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It Sure is Great to Have ‘Hair on Fire’ Internet During a Pandemic

April 6, 2020

Check out the speed of our Cox Gigablast service in the image above. The speedtest on the left was a server on the Cox network close to my home, and the one on the right is a connection to a test server all the way across the country in New Jersey. This kind of speed…

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COVID-19 and the ‘Wheat and Chess Board Problem’

March 20, 2020

I’m seeing so many people struggling with understanding why our nation (and other nations) are essentially in lockdown, especially when “more people die of flu” and “just a tiny few have been identified so far“. Do you understand how quickly the growth of a virus can move throughout humans? The wheat and chess board problem below…

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As Always, Be *Extremely* Cautious About Installing Browser Extensions

March 6, 2020

Browser extensions are fraught with danger — which is why I rarely use them — especially those extensions that request your permission to: Access your data for all websites Access browser tabs Access recently closed tabs Read and modify bookmarks Download files and read and modify the browser’s download history Input data to the clipboard…

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Google Can Track Your Individual Chrome Browser Install ID

February 7, 2020

As I take steps to extract myself from Google (and others) ubiquitous tracking, I’ve been paying attention to anything related to Google’s Chrome browser. In my news feed yesterday, I came across this threaded discussion in Hacker News:  Google tracks individual users per Chrome installation ID. I was stunned to learn that every install of…

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The 2019 PHEV and EV Sales Report is out and the Honda Clarity is NOT selling well

February 4, 2020

The Transportation Research Center at Argonne National Laboratory recently published this U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales by Model analysis. It turns out the Honda Clarity PHEV is not selling well at all. Introduced in the fall of 2017, the Honda Clarity PHEV sales for that year were only 903 vehicles. In 2018, sales leapt to…

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Take a look at CNET’s CES 2020 Coverage … It Is The Best

January 10, 2020

It’s been years since I’ve gone to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, so had considered doing so this year as I could grab a cheap airfare or would likely just drive there as I’m only 4.5 hours away! With other commitments I found myself unable to go to CES, so this morning…

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SNL’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2019

Thought I’d be helpful since the holidays are approaching quickly. Enjoy this compilation of Saturday Night Live holiday skits with several I’d never seen before:

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The Premiere Issue of Wired Magazine 1.1 Changed Tech Reporting

December 4, 2019

In January of 1993, I was attending the MacWorld expo in San Francisco. At a furious pace I was hustling down a hallway to get in to a ballroom presentation when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a magazine that looked pretty dang cool. It was the WIRED Premiere publication (issue 1.1)…

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Buying a 2019 Honda Clarity Was The Biggest Car Buying Mistake I’ve Ever Made

November 16, 2019

Today is Saturday, November 16, 2019 and my wife, son and I were going to take off for a family luncheon event. I went in to the garage to move the Honda Clarity so they could climb in easily, and I was stunned to discover… …that for THE FOURTH TIME SINCE JUNE the Clarity would…

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Need Tech Help? Give ‘Pocket Millennial’ a Go

October 17, 2019

This was amusing and thought you’d like to watch it … especially if you get flummoxed with technology!

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My Honda Clarity Died … Again!

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).…

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

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…

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