Tales From a Computer Guy: “Something Exploded in There”

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If you read my previous article, you know that I used to work for the now-defunct Totally Awesome Computers (a chain of local computer sales/repair shops in Northern Utah) One day a lady came in with her two teenaged children complaining that “something had ‘exploded’ inside the case” and was now leaking out the front.…

The Great Hack of 2020

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SolarWinds is a company that offers server monitoring (among other things). It does so through a user with administrative access to servers. Many companies use SolarWinds’ products and services to make sure their servers are healthy. It’s specialty is in databases (like MS SQL Server). SolarWinds’ customers include 425 of the Fortune 500 companies, all…

Regarding Texas’ Petition to the Supreme Court concerning the 2020 Election

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Regarding the election, and Texas’ petition to the US Supreme Court regarding the handling of the elections in the States named in their complaint, here are a few points to ponder… If the Constitution didn’t really mean it when it says that the Legislatures of the States determine how to select their presidential electors (not…

Tales From a Computer Guy: “It Won’t Turn On!!!”

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I used to work for the now-defunct Totally Awesome Computers. This was a chain of local computer sales/repair shops in Northern Utah. What made us stand out from the competition were our high-quality, name-brand-component computers we sold under our own brand – oh, and the slightly nutty owner/local celebrity who went by the name of…

OPPO Watch Extended Review: A Fresh Look at the “Google Watch”

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Apple has just released its new wearable which incrementally improves on their prior version. But despite all the new bells-and-whistles, Apple Watch series 6 still misses out in one very major area: Android support. Keep in mind that Android-powered phones still outnumber iOS powered phones. So, what are the majority of us mobile phone users…

Product Review: KeySmart Pro, Star Trek Edition – with built-in Tile

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Background Some years ago, I was browsing Kickstarter and came across what I thought was a pretty cool gadget which was beautiful in its simplicity: two pieces of metal attached with a bolt at either end, into which you placed your keys. This basically turns your key ring into a “pocket knife” of sorts, but…

Home Assistant, Part 2: Installation and Hardware Considerations

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First off, the official Home Assistant “Getting Started” page has a bunch of information that is VERY useful. The problem with options is that sometimes it take a lot of trial and error (which could take a significant amount of time and virtually limitless frustration) before you find out what is “right” for you. Note that…