Category Archive: Rants and Raves

Sep 29 2012

Why am I annoyed about the Atrix / ICS issue?

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Let’s get something cleared up here … I’m not annoyed at Motorola for not providing Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) for the Atrix 4G. Not at all. Companies need to make decisions about what hardware they are going to support and what hardware they aren’t going to support. I participate in those kinds of decisions quite frequently …

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Sep 25 2012

Atrix 4G to Ice Cream Sandwich?

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For quite a while the owners of the Motorola Atrix 4G have been waiting for an upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android. Unfortunately, it appears that we’ve been waiting in vain …

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Mar 04 2012

I Do Not Believe in Evolution!

Yes, you read that right. I do not BELIEVE in Evolution. Why? It’s simple … you CANNOT believe in evolution.

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Jan 02 2012

Spontaneous Security

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Over the holiday weekend, I experienced the ultimate computer security mechanism: “Spontaneous Security” I was using my new Dell Latitude E6420 to do some network reconfiguration when the machine started acting weird with regard to the network. Since this machine runs Windows 7, I decided to just reboot it to clear the network configuration. After …

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Jun 09 2011

Sirus XM Radio

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On our recent vacation out west, we rented a car that included Sirus XM radio. Maybe we had a bad unit … or maybe the coverage where we were was bad … but what a horrible service. I cannot imagine for the life of me why ANYONE would pay a dime for it.

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Mar 16 2011

Why Not Bluetooth?

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There are a lot of wireless mice on the market. Nearly all of them come with their own RF transmitter technology. Why not use Bluetooth?

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Feb 02 2011

Snow Days

As you might have noticed (or heard), the Chicago area has had a bit of snow recently. Lots of people are off work because the the streets are impassible. Ginny’s home, there’s just no way she could have gotten to her office. Due to this contraption they call “The Internet”, and an invention called “VPN“, …

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May 31 2010

To Blog, or not to Blog, that is the question

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This post started out as something very different … many months ago.   In fact, the original post still sits in my ‘draft’ list … but will never be posted. Most of those who know me well understand that I have a lot of opinions (who doesn’t) … and I’m sometimes not afraid to express …

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Jul 09 2009

S.M.A.R.T. (or not so smart)

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I really get frustrated when it comes to hard drive diagnostics.   Specifically: S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). The theory behind S.M.A.R.T. technology is that the hard drive is supposed to provide predictive failure information for hard drives. The problem is, I’ve never had a S.M.A.R.T. technology accurately report a failure.

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