Random Musings: HP PCs, Redbox, Ed Lee ad, Sprinkler systems, McRib

Meg Whitman, new CEO of HP, has decided to keep the embattled personal computer division. I had no idea HP has passed Dell, but then Dell has been struggling of late. It will be interesting to see what Whitman can come up with to make the PC market more profitable for the company.

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Redbox is raising its rental fees. I wonder what’s behind that. Yes, Netflix is struggling, but it’s still a big competitor. Perhaps they feel that they can get away with it since Netflix raised their rates. On the other hand, VIP Gamestore in Boise still rents movies for a $1 a day, $3.50 a week (I’m a partner, in case you didn’t know), plus they’re the place to go for new or used¬†video games, systems, and accessories. </advertisement>

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I don’t usually care for political ads, but I have to admit this one for Ed Lee, interim mayor of San Francisco, makes me wish I could vote for him. Obviously I’d check his and his competitors’ stances on issues first, but this ad certainly creates positive “brand awareness”.

Fear the moustache.

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I normally enjoy a good puzzle. Not when it’s my house, though. Last night I tried to figure out what I need to do to winterize my sprinkler system. So far all I’ve been able to find are the line valves. I find no signs at all of a backflow device or a water cut-off valve. On further research, I’m not even sure I know where the main water valve for the house is. The inspection report locates it in the basement, but the valve I’m seeing there seems to be closed already, so it’s neither the main water valve or the sprinkler line cut-off.

I need to get to the bottom of it this weekend. Temperatures have dropped dramatically in our area, and I’m running out of time. I just hope I have a self-draining system, as I still don’t see any means of blowing it out.

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I used to love¬†McDonalds’ McRib sandwich back before I became a vegetarian. But I never really paid attention to what was in it. Now I’d just as soon not know. Pig offal mush? Mmmmm! Of course with the barbecue sauce they use they could serve you a sauteed cardboard patty and it would still taste good. But knowing what I know now, I’m glad it’s off the menu.