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Ah, well, it’s Tuesday..

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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..)

Ouch.

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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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

December 11, 2012 Posted by | blogging, consumer electronics, gadgets, shopping for, tech | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Broken Technologies (Sold to us as fully functional)

Here’s a “top 10 list” I think you’ll want to see.

10 MORE technologies that are just plain broken

The last time I visited this topic, my sights were set on various pieces of technology. Some of those are still broken (Acronis, QuickBooks, Flash, Outlook, predictive typing). Others have finally managed to right their ship (Ubuntu Unity, Web browsers, desktop multi-touch). But as flawed technologies get their act together, they make room for more technologies to leap onto the list. That’s right, I have 10 more broken pieces of the IT landscape that I want to point out. Let’s just dive right into this list and have some fun!Read more..

I am a bit surprised that TCP/IPv6 didn’t make the list..

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One more reason to love cloud computing.. Gmail in widespread outage, also caused Chrome browser crashes

Gmail suffered a widespread outage earlier today. It’s not yet clear what caused the problems, but in many cases it also caused Chrome browsers to crash worldwide.” Read more..

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One more reason not to go to the hospital… Nine out of 10 hospitals lost personal data in last two years

Scaled out, the incidents cost the U.S. health care industry about $7 billion per year.” Read more..

[“Cost the industry“? Who will pay? The doctors? The Hospital’s IT guy? Ha! We will pay. {How dumb do they think we are?}]

Another silly poll: (If you don’t mind..)

Today’s quote #1:Don’t be discouraged.  It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” ~ Unknown

Today’s quote #2:Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” ~ Judith Sheindlin (aka “Judge Judy”)

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December 10, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Google, News, tech | , , , | Leave a comment

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Folks, when I went looking for an image to post as today’s Sunday Beauty, I stumbled across someone who had posted a whole series of one-panel ‘comics’, like this one..

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Click on image to see more by this artist

Another silly poll: (If you don’t mind..)

Today’s quote:Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

December 9, 2012 Posted by | Digital Images | 3 Comments

Power-less-ness

I gotta think, one of the worst feelings in the world has got to be.. when bad things are happening to people you care about, and you cannot do jack-diddly-squat about it.

I do hope you all are having a great weekend!

Today’s quote:Life is just one damned thing after another.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

December 8, 2012 Posted by | computers | 3 Comments

A reco and some fun (for your Friday)

Let’s start with a couple of quick reading reco’s.

* Big Data Privacy? What?

The explosion of “big data” — the ability of companies and governments to collect vast amounts of personal data, with or without individual permission — is changing everything, including the definition of privacy itself..Read more..

* Surface: Microsoft’s ‘yada yada’ problem

The Surface tablet looks like the best product Microsoft has shipped in years. Yada, yada, yada — it’s a failure. Why?Read more..

* The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2012

As 2012 fades into the sunset, we take a look at what has truly been a remarkable year for information security. The threats have become more complex and more frequent. But at the same time, the technology continues to evolve in an effort to keep our data safe. Meanwhile, weaponized malware and APTs have gained traction not only among nation-states but also with crime syndicates. Join us as we walkthrough the top 10 security news stories of 2012.” Read more..

[related: How did European bank malware steal $47 million?
Perhaps online banking two-step verification isn’t as secure as we think.Read more..]

* My Nexus S can’t keep up with Android’s pace, but I’m (mostly) not bitter

People love to complain about the fact that most Android devices out there don’t run the latest version. But, as I’ve discovered to my great annoyance, you should be careful what you wish for.Read more..

* It is the grandparents job to spoil the child

This is a ginko tree.  In China, the grandmother will plant this tree so the granddaugter can enjoy it.” Read more..

Friday Fun video

Today’s quote:There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.” ~ Erma Bombeck

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December 7, 2012 Posted by | Android, computers, cyber crime, gadgets, hardware, Internet, Microsoft, News | Leave a comment

Halfway there

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I find Wednesdays almost as annoying as Mondays.

But.. on Wednesdays, I can tell myself I am half the way there.. To help get us the rest of the way there, how about a flashback to a live performance of a song I think most of you will have heard at least once. (I believe it aired on every radio station in the world, at one time.)
(Well, except maybe the Classical Music stations..)

A happy Wednesday to you. We’re halfway there. (And, beware the scammers!)

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August ??

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Today’s quote:The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” ~ Mark Twain

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December 6, 2012 Posted by | computers, digital music, digital Video | , , , | 5 Comments

Tuesday Tidbits #20

Some interesting items for your consideration:

* eReaders: They’re reading us while we read them

Your Kindle, therefore Amazon, knows more about your reading habits than you do. Is that something you want? Michael Kassner looks at eReaders and privacy issues.Read more..

* HP Pavilion dm1-4310e: Swapping Windows 8 for Linux

Windows 8 is OUT on my next-generation Pavilion dm1, and Linux — in the shape of Fedora 18, openSuSE 12.3, Mint 14 and Ubuntu 12.10 — is IN.Read more..

(Non-Linux people still might want to look at paragraph 7..)

* How to decide: should you upgrade to Windows 8?

With all the hype about Windows 8, one question remains for most current Windows users: should you upgrade to Windows 8? In this article, David Gewirtz walks you through all the possibilities, so you’re armed with the best decision-making strategy for your needs.Read more..

( Though.. I am “with” this Bloomberg article: Considering Windows 8 Upgrade? Don’t

I’ve made a lot of computer blunders over the years. The biggest was taking a perfectly well- functioning Sony (6758) Vaio and upgrading it from Windows XP to Windows Vista, which left it so crash-prone as to be all but useless.

So please believe me when I offer this word of advice on installing Microsoft’s shiny new Windows 8 operating system:

Don’t.” Read more.. )

* For those of you who are using, or are going to be using, Windows 8, I’d like to tell you that Rick Robinette is writing “how you do ______ in Windows 8” articles, and explaining the “new way” to do things. I will not be doing that; so you might want to bookmark him.
(I will be sticking to Win7; and, maybe, learning to master OpenSUSE.)

* Yesterday’s article directly quoted the (rather famous) song “Black Dog”, performed by a (rather famous) band, called “Led Zeppelin”, and dates to the 70’s. I apologize to anyone who found the lyric “sexist”. To me, I saw it as simply classic rock and roll. Sorry.

* Tis the season of cybercrime — and your Inbox is prime ‘hunting ground’..

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If You Do Not Know The Sender: Delete. Don’t Be “Curious”.

Today’s quote:Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” ~ George Carlin.

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

December 4, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows 8 | 6 Comments