Technology

Microsoft & Apple leaving Intel

April 6, 2018

Lest you thought Toys R Us was the only business with bad news featured on our blog this week, things are not going well for another company whose name you know; namely, Intel. In the PC space, Intel has only one competitor, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). However, in recent years they have faced pressure from […]

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Facebook Data Breach: Not

March 20, 2018

There is much nonsense going thru the Internet today about a Facebook data breach that was supposedly used to help elect Donald Trump. If you believe that Trump stole Facebook data to get elected, then I have a bullet train that I’d like to sell you. (Sorry, come to think of it, the people that […]

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February 19, 2018

I wish to begin this discussion today with two propositions: Rush Limbaugh says that for most people, history begins when you are born. In a sense that is true because you remember best what you experienced. We have also been admonished that those that don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. My […]

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Sacramento Gets Another Area Code

February 6, 2018

Back when I was a kid, most of northern California was in the 916 area code. In 1997, the area code was split so that the metro Sacramento area remained 916 and the outlying areas became 530. Starting in the next few days (February 10th), a new area code will be overlaid on top of […]

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Folding Tablets Are New Cell Phones

January 31, 2018

Later this year two design concepts will converge to create a new category of devices. Always Connected Windows 10 devices will be entering the market which run on ARM chips. ARM chips are the same ones that power smart phones. This is not Windows RT or Mobile but the same Windows 10 that runs on […]

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When Hyper-V Attacks

January 27, 2018

A coworker has an old program that he couldn’t get to run on his computer, so he asked me to help. From the description of the program it sounded like it was probably written with 16-bit code, so I told him about DOSBox. He had never heard of the program; nevertheless, I convinced him to […]

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Back to Lumia 950 XL

August 10, 2017

My son wanted to get a Samsung fitness band like his mother has so this necessitated getting him an Android phone. Samsung doesn’t have PC software for their products so syncing with his computer was not an option. We looked at new phones but I finally decided that he could have my ASUS phone. I […]

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When Cookies Attack

June 14, 2017

Cookies are what advertisers use to track your browser history and try to get you to buy stuff on the Internet but sometimes they don’t know when to say when. A guy dies in a car wreck so of course I need to go to the Cars movie. This kind of inadvertent social insensitivity is […]

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Cord Cutting: The Next Chapter

June 1, 2017

Our family dumped DirecTV almost 18 months ago in favor of TiVo and over-the-air (OTA) television. We continued our Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions and added Hulu. After the first year, TiVo charges $149.99 annually ($12.50 per month). Thus we are saving about $90 per month from what we were spending previously. Last month we […]

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Moving from Windows Mobile 10 to Android 6

May 31, 2017

Recently my Microsoft Band 2 died; and for the last time since it was out of warranty. I really enjoyed the MS Band. It integrated with both my Lumia 640 and later 950 XL and had many features that other fitness bands and smartwatches still don’t offer. The warranty service from Microsoft was amazing but […]

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