Backyard Chicken Eggs Are More Healthy


Backyard chicken raising has become quite popular over the last few years. I don’t think there is any one reason, but rather a few good reasons why. The reasons we did it are twofold; fresh healthy eggs and for the fun of it. First of all, eggs are not bad for you. They are very good for you and have lots of nutritional value. A few decades back, a war…
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Colorado Backyard Chicken Coop


After months of planning and thoughtful research, I designed and built my own chicken coop from scratch. I could have bought one of the prefab kits online, but after looking them over and reading reviews, they simply wouldn’t withstand the weather on the Colorado plains. I needed something a lot more sturdy and heavy so it wouldn’t blow away in the 40 mph winds we are frequently subjected to out…
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Why I Have a Landline Phone Again


Years ago, I struggled with the idea of cancelling my landline phone and relying solely on my cell phone. The main reason for doing so was cost savings. The landline phone was costing me somewhere around $40 a month after taxes and all the options. I didn’t see any reason to keep paying for it when my cell phone offered far more features and it was mobile. After much debate,…
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Polycom HDX People+Content Reduced Call Quality


When various endpoints connected to the RMX 2000 bridge and one of the participants pushed content via People+Content, everything seemed OK. However, once the token holder stopped pushing content, many of the participants’ call rates (not all, though) dropped considerably, in most cases by half. As an example, an endpoint that initiated a call request at 1024 Kbps dropped to 512 Kbps. This was enough that the older HDX 4000…
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Slow File Transfers Between Windows 7 and Server 2003


As my organization started to upgrade our domain-joined workstations from Windows XP to Windows 7, we ran into an issue with the clients browsing via DFS (Distributed File System) and file transfer speeds both over the LAN and the WAN. As the users explored the DFS tree, the navigation was extremely slow, sometimes in excess of 20 seconds drilling down just one directory level. Likewise, the file transfers were also…
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