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A cable is a cable is a cable

For a lot of users which network cable you hook up to your router is not terribly important. Of course a quality cable ensures uniunshieldednterrupted flow of data at the maximum speed allowed by your equipment. Most if not all … Continue reading

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War in Ukraine, Gas from Russia and shoes from China

A few years ago it was pointed out that Germany was reliant on Russian natural gas for 60-70% of their energy imports. This is not quite correct. Indeed Russia does supply a large amount of natural gas but natural gas … Continue reading

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Alternative facts to alternative reality

Over the last few years the world has become a bit topsy turvy but it feels like acquiesce to the truth is leading us more and more into a world where people’s fantasy replace everyone else’s facts. Definition of Fact … Continue reading

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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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