The LOST finale

Last night my favorite show of all-time aired its last episode. LOST was finally done after a mind bending six season. I have been organizing my thoughts regarding the entire series and its conclusion all day. As sad as I am to see it go, it was time. I first started watching between season 1 and 2 and became immediately hooked.

Never have I watched a show that incorporated so many genres, whether it was drama, sci-fi, mystery, comedy…it was all there and all well done. It was certainly a show that required people to think and that was the best part about it. I knew I wasn’t going to stumble across a casual LOST fan, those people simply did not exist. You either were all in or all out.

One thing is for certain. There will never be another TV show like LOST. Thank you.

Lock your screen in OS X

For some odd reason, Apple doesn’t by default give you a quick way to lock your screen when you step away from your computer. I have used the hot corner to activate screensaver option, but here is a cool way courtsey of Art Of Geek to lock your Mac with a simple key command. All it requires is creating a service using Automator that runs a shell script and mapping that service to a keyboard shortcut (ctrl-option-L in my case). Took me 2 minutes to create it.

Shopping around saves money

I decided to take a 4 day weekend due to my 28th birthday today. It is the first time off I have had since September. Part of my yearly routine around my birthday is to get my cars registered and inspected, just like millions of others in the USA. It also becomes an important lesson on why it is important to shop around.

Seeing that one of my cars is just 10 months old, for the first time that I can remember I had no anxiety about a car passing inspection. That was easy. The other car, the recently paid off 2002 Subaru Forester, is another story. It is starting to show its age but seems like it is in overall good shape. The Forester passed inspection fine, but the garage I had brought it to (Firestone) said that I would probably need new struts real soon, which costs $1300.

Given that they weren’t necessary to pass inspection, I passed on getting the struts replaced right there. I knew I had to shop around and just get an idea if that is a good price. I wasn’t even thinking at that point whether I actually needed the struts replaced.

One thing I haven’t found since I moved to Manchester, NH is a car garage that I could trust. Looking around online and asking some friends, I stumbled across Brutus Auto Repair & Service. I gave them a ring and the nice guy on the phone told me to bring the car in today and he will take a peak.

I am so glad I shopped around. He put the car on the lift, showed me what he could see. He said he saw no reason to replace the struts right now, the back struts look in excellent shape for their age and the front ones could go at least another year. Firestone lied to me. Right there, he saved me $1300.

What he did see is I should probably get new front brakes soon as they are close to being worn out. He said it was close enough that he could see an argument for the brakes failing inspection. Looking at them and him showing me the various parts of the brakes, for the first time I felt comfortable with a car garage in Manchester, as he clearly explained what was wrong with the brakes. While it would cost several hundred dollars to replace the brakes, given that I once lost my brakes before, I wasn’t taking any chances with that. Plus they were probably the original brakes on an 8 year old car, they are probably about due for replacement in any case. I signed up for the work to be done on Friday. He also is going to fix an annoying loud rattle I could hear when the car accelerates.

Lesson is, always shop around and find someone you can trust.

Purchased Gonyea.com

A couple of years ago, I noticed that someone was domain parking gonyea.com and trying to sell it for an absurd $999. I kept checking back every now and then to see if the domain had expired, but it kept getting renewed.

Finally I decided to place a low ball bid on the domain. The seller and I began to negotiate, finally settling on a price we both could agree on.

I am proud to be the owner of gonyea.com now, the domain transfer over to my employer DynDNS.com finishing the other day and WHOIS being properly updated. I am starting to brainstorm what I will do with it. A few ideas bouncing around my head include:

  • The main gonyea.com site is probably going to be a showcase of my brother’s and I’s various projects online. This is something we have thought about off and on for years, so it will be cool to finally get this taken care of.
  • I plan on moving my personal e-mail address from my Gmail address to a gonyea.com e-mail address.
  • genealogy.gonyea.com is almost certainly going to be created to focus on my genealogy research. I will probably let gonyeahistory.org expire since I haven’t done much with it yet and I would like to simplify the amount of domains I own.
  • I will still own , but undecided on what I want to do with it. My personal e-mail address on that domain hasn’t been officially used in years, it is just a spam collector at this point. I may shut that e-mail address down. As for this blog, I may let it live on or setup a redirect so I can move it to chris.gonyea.com. Haven’t decided yet.