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Ah, well, it’s Tuesday..


These past few days, I have been running a “silly little poll”, which asked who is/was the better TV Private Investigator, Rockford or Magnum. I have to say, the results of your voting, so far, has surprised me a bit..

One thing (that surprised me) was, I was expecting at least one “who?”, as both those shows date back to Ancient History.. you know, way back in the dark ages, well before there even was an Internet?

In fact, the older show (The Rockford Files, 1974-1980) dates back to when the pocket calculator and telephone answering machines were the ‘latest greatest tech’. (In later episodes of Magnum P.I. (1980-1988), at least, you can see IBM 286 units getting hooked up to telephone-cradle modems..)
I didn’t think too many would even remember Tom, or Jim.

Another surprise was.. (again, so far) Jim is leading the race.
Now, here’s a couple facts: Jim got beat up, knocked cold by a blow to the head, involved in a car chase, and arrested by the police in every single episode. I think I remember he got shot a couple’a times too.. (In fact, the actor suffered actual physical effects as he did a lot of his own stuntwork..)


Magnum did get shot a couple times, and almost died.. and I think Tanaka arrested him once.. and there were those silly episodes where Tom and the gang would chopper in and fight small armies with Uzis.. But life for Tom was not as rough and tumble, seedy, “gritty”, and error prone as it was Jim.

And Jim drove a Pontiac, while Tom drove a Ferrari.

.. well, I am going to leave the poll up. (Please, if you want to vote for “other” do so by leaving a Comment.. don’t try to write it into the poll itself.)

What I will tell you about how I voted is, well, I’ll only say, I’d rather watch an old rerun of a detective story (or legal/mystery, like Perry Mason, or Matlock) than I would the *stuff* they’re airing nowadays — Bridezilla? Big Brother? No thanks.

(When rating a TV detective, I don’t think you can use % Cases Solved as a criteria [they seem to solve them all] .. So car “cool factor” is a legit consideration, IMHO.)

For the Holiday Shopper: Top Tech Gifts For Under $10 Includes free shipping.
(Um.. not everything there is ‘tech’, sorry.)

Today’s Tech Reading:

* The Internet transcends borders, at least for a while longer

Make no mistake, the forces of darkness will be back. We The Internet will be waiting for them. This is our playing field, our rules. Our Internet.” Read more..

* The 2012 iGeneration roundup

This year’s most popular posts range from porn stars to iPads, as well as copyright infringement and Apple’s status as a religion.” Read more..

Today’s quote:A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” ~ Alexander Fraser Tytler

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  1. I was one of the ones who voted for Jim Rockford..always loved James Garner since his Maverick days. But I really did consider putting a fly in the ointment and writing in Mrs. Columbo as a joke.

    Santa came early!

    Holiday Gift: Duke Nukem 3D (Win+Mac)

    “Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition, the legendary FPS in which the Earth’s greatest hero provides a steady flow of bullets and badass one-liners, is available on, for the low price of one smile, for the next 48 hours. That’s not all. For the first time in history, this supreme space-alien slaughter simulation is also available on Mac……Now you can witness all the badass FPS magnificence of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition for free, both on Windows and (for the first time ever!) on Mac OSX, so come get some! Hurry up, though–the offer won’t last FOREVER. In fact, WHEN IT’S DONE, it’s done. That will be Friday, December 14, at 14:59 GMT.”

    All you need to do is sign up plus you will get other free games when you sign up; if not already signed up.

    News – Holiday Gift: Duke Nukem 3D (Win+Mac) –

    Plus a lot of their games are on sale..I got all the Myst games for under 18.00

    Real Myst for download $2.99 – The other 4 games are listed on the left hand of the website.


    Comment by delenn13 | December 12, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Duke Nukem 3D was the impetus for my getting interested in the new-fangled “computer” thingies in the first place.. way (way!) back in the day.

      Thank you for sharing that with us.


      Comment by techpaul | December 12, 2012 | Reply

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