Part II – Things I’ve Learned

“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell As far as I can tell, my readership here consists of Mrs. Lawrence, because she wants to know if I’ve written anything bad about her, a handful of loyal customers, Mrs. Connelly, when she wants to know what’s going on in her…

The Enigma

“I married a big, strapping cop and now you’re Urkle.” – Mrs. Lawrence Enigma: noun, plural enigmas; Chiefly Archaic, enigmata [uh–nig-muh-tuh] 1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation: 2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character: I am an enigma. There, I said it. And I’m proud of it too. My life, thus far,…

2015 Resolutions. No, Not Mine.

“Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.” – Anonymous Many years ago I learned the pointlessness of setting New Years resolutions for myself.  Eat healthier, sleep better, be nicer to people, actually show up at that gym I joined…..yeah, not so much. Instead, in keeping with what…

Hey Microsoft! What’s New?

“Hello, Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me.Is there anyone at home?…..” – Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb I had some calls this week from people wondering about all the recent news concerning Microsoft.  Warmed the cockles of my heart to find that a few, albeit a very scant few, actually…

Who Are You & What Do You Want?

“I’m a con artist in that I’m an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn’t.” – John Lithgow   OK, play along here.  You’re sitting at home some night, let’s say around 10 PM, and you hear a knock on your door.  Now, depending upon where you…

Time to Switch? – Permanently

Dear Microsoft: Day 4 since we became aware of the latest exploit involving Internet Explorer, and still no patch. We’ve had a lot of calls here looking for recommendations. Given the crappy track record of IE, very shortly we’ll begin telling everyone that your product is no longer worth the risk and we’ll be veering…

In Case You Skipped The Light Fandango-Vol. I

“….and although my eyes were open, they might just as well have been closed” – Procol Harem As Mrs. Lawrence will attest, I spend many of my “off duty” hours scouring the web for tech related information.  The sites I regularly peruse can be sources of inspiration, amusement, entertainment, amazement, disdain, and occasionally, something that…

My Dickensesque Existence

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” – Charles Dickens (1812-1870) The voices in my head are at it again.  This time, it’s an internal struggle in an attempt to answer the question of whether or not I…

Dear Microsoft……..

“I don’t regret loving you. I don’t regret trusting you. I do regret giving you the power to crush my faith in you”. – Anon     Dear Tech Company Owner: As you may have heard, we are developing an exciting, vibrant, new version of our Windows operating system, Windows 8!  We are looking for…

Things I Hope For in 2014……or Not

“You’ve got questions, we’ve got dancing paperclips.” – Microsoft As a service to those of you actually reading this, I suppose I need to tell you right up front that this is NOT your typical, “hopeful for the new year”, “world peace”,  type of post.  You can find that stuff here:  Karmatube.  Instead, I prefer…