March 14th, 2007


Electronic bits?

So, I think it's time that I got around to replacing my laptop fan. It seems to be working fine without it, but the bottom of the case gets uncomfortably hot, and this is a little concerning.

It appears that the best place to get a replacement is DigiKey, mostly on grounds that nobody else seems to sell this sort of thing. They prefer not to sell small quantities of stuff, though, and thus attach a $5 "handling charge" to any orders under $25. (The fan is $10.)

Clearly, this implies that I should come up with $15 or so of Useful Electronic Bits to add to my order. And thus I get around to the point of this post: Do any of you have any suggestions for Useful Electronic Bits that I can't live without?

(For that matter, if anyone local wants to split an order and save on shipping costs, I'd be glad to work something out with that.)

PSA: Daylight Saving Time updates for Windows 2000 and 98.

I just found out today, when I turned my laptop on, that Microsoft's "Windows Update" updates for Windows 2000 do not include a fix to make it compatible with the new version of Daylight Saving Time. (And, yes, apparently "Saving" is the correct name and "Savings" incorrect. I didn't know that before.) Apparently since it's not a security issue, they feel no need to actually do anything much about it.

There are, however, solutions -- and solutions for Windows 98, even! I just wrote a post about them in my other journal, so rather than duplicating all that here, I'll just post a link to it.