Monthly Archives: February 2014

Random thoughts

One

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been noticing some darker coloration on my toe where I had that nasty infection a few months back. I had initially thought that it was just random bruising from being on my feet at work. I spend a LOT of time on my feet these days.

Then, a couple of days ago, I stumbled across a picture that we had taken to document my foot as it got worse, and I realized that the discoloration was definitely not bruising. While my feet hurt all the time (dead shoes and overweight, combined with tile-over-concrete floors at work), the discoloration doesn’t have any particular discomfort to it. Rather, it pretty much outlines the worst of where the infection had formed the abscess, and runs down along the incision scar. I guess I have some permanent (at least, long-term) skin changes in that area. At least it doesn’t hurt like it did!

Two

I am being thwarted in my attempts to get hired on with a local ambulance company. Unfortunately, it’s a saturated market, and a small one at that. I may need to start looking beyond Rockford, further out in the county, or even over in Boone County/Belvedere area. And that frustrates me.

Three

I think that I’ve come up with an adequate backup solution for the home network. I don’t need anything for my computer, since I have an “older” Time Capsule, so that takes one full computer our of the need analysis. However, there are still four (five?) other people in the house who pretty much need some sort of backup: Erik, Kristen, Kirk, Tori (and Katie, who doesn’t have her own computer at the moment).

I’ve been looking for something that has cloud access (yeah, yeah, I know. Cloud security/privacy is questionable at best) and large capacity, for everybody, with relatively low cost. I think that the answer I’m looking for is the PogoPlug Office. The PogoPlug device acts as something like a NAS server, and is expandable to whatever you can get your hands on for drives. With two USB 3.0 ports, one 2.5 SATA/USM port, one USB 2.0 port, and one USB 2.0 port, there is plenty of room to expand.

I picked up a new/never used/in original packaging on eBay USB 3.0 drive (1.5 TB) for about $75. The PogoPlug Office allows for quasi-cloud storage (i.e the “cloud” is your own storage media, and is accessible either locally through the client software, or through the Internet and your home broadband router for sharing and access to backed up files, etc) for up to five separate user accounts. The device has an MSRP of about $150, but Rakuten/Buy.com has it available for just over $100.

I will be picking up one of these little gadgets when we get our tax return back, I think.


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