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Do you heat your hot water with electricity? If so you may want to pick up a spare hot water tank now since the new EPA mandates coming online April 16th will change the way they work by adding a heat pump to the top of the tank. If your tank is currently located in a closet or under a cabinet, you will have to pay to have it relocated to somewhere with much more air space around it, typically including a permit.

I'm wondering how it even makes sense to air condition your home just to generate hot water, but I'm obviously not as smart as those folks that work at making our lives more difficult through regulations. Now in all honesty I can see this being good technology through the desert southwest and southern California where AC is run nearly year round, but running AC in the northern states year round just doesn't make sense.

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Tired of the incessant ads in your daily course of web browsing? If you aren't you are among the very few that feel that way.

Let me work to change your mind. Ad networks have been co-opted by cyber criminals and are being used to serve up Trojans, virus', and unwanted computer encryption services that can cost you lots of money (or BitCoins).

Two things you should be doing are making sure you have security software (Symantec, McAfee, Vipre, Eset, or...) and good ad-blocking. I like Vipre and Eset for security. Ad-blocking is a little more complex, but we are all fortunate that a former Microsoft MVP has created a rather simple solution; and maintains that solution for our benefit. If you like the benefits after trying it, consider donating something to his site to help keep the project alive.

For instructions, go here: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
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As a 12, I am calling on the NFL to revise its media policy so that all players are given equal and fair rights as a human being without fear of financial intimidation. As a fan, I have witnessed enough harassment and undeserving...
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Need an easier way to keep your Windows PC up to date? This is free and easy, with no unwanted add-on software or onerous licensing agreements. Nothing to install, just download and run the app, it scans software on your computer to see what is out of date (shown in red) and then updates all of them with a click of a single button in the lower right of the scan results (Update Status) window.

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Patch My PC Updater is a small utility used to update third party applications on your PC for free. This will help your PC to be more secure!
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First light this morning with just a light mist starting to form on the surface of the lake.
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On this Thanksgiving Day I am thankful to have a diverse family and live in a great nation. I am thankful for friends many, and customers that come back. I am thankful for a roof over my head in a beautiful location on a lake that lets me see some of the abundant wildlife our country has.
I wish everyone the happiest of days, may you eat well and enjoy the time with your friends and family.
God bless you all.
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Happy birthday to President Lincoln. I wonder if he cries seeing the state of our nation today?
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A little rain before the #NFCChampionship  game. #GoHawks  
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+Sprint speeds are finally starting to look up in Washington, got these results in West Seattle near White Center today with my Note 4.
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Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. I wish you all love and peace on this glorious day, and for the soon to be new year.
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#I-594 is the law as of today.

Do you live or work in Washington State? As of today all guns and devices that use an "explosive" charge require a background check to purchase or transfer. For what it is worth that includes this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ramset-Cobra-0-27-Cali…/202046591.

I wonder how many general contractors have some variant of this handy tool. Loaning out to your employees now requires a standard background check and waiting period with all associated fees before your employee can do his/her job of attaching that stud to a concrete wall, or mounting that electrical panel to a cinder block wall.
Hardware stores are rarely set up to run background checks, certainly Lowe's and Home Depot aren't. McLendon Hardware here locally in the Seattle area might be in some cases, though I'm not even sure if they still sell firearms.
i-594 will grow government and kill jobs in the building trades due to poor wording of the law. Hope you aren't looking for a major remodel or repair that needs attaching to your foundation any time soon folks.
Also of note, the State Dept. of Transportation uses a cannon for avalanche control, every time that cannon needs to be rolled out the State will have to go through the same process of running the background and transferring the ownership of the cannon to the operator before avalanche control can proceed. That should create a big mess for people driving across the passes. I actually want to know if there is an FFL Dealer in Washington State that has the appropriate license to handle the loan/transfer process for the DOT avalanche cannon? I bet not, but I could be wrong.

Just loving living in Washington with it's under educated and uninformed electorate of idiots that vote for laws without considering the full consequences.

The law also applies to Maritime Signalling Devices (flare guns), which means that every time the crew changes on board a Washington State Ferry the flare guns have to transferred/loaned to the new crew, man ten days between sailings is going to suck! #WSF firearms transfers are painful. I hope those folks in the Islands will forgive the voters in Seattle.
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The screen on this beast is something to behold, you should check one out the next time you are in an electronics shop (if they have it in stock). The audio is clear and loud even with a dual layer Otter BOX case protecting it. The pen? I knew I was going to like the pen after having upgraded to a Surface Pro tablet/laptop replacement earlier this year. Not sure I could live without the pen now, it's just that easy to get used to using and having.

Size? It's freaking big, big enough that I'm going to get a holster of some sort for it because it will not fit in all my pockets and let the buttons work. That previous phone went 18 feet to concrete off my uncle's roof in Spokane without breaking (in a Ballistic case) because I forgot to button up, this phone won't allow me to button up and I don't want to test this Otter BOX that way just yet if I can help it.

For the record, my last 3 phones in order have been a Samsung ACE Windows phone (Windows Mobile 6.1) that tethered 3G, a Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G (WiMAX) that tethered and was rooted, and a Samsung Galaxy S III that was rooted to remove bloatware and allow occasional tethering without a plan.

I've not rooted the Note 4 yet, though I suspect I will as there are some distinct advantages to doing so. It's really a question of deciding if I can live with Sprint's bloatware or not, I'm spoiled by not having to deal with it on the last couple of phones that I rooted.
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