Setting Up My New Dell Inspiron 15 (3531) Laptop – Part 5


I finished backing up my hard drive on my HP Pavilion 17 laptop around 4 PM. I tried, unsuccessfully, for over an hour to get my hard drive to restore, but it kept giving me an error to the effect of “the restore partition is bad“. Tomorrow I will remove the extra RAM I installed, package the laptop up–including the cord, and send it all back to FedEx via Kinkos.

6:11 PM

I’ve been listening to Andrew Bartzis, Galactic Historian do League of Consciousness Explorers (LCE) Q&A number 13 tonight. The LCE is a private members-only section of Andrew’s website, GalacticHistorian.com, but here is a recent video by Andrew that will give you an idea of what his material is about:

Simultaneously, I’m eating a delicious bowl of warm carrot, potato, chicken sausage soup by beautiful candlelight, the kind with an array of rainbow colors that, as it melts, drips down the sides of an old Angry Orchard “The Muse” sparkling hard apple cider bottle, with the flames licking the sky, reaching, reaching like they are trying to touch the floor of heaven. It was like something out of a Thomas Kinkade painting.


Angry Orchard home-made bottle candle (dark)
Angry Orchard home-made bottle candle (dark)


Angry Orchard home-made bottle candle (bright)
Angry Orchard home-made bottle candle (bright)

Twilight Cottage by Thomas Kinkade
Twilight Cottage by Thomas Kinkade

I’ve also been researching Wikis. It looks like I’m going to download and install MediaWiki on my Dell. I’m going to use a Wiki to keep track of what videos Andrew explains things in, with a tagging/cross-referencing system.

I also finished formatting both of my old, not-working-well laptops and plan to donate them to Free Geek tomorrow. What’s cool is I learned today that if you volunteer at FreeGeek for 24 hours they give you a free computer! How cool.

6:25 PM

I’m also researching best way (plugin?) to allow people to subscribe to this blog. I’ll let ya’ll know if I find anything else, but for now I’m getting tired, so take care and we’ll chat soon.

Date Published: 2014-10-24
Date Updated: 2022-09-06

Eric Hepperle

Eric loves to write code, play guitar, and help businesses solve challenges with code and design.
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