When I was at Sprint I heard the story of a cut fiber line. They go to check out the location and the ground is disturbed where the cut is. The tech thought the culprits left before they got there. When they dig down they find a dead decaying horse. The farmer buried his horse on the edge of his property without knowing he cut the fiber.
Another farmer put up a new fence and used the fresh laid fiber line as a guide. He proceeded to cut the fiber numerous times over a half mile with his fence posts. Talk about a costly fence post error.
Even if the $180 was actually owed, if they failed to contact you for 2 years or more, then they have lost the legal right to the money. Also ask for documentation on the debt so you know what the debt is about, if they can't prove the debt they can't collect it. No matter what you do, don't pay a single penny to the company no matter how much they threaten you. Paying any money will reset the 2 year clock. BTW, I would not trust any website of these collection companies, only do certified return receipt postal mail so you have a paper trail of your efforts.
I had a bogus debt and a collection agency tried to collect it. I asked for documentation and they sent me a screen capture of the account balance window, it showed $0.00 was owed. I sent their own documentation back to them as proof I didn't owe the debt. My collection account was resold every few months and a new collection agency would try the same thing. This kept on for 4 YEARS.
You can get an Intel Johnstown board (Atom N270 - 1.6ghz) for around $110. RAM will set you back another $20 or so. The Johnstown board is nice in that it has a built-in PSU and just requires an external 12v brick. If you don't have one, that's another $20. For the chassis, it depends on what sort of storage you want to put in it. Anything that'll hold an ITX board will do, though I like the mini-box cases (an M350 will set you back $40 though it requires the use of laptop drives). An M300 is more expensive at $60 but allows the use of a single 3.5" drive so you can recycle a hard drive you already own.
Anyway, I think the best bang for the buck is one of the Intel Mini-ITX boards. They're inexpensive, capable and familiar. Be aware that the older Intel boards (Little Falls, Little Falls 2) have no integrated PSUs so that drives their prices up relative to the Johnstown.
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Once again, XKCD predicts the future:
Dang that guy is scary
I would suggest performing a series of small steps to improve all around health. Like...
- Taking the stairs (helps if you work on the 4th floor)
- Park as far away from the entrance to your work place. Those extra hundred feet to/from work every day adds up.
- During the workday, go to the bathroom on the far side of the building (or another floor). Every step counts.
- Beware of the jelly donuts that show up on Fridays at the workplace. Those things contain hundreds of calories. Just think of how much exercise is needed to break even after eating that donut.
- Fast food is evil. The reason it is called fast food is because it kills you fast and turns to belly fat fast.
- No one over the age of 20 should drink non-diet cola (unless it is mixed with alcohol).
- Learn to snack on healthy stuff. Snack on fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, just don't snack on processed crud.
- Vegetables are our friends. They fill us up so we don't eat junk.
- Eat breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day. Cereal has lot of nutrients and is generally healthy. Eat a reasonable serving (most people eat 2-3 times the serving size and kill any health benefits of the healthy breakfast. BTW, eat cereal from a smaller bowl, you will eat less.
- Ease into exercise. It take a long time to get fit. People expect too much too soon and usually injure themselves in the process. (I use to do this until I took it easy and allow myself to improve slowly but steadily.)
My top weight was 197 when I was in my late twenties. I knew the longer I waited the tougher it would be to lose weight. I'm 33 now and weight 157 and feel awesome. I lost the first half of my weight through exercise, but the second half was due to quality eating once I was married.