Saturday, August 10, 2013

Still on my soapbox - ANGRY with HP and Microsoft. . .

I have a perfectly good dependable HP1000 Laserjet printer with an almost new print cartridge in it, THAT I CANNOT USE!

Because these two companies got together and decided not to have a printer driver available for use with Windows 7. This printer is UNSUPPORTED. I am not the only one with this issue and do NOT understand why these companies will not do something about it.

I just bought a new printer to run on Windows 7 and IT IS NOT AN HP PRINTER!!

Gu Ru

We have been doing a bit of work at our church in the last few weeks and it has generally gotten around that we do some computer work. One Sunday, an elder announce that our congregation has some new computer "guru's". 

Several people have asked if we are the guru's - I don't know about that - we both just like working with computers and have learned quite a bit. One member is so convinced she calls . . .

Me         - Gu                                                    

and  Him        - Ru
She knows who she is!!

Friday, August 9, 2013


It's back from the shop with some transmission repairs and a new clutch. AND IT'S QUIET.  It doesn't sound like rocks rolling around in it now.

We are very happy with the shop who did the work. They pulled the transmission and sent it for repairs as some gears showed some wear. Got it back, put it in and it was not right so they sent it back. Got it in again and the noise was still there, coming from the clutch. The replaced the clutch and it is very quiet now.

We recommend AAAA Transmission for their work and honesty. They treated  us right! They said it was a learning experience for them working on this diesel truck. The mechanic said he learned a lot and it will help him with future customers.

He also mentioned that the repair shop told him after looking at the transmission that the owner (my DH) really knew how to drive and take good care of that truck. With that many miles on it, it is in really good shape!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


We bought a new Acer computer for me last October at Fry's Electronics. It quit on me in June - would not even boot. I had an extended warranty, even though it was still under manufacturer's warranty. Fry's said they would send it to Acer to be repaired. Four weeks later, Fry’s called and said it could not be fixed and Acer issued a store credit to me.

We went in and found that all the computers now had Windows 8 on them. I told them I did not want one because none of my software would run on it. When asked about a refund so I could get one somewhere else, I was told (after they supposedly spoke to a manager) that Acer would not do a refund - I had to use the credit in the store. We're talking $400!! They said I could use it on something other than a computer!! I told them I needed the computer.

Finally went back to the computer department to look around and found a different salesman. He found one computer that had Windows 7 on it and it was not an Acer. I had to pay more for it since it was not on sale like the first one. They did give me a small discount on it. When we got home I looked for warranty information on it and couldn't locate it so my DH called to find it does have a 1 year warranty. I did not buy the expensive extended Fry's warranty on it since it was a waste of money on the last one!!

Since I was upset about the whole deal, I posted a note on Acer's Facebook page and was told that they did not issue store credits - that Fry's did and if I still had the computer they would fix it! Hmmm, makes me wonder what really happened to my computer. Someone is not being truthful so I will choose carefully who I give my business to from now on.

AND my DH bought a new Dell laptop two years ago at . . .you guessed it . . .,- Fry's. For some time now the screen would go all squirrelly with lines across it. But it was so random we figured they would not be able to duplicate it so we did not take it in. We had purchased a 2 year warranty on it, thinking, we had plenty of time to take it in if it did it more often. More often showed up this week and we discovered the stated 2 year warranty was actually one year with an expiration date of June 2013!! DH did some research and found that Dell has known about this problem for some time and has done nothing to fix it.

At this point, we are NOT happy campers!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mom's visit

We had a great visit with Mom last monrh.  June & Teresa took their vacation to go camping and brought Mom here to stay with us for a few days. They had an interesting trip, traveling with three dogs and my 89 year old Mom. Not even halfway here, one of the truck tires started coming apart and they did not have that size in the town. After waiting awhile in the heat, they put the spare on and continued on their way. But something was wrong - the truck was vibrating and could not even go 60 miles per hour.

Teresa and I were texting back and forth, so I told her we would head that way. A little while after we left, she texted not to come. A car with three guys and a girl pulled up beside them and told them they had a flat on the travel trailer. They put the spare on it and continued on their way. Thank goodness they made it since they were out of spares!

They all came to church with us Sunday and met bunches of our friends. After lunch, the girls and their dogs left to find a lake and RV park. They traveled to Mineral Wells and stayed until Tuesday. I called a tire store for them to order 4 new truck tires and they were put on Tuesday. They left the next morning traveling to Lake Arrowhead, near Wichita Falls for a couple of days, then on to Copper Breaks state park on the way back to Amarillo.

Mom went with us to the nursing home to visit DH's Dad. They are always picking at each other from a distance. Mom is older by 7 month so Dad says he will seek advice from her. She tells him (via us) to behave and "don't make me have to come down there". Good visit but wish I had taken pictures.

Mom went to Fry's Electronics with us to get my new computer (that will be another blog), out to eat a couple of times and to Wednesday night church. One trip out to eat, we were both bad and had pecan cobbler with ice cream on top. (Sorry, Mom, I had to tell on us!)

One morning after her shower, I went to take mine and discovered a lizard in the tub. She said "Is that the tub I just got out of"? I figured the lizard already took a shower with her so had my DH remove it to the outdoors.
We had a nice visit with sister, Kathy & husband Gus. They stopped by after visiting with their son, Steve in Dallas. 
Then, our niece Lene and kids came over to visit Grandma.

I had been wanting to go to Amarillo for a visit and daughter, Sheri and grandaughter, Emma as well so we took Mom home and stayed a few days to visit. Of couse, we had to stop at our favorite restaurant on the way - Dutch's in Quanah.

 My sister Barbara, had a stray dog show up a few weeks ago and wanted to find a home for him. She is a cat person and said that the dog was not hers - but . . . she bought food, treats, pigs ears and toys for this dog. She called him 'BOY' and her husband called him 'DOG'.

Since Sheri has been fostering dogs in her area, she said she would take him home. They looked for his owner but no one was looking for him and he did not have a chip identification. Sheri gave him the name 'Charlie'. He did really well in the car on the trip home.

Barbara has a yard full of pretty flowers and I took a few pictures of them.

We had a great time doing thrift store shopping with Fred as well.

We observed Mom & June's "pet" squirrel. He loves their deck. First he checked out and ate some bird seed around the feeder, then checked out the cat food - turned up his nose at that! He proceeded to the deck to relax a bit before scampering off to the top, onto the house and into the tree.

We had a really great visit!