* Posts by macaroo

36 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Apr 2012

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


She probably was the individual who thought that she could make the computer run faster by stepping on the mouse under her desk. One of the classic tales of computer lore.

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020


I had given up on Internet Explorer several years ago. It was unstable and unworkable. I went to Google's Chrome....it was like a breath of fresh air. Faster, cleaner and full of nice options that MS's abortion did not offer.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Duck Hunt

Why not post some professional duck hunters with long barrel 12 ga. shotguns with the special duck hunting ammo. I am sure they would love the opportunity to sharpen their shooting skills and to provide a public service

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday


The space ship Enterpise with Jacque Picard at the helm recovered the Voyager space probe in an episode on TV. They wondered at the ancient technology employed by their ancestors on Earth.

Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!


We work for the government......the most money for the least amount of work.

Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers



Social Security Numbers worry me. That number is not easily change as it is assigned for life sometimes at birth.

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse


Contemplating the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. Man's small mind can't fathom the secrets of the Universe. I would like to see him in discussion with the God he refused to believe in.

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again


California the Land of Fruits and Nuts

This man is in the right place. If he doesn't kill himself he will probably get elected governor.

Fujifilm, Xerox throw each other a US$6.1 billion lifeline


Two Words

Can you say.....Disruptive Technology

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


Dam airline cigar tubes are turning into an animal menageirie.

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI


It took 13 minutes to devise a damage control plan to save their jobs. They also had to figure out who to blame.

Dear US taxpayers, 4.5 BEEELLION of your dollars were blown on unapproved IT projects


The purpose of the US Government is to spend taxpayers money. Justification or not is not necessary.

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live


Giving up on IE

I have used ms's ie for years. After the latest out of band update it became very slow and unstable running under windows 7. I decided to try Chrome, what a relief and improvement. it is faster and more stable. Enabling the pop up blocker extension has eliminated all the nasty ads and sidebar annoyances from the most popular websites.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen


The Future???

Years ago, I read a Science Fiction story about a future time when industrial robots produced all the goods and all the people had a daily income from the government. The only catch was, the recitients had to buy the produced goods on a daily basis. The items only lasted a day, so they had to be replaced on a daily basis.

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot


I love these stories

Some of my favorite: The woman who call Support that her coffee cup holder disappeared after rebooting her computer. It turned out she was using the DVD tray as a coffee cup holder. How bout the woman who had trouble controlling her computer using the mouse. After much discussion, support found out the mouse was on the floor under her computer. She was stepping on it as you would a speed petal on a sewing machine. Of course my favorite: the customer who called support about the Fat Al error being displayed on her monitor. She wanted to know who Fat Al was.

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year


View on the Hub.

I own a LogiTech 2nd generation hub so I should be safe for now. It was an uphill battle to get the damm thing to even recognize all my TV related hardware. It wasn't until an unspecified firm ware update that the device started to function. Even though, it is limited in it's functionality. Customer Service and I got to know each other fairly well. As I stated on their website: it is a work in process; good idea, piss poor implementation.

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site


Playing Games

I object with these pointy headed individuals playing games with our most private information. I have conceited that most of my information has been leaked and resides on the Dark Web to be used and resold many times in the future. I have put security freezes on all of my accounts, but the existing CC account are still exposed.

Credit reference agencies faulted for poor patching


Damage control takes time to organize. Also it gave management time to sell their stock.

Missed patch caused Equifax data breach


A by product of this fiasco will be that half of the US will have security checks enabled on their credit accounts.

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers


Problems with Ad Blockers

The problem I see using an Ad Blocker is sometimes, especially a new article, will hang up while trying to load. I keep a copy of Windows Task Manager in the bottom task bar and use that to end the hung process. IE will restart and I will disable the blocker to read the article. It is a awkward process but works OK.

The Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi? Multiple access points in every home


Living in a high density area of my small city, several years ago I noticed an increasing number of WI-FI access points as everybody in the neighborhood acquired a basic bare bones wireless router. I also experienced an interference problem with my neighbor's wireless printer. I decided to convert to a dual band router and leave 2.4Ghz behind. Using a neat piece of software called ainSSIDer to monitor the bands, I was delighted to find I was the only person on the 5Ghz band. The only draw back is the shorter range of the upper band. All the problems solved.

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


Sounds like a lot of qobbily gook and thinly vale excuses for a more basic problem

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations


I went thru TSA security checks last week on a US domestic flight. The inspector took a hard look at my wrist watch to make sure that the second hand was still turning. He also wanted to take a look at the clasp. I guess he was looking for wires. Are exploding watches the next threat device???


Re: secure storage

If the laptop was packed with C4 explosives it would not matter where the device was located in the airplane.

One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad


Please take my first ex wife. It will be a blessing for humanity left on mother Earth.

White House to Feds: Stop buying new PCs, laptops right now



I was wondering how many of these government PCs end up on EBay and the employee pockets the money?

Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used


Where is the icon for sarcasm??

China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America


It would be an convenient way to move an over sized hydrogen bomb to North America. There is a lot to be said about the vast ocean separating competing Countries.

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor


My Early Days

This takes me back to my early days as a young lad. Exploring the basic precepts of computer logic down to the register level and instruction flow thru the various transistor gates. Wonder and excitement in exploring a new world of technology.

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?


The Fruit Company

Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan will be happy....maybe they can buy another shrimp boat.

Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age


This reminds me of my years in the field with a now defunk computer company. When a major malfunction would occur with an extended down time. The Sales force would get nervous and start talking about a mass swap of the machine. Us techs with cooler heads would have to explain to them that you would be replacing one problem with many problems causing more down time. We would tell them to take the customer out to dinner, and a movie and let us Techies analyze and define the problem. and then fix it. Mass swaps of complex networking systems usually do not work well. and just prolong the disaster.

Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday


Most laptops and desktops currently running XP were built to run XP only. The hardware requirements to upgrade to 7 or Vista will make the upgrade too costly for most users. There are still 200 million licensed users of XP. I don't see that changing much in the near future.

Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar


Please bring back the Start Button

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support


Why would they be concerned with security with a 75% piratecy rate? These machines can't down load the Windows updates as they can't pass the muster with validation software.

Stay away from the light, Kodak! Look, here's $406m to keep you alive


Kodak's Future

After working at Kodak in Rochester NY for 25 years in IT, I can say that I had a insight into most of the departments of this once great company. Does anybody remember that they were the only one to grind a perfect mirror for the Hubble telescope? The only reason their's wasn't on the finished product was they insisted that a test jig be built to test the accuracy of the mirror while it was being ground. This put the cost of the mirror above their competitors. Also Kodak at one time had the leading technical and scientific employees in the black magic science of coating. This was all lost when film and paper production was shut down. It was a shame that this knowledge could not be applied to other forms of coatings; surface mount electronics, photo-voltaic cells, etc. I could go on for hours. The sad part of the situation was everybody heard the foot steps except upper management. They were too afraid of killing the cash cow. I rest my case.

So what's the worst movie NEVER made?


Worst Movie of a Lifetime

Being older than most, my viewing habits go back futher. I nominate the following as the worsed movies I have watch in my lifetime.

1. Planet 9...........doesn't rate as bad science fiction.

2. Attack of the Killer Klowns..........a circus horror show

3. Earth Girls are Easy............a lot of hard post teen bodies.....plot forgettable

4. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.......can't even remember the plot.