Acer Veriton

I picked up a used Acer Veriton X2631G desktop the other day from someone on Marketplace. It’s a nice compact sized desktop computer and even though it’s older, it has some nice stats.

Acer Veriton
  • Dual Core Pentium G3220 64 Bit at 3 GHz
  • 6 Gbytes RAM
  • 500 Gbyte Hard Disk
  • DVD player/recorder
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports plus 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • VGA Video out @ 1366×768
  • Windows 10

It didn’t come with a keyboard, mouse or Wifi card (but it did have an ethernet port). I bought a cheap keyboard from Amazon, plugged in an old mouse and used the ethernet port on the machine to connect to my home network.

Linux Mint Cinnamon

Yesterday I installed Linux Mint 20.3 and configured the machine for dual boot so I can startup in either Windows or Linux. I will be using both because some apps that I use are available in Windows but not Linux, and vice versa. So far I’m finding the machine responsive and a 3 GHz it’s fast enough. I’m really liking the Linux Mint environment and I allocated the majority of the disk space to it.

Bandido

Another new foal in the barn this Saturday. I was on my way to the range shortly after 7AM when Wendy called to tell me about this little fellow. He arrived sometime between 6AM and 7AM.

I snapped the photo below around 6PM after I got home from the club.

Bandido at about 12 hours old

He is uniquely marked and we both agreed that “Bandido” is the correct name for him.

My son Stephen got a few more pictures of Bandido on Sunday when he got outside for the first time.

Strong’s Bandido
Getting some exercise

Jalapeño

Sometime in the early hours of May 21st we had a new addition to the barn. Tia Maria had a newborn foal in her stall when Wendy went to the barn at 6 AM. He wasn’t there the night before when I did a barn check at 10 PM. My barn camera didn’t record the event because of a problem wth the memory card so we don’t know the exact time. I did get this photo from the barn camera later.

Wendy with Tia and Jalapeño

He’s a beautiful sorrel colour and we all agreed he’s a match for our “Pepper Boys”, Cayenne Pepper and Red Hot Chili Pepper. So I suggested we call him Jalapeño Pepper.

Jalapeño meets Chili and Cayenne

We got him oustide the very next day and he had a chance to meet the Pepper Boys. He’s gonna fit right in with that crowd.

Jalapeño

Farmhouse Update – Kitchen Complete!

We put the finishing touches on the kitchen today and we can now call it complete!

When this job started, we thought we had prepared for everything. And most everything went smoothly, but it only takes one thing to mess things up. Our demolition went according to schedule. The new cabinets arrived and were installed on time. And they are perfect. We purchased a dishwasher way ahead of time and it was delivered. But then there was the sink.

That sink. I ordered it from Amazon.ca because we needed an odd size and it was the only one we could find. To my surprise it shipped from New Jersey. Amazon didn’t indcate it was coming from outside the country. Anyway, it was late. Very late. Finally, I got a notice from Amazon saying they considered it lost in shipping and I could have a refund. Time was now critical. We needed a sink in the new kitchen and we needed it ASAP. So off we went to Home Depot and found a sink, smaller than we wanted but at lease it was a sink!

Arranged to have the plumber out to install the sink and dishwasher. They got started but then got called away on another job they said was an emergency. That was Friday. We painted the old cupboards to the exact same shade of white as the new cabinets on the weekend. The plumber returned on Monday and finished the job.

Oh, and that sink that Amazon lost? Well it showed up just hours after the replacement was installed!

We did some finishing touches today and called it done!

New cabintes with sink & dishwasher installed

In Loving Memory of…

A friend requested that I make a wall plaque in memory of his mother who passed away recently. He wanted a wooden spoon attached to the carving, which he supplied. Here is the design I came up with.

Finished job

This piece was too big to carve in one run on my 3018 PROVer, so I made two separate carves. The top letters which say “In Loving Memory of Mom” were carved with a 90 degree V-bit. The workpiece was then re-positioned in the CNC so I could carve the lower part with the heart, her name (which I have blurred in the photo) and the years. I switched to a 60 degree V-bit for the lower part as these letters were slightly smaller than the ones at top.

The piece was made of laminated maple and I put an edge on it with a roundover bit in my router before carving the letters. I also routered a groove on the back with my keyhole bit so it could be hung up.

I finished it with my beeswax / mineral oil paste. I applied the same finish to the wooden spoon and attached it with a couple of countersunk 1″ wood screws from the back.

This was a fun and challenging project. I hope my friend is happy with it.