Jan 04
I got a new laptop at the end of the year. While configuring it (I'm a bit of a power-user and like my laptops configured in a specific way) I tried to remove the onerous "require password when the computer awakens". Unfortunately the domain of my company had enforced the policy. Drag. I use a severely complex password in order to provide real security. It's not a sentence, or an array of sentence letters, or anything in any way related to me. It in fact is a generated password that looks something like this...  "g4JGmU{Y2xX". That one is NOT my password. It's just another generated one based on the same algorithm as the one that I generated before. Anyway, as you can see, entering that password over and over again, is pure hell. ... [More]
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Oct 15
For those of you who don't know, October is THE month for pumpkin pie pumpkins. If you like Pumpkin pies, then you most likely have been raised on pies made from canned pumpkin. While it's sad, it's also instructive. Pumpkin pie pumpkins are only a small sliver of the pumpkin growing industry. Most of the pumpkin growing industry is dedicated to the growing of the big pumpkins used for throwaway Jack-O-Lanterns. Pumpkin pie pumpkins are very small and very sweet pumpkins that are only available for a very short period of time from early October until mid to late October. BUY THEM WHEN YOU SEE THEM! The pie pumpkins should cost about $2 each and they will keep for about two months. The best thing to do is buy them when they are ripe, gut and... [More]
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Oct 10
The cigar gift to friends of newborns is well cemented into our cultural conciousness. Recently a friend had a newborn baby girl, and "presented" me with an "It's a Girl!!!" cigar from Arturo Fuente. Hoping that since it had the "Arturo Fuente" name on it, it wasn't totally trash, I placed it in my humidor. This evening, I lit it up and ... OMG! Was I smoking a cow patty?!?!? Why is it that this one cigar-based cultural achievement is so sullied by crappy tobacco? Why can't Punch, or Cohiba, or Gurkha, or Davidoff, or Rocky Patel make nice cigar packages for the proud new father? Seriously!? If you are my friend and have a new baby, Go spend some money on some good sticks and have Kinko's print up custom bands for you. Don't present me with... [More]
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Oct 08
Like those of you who are hitting this post, I received an Acer Aspire 1420P at the 2009 PDC in Los Angeles, California. I have searched and have not found any other posts about the Acer Aspire 1420P so I assume that the lappy wasn't ever released outside of the 2009 PDC in LA. Suffice it to say, the Acer 1420P was a seriously nice touchscreen lappy/tablet with a; "meh" microsoft operating system running on a crappy touchy version of Win 7. In fact I gave this lappy to my daughter as a 2009 Christmas present. She used it for a year, then handed it back to me when I gave her a 15" Macbook Pro for the next Christmas. It sat in my (crappy computer) pile for a while until I recently realized that it is in fact quite a capable computer. This is ... [More]
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Sep 19
About three years ago I switched my whole family from Windows computers to Apple Macs. In fact, my eldest daughter got our first mac (a 15" Macbook Pro) as a gift for her sixteenth birthday. She is now nineteen and works behind the "Genuis Bar" at the local Apple store. From time to time though, I get this notice on my iMac or Macbook Pro... The solution (on OSX Mountain Lion) is as follows... 1. Close out of any applications that are connected to the Web. 2. Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences. 3. Select your active network interface from the pane on the left. 4. Click "Advanced" in the lower-right corner of the main pane. 5. Click the TCP/IP tab, and click the "Renew DHCP Lease" button. The system will toss yo... [More]
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Sep 05
Hand-made cribbage boards.http://www.woodenimages.com/store/c2/Cribbage_Boards.htmlThis guy in Montana has super-nice hand-made cribbage boards. The big plus is that they have a slide out pocket for the pegs and a deck of cards. I saw them at the art fair in Manitou Springs, Colorado this last Monday and was super impressed. I want to buy the maple one (the one pictured above) but couldn't justify the $95 expense.I have been playing cribbage since my stint in Navy back in the mid eighties. Mary Ann and I play it regularly on a cheapie wal-mart board. I seriously want that maple board and will eventually buy it.If any of you like to play cribbage, then this is the ONLY guy to buy a custom cribbage board from. I have handled them and can say ... [More]
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Aug 10
If you use Mac OSX and use Time Machine to keep your system backed up, eventually you will run out of space on your backup volume. The answer is to go into the backup volume and delete the oldest backups. Why the OS doesn't do this for you automatically, is a mystery to me. Once you delete the older backups, then you will want to empty your trash. Sometimes this is a problem. Occasionally the trash will end up with a "Locked" file in it. This prevents the trash from emptying and sometime hangs the trash emptying process. Here's the solution... 1. Restart your Mac. This releases files that are in use. 2. Try to empty the trash again. If it fails, telling you that some items in the trash are locked, it will offer the seemingly helpful option ... [More]
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Aug 01
I have used Snagit for years on my PC and loved it. One of the best features is the ability to perform scrolling captures. Unfortunately Snagit won't do scrolling captures on a Mac. I recently switched to a mac for most of my work. I use a 27" iMac and a 17" Macbook pro. My wife uses a 13" macbook pro. Today she came down to my office and asked me to help her capture an order form from a website. The form was longer than the page could display without scrolling, and I thought, "Snagit!" Unfortunately it was not the solution. We eventually used snagit and captured three individual images in order to send the order form to the seller. The scrolling capture won't work on a Mac. I did navigate to Snagit's capture preferences and saw that scroll... [More]
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Jul 07
Recently my iPhone 4s stopped sleeping. I'd receive a phone call or a text, then after I was done, I'd lay my phone down and it'd NEVER sleep. I looked at all the settings and then gave up and called my daughter who works for Apple. I explained the situation and she told me to look into the "Settings|General|Auto Lock" settings page and make sure it wasn't set to "Never". It was. The issue was that, for the past ten months I had been working on a contract for a company that used Microsoft Exchange. Having their email on my phone forced me to use the passcode feature (which I HATE) on my iphone. Once I no longer needed access to their stupid exchange email (I hate Exchange as an email server. It seriously sucks. It's a classic example of Mic... [More]
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Jul 04
I created a new virtual machine and installed Windows 8 on it. The trouble is, I keep getting stuck in apps and have to reboot in order to quit them. For instance, I clicked on the calendar and am stuck there. Right clicking gives me a "Day Week Month Feedback Today and New" option... none of which brings me back to the os. I have tried everything I know (and I am NOT a newbie) but can't get back to the OS. Rebooting again... Damn Windows 8 sucks. Don't get it. Ok. I figured that part out, but am overall pretty displeased with the lack of intiutiveness of this new "Metro" interface. I'd say that if you are a Windows user from way back and have considered trying Linux, but thought it's be too hard to switch, Now's your day. Switching from Wi... [More]
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