The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

After Wonderworks, we really didn’t think that there was much that we could do to match the activities of the prior day (in actuality, we didn’t really think about it). Especially since we were finally on our way home. But relatively early on a Sunday morning, we just happened to be passing by something that you just don’t see every day – The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.

Now I realize that this isn’t for everyone. In fact, it probably isn’t for much of anyone. But we’re just those kind of people that like to see things that you can’t see just anywhere. And in fact we like to see things that not everyone else sees. How many other people have been to Wonderworks? Or Dollywood? I have no idea. But I am sure it’s a lot. How many have been to the Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers? No idea. But we have.

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How I Overclock My Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

For the first time in quite a while (we’re quite likely talking a measurement of years here, rather than months), I decided that I wanted to build a new system. Inspired by two things – posts such as Building and Overclocking a Core 2 Duo System and the utterly abysmal performance of an off-the-shelf HP desktop that I purchased a few weeks ago – I figured it was time.

Up until perhaps three months back, I had been using laptops for the last three years (give or take). This is because I was on the road quite a bit. But since I don’t really travel all that much any more, I figured it didn’t really make much sense to worry about a laptop at this point. Sure, I have a laptop if I need one. But I want to make the leap to two identical monitors. I’ve been using dual screens for some time, and using two that are the same, rather than a laptop screen and an external monitor seems like a good choice.

So I looked about, and found what appeared to be a reasonable compromise – the HP. It came with a video card that had dual DVI outputs, allowing me to power the monitors of choice (more on those another time). Unfortunately, that’s about all it did, and I rapidly determined that my measly single-core laptop seemed to have better performance, so I needed to do something about it. Here’s what I did.

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