ASUS and TrendMicro Data Collection

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gotten into a conversation about privacy, only to have the other person say “I have nothing to hide, so let them spy on me.” I don’t even bother arguing with them anymore, and usually just smile and nod as if I’m agreeing with them so they will just stop talking. If you are one of those people, don’t bother reading this web page. There is nothing here for you. For those that do care, and know that way too…
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Harman XXV Pellet Stove – Owner Review

We live in the small town of Falcon, CO and found that our gas furnace would run almost continuously during a winter storm and struggled to keep the house warm. During cold nights when there was no wind, the furnace would still fire up about once every 20 minutes and even though it ran for a much shorter time, over the course of the month, our heating bills were averaging about $175. The only other appliance we have in the house that uses gas is the water heater, which only…
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Increase Your Vehicle Fuel Economy

car traveling road

Gasoline powered cars are very inefficient. Close to 80% of the energy released by combustion is lost to heat. The rest is converted to mechanical energy to propel your car.There isn’t much you can do about the energy lost to heat, but you can ensure some things don’t waste the mechanical energy. Diesel and gasoline prices fluctuate a lot. In some places of the country, they are over $5 a gallon, while in others they are below $3. No matter where you live, it’s always nice to save a little…
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Growing Aspen Trees in Colorado

Aspen Trees

High in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado one can find an abundance of Aspen trees. With their brilliant white bark and green leaves turn shimmering yellow in the Autumn, their beauty is a magnet for visitors from all around the world. An Aspen tree main trunk can live anywhere from 40 to about 150 years. The root system below ground can live for thousands of years and will produce lots of sprouts, commonly known as “suckers”. Aspens love lots of direct sunlight and new trees will have a very hard…
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Photography Using Moonlight

Scott Book Photography

Nothing like being deep in the Rocky Mountains under a full moon. There is enough reflected light that one can usually walk around without the aid of a flashlight. There is even enough light to take some really cool photographs of the surrounding landscape without any fancy equipment. About the only things one needs are a camera with “bulb” setting, a tripod and a good subject to photograph. However, finding the right scene can take some planning. I usually take mental notes of neat and interesting places while I’m out…
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Old Farms and Barns On The Colorado Plains

Old barn and stable

Scattered about the eastern plains of Colorado lie abandoned old farms from a time long since passed. I’m not exactly sure what intrigues me most about these scenes. But they are perhaps one of my favorite things to photograph. Perhaps it’s because they are reminiscent of an era I wish I could have been a part of. Or maybe it’s the incredible stories of hardship the frontier unleashed on the unsuspecting pioneers. Even if new, some of these building would have provided minimal protection from the ferocious winds and driving…
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Photographs of an Old Colorado Farmhouse

Old Farm at Sunset

South of Ellicot on the eastern plains of Colorado stands and an old farmhouse built many years ago. It’s long since been abandoned. Missing its windows and doors, though, it’s still stands after years of being abused by the rain, wind and sun. I marked this farm on my GPS maps about a year ago. I knew when the right day presented itself, it would make for a really cool photograph. That day came when the sun set over Pikes Peak and behind the farm to the west. The shot…
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