Category Archives: gadgets

It’s The Little Things

To continue the theme I’ve had going lately, where I neglect modern consoles and massive Steam backlogs in favor of playing decade-old Xbox games, I’ve started Metal Arms: A Glitch In The System. I’m not going to talk about that … Continue reading

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Cheap Gadgets are Best Gadgets

I have a huge soft spot for unlikely gadgets that fill a very specific need, so I’m a big fan of stuff from Quirky. OK, well, I’m a big fan in the sense of really liking most of the stuff … Continue reading

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Strange New Worlds

As a geek with a heck of an investment in the Apple “Ecosystem”, it was a rather odd feeling to walk into the AT&T store this week, flush with the excitement of finally being free of my most recent two-year … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

If you start typing “happiness is” into Google, it naturally gives you a great many suggestions. My personal favorite is “happiness is a red popsicle”, though I confess that spending the last 25 years on the Internet has me worried … Continue reading

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I’m thinking of a number between 7 and 9…

Installed Windows 8 on my main PC tonight. So far, Metro is kind of obnoxious and the transitions between it and the traditional desktop are nothing short of jarring. On the other hand, it’s replaced all the chrome and translucent … Continue reading

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I’ve mended something again! Also, unexpected uses for a potholder.

As I mentioned about a month ago, my PS3 stopped reading discs. ¬†This was vexing for a couple of reasons, but primarily because it was a launch 60GB PS3 with PS2 backwards compatibility. Sony wants $150 to fix these, and … Continue reading

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Credit where credit is due:

Total time from my initial chat with a live support agent until I got the email letting me know that my unlock request had been approved was about 40 hours, which wasn’t bad considering the load they must be under. … Continue reading

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More Winter Projects

Nearly three years ago, I put together a small form factor PC based on the Intel BLKD201GLYL motherboard for use as a download box.¬† It worked out pretty well – there were some hassles with the initial Windows XP load, … Continue reading

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Where’s my check, Jobs?

OK, I hate writing this, because it makes me sound like a corporate shill, or worse, a member of the Cult of Steve, which – in either case – I think entitles me to a little cut of the Cupertino … Continue reading

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More embarrassment

I told my wife this story with the caveat that I was telling her because I thought it was actually too embarrassing to share. Oh, well, it’s best if I get it off my chest. I’ve been inside my PC … Continue reading

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