Wow, talk about dropping the ball

I had made a decision that I would write a blog post at least once a week, and I had done pretty well for a while, but it looks like it has now been just about three weeks since my last one.

Things have been crazy lately.  I’ve started working on site at a new client’s location.  That’s good good so far, just working to nail down the requirements of this project.  I’ve also spent a lot of time working around the house.  Last weekend I built a fort/swing set for Emma’s third birthday (her party is this Saturday and her actual birthday is next week). 

But, things are starting to calm down a bit and get back as close to normal as is possible with a toddler and a 6-month old 🙂  Expect more interesting posts in the weeks to come 🙂

In the meantime, check out Michael Spencer’s new blog, Jesus Shaped Spirituality.

I’ve also added two new pages to the blog, where I’ll track What I’m listening to and What I’m reading.

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One month with a Mac Part III: Max out the RAM


In my earlier post on VMWare Fusion, I speculated that if I were to upgrade the MacBook from 2GB of RAM to 4GB, the virtual machine would perform much better.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that NewEgg at the RAM for about $85. So, I jumped on it. I received the RAM last Tuesday and noticed a huge improvement as soon as I installed it. I upped the memory on my development virtual machine to 1.5 GB. Now, it seems like no matter what I’m working on on the VM, I can still do anything I want to on the host machine and I notice absolutely no slow down at all.

Installation is very simple. You remove the batter and talk to the L bracket (make sure you have a small Philips screw driver). There are two levers there that you push in to slide the chips out. Then put the new memory in the same direction that the old ones came out. Make sure you firmly push the new ones in until they fit snugly (I didn’t get them in all the way the first time and the machine would not boot up). Put the bracket back on and then the battery and you’re good to go. Complete step by step instructions are here.

So, I’ll pass along the bit of advice I was given. If you buy a Mac, get as little memory as possible from Apple. Then, go to a third party and buy enough to max out the machine. You won’t be disappointed! In fact, even if you have a PC, take my advice and max out the RAM with memory from a store like NewEgg. Memory is very cheap these days and it will make your machine run amazingly well. I have a lot of family and friends come to me for advice on their computers that aren’t running well, and the memory is always the first thing I look at. Max out the RAM!

April family pictures

April family pictures are now here.

April was a busy month. First, we had Jenny’s 30th birthday party. Tabitha came up for the weekend to help us celebrate.

We also had Christopher’s dedication at church and all of the family came over to our house afterwards to celebrate.

The weather was beautiful, so Emma got to play at the park a lot.

Jenny took Emma on her first trip to the circus!

And Christopher continued growing like a weed…