The everlasting printer

I bought my Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1100 printer back in March 2000. It came with a toner cartridge. Now I’ll admit that I don’t print that much, but I finally needed to replace the cartridge. That means that my old cartridge lasted just under five years! Fortunately, I purchased a replacement cartridge about four years ago. Laser printer toner lasts much longer than inkjet printer ink; instead of replacing the cartridge every month, a toner cartridge can last for, well, up to five years. Unfortunately, this printer is so old that it has very little memory and takes a while to print anything with graphics. Overall, though, this little printer has served me well, and I look forward to another five years of service.

Halo for the Xbox

I finally purchased Halo for the Xbox today, and I just couldn’t put it down! Now I’ll be torn between that and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3. I also found a little time to put together the Xbox page I mentioned last week and added a new button on the left.

In the meantime, I’m still working on the next web site design. I considered going with a clean, simple look, but I don’t want it to make look boring either. So, I may go back to the drawing board. Until then, I should probably work on the sites that I’ve been meaning to work on for several months (you’re all probably saying, “yes, you should!”).

Rainbow Six on Xbox Live

I finally got around to using Xbox Live last night. I played Rainbow Six 3 with a group of other really great players. In most cases, I got killed almost immediately, but I also managed one kill. I had so much fun, I joined in again tonight. Again, I had another kill (woo hoo!). Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of experience playing the game, so I’m still limited in my choice of weapons. Now only if I can get past the first level in the game campaign!

New Xbox

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day in which we remember the civil rights leader that challenged the social injustices of the nation and made people aware that change was needed. Over forty years later, things are better, but some injustices still exist. At least I got a day off, though. So, rather than updating my site and working on the new site design, I worked at home.

Okay, I have to admit something I never mentioned online before. I’m a smoker. I’m actually trying to quit right now, but it is not an easy process. I’ve tried to quit before, but this time I’ve given it much more thought and consideration (hey, I’m not getting any younger). I chose several things to keep myself busy while trying to quit. Among those, I bought a Microsoft Xbox. I tried out Halo a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it, but I decided to hold off on buying this console until I could justify it. So, my justification is that it’s a “carrot” to not smoking. Believe it or not, it has worked so far. It prevents me from thinking about smoking by keeping my hands and my mind busy.

I also signed up for Xbox-Live, but I haven’t found any friends online to play along with yet. As I continue to improve at the games that I have, I’m sure that I’ll start looking to join others. Later this month, I will start working on a Xbox page… this will be for listing the games that I have. But don’t expect much; it’s still new for me, but I may get tired of it later. So far, though, it’s been really cool.

In other news, I’ve just been plugging away at work and trying to keep things sane. The guitar playing is really coming along.

Christmas 2003 pictures now on-line

I finally managed to scan some pictures from Christmas. While we were celebrating, I took pictures using my film camera instead of the digital. I was actually impressed with how well the pictures came out. I’ve only just begun scanning pictures, so consider the page a work in progress. Click here to see pictures of Isabel and Madeline. When I have a chance, I’ll have to learn how to clean up the script so the pictures fit in the windows properly.

Packers beat the Seahawks

I’m at it again with another soapbox article. Want to know why it’s important to have good writing skills? I’ll explain this month (hopefully).

If you follow NFL football, you know that the Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday with an interception in overtime (great job, Al Harris!). This Sunday the Packers play the Philadelphia Eagles. Although it will be a struggle, I think that they have what it takes to win. Here’s to the Super Bowl!

Packers in the playoffs, Jackson guitars

Happy New Year! After watching the Green Bay Packers defeat the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals miraculously pull off a down-to-the-wire touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings, I’m happy to announce that the Packers start off today in the playoffs as their division champion! What’s cooler is that my parents are in Lambeau to watch today’s Wild Card Game against the Seattle Seahawks. As long-time season-ticket holders, it’s the first time they have ever received tickets for the playoffs. Unfortunately, Green Bay’s weather is expected to get no warmer than 19-degrees (Fahrenheit), with a chance of snow. Fortunately, the Packers are historically a great cold-weather team.

And, as I promised, my New Year’s Resolutions are available in My Soapbox. I’ve also added a new link to My Links: Jackson Guitars. Fender Musical Instruments bought out Jackson/Charvel during 2003, but hasn’t changed the way guitars are made in their factory. Jackson is making the same great guitars that it made when an up-and-coming Randy Rhoads asked it to make him a custom guitar. My next dream guitar is a Jackson Soloist SL-1 with Snakeskin finish!