Monthly Archives: July 2009

Dented the Jeep last night

Last night I had the mower (heavy ride-on ZTR style) up on the trailer as was driving to a friend’s house to cut their grass. Normally, I load the mower so that its tail is facing forward. This time, I loaded it face-first, since the tires were a bit wet from the grass, and it wouldn’t grab the trailer and climb up. This caused the trailer to be a bit tail heavy, which is bad. You want it to be nose heavy, to encourage it to stay down on the hitch-ball.

Anyway, long story short, the hitch came up off the ball. The safety chains were still attached, but the trailer was fishtailing all of the place at this point, going nearly sideways at times, tires smoking when it was perpendicular to me. I’m really thankful it didn’t flip over. I’m also thankful no one else was around at the time, or it might have hit them. Once I got it slowed down, the mower (still firmly strapped to the trailer) slid forward and dented the rear hatch of the jeep. That’s the sum total of the damage from the whole incident, aside from any wear and tear on my cardiovascular system from seeing the mower dancing behind me.

I’m _really_ thankful that things turned out so well. I’m sad about the dent, but it’s just a dent.

HDTV, I has it

I bought Melissa an HDTV for her Xbox360, last night. It’s a Samsung, 30 inch CRT, model TXM3096WHF. It’s capable of 480p and 1080i. I freely admit that it’s not terribly high tech, but it’s better than the aging (and whistling) 27″ SDTV that we had. And it cost $65, so you can’t really beat that with a stick. (:

I’m enjoying learning about how to hook things up and setup things up for an HD system. The xbox looks very pretty at 480p. I need to hook up the DVD player via the component cables and learn how to set it to widescreen mode.

D610 and Windows 7

I have a Dell D610, which is a fairly modern business grade laptop. It needed a fresh OS install (it still had WinXP Home from the person I bought the lower part of the machine from). Since I had a beta copy of Win7 that I hadn’t tried yet, I opted to install that.

Turns out, the video chipset in the D610 (Intel 915) will never be supported by the Windows 7 driver architecture. So much for trying out windows 7, on that machine anyway.