Out of Commission

My computer’s been out of commission for nearly a month. I’m using my old computer but have to share with my son.

I’m working on fixing my laptop but every time I try some obstacle appears. Restoration cds? Did not work. First replacement drive I bought? Sounded like a lawnmower. Back to Best Buy for another – and restoration cd still did not work. Called the folks I bought computer from and demanded my actual Windows discs. They sent them. Why they didn’t include them with the system I have no idea…

I finally received the Windows discs. They included XP (on my original drive) and also Vista (which they had to install last year when it went in for repair – the new graphics card wouldn’t work with XP drivers). Then I realized that I had 64-bit Vista, and they sent me 32-bit. So I had to call and ask for the 64-bit version. I know the guy was peeved with me but I’m sorry. I hadn’t received this disc, so I called two Saturdays ago again – the guy that was peeved with me hadn’t sent it. He wasn’t there that day and the tech sent it out for me (thank you, guy!)

So then Thanksgiving holidays came – my daughter came home from college. And here I am today, finally having time to try to install Windows on the new drive. Let’s see what happens. I did try Repairing the original drive but it’s not letting me. Problem could be the drive controller. If it’s that, then I’m going to give up on that laptop and put together my own desktop.

Gadgets: Pretty on the Outside, not so Inside

I found Scot Finnie yesterday while cleaning up my Google Reader feeds. Anyone that’s not posted in over a year I’m assuming is not posting to that feed anymore. Gone! But I couldn’t get rid of Scot’s until I read his last post again.

He got quite a few articles up on ComputerWorld now, and I’ll be reading through them when I can. His recent article, A Love-Hate Relationship with iPad and iOS was one on which I couldn’t resist commenting. Soct discussed his excitement to first get and use the new iPad, but his excitement waned as he realized the restrictions there were to the thing. Having not owned any Apple products, maybe I don’t have quite the right to speak. It’s always just been a feeling that there’s not a whole lot appealing beneath the sparkly surface of Apple’s products for someone who really likes to have control of their systems.

I posted a comment and it’s really what I’ve thought about Apple products for a long time.  It’s more of a feeling that’s kept me from buying any of their products.

It’s almost like…sacrilege right now to downplay the iPad. *gasp!* It’s so hot right now.

Apple products always look nice on the outside, but then we hear unforgivingly bad things later about one thing or another. Who doesn’t know better than their users that Windows based machines and other OS’s and gadgets have their own issues as well? However, in all honesty, I’d rather wait a few revolutions of the gadget when all the kinks are worked out, then buy an Android one, or see how the BlackBerry pads go.

It’s my wonder after reading your article if the problem in this article is two-fold: (i) a factor of highly technical folks’ need to tinker unencumbered, and (ii) Apple’s need to dummy-proof their products, in order to appeal to the general public, most of which don’t know their way around file systems, for example.

Wild as all the Apple apps are for these gadgets, I’d pass on them all to be able to tinker and have more control over the gadget. That’s the factor that makes something cool to me. Beyond the surface of pretty, there’s really cool. IMO Apple only seems surface pretty, and not a good value for my money.

I’m sure one day I’ll buy one of these pads. When they came out I told my husband – I need one of those! But not the iPad. Something else. 😀 Then we started hearing about Androids, and now we’re hearing about BlackBerry’s Black Pad. When it’s time, it’ll be one of those.

Naturally Healthy Fruit Crisp

I love making this fruit crisp. It’s not the fruit that makes it great it’s the topping! It’s like eating this healthiest semi-chewy semi-crunchy granola-ish type of thing. It can be made on its own and stored in an air-tight container then used on top of other foods like you’d use granola. ♥ I loves it! ♥

This desert is made with as many organic ingredients as possible. Our bodies need clean, natural foods in order to maintain health. Organic foods are best to use since they don’t tax our bodies with unnatural pesticides and preservatives. Whole grains are our friends. Sugar is not so healthy for our bodies to eat on a regular basis (or at all). Using products like rice syrups will keep your blood sugar level balanced. Using the proper healthy ingredients in your cooking will keep your body feeling great.

Fruit Crisp


Fruit in season – organic berries, pears, apples. Have enough to fill a square casserole pan.

2 cups quick oats

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour – found in your local health food store.

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

1/2 cup rice syrup – Rice syrup is easy on the body as it enters the bloodstream slowly, not causing sugar highs and lows.

1/3 cup canola oil – I use organic, expeller-pressed or cold-pressed oils. These differ from typical supermarket oils in that they are not extracted using chemical solvents.

1/2 tsp. vanilla – I use glycerin-based flavoirings, as opposed to alcohol-based. Frontier has a nice selection of popular flavorings

1/2 cup water


Chop your fruit and fill your casserole pan. I used pears but didn’t have enough so chopped one more apple to make the dish full.

Sprinkle the top of the fruit with a little sea salt, then add your 1/2 cup of water.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients (syrup, canola oil and vanilla – mix those well!) in a smaller bowl.

Here’s a picture of some of the organic items I used.

Spectrum canola oil, 365 whole wheat pastry flour (from Whole Foods), Frontier alcohol-free vanilla extract, Lundberg organic brown rice syrup, and some quick oats. The oats are grocery store brand; I couldn’t find any organic oats but that’s ok for oats. Also Mr. Whiskie says hi to you.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix with a spoon but eventually you may want to get your hands in there and finish the job. The mixture needs to be moist, crumbly but mixed very well.

Crumble the topping on the fruit. Fill in all the gaps.

Cover with aluminum foil and Into the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Take off the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes to brown the topping. Check. If topping is not lightly brown, put in for another 5 minutes.

All done! (Bad picture –  had to use my flash since it was evening).

I had way too much juice sitting at the bottom of the pan this time around. My pears were way too ripe which made this dish really juicy. Rather than let my fruit sit in that juice, I decided to pour it off. I will mix it with corn starch, arrowroot or kudzu (healthiest) tomorrow and use that bit of thickened pear juice to drizzle over a slice of the crisp.