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Two Months with an iPhone 6

In which I detail all the problems I’ve had with the iPhone 6

MacBook Air Wake-Up Fix

The MacBook Air is the best laptop ever made. There’s really no arguing this point. But when I upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion, suddenly it started to take for-freaking-ever to wake up when it went to sleep. Before the upgrade I could reliably open the machine and immediately type my password to start working. […]

The Dexia Rack Laptop Stand

My mom got me a Dexia Rack a few years ago as a gift. I had seen one at a bookstore on the University of Florida campus while visiting Gainesville and said that it looked pretty cool. So of course my mom noted that and got me one for Christmas or my birthday months later. […]

Dell Laptop Hard Drive Failure

Last week my wife called me to say that her laptop — my old Dell Latitude D610 — wouldn’t boot. Of course her whole life is on this machine and she had a paper due that evening and, no, she didn’t have any backups. So I left the office around 3pm to try to save […]

Unwanted Software

Yesterday I became the proud new owner of a Dell D630 Latitude. Today I began the tiresome task of transferring my life from my old D610 to it. The old laptop was Anchor. (Previous computers were Budweiser, Guinness, and Corona.) The new laptop is Maui. Here is a list of the software that Dell decided […]

A Wet Laptop

My mom just sent me the following text message: I just dumped a venti starbucks on my work computer! Help! Attempts to contact my mom via her cell phone have failed. Unfortunately even if I could get her on the phone, the only advice I could give her — after over a decade of working […]

Generic Computer Peripherals

While shopping at Best Buy you may notice a somewhat newish brand of computer products going by the name Dynex. At first I wasn’t sure if I could trust these things; they’re usually exactly the same as the name brand stuff but 50% less expensive. I’m always wary of getting something that seems like such […]

Hewlett-Packard Printers: Tools of Satan

For Christmas ’04 I got my girlfriend a shiny new HP Photosmart 7960. She loves it. It prints fabulous, high-quality images and it comes with some great photo-printing software. Sure you have to mortgage your house to keep the ink flowing, but you knew that was going to be the case when you bought the […]

Lost in Time

A Short List of Things That I Had at One Time Thought Were Quite Technologically-Advanced But Which Now Are in My Closet Because I Will Probably Never Use Again (and What Replaced Them) VCR (TiVo, DVDs, and 950 Cable Channels) Stereo Component MiniDisc Player (iPod, mp3s) Portable MiniDisc Player (iPod, mp3s) 5-Disc CD Changer (iPod, […]

iTrip for iTunes (finally!)

Griffin Technology has finally released an update for their iTrip transmitter that works with iTunes. Until now you had to use MusicMatch to get an iTrip to work, and it was a pain because — although it is a great player — MusicMatch bites it when it comes to synching your iPod.

NEC SuperScript 870

I own an NEC SuperScript 870 laser printer. When I bought it – sometime towards the end of 2000 – I was incredibly thrilled. (I had actually bought one sometime in ’99, I think. Then I moved to California and couldn’t bring the world’s most-economical, feature-rich, best-performing printer with me. So I bought another one […]

Strange Input

Someone in Australia invented a combination keyboard and mouse that looks like it would be a pain. I don’t know how quickly I could adapt to using one since I’m not a true touch-typist. Hmmm …


<drool> Sony CLIÉTM handheld. </drool>

Server 54

The University of North Carolina has finally found a network server that, although missing for four years, hasn’t missed a packet in all that time. Try as they might, university administrators couldn’t find the server. Working with Novell Inc., IT workers tracked it down by meticulously following cable until they literally ran into a wall. […]

Converting to MP3s

Heh. I was only kidding. Yes, I am a computer programmer. I wasn’t kidding about that. (Although “computer programmer” is not usually what people think when they think of me.) But I wasn’t really worried about getting this thing running with a sound card. Hello? How hard is that? I freakin’ built Bud from scratch, […]

Hardware Sucks

Heh. Cool. I’m a computer programmer. I am not a hardware guy. I am using a server as a development machine. The hardware guy just gave me a sound card and a screwdriver. Let’s see if I can do this … <Dr. Nick>Good night, Everybody!</Dr. Nick>

Excellent Error Message

Jason received this error message from one of the NT Servers at work: While validating that COM3 was really a serial port, the contents of the divisor latch register was identical to the interrupt enable and the receive registers. The device is assumed not to be a serial port and will be deleted.

Handspring Visor

Did I already mention that I will absolutely die if I don’t get one of these in the very near future? That’s it. I’m buying one tomorrow. Case closed. Whew! It feels good to get that decision out of the way.


Damn! Bryan blogged about his Visor and now I can’t imagine living another day without an ice blue one with a modem and digital camera eye …

Internet Infrastructure

Here is an excellent article about how the web works. Thanks, Jason!