“Generously proportioned” at best

Friday, October 17th, 2014

We got a promotional flyer in the mail from yet another car dealership, which looked kind of like a free raffle for cool prizes. And right at the top it said that it was “Cars for the Cure to support the American Cancer Society.” It’s a nice looking piece, tri-fold, card stock, four color printing.  On the […]

It’s so hard to swim cross the mainstream

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

HOORAH!  Ubuntu is now a sure-nuff mainstream operating system!  Here’s a transcript of a conversation I had with it just the other day.  I couldn’t figure out why it felt so familiar, but then I realised that it’s the same conversation I’ve had with the more popular operating systems. netdud: Hello Ubuntu computer I use […]

We like to go out for home-style cookin’

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Kids, please. You have GOT to calm the hell down, because you are making the Ineerweebs boring by whining about the same things over and over, every time a big shiny new movie comes out based on a book or a comic or something else that you care about. And it’s only going to get […]

The baked beans are off.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

A while back, there were some big takedowns of a couple very large spam sources, which caused an enormous drop in the amount of spam worldwide. It appears that other parties have recently picked up the slack. There has been a marked increase in the amount of email spam firing around over the last week […]

Cop talk is a gateway drug

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

  This  article, which was found by a link from an site with no other known connections to the article, is thought to be quite illustrative of a counter-productive tendency within a certain community. Speaking for myself, I would venture to assert that it was indeed exposure to this form of writing and speaking style […]

Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz Repair

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Should you ever need to repair a Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz, you will probably find this schematic. It is largely accurate, and I am always grateful to anyone who takes the time to make such things available. But there is one correction you should know about: P2 (the Gain potentiometer) is a 2KC. That is, […]

Upgrading to worse

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

It all starts with my mother.  My mother has an Intel Mac Mini that she got a few years ago. It works like a champ, and she has had fewer problems with it than any other computer she has ever had.  She does not have the need, interest, eyesight, or digital dexterity to use chip […]

You say dumb, I say unicorn.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

  This whole long post grew out of this short Cringely article about how Microsoft is dumbing down Windows. Cringely figures that this is being done so that Windows8 will run on Mobile devices. Now Cringely can sometimes be right out to lunch about stuff, but I think the point he is making here should be […]

Where do you FIND this stuff?

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

I read a LOT. I use an RSS reader (Right now, I use Vienna on my Mac.  It’s good.) and get somewhere over 2000 stories a day in there.  Because I follow a bunch of shopping feeds, and shopping feeds just crank out posts, about half of that number is completely irrelevant on any given day, […]

Today’s Mac Keystroke of the Week for July

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I prefer to use the keyboard to do things on the computer, rather than having to move one hand over to the mouse, which interrupts my typing. If you’ve ever been in a conversation with me, this will make sense to you, as I also hate the part where I have to stop talking to […]