Exhaustion in St. Thomas

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Our adventures in St. Thomas was near exhaustion.  We went on the Ultimate Island Experience… and it sure was.  First thing in the morning (10am, LOL) we jumped onto an IMG_0183open-air tour truck and headed into town.  We passed by lots of cultural land marks and learned all kinds of history.  We stopped by several scenic overlooks on our way to the beach.

Our beach visit was in Megan’s BayIMG_0193.  The bus stopped at an overlook where we got to take a wonderful photo of it before going down to the beach.

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The beach was nice except for one problem… the people.  There were way too many people at this beach.  It was obvious that this was the most popular beach destination on the entire island.  Not only was it crowded… but it was expensive.  it would have cost us $40 for 2 hamburgers, fries and drinks.  Luckily we were able to wait till we returned to the ship where the food was “free”.

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Our final stop on the tour was a visit to Black Beards Castle.  A wonderfully refurbished home, pools, and sanctuary for pirates… LOL.

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This place also has the largest number of life sized pirate statues in the world. 

Finally we got to go shopping… free stuff for sure.  We used the “Port & Shopping” tips we received on the boat to get all kinds of wonderful jewelry and other gifts completely free.  We also purchased one or two items to add to Diana’s jewelry collection.  Jewelry was the one thing we’ve bought the most of on our cruise…  Diana’s definitely loving that 😉

We’ll post more later… Love you all.

NetBook Madness

mini1000 I have recently purchased and currently await arrival of a brand new HP Mini 1000 Netbook. That’s right… this years "hot" product is on it’s way to my house. I will provide you with a video intro to this new product once it arrives. In the mean time I figured I’d share some of the features and what I’m planning to do with it.

I fell in love with HP’s style back when I had my old 17" laptop. Back then it was my second laptop intended for my desktop replacement device. At that time I needed a desktop replacement because of my need to be ultra mobile. I used it for programming, video encoding, website design, remote administration and more. When I closed my business in 2008, I found it sat on my desktop all the time. So I sold it and purchased matching HP Pavilion desktops for me and my girlfriend.

My intention with this new NetBook isn’t to replace my desktop but rather serve as a portal device into my desktop, servers, and the internet.

Here is the specs sheet from my order:
HP Mini 1000 XP edition series
Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3
Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
10.2" diagonal WSVGA HP LED Brightview Infinity Display (1024 x 600)
FREE Upgrade to 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)!! – For Integrated WWAN products
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950
60GB 4200RPM PATA Hard Drive
HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl) – For 10.2" Display
HP Color Matching Keyboard
Wireless-G Card with Bluetooth
3 Cell Lithium Polymer Battery
HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

As you can see it will have many wonderful features. I plan on adding a 3G internet card later so in anticipation i purchased the special WWAN memory and was forced to choose the larger 1.8" 60GB PATA hard drive instead of a SSD drive.

At the end of February my wonderful Fiance and I will be on our honeymoon. We are taking a cruise around the eastern Caribbean islands for 7 full days. I’m hoping that wireless internet will be provided, but if not I’ll be sure to post as much as I can before and after.
Anyways… after we get back from the cruise, we’ll be on our 7day road trip along the eastern coast. We could get as far north as New York if the weather permits. Either way we’ll be taking full advantage of the NetBook and the 3G capabilities… Just image, driving down the road with the NetBook open and streaming a movie from your home server 5 states away. 😉

Another nice feature we’ll be taking full advantage of is the Streets and Trips program I purchased last year, which also came with a Microsoft GPS antenna. I plan to purchase an inexpensive bluetooth transmitter for it and will throw it up on the dash to provide us with GPS tracking for our trip.

Ok, the $500 I spent for it is also well justified because it will fit nicely into one of my motorcycles saddlebags… yes, you heard right. Full RDP access into the servers I manage, video streaming, 3G internet access and more anywhere I might ride.

On a side note I will need to upgrade the OS on my home desktop to allow for RDP access… I’m currently running Vista Home Premium and we all know something more is needed.

Well closing this post for now… but I’ll be sure to let you all know when it arrives. They are set to ship it out on the 7th and I’m checking the order status almost daily now… LOL