Category Archives: Red Road Rental

wrapping up

Last post ever – last night ever sleeping on Red Road. It’s been a good nine months, but the time has come to move on. Today, we closed on our house and now have a great place to call home.

I’m likely gonna be offline for a few days while I wait for Time Warner to get their slack selves in gear and get out and install my junk. I’ll be checking my primary email and the wantmoore -at- gmail.com address at least daily though.

Adios amigos!

facelift

I’ve started painting the outside my house finally. If you look at my /pics you will find some shots of the exterior from around the time I moved here back in October. It’s pretty much looked like a dump on the outside ever since. Well yesterday I finally got started in the right direction. Here are some thumbnails and as usual, you can click on them for a larger image (one is ~70k and the other ~92k so not too big for you dial-up people).

BEFORE:
before angle shot

AFTER:
after house angle shot after house front shot

thanks and things

First of all, I want to wish Chuck a formal welcome to wantmoore.com. Apparently he has been reading from somewhere in the Houston, TX area for at least a month now since he made reference to my post about Firefox. Just for the record folks, it comments like this that make myself and Helix do what we do over at GetOffTheComputer.com. Just knowing that something we’ve written has helped someone out once. But anyway, I did want to wish Chuck, my Mac user, a warm welcome from yours truly.

In other news, I made a slight change in my decor at home tonight. I still need to take some pics of the rest of my house, but I painted an accent wall in my living room tonight. It’s a dark navy blue and the wall is located on the short end of my living room where my TV and the rest of my AV gear resides. Quite a big change and I must say, it looks fantastic.

shuffled up

I moved some things around here in my office today. I recently acquired a ATi 9600 Pro which features dual outputs. One via the standard VGA port and a second via the DVI output. I popped on the DVI->VGA convertor and then hooked up one of my old 15″ monitors and placed it to the right of my primary 19″ Trinitron display. The result looks a bit like this: (note: click for full-sized version)

New Desk Arrangement

It’s already been quite effective as a means of productivity. I can leave MSN chat windows and email going off to my right full time while working or browsing on my primary display. Not to mention the sheer geek/cool factor involved of running two monitors on the same computer. A definite score for me today…

C’est fini!

The office is completely finished except for putting the doors back on their hinges. I want to share some pics but none of them turned out decent enough. Walls and trim both turned out extremely nice and I’m surprising myself more everyday about how good I’m getting at this painting business. I also finished the woodwork and doors in the living room/kitchen tonight with the help of my wonderful girlfriend and it too looks fantastic. The hallway is also painted now and after I rework the trim color I’ll finish it up.

Next thing on the paint list is my bedroom. I’m slightly ecstatic about the color that’s going in there; it’s by far my favorite out of our 1000+ color fan deck at work.  Even more exciting is the fact that I should be able to finish up my makeshift structured wiring situation tomorrow. The coax is all taken care of already, but I still have to crawl back under the house and add a few more strands of Cat5 and then splice the new phone lines together as well as terminate all the Ethernet jacks. As soon as I get my wiring all finished I’ll have to get in touch with Time Warner to have my RoadRunner and Digital Cable with the DVR connected. J Now that’s something to be happy about!

halfway there

I know I’ve written a ton about my new living arrangements lately, but I’m so exited. Finished the walls in the living room/kitchen today AND I got one of the color painted in my new office area. That’s my secret for now, but I’m so excited about that room! Brandon helped me run cables today too, so the house is now wired enough for me to be able to live there I think ;) 

Day 2

Got a few minutes in at the new place after work tonight. Getting off at 6:00 doesn’t leave a lot of time before dark though. I’ll have power turned on by the end of the week though hopefully. I finished painting the ceiling in the Living Room/Kitchen/Hallway area and it looks fantastic! I’m so excited that I get to put the color on the walls tomorrow morning. I have all day off so it should prove to be very productive. Hopefully, I’ll even get to start in my office space by lunch time tomorrow. That’s the room I’m most thrilled about. The colors are top-secret except for those people closest to me, because honestly most of you will just freak. But, the end result should be fairly nice and I can’t wait to show you some images of the entire place when I’m done. Brandon is coming over tomorrow afternoon to help me run the cables that I need for full-house connectivity. Cable, Ethernet, and telephone in every room that I deem it necessary. I snagged a fantastic shelf from work today that we were going to throw out. It’s about 5’ high, 2’ deep, and 4’ long with 5 different shelves. It’s built fairly rugged too, so I’m gonna store a lot of computers and parts on it. I’ve got 5 machines sitting in here right now waiting to be repaired, used, or returned to their rightful owners. Wait, only one of them belongs to someone else!