My e-mail inbox kept filling up yesterday, and I can’t count the number of texts and Facebook messages I received from people, either telling me that the mail forwarding service My Dakota Address in Madison, South Dakota had stopped sending mail as of the 26th and announced that they were going out of business, or asking me if the rumors about it were true. Unfortunately, yes, they are.
It seems that some customers got an email informing them of the closure, while others didn’t know anything about it until the word started spreading on social media. This has left a lot of fulltime RVers who were using them as their legal address scrambling for an alternative. Some people told me that they contacted Dakota Post in Sioux Falls, and the company has been very accommodating in helping them get a new address set up in a hurry.
I don’t know much about the folks who ran My Dakota Address, and what I have heard about them has always been positive. And I don’t know what problems precipitated the closure. But it seems like they should have been able to give their customers more advance notice than that. While lots of people pay all their bills and such online, there are still many that depend on regular postal deliveries. Hopefully everybody will get the process of finding a new mail forwarding service handled with a minimum of difficulty.
The big news on the home front is that the replacement for Steve the computer arrived yesterday. It’s a Dell OptiPlex 7060 desktop model that I had custom-built for my needs. I included the fastest processor available, as much RAM as I could get inside of it, and two hard drives. Yep, there’s a new Steve in town. But I don’t think I’ll call this one Steve, I don’t want to jinx it.
I had also ordered a Tripp Lite 1500VA 900W UPS Battery Back Up from Amazon, which came in a few days ago. I will have the computer, monitor, our wireless router, and our Arlo home security system plugged into it, which will keep them running during a power outage until I either shut them down or shore power comes back on.
Yesterday Terry built this really neat cart which will hold both the Tripp Lite UPS and the computer, and it will fit next to my desk. She put casters on the bottom of it so I can easily pull it out if I need to access the back of either unit. I am also putting a small fan behind the cabinet to help circulate air more efficiently.
So my project today will be to get the new computer set up. Hopefully there will be a minimum of hassle doing so, but it can be a tedious process to reload all of the software for the programs I use on a regular basis. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will go smoothly.
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Thought For The Day – The older I get, the more I find myself hesitating to throw out a used Ziploc bag because it’s really not all that dirty.