is your internet connection … really?

How fast is your internet connection … really?
How fast is your internet connection … really?

Face it, we’ve all seen those commercials where one internet provider claims their speed is 10x faster than the competitor.  Look closely at their fine print – of course your claims of 15 Mbps will be 10x someone else’s 1.5 Mbps! Read the rest of this entry

Preserving: Quick Applesauce

Preserving: Quick Applesauce
Preserving: Quick Applesauce

Your friendly neighborhood Nerdy Housewife recently had a birthday upon which she turned $39.95 plus shipping and handling.  As is our tradition, The Hubs and I went down to Denver for the day.  We went to IKEA to browse, had Italian buffet for lunch, checked out the offerings at JoAnn Fabrics, and went to the kitchen widget store at a nearby outlet mall.  I had been eyeing up a set of attachments for my Kitchen Aid mixer – the set with the grinder, strainer, and slicer/grater attachments.  Merciful heavens, it was on sale that day, so guess what my birthday present was?! Read the rest of this entry

Q&A: Adding music to an iPod

Q&A: Adding music to an iPod
Q&A: Adding music to an iPod

Introducing a YouTube series on “How To Load Music On Your iDevice”!

Reader Sue asks:

I have an iphone, and I have an ipod. I would love to put my music on my iphone.
How do I do this?
do people still use IPODS?  Am I old-fashioned?

No, you’re not old fashioned!  Like you, I have an iPhone, but I also have two iPods of varying vintages that are still in service and still get used regularly.  My original 5GB iPod – the one that came out in 2002 with the black and white screen and click wheel – is a backup audio source at The Hubs’ church.  My other iPod – fall 2006 vintage – is in service at the offices of Smiling Dog Systems. Read the rest of this entry

Tutorial: Swapping RAM in a Mac Mini

Tutorial: Swapping RAM in a Mac Mini
Tutorial: Swapping RAM in a Mac Mini

I’m currently rocking a mid 2010 model Mac Mini.  This was the first Mini to come in the “squat” unibody aluminum format, and the last to have a built-in optical drive.  It came with a pair of 1 GB memory modules.  I had since upgraded one of those to a 2 GB module, but I had been experiencing some odd issues with my Mini’s performance, so I decided to upgrade the memory once again.  Fortunately, upgrading the RAM in a Mac Mini is one of the cheapest and easiest upgrades you can do. Read the rest of this entry

Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet

Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet
Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet

We’ve got a closet underneath our stairway that we use to store out-of-season clothes, Christmas wrapping paper and decorations, suitcases, etc.  Of course, there’s no light permanently installed in there!  I found a short lamp – the kind you might hang under a kitchen cabinet – that would work perfectly for this space. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Laundry Soap!

Recipe: Laundry Soap!
Recipe: Laundry Soap!

For several years now, I’ve made my own laundry soap.  I got sick of spending a minimum of $5 a month on store-bought soap, so I decided to give making my own soap a go.  At first I used the recipe out of the Duggar family’s book – the usual recipe that it seems everyone starts with.  One bar of Fels Naptha, some washing soda (NOT baking soda!), some Borax, and a 5-gallon bucket, some leftover “regular” laundry soap containers if you want to store in them, and you’re in business.  About $2 of materials and a little time made about 6 months’ worth of laundry soap for the two of us.  I ran out of soap in my last bucket a couple weeks ago, and have been using sample packs of Tide and those Purex all-in-one sheets while I’ve been recovering from my broadcast engineering exam.  Now, I’ve got the time to make some more laundry soap, and thought I’d try a different recipe. Read the rest of this entry