2015 Diecast Drive

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We haven’t had the opportunity to do this for the past few years, but now we think it’s time to get it started again. Each year, before Christmas, we donate diecast cars to the U.S. Marine Corp Toys For Tots Foundation. The last year we collected for the die cast drive, we donated over 4800 die cast cars and even a few Barbie Dolls. Each year we sponsored the drive, it was very successful, even landing us a spot on the local evening news. We’ve had collectors from as far away as Germany and Australia donate to the cause and we’re hoping that this year will be just as successful. We accept die cast cars in all shapes and forms, any manufacturer, etc. We only ask that they remain in their original packaging, no loose cars. If you’re interested in donating, please download this form for shipping instructions. We’d love to add your name to the growing list of people who have donated over the years. Help us make the 2015 holiday season the best ever!

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Long Time, No Post

Our "New" 1968 BeetleWow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I posted to the site. Hope everybody had a great holiday season! The past couple of months have been very busy. Unfortunately, my mom fell and fractured her neck on New Years Eve and has been in the hospital and rehab ever since. We’re hopeful that she’ll be able to go home this coming Friday. I’ve spent a lot of time at our other two websites, Kentucky Old Volks Home and Kentucky Hot Wheels. I sold our ’74 Beetle project last week (still have the motor) and within two weeks, we drove to Winston-Salem, NC, Cincinnati, OH and Lexington, KY to look for another old Beetle. We finally found one in Bowling Green, KY and the gentleman we bought it from met us in Lexington and drove it the rest of the way home. It was an experience, total white out conditions, snow and ice, but she got me home safely as Lenora followed behind in her car. Certainly a day we’ll never forget. Anyhow, 2015 has been interesting so far, we’re ready for spring and warmer weather. I promise to post more as time permits!

Happy Thanksgiving

Ok, it’s that time of the year again. The time to reflect on what’s important (which we should be doing every day of the year) to us and say thanks for what we have and what we’ve been given. So here’s what I’m thankful for! My immediate family! My wife Lenora Boyd, she’s my thorn, my friend, my confidant. We’ve share a lot over the past 25 years. We’ve had our good times, our bad times, but we always emerge stronger and better. My kids, Colby David Boyd and Shauna Kristine Boyd. A man, parent, couldn’t ask for better kids. Though some times it’s hard to realize that they’re not kids anymore, they’ll always be my kids. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They both have a strong will and a good ethic. I think we did good. My mom, Gloria Boyd, 83 years old and still going strong! She’s another thorn, from another bush and we love her. Like her and the rest of my family, we miss my dad. We all wish that he was still around to witness what they have created. He may even shake his head, then laugh. My siblings, Susan Boyd, Beverly Kitchen, Vicki Boyd Messer, Russell Boyd. We don’t talk to each other every day. We’re more likely to converse over Facebook. Hey, it’s the sign of the times. Regardless, each of us know that the others are there for them if need be. It doesn’t need to be said, we just know. My extended family! Brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins. Great nieces and great nephews! Great, great nieces and great, great nephews! Wow, our family is big! But for them, I’m also grateful. Yes, dad is laughing! I’m thankful for my job! I have a great job and work with some of the best people in the industry at WSAZ NewsChannel 3. We have fun at what we do and we’re good at it. If it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t be doing what I do….! Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for my pets! You all know that I love my Corgi’s ( Fredricka Constantine Boyd), my Pug, my Basset Hound, my Chihuahua and my Conure bird. We’re a family, all of us! So with that, I hope the rest of you are just as thankful for what you have in your life that I am. We all have struggles. Good times and bad times, trials and tribulations, but we’re all here for a reason that started with 2 other people before us and 2 other people before them and so on and so on….I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and please don’t take what you have for granted….Happy Thanksgiving friends!

Our Favorite Autumn and Halloween Season Movies

Here’s the list, in no particular order….enjoy!!!

1. You’ve Got Mail – 1988
9 Stars (9 / 10)

2. Good Will Hunting – 1977
8 Stars (8 / 10)

3. City Of Angels – 1998
7 Stars (7 / 10)

4. Remember The Titans – 2000
8 Stars (8 / 10)

5. American Beauty – 1999
7 Stars (7 / 10)

6. Annie Hall – 1977
8 Stars (8 / 10)

7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – 1973
7 Stars (7 / 10)

8. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – 1966
8 Stars (8 / 10)

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965
8 Stars (8 / 10)

10. Watership Down – 1978
9 Stars (9 / 10)
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Acer W700 And Windows 8

acerBad news for cynical tech bloggers, grenade-lobbing Internet trolls, and everyone else who’s been attacking Windows 8 for the sheer thrill of sport: I’ve been using a Windows 8 tablet for over a week now, and the experience has been a revelation.

Indeed, if you’ve been judging Windows 8 based on how well the RTM version works on a traditional desktop PC, you haven’t been privy to the full OS experience.

My tablet test model was a preproduction version of Acer’s W700, which Acer officially announced Thursday, promising a ship date of October 26 and prices starting at $799. Until I began using the W700, my Window 8 experience consisted of playing with the OS on a non-touch laptop, and spending a scant few minutes with it on random tablets and hybrids at press events. But now that I’ve devoted some serious quality time to the W700, I can report that the operating system breaks compelling new ground.

In fact, Windows 8 might even disrupt the mobile space if consumers deign to give Microsoft a fighting chance.

Interested? Intrigued? Maybe even a little frustrated or angry because Microsoft might actually be doing something right? First let me tell you about Acer’s new hardware, then I’ll get into the nitty-gritty of how Windows 8 performs as a tablet OS. [Read more…]

Windows 7/Windows 8 Media Center

I’ve spent some time the past few weeks updating our Media Center with software and hardware and the necessary apps to run on your idevice. Again, I’ve built this with a minimal amount of money and most of the parts are off the shelve or end of life parts that just needed some upgrades. If you’re interested in building your own Media Center, feel free to drop me an email and I’ll help you out the best I can…! It’s a great holiday project! Click on the image to expand it, then right click on it to save locally to your pc.

Windows 7/Windows 8 Media Center

A lot of you have been asking about setting up your own Media Center PC…I’ve included a post that I did about this time last year, however, the only thing that has changed is how I do my cable tv setup. Instead of using a Hauppauge 1800 internal TV tuner, I’m now using a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I get asked a lot about building a media center pc at a reasonable price. What are the benefits of having a media center pc and how does it integrate with other equipment. There really is no simple answer and I can assure you that there probably aren’t any two media center setups identical. It really doesn’t have to be an expensive project either. You’ll just have to take your time and shop around. Since I hardly ever throw anything away that has to do with pc’s or servers, I had most of these parts on shelves and in drawers. So, I’ll explain my setup (which is always changing) and maybe it’ll give you some kind of idea of what to do in case you want to build your own media center pc. A lot of money can be saved by going with a Linux distro and media center software for Linux, neither will cost you a dime. I’m a Windows person, so that’s direction I took. I’m using Windows 7 Ultimate and the license isn’t cheap.