Archive for August 2009

Nowhere To Hide

Friday, August 28, 2009

The good – Friends can find you

The bad – Even people you don’t want to can find you

The ugly – Someone could use the info maliciously


Last night I received a phone call from an old friend I last talked to over 20 years ago. I was totally shocked, to say the least. She said she found my phone number and address on the Yellow Pages web site. This morning I checked, and sure enough, there was a listing for me on

I’ve never advertised in the Yellow Pages, and don’t have an account on I do work out of my home, when I’m fortunate enough to have work, which lately has been VERY rare. But I have never registered my address or phone number as a place of business. I do have business class phone service, only to have better ADSL service. So I suppose that’s how my info got into the databases at

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DIY HDTV Antenna

Friday, August 14, 2009

The good – It’s cheap & it worksdiy_antenna_sm

The bad – Limited applications

The ugly – It’s not the prettiest thing


First of all, let me state right up front that there is no such thing as a digital or HD antenna. An antenna is an antenna, and there is nothing special about receiving a digital or HD TV signal, compared to an analog or non-HD TV signal. Now that I’ve debunked that myth…

An HDTV for under $300?
I purchased a Samsung T240HD LCD HDTV/monitor this week. Yes, it’s a full 1080p HDTV, complete with over-the-air and cable TV tuners. It’s also a widescreen computer monitor. For $300 I couldn’t pass it up.

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I hate blog spammers

Monday, August 3, 2009

The good – Spam is only marginally okay as a food product

The bad – Spam & spammers are ruining the Internet

The ugly – Laws need to be enacted & enforced to stop all spam


I may shut down this blog site due to spam. I’m growing tired of it being bombarded with spam. Thank goodness I have Akismet & Spam Karma 2 installed. They have stopped all attempted spam comments.

I suppose I could go back to using a CAPTCHA anti-spam solution. This would stop the automatic spam bots. But I always hate it when I run into a CAPTCHA on the web. It’s such a hassle. I normally just quickly exit the site and move on. So why would I want to subject nice people, who only want to post legitimate comments on my blog, to such nonsense?


My Troubled Mac – Part 3

Monday, August 3, 2009

The good – It boots and runs

The bad – More kernel panics & freezes

The ugly – It’s got to be one of the “BIG 3


I’ve thoroughly tested my Apple G4 1.42 GHz Dual Processor FW800 MDD (Mirror Drive Doors) Mac, trying to resolve its kernel panic & freeze problems. (See Part 1 & Part 2 of this story.)

It’s not the hard drive(s). It’s not the RAM. It’s not the Mac OS X installation. That means the problem is, most likely, one (or more) of the “BIG 3” — the motherboard, the processor card, and/or the power supply.

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