Category Archives: Computers and Hardware

Windows XP – EOL…finally

Windows XP is finally reaching it’s end of life status.  Microsoft is pulling the proverbial plug on April 8th.  Read more below: Official Microsoft Notice: Windows XP End of Support – Microsoft.com: Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the … Continue reading

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Geeks.com is closed

Geeks.com is officially closed.  Apparently they are keeping their brick and mortar retail location in California open, but that is of little help to me here in Maine. Sadly, I feel like it was inevitable.  The last 3 or 4 … Continue reading

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Digispark bike speedometer

Lately I’ve been thinking about doing an Arduino or similar based project.  I heard about the Digispark (which is basically a mini Arduino) from AwkwardEngineer.com and was intreagued.  I’m thinking of using a Digispark to drive a I2C 4×7 segment … Continue reading

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No more LucasArts – I do miss Dark Forces

It seems that Disney has decided to close down LucasArts entertainment.  The good news is the only game they made that I liked was in 1995, “StarWars: Dark Forces”.  My brother and I took turns (it was one player only) … Continue reading

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Loving Lubuntu

A few weeks ago we decided it was time to replace our aging Athlon XP based desktop with something a little more agile and a lot more efficient.  We chose to build an AMD Zacate e-350 based system utilizing our … Continue reading

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WPM Testing

I’ve been testing out my typing skills recently.  Statistically office workers in the US average 40wpm or greater.  I’ve been testing myself with these two online tests: Typing Speed Estimate A: Single sentence test, calculates average speed from multiple attempts. … Continue reading

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First time using Windows Recovery

I successfully used the Windows Recovery tool for the first time at work today.  Honestly, I didn’t think it would help me, but it really did.  I feel weird saying this in a non sarcastic manner, but, “Thanks Microsoft.”

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There IS a difference! (RJ45 plugs)

After spending almost 2 hours and wasting 8 RJ45 ends along with 2 feet of Cat6, I realized the reason I couldn’t get all 4 pair to test properly was that I am using solid wire with plugs that are … Continue reading

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Technology prices

It’s weird that today I just gave away a Powermac Dual G5 almost identical to the one I bought in college for $1,500 as a REFURB (would have been $1,800 new at the time).  Talk about a price drop in … Continue reading

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Who’d of thought I would love a leech?

As many people with an office job, I’ve been known to get side tracked with non work related items on my computer.  Whether it is facebook, youtube or cnn that is causing you not to get your work done – … Continue reading

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