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Scam the Scammers

Ran across this earlier in the week last week – thought it was brilliant.

Be sure to add their email address to your contacts, then simply forward every scam email to said box. Delete. Done.

Posted: November 12th, 2017
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Walmart vs Amazon? Kidding Me?

Walmart is definitely sweating over Amazon – most retailers are. Latest stat I read was Amazon only held 14% of sales – so there is a much tougher road ahead. I hate that, but it is forcing retail to think creatively about the platform and new solutions. I think it is great for the consumer and it is fun to be a part of this as my career.

But Walmart?

The commercials are really cute and fun with the music and crap – but bottom line: they STILL CANNOT DELIVER.

I ordered online about a year ago, for ISPU (In-Store Pick Up) – and no dice. I showed up to pickup the video game I ordered for Elyce … had to walk to the back of the store, wait for help, and it had not been processed. Meanwhile, the product was on the shelf about 10 feet from us as we were at the ISPU desk waiting for resolution. Never Mind.

Fast forward to 2017.

Hearing a lot of news about WMT upping their game, getting things right, making it easier. Let’s give this another shot.

  1. It was a Sunday about a month ago, I went to walmart.com to order groceries. Can’t pickup today – try tomorrow. No thanks – what the hell is the point? You’re spending all of this money on ads, painting your buildings orange, have signs all around the parking lot … but NEXT DAY? I was in Seattle recently … Amazon does TWO HOURS.
  2. Okay, tried once again. Ordered some oil and a filter for the SUV (yes, I change my own oil. Long Story. And I’m Frugal, not Cheap). I digress. So ordered at about 10am on a Sunday for ISPU. No email stating ‘order complete’! But I had to go to get groceries and figured it would be ready by the time I was ready to check out. Nope. So I bought the stuff from the shelf, with my groceries. Got home. Changed oil. Ate dinner. Watched TV. Still no email. Cancelled order. Forget this crap.

Oh – and the cute cashier smiling on the commercial was not what I experienced at my Walmart – at any time. One was eating lunch with her mouth open, the other was missing many teeth (nothing wrong with that – just not the commercial), and the other time … well, I couldn’t find anyone for a while.

Walmart – you have a long way to go. Seriously.

Posted: October 24th, 2017
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Finally Alive, deuxième partie

Okay … as soon as my computer was up a few weeks ago … it was down. Fatal System Error.

  • Tried Window Repair
  • Tried System Restore
  • Tried booting from USB
  • Tried booting from another hard drive (I have 6 connected to this monster, yo)
  • Tried unplugging everything (USB, drives, external, monitors [but one, obviously])

NOTHING.

Freakin’ got fed-up and purchased another SSD (1 tb) and reinstalled. Had a couple of days off, rewired everything on the desk, ensured cord management was tight, everything connected (now have a ‘server closet’ in the new house – where all of the automation hardware/hubs/external storage/printers — CONNECTED!). Also connected a Hue Strip to the back of the monitors – and with the help of DynamicHue, the lights will change colors based on what is on the screen. Sweet!

So – now I just have to transfer all of my old files from back-up and the old SSD and life will be somewhat back to normal.

Posted: September 1st, 2017
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Finally Alive!

Well – it’s been a little over a month now for my desktop computer to be alive. With the move, it’s been sitting in a box for some time now – along with a lot of other things. Slowly we are unpacking – tonight the beast was fired up in my new office area of the house.

Looking back at the calendar, I realized tonight that this whole process has been in one state or another since February! Wow. It’s been a long 6 months, folks. Will have more time to reflect as we get closer to the annual holiday update – but for now, we have more boxes to unpack this weekend.

Posted: July 28th, 2017
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Remember AOL?

ah … my first email address was toelius@aol.com. The memories …

Posted: February 17th, 2017
Categories: computers, history, tech, www
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Dongles

Posted: November 5th, 2016
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Just 3K More Likes, yo.

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Posted: August 9th, 2015
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The Illusion of Beats

Most should know this already; however, an interesting read on the psychology of the Beats product. Very similar to Apple.

Good Partners.

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Posted: July 1st, 2015
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OS Share – July 2015

As a former Mac user (13 years sober) who sees a lot of glowing fruit logos on silver laptops at airports and Starbucks while traveling, I was pretty surprised to see this news regarding Operating System share. It seems OSX is still stuck in the single digits.

I realize that many Mac users boot into and use Windows (which seems really silly to me, but I digress); however, I would expect Apple’s OS share to be greater than shown below:

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As a matter of fact, Apple’s OS has actually DECREASED from 1992-94 levels of >10% …

Posted: July 1st, 2015
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Apparently I’m 55

So by using Microsoft’s new face-recognition software site, it tries to determine your age and gender using pictures you upload …

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Posted: May 1st, 2015
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Jailbreak for iOS 8.1.x

I guess it’s been out for a while (I deleted my Jailbreak after 8.0 – but have REALLY missed it), but the 8.1.x Jailbreak can be found here.

You’re Welcome.

Posted: January 4th, 2015
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Hail our Robot Overlords

An interesting video making the news today – while Amazon states their intent is not to replace human labor, it is interesting to see how few humans are in the video.

 

Posted: December 1st, 2014
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Mom Tweets herself off of Plane

And yet, another article which exemplifies the idiocy of fools mixing with social networks.

While reading this, I kept thinking “why the hell does anyone really want a minute-by-minute of her flight from Philly?”

Seems of all the social networks that Twitter is the most dangerous … it’s quick, impulsive, and easy. Those 3 things (plus its permanence) are a recipe for trouble.

Posted: October 10th, 2014
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Pirating Takes on Books

First was music, then Movies. Now it’s Books.

This article illustrates how students are ‘taking advantage’ of the technology to circumvent textbook publisher greed. Technology finds a way, right?

Once 3D printing becomes more prominent, things will really change.

Posted: September 18th, 2014
Categories: books, computers, school, tech
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Watch iOS Adaption as it Occurs

Pretty slick site where you can watch, live, iOS 8 (just released today) adaption.

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Posted: September 17th, 2014
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Further Monster Maladies

If you are a regular here, you’ve already read me moan about Monster cables and HDMI. This video further reinforces the scam that Monster cables are. Definitely provides some hands-on evidence.

Posted: September 16th, 2014
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Fireworks via Drone

I’ve been eyeing the Phantom Drone for a few months now … really would be awesome with the GoPro. Came across the below video the other day, which shows you just how much this beast can change the game of photography.

Posted: July 5th, 2014
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A Build for Elyce

Gavin and I spent the morning building Elyce her new computer … He doesn’t look very thrilled here, because he is beginning to understand that this computer may actually be as fast as his own. He is EXTREMELY competitive (not sure where he gets that from), and wants to have the fastest computer in the house.

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Been wanting to do this for a couple of years now – build a computer with Gavin. After the day was through, he seems to understand the different parts that we worked with today: motherboard, RAM, Power Supplies, and Video Cards. Next time we build, I will work with him on selecting parts and watch him put together. Can’t wait for that.

Elyce’s computer specs:
– Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz
– ASROCK Z87-EXTREME4 ATX LGA 11 Mboard
– 8 gigs of RAM (Meh …)
– ASUS GTX760 Video Card

 

Posted: March 29th, 2014
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iOS 7.0.4 Jailbreak …

available!

Posted: January 4th, 2014
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Another Job-Ending Tweet

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So this PR Director tweets a terrible comment – probably while drunk. She’ll lose her job, certainly. Ouch – and Merry Christmas!

Posted: December 21st, 2013
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Apparently, This Guy was Wrong

In his article “Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana“, written in 1995, Clifford Stoll makes some bold predictions that, today, make him look like a jack-ass.

It is definitely and interesting read, though – when you take in to account just what it was like 18 years ago.

Posted: December 19th, 2013
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Tablets vs Servers

Tablets will be coming soon to a restaurant near you. Now you won’t have to speak to waitstaff to eat out, and you will even be able to ignore those accompanying you at said dinner while playing tablet games at the table. Ugh.

But seriously – Applebee’s and Chili’s are both saying this move won’t result in layoffs of waiters/waitresses. Sure. With turnover as high as it is in the sector, they won’t need to – they just won’t replace them as they leave. Seriously – to think they would be foolish enough to keep that kind of overhead seems a bit silly.

Personally, I think this was just a matter of time and is a small sign of the inevitable in so many similar sectors. I’m okay with it – it’s just evolution and the future. But I can’t help but wonder how, in 20 years, this will affect the sector and similar ones out there …

Welcome to the Future!

Posted: December 3rd, 2013
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iOS 7 – Created in Microsoft Word?

Interesting video. Certainly interesting what you can do with Word (if, you know, you’ve got the time). I mean, you can pretty much do most things with any software nowadays, if you want. But this is over the top.

Posted: October 23rd, 2013
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BSOD Irony

The infamous Blue Screen of Death that plagued windows for years has been becoming more and more of a rarity for Windows users; however Apple iOS users, it seems, are beginning to see their own versions with the new iPhone 5S.

Posted: October 11th, 2013
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Lightsabers are Here

Interesting fluke discovery leads to the possibility of Lightsabers in our future …

Posted: September 30th, 2013
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What is Reddit?

One of my favorite sites for the morning coffee … I try to explain to some what it is – this video does the job well.

Posted: September 9th, 2013
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Bye Bye, Ballmer

So Ballmer is leaving Microsoft.

And the stock goes up 7.29% – the crowd goes wild.

Can’t say it is too surprising, really. He’s always seemed to lack that “tech charisma” that a company like Microsoft needs today.

Posted: August 23rd, 2013
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NASA Saves 70% in Costs and 8 Mos in Time

3D printing is in its infancy of its infancy, but this is an interesting application and provides further evidence of its potential.

Posted: July 14th, 2013
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tumblr = livejournal

So with all of this yapping today in the news regarding Tumblr and Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer’s foolish decision to buy Tumblr for 1.1b, I can’t help but think: Haven’t we been here before?

I mean, in its essence, Tumblr is a site for bloggers. Kind of like its blog-site predecessors: Livejournal, Blogger, WordPress, posterous …

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Simply put, I’m just inclined to see them as the flavor of the month. I’ve seen all of the write-ups and the history and supposed ‘value’ of tumblr – but when you take the 10,000 foot view, tumblr is truly the current free blogger site to use – one that, once Yahoo gets its hands on it, is doomed to wither like its predecessors … until the next ‘it’ comes along. Like (word on the street has it) Quora?

Posted: May 20th, 2013
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Users of Facebook: Deliver!

KimJ

Posted: April 14th, 2013
Categories: humor, politics, tech
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