$150 Laptops

One feature I really like about the $150 laptops is the handcrank to charge the battery. I could use that feature now in my laptop since my battery only lasts for about 15 minutes. A couple of turns should be good for another 30 minutes. I also like the keyboard that switches languages automatically. One laptop per child is the goal. Some countries will not be able to afford them. I have a feeling the $150 laptops will end up in the wrong hands and not the children. Another possibility, people will try to make money by selling it in the black market.

Fujitsu S6200 Problems

If you own a Fujitsu S6200 Series laptop, you may have experienced a loose A/C connector problem at the back of the unit. The problem came after just a year of normal use. After a few tries, I was able to take the laptop apart. This is by far the hardest part of the whole repair process. I then re-soldered the power connector back to the motherboard.

Re-soldering the power connector will fix the problem, but only temporarily. A few months later, the problem resurfaced again. The second time around, I ended up applying Super Glue to the connector after re-soldering it to the circuit board. With Super Glue, the connector is much more stronger and durable. I wished Fujitsu designed it better.

Avast AntiVirus Software

If you use a product and don’t hear much about it, you’ve come to realize it does what it’s supposed to do. The product works transparently behind the scenes without any problems or hitches. And when it’s called upon to do something, it just takes care of the problem efficiently without a major incident.

Avast Antivirus Software from Alwil Software is one of those products. I have been using their Home Free Edition Antivirus software for the last two years. It has been nothing short of wonderful. The software is non-obtrusive. That means you forget the software is running in the background. It’s effective. I haven’t had a virus problem in more than two years. And most of all, it’s free. You can’t beat that price anywhere else in the world.

When I first purchased my laptop a couple of years ago, it came with the Symantec’s Norton Antivirus software. Based on my experience, the software seemed to just take over the control of my laptop like it had a mind of its own. I had problems running a few applications. The software was very active and it seemed to intervene with everything that I did. It was just out of control.

Buying licenses for the Norton Antivirus software was a sore subject to me. Don’t get me wrong. I would gladly play for a software as long as it works cleanly and efficiently. So, why should I pay for an inferior product if I can find a better one for free.

Alwil Software makes their money selling their Professional and Corporate Antivirus software to businesses and corporations while making it available for free to home users. If you haven’t tried Avast yet, give it a try. You can visit their website for more information.

Dirty Jobs

Mike Rowe has a show in the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. It’s about American workers who have stinky jobs. It’s literally about jobs dealing with stench, garbage and anything unpleasant. There’s only one qualification for these jobs, you got to have a strong stomach for it. I’ve seen the show once several weeks ago and it was very interesting and educational to say the least. Some of the jobs already featured in the show are:

Roadkill Collector: Must be able to work long hours braving oncoming traffic while picking up creatures of various size and breed and in various states of decay. Benefits include working outdoors. Strong stomach a plus.

Catfish Noodler: In search of people who can catch potentially 100-pound catfish with their hands only. Must not mind sticking limbs in holes in search of game and getting bitten as a result.

Want to know more about the show, just visit the official website.