Removing an electronic brain

Last Monday, in all my running-around errands, I took a personal moment for one final duty. I had its memories removed and preserved. And as soon as I receive a special part from Amazon … I’ll restore the memories once again. No, Chuck is not channeling his inner mad scientist.  I was not cruising the…

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Computer Answers really does have the answers!

Ten years ago, I cobbled together a desktop computer tower.  Rather than go to the local CompUSA and buy a tower off the shelf, I ordered all the component parts and jiggered them together. The tower survived a couple of hard drive crashes – one in 2010, another in 2015 – as well as an…

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What I did with my World Tavern Trivia winnings

Last week at this time, I was celebrating with my friends from the Stir Crazy trivia team.  We had just won the 2017 World Tavern Trivia championships, and each of us received a share of the $5,000 grand prize. Now I don’t know of any bank that still takes these gigantic checks … you know,…

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“Lazarus, it is time to boot up.”

A few months ago, I had a computer crash that crippled my custom-built computer tower- and in the resulting crash, one of my hard drives froze up.  Thousands of photographs and music were trapped on that hard drive as well. I tried a few different techniques to resurrect the data, including swapping out the motherboards,…

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Walmart Math: 16g @ $7.97 = 64g?

Follow along with me on this. A couple of weeks ago, I had to purchase some USB flash drives for a project.  Figured I’d pick them up at Walmart, since Walmart sells flash drives.  Heck, Walmart sells everything. I needed flash drives with lots of storage, not the cheap ones that only store about one…

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Thoughts while driving to Syracuse

By the time you read this, I’ll be on the road with a precious cargo – six of my best photographic artworks – for “Drop-Off Day” at the New York State Fair.  This seems to be part of an all-encompassing “drop-off-3-day-weekend” with my three entries for the Big E shipped yesterday, and my four (5)…

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An open letter to Tim Cook

Dear Mr. Cook: First off, let me say that I do have an appreciation for what Apple has achieved in the last four decades.  I’ve owned several iPods and I’ve worked on Apple IIe and Macintosh computers in my time.   I even own an Apple TV box so that I can purchase my favorite TV…

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Don’t lie to me again, Time Warner Cable…

A few months ago, there was a cable / internet outage in the Town and Village.  After several calls, Time Warner Cable finally explained that they were working on the outage and should have service restored momentarily. Well, they eventually DID restore service.  My computer modem flashed its lights, and a connection to my desktop…

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