Computer Troubles

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Dated, but nothing conveys the trouble of re-installing everything on your PC than a giant pile of floppy disks

My computer in the last few weeks has been giving me endless troubles. When bringing the computer out of ‘sleep’ mode the OS could not find the hard drive, in Windows when trying to access any of the drives I was told I didn’t have the correct “permissions” to open files or drives. It got to the point that I couldn’t actually DO anything with my computer. I tried using Windows Recovery to revert to a previous state. I scanned and scrubbed the hard drive looking for errors or viruses. I was getting nowhere.

So, this weekend I decided to restore the computer to factory its factory settings. I panicked for awhile trying to find the Windows CD and Drivers CD (which I did eventually find) until I realized that Alienware computers have a hidden read-only partition on their hard drives that you can boot from and restore the computer to its factory settings. And that is what I did.

First, I wrote down all the software I had on the PC, all the subscriptions I had that weren’t mediated through a cloud service, etc. etc. That way when the computer was reset I’d know what I need to download again. Second, I backed up all my pictures and documents to external drives. Finally, I hit the big red button and wiped the drive and reset the computer back to how it was when I first bought it over a year ago. Continue reading

Cocktail of the Week: Apple Thyme

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It’s supposed to be fall right now, the produce department of our local Co-op certainly reflects the change of the season even if the weather outside stubbornly refuses to. I’m looking at you 95° weekend weather! With the transition to fall I’ve got to say goodbye to all the chilled drinks full of citrus and fruit! That’s okay though, because I’m looking forward to some hot drinks.

This cocktail was inspired by one D saw over on another blog (here), that called for a homemade brandy and quite a bit of alcohol in it. I took the recipe and tweaked it a little bit and ended up with a delicious cocktail with an herbal undercurrent, that wouldn’t knock D out. I replaced the brandy with applejack and balanced out the proportions.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Apple Thyme

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz applejack
  • 1 oz thyme simple syrup
  • 1/2 – 1 oz lemon juice

Combine ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain onto ice in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with apple slice and thyme twig.

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I didn’t have any expectations with this cocktail. I’d never considered using bourbon and applejack together and I’d never thought to infuse simple syrup with thyme. It turned out really well though! The lemon and thyme go together quite well and blend wonderfully with the bourbon and applejack. Depending on how much lemon juice you have a flavor that goes anywhere from an apple-y bourbon with hints of lime, and thyme to a whiskey sour with hints of apple. I heartily recommend this for relaxing on a cool fall evening.