Category Archives: Soapbox

I want to support my local store

Don’t you hate it when you go to your local store to purchase their wares and they tell you nope we don’t want your money. I might be paraphrasing my recent encounter at Conrad Electronics. I wanted to purchase one … Continue reading

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Consumer DRM – pecked to death by ducks

It is difficult to where exactly we are on the spectrum. A few instances of creative companies using DRM and other protective designs preventing consumers from buying compatible consumables. Previously, it seemed that companies were using Patent law to prevent … Continue reading

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Unanticipated consequences from BREXIT to climate change

Who would have thought that BREXIT or perhaps Covid 19 could have such an effect. I try to actually shop in stores to ensure there is competition to Amazon and Alibaba. However, from time to time I will purchase something … Continue reading

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Making a fortune in 2022

The amount of IT that is at your finger tips in the year 2022 (or really since 2015) is amazing. It is possible to research how to make vegetarian chili or get help in selling your old computer monitor. From … Continue reading

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A bit of (excessive) advertising

I am actually glad that I do not see how many minutes per week I spend at YouTube. It is a convenient place to get some news, see some how to video and if you need to relax there are … Continue reading

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Art imitating life

I just saw the movie “Don’t look up” Synopsis – spoiler alert Two scientists discover a planet killing asteroid that is headed directly towards earth. The story details their difficulties bringing this fact to the government. Once this issue is … Continue reading

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Trust us, the cartridge is genuine

Allegedly, The chip shortage seems to be affecting the ability of some companies from supporting their own DRM. DRM is one way for content creators to control their content to ensure that others cannot access that content. This type of … Continue reading

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safe computing – data storage I

Only the most harded soul or boring individual has no pictures or stories to share.  It is easier than never before to share photos of cats, children, girlfriends or selfies. Simply take the photo and either email it or send … Continue reading

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Year of the Linux Desktop – 2026

It seems like only yesterday (2003) that a large government entity, the city of Munich, announced it would be converting their cities personal computers over to their own edition of Linux called LiMux. The good news was that perhaps 80% … Continue reading

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A prelude to 1984

The book 1984 by George Orwell is about Winston Smith who works for a repressive regime that rewrites history to fit their current narrative. It has actually quite a few years since I read this book but you might think … Continue reading

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