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My Honda Clarity Died … Again!

By Steve Borsch | October 1, 2019

As family and friends have asked me again and again about what’s up with my Honda Clarity, I thought I’d do yet another an update. Last Friday afternoon I hopped in to my car to run errands after not having driven the car for two days (I’m heads-down on a project so didn’t go anywhere).…

Why I bought an iPhone 11 Pro Max Instead of a Camera

By Steve Borsch | September 16, 2019

Admittedly I’m a technology snob. I’ve always purchased relatively good DSLR cameras, high end computers and devices, excellent microphones and sound editing gear, and have tried to find the sweet-spot of best quality vs. price. When it comes to cameras, however, I’m always torn about taking a bag with the camera, two lenses, and a…

Is My Honda Clarity Fixed?

By Steve Borsch | September 6, 2019

Thought I’d write a quick update as a full post, rather than update yesterday’s post here. Since the battery was dead in my Clarity so I couldn’t start the car, I called Honda Roadside Assistance. The tow truck driver did jump the car and it started, but there was something obviously wrong so I had…

The Honda Clarity is Dead

By Steve Borsch | September 3, 2019

My Honda Clarity is dead. No, this is not a post about the fact that Honda has pulled back the Clarity PHEV from multiple states to only California. It’s also not because my confidence in the Clarity is low after owning this car for only a few days and then this happened. Or that my wife says,…

Want to Learn How to Anger Supportive Customers? Bury Offending Support-Community Posts and Then Don’t Help Them

By Steve Borsch | August 23, 2019

In just eight months I’ve had three pair of the $250 (now $199) Bose Sleepbuds. The first pair ‘lost’ connection in the right sleepbud after a few months. I brought the complete product back to the Bose store in the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, and the staff not only didn’t bat-an-eye when I…

Great Marketing Video for a Service Called ‘Chatbooks’

By Steve Borsch | August 8, 2019

As you may know from reading this blog, I’ve been using Flickr for my photo albums for years. Once owned by Yahoo, it was sold last year to the family-owned — and very well run photo service website — SmugMug. As you can see from two posts I wrote about preserving digital media here and…

Unfortunately Trump Doesn’t Understand Technology

By Steve Borsch | July 26, 2019

President Trump tweeted this morning that “Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in USA, no Tariffs!” Perhaps he doesn’t know that every time he does something like this we all laugh at him? Unfortunately, Trump’s basic understanding of technology — and…

*Any* Backdoor in to Encrypted Devices Will Not Work!

By Steve Borsch | July 23, 2019

TechCrunch reported today that US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors and this idea is a very, very bad one. There is NO FUCKING WAY that I will allow my devices to have a backdoor in them … ever … and please note: this is NOT about me…

Tracking Companies Are The Real Threat To Our Privacy And Congress Is Doing Nothing About These Secondary Surveillance Networks

By Steve Borsch | July 14, 2019

Congressional “theater” is happening right now and our ‘Congress Critters’ are all seemingly outraged at the privacy violations by Facebook, Google, and all the other tech companies we all use every day. Some even want to break them up as do various Democratic presidential candidates. But I’d like you to notice that there is not…

Why We Didn’t Buy Near the Sea When We Moved to California

By Steve Borsch | July 9, 2019

When my wife and I were looking for a home to buy after moving from Minnesota to California just over one year ago, we considered spending more than we wanted to on a home with an ocean view or in a beach community here in Orange County. Most of those homes were far beyond our…

Yes, I Believe in UFOs and It Turns Out So Does The U.S. Navy

By Steve Borsch | July 5, 2019

Ever since I’ve been a kid my fascination with space and the universe has been quite strong. I’ve always paid attention to and that only accelerated when I first watched Carl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos. Sagan was always teased about his answer to the question: How many galaxies and planets are there? His answer was…

Solar is Still Worth the Investment … But California Utility Pricing is a Mess!

By Steve Borsch | July 3, 2019

Our solar was turned on around 9am PDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. In our first week of solar production we have generated 294.37 killowatt hours (kWh). (I subtracted the energy generated on this eighth day morning as I write this post). Several people asked me for an update on how solar is working out…

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