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Vegas, Baby

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Finishing up some last-minute work on my web application, then its home tonight and Vegas in the morning! If you don’t follow my MINI blog, then you may not be aware that this weekend is A MINI Vacation in Vegas. 383 MINIs pre-registered for a long weekend of motoring and, er, spending money I am sure. Lots going on… we’re off to see Phantom of the Opera Thursday night, Friday sees us on a group jaunt to Death Valley, cruise up the Strip in the evening. Saturday I might be getting a little cosmetic modification done (to the MINI, not me!!), followed by a Poker Run and a big get together in the evening. And maybe I can throw a few quarters on the craps table, too.

Most of all its Vegas, baby. Pictures when I get back.

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March 21st, 2007 at 9:07 am

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Mac Mini Memory Upgrade

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I’ve had the Mac Mini for a few months and continually complain about how slow it is. So, before it goes in the trash I thought I’d give a memory upgrade a try. The standard 512MB really isn’t much these days and I read that the video card takes almost half of that so the apps don’t stand much of a chance.

I ordered 2GB of RAM off ebay for $160 and researched how to do the install. Its actually pretty easy if you follow the great instructions found at this link. It is hard to get the case off, no doubt but a good putty knife will see to it just fine. Also, a tiny Philips head screwdriver is required and make sure its magnetic, getting the screws back in is a real pain if its not.

Too early to say what kind of difference it has made but I think it will be obviously better. A couple of pictures on my flickr site.

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August 21st, 2006 at 8:42 pm

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True Lies

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At a stop light near Palm Desert, top down in the MINI. A gold PT Cruiser convertible pulls up alongside us.

PT: Hey, nice convertible!
Me: Yeah, you too

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October 31st, 2005 at 9:17 am

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News of the Week!

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The big news of the week (so far anyway) is the arrival of my new MINI, Carrie, named after the Sex and the City character, not the evil child from the movie of the same name. If you want to know more about her, then head over to the mini blog.


My new '05 MCS cabrio

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August 23rd, 2005 at 6:58 am

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The New MINI Is Built!

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Big news of the day: my new MINI has completed production! Hopefully it will be down at Southampton docks in a few days and then onto a boat headed for California. Maybe by the end of August it will be in my grubby mitts!

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July 12th, 2005 at 11:51 am

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Benefits of Driving a Small Car

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This morning on the way to San Diego, the area near the border patrol station was buzzing. For about a mile I was paralleled by a helicopter and I saw many border patrol vehicles off the freeway, parked in various ‘ready to go’ locations. At the station everyone was being stopped and officers were having a very good look in the windows and, in some cases, the boot too. However, when I pulled up in the MINI I was waved straight on – I guess they knew the people they were looking for couldn’t possibly be hiding anywhere in my car. One more benefit of driving a small car.

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January 24th, 2005 at 9:35 am

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Desert Weather

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Everyone is aware of the heat that one endures in the desert during the summer months, but many people don’t realise that we also get some nasty winds that pick up the dust and create little blizzards. Of course, Saturday I had my MINI detailed so last night the winds were fierce and down by Imperial Airport there were patches where you could not see more than a few feet where the dust was being blown across the road. I’m glad I was only driving by and not trying to land there. So today the MINI has a nice film of dust on it; still looks good though.

Another interesting thing about desert life is that when its hot outside the water in the toilet bowl gets hot. When you sit down to do your business, sometimes you get a real warm blast of air up between your legs. And not a lotta people know that.

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September 20th, 2004 at 9:02 am

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