Mudcat Café message #3995113 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #3995113
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
03-Jun-19 - 12:35 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Jon, how do you use the network card? Right now this computer is a self-contained, non-communicating machine. I'm not sure if there is a way to get around the absence of the "Diagnostic policy" error.

Mary, the computer at my house has done a lot of heavy lifting and even in retirement will continue to do so as it has numerous devices attached. External hard drives for music, photography, videos, and work files (I kept copies of everything I worked on, though most of them are now donated to Special Collections at work). I have a printer, a scanner, a Canopus for the VHS, a two-monitor desktop setup, and cables for all sorts of things are on a USB hub—such as cameras, phone, tablet, and the charger for my fitness tracker. And lots of software that operates best in a multi-core environment (any Adobe products, for example, are real processor hogs). I didn't dismiss laptops outright—I thought about a powerful laptop on a docking station that would give me the ability to attach all of the USB stuff and monitors, but I have things I want to add to the computer (that I can find on sale and do for myself cheaper than Dell can add them in now). And possibly a couple of things out of the old computer into this one (the Hauppauge receiver, for example, because I use my computer like a DVR; the old computer can't download the program to update the channel list so there would be no metadata with anything I record on there from here out.) In the end, laptops are more expensive and harder to work on, so it's another desktop.

It was a weekend of pleasure, visiting with old friends at lunch, and work, doing all of the computer stuff. And more work ahead. This morning a bright spot was the return letter from the tax appraisal office; they've been racing to raise our property values (and taxes) before the state puts a cap on all of that. My market value last year went up more than $20,000, and this year it went up a whopping $37,000. Lasts year I filed an online protest and because those hearings are nerve-wracking and I was still working, when they dropped $3000 from the market value (an automated response) I accepted it. This year the automated response cut the increase in half, but I have the time and energy so sent in the paperwork and was prepared to go to a hearing in a couple of weeks. This morning a letter arrive agreeing to leave the market value at last year's price (I asked they do that, or use the square foot rate of a house nearby that makes it even lower). The good thing about this is that this year my tax rate will be frozen, and at the lower level.

Last night I realized I'd forgotten to take my allergy stuff for a couple of days (as I lay in bed with a stuffy nose). I took the medication and spent time making my brain wind down until it kicked in and I could breathe (all of this computer and financial stuff can keep one awake) visualizing how today I would finally work on my new fence pickets (paint on the wood preservative) and cut up the old fence for bulky waste (it must be at the curb by next Monday so town officials can drive through and decide what size and type of truck to request to pick it all up). This is my task for the day.