Alan Pringle

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Ronco presents: Star Trackin’ ’76

Travel back to the mid-1970s with Ronco’s collection Star Trackin’ ’76.

The adjacent apostrophes in the title are as awkward as the astronaut’s suit in the cover art. That front flap doesn’t look NASA approved.

Side One

  1. Theme from S.W.A.T. (Rhythm Heritage)star_trackin_76
  2. You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
  3. Dancing Machine (Jackson 5)
  4. Sideshow (Blue Magic)
  5. Midnight Rider (Greg Allman)
  6. Keep Holdin’ On (Temptations)
  7. Could It Be Magic (Barry Manilow)
  8. Keep on Smiling (Wet Willie)
  9. Love Won’t Let Me Wait (Major Harris)
  10. Just Too Many People (Melissa Manchester)

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Router reset timer: $10 (or less) well spent

Every wireless router I’ve owned needed rebooting every once in a while—usually a matter of unplugging it for a few seconds. My TRENDnet TEW-812DRU router is no exception, but I’ve automated rebooting with an inexpensive router reset timer.
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One year later: 2015 Honda Fit actual mileage

I bought my third-generation 2015 Honda Fit EX (automatic transmission) a year ago today. Since then, I’ve put 18,475 miles on it while tracking the MPG of every tank of gas. My 2015 Honda Fit actual mileage for the year is… <drumroll>

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$2 monitor stand hack: silverware chest

Stacked phone books are functional but unattractive as a monitor stand.

stack of phone books under monitor

Stacked phone books as a monitor stand: UGLY

I found a much better solution for $2 at the thrift store. Continue reading

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