Unwanted Eyeballs

by baldilocks I think we already knew this. How else to you think those ads are able to show you what you've just been shopping for? While the public has been focused on the ongoing¬†Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google has largely avoided public scrutiny about its data collection practices despite having the ability to … Continue reading Unwanted Eyeballs

HiWired/LightFrog Flashback: Tis the Season to Choose Wisely

Another old Lightfrog/Hiwired post with tech advice that stands up to the test of time: Tis the season to choose wisely An awful lot of money is going to be spent on new computers in the next 25 days or so. My basic advice is simple: Figure out what you want your system to do.Figure … Continue reading HiWired/LightFrog Flashback: Tis the Season to Choose Wisely

HiWired/Lightfrog Flashback: Where are all the Moon Maidens?

Back in 2005 when I worked for HiWired we started a tech blog that was unique at the time, providing some free tech advice to customers and non customers alike who needed it. Today I found myself looking at some old posts from the HiWired Blog and wondered how many of those posts stood the … Continue reading HiWired/Lightfrog Flashback: Where are all the Moon Maidens?

I was just thinking…

It's an interesting contrast between events in the NY-23 and in Rome concerning the Anglicans. The first is happening quickly while the other has been happening over decades and centuries. Yet in the end it is the second that will be more important over the next century. A lot of people on the left are … Continue reading I was just thinking…

Sick in bed today…

...so that means light blogging but it also gives me a chance to tell a funny HiWired story. Just under 75% of the time we would telecommute. That saved a lot of time and money but also had an odd side effect. If you are sick and have an hour drive it is a lot … Continue reading Sick in bed today…

A Blast from the past

Back in my HiWired days I ran the blog there and did most of the posting. I was doing some cleaning up of my system and found this old post from October of last year that is worth re-posting: I like computer games, I've been playing Civ IV Colonization quite a bit lately but some … Continue reading A Blast from the past

I know this is an over used term…

...but if you read only one thing today read Michael Yon's letter exclusively on Instapundit. Key Excerpt: The idea of a two-state solution, once popular with many Israelis, is evaporating. More and more Israelis are coming to believe that any appeasement with the Palestinians is merely a reward for terrorism. And so it is. The … Continue reading I know this is an over used term…

A ctrl-center surprise

Had to run to Office Max to get some ink for my Brother MFC 665CW since I have an interview on Thursday and need to print some items. It was the first time I'd been in an OfficeMax since HiWired went under and was later bought out. Considering that Plum Choice picked them up I … Continue reading A ctrl-center surprise

HiWired update: Singu and Backup

Park's Associates blog picked up on our story concerning the fate of HiWired and added some new news for me. I didn't know Singu ended up at Radialpoint, he's a good pickup for them. It also hit me this morning that if HiWired was picked up then the Remote backup that we offered is still … Continue reading HiWired update: Singu and Backup

HiWired. It’s alive it’s alive! (perhaps)

There is an interesting development in the HiWired situation. According to the main HiWired site it is now a part of RadialPoint. I checked the Radialpoint site and there is no press release confirming this but it is plain as the nose on your face on the HiWired page. As for Ctrl-center that has apparently … Continue reading HiWired. It’s alive it’s alive! (perhaps)

Ctrl-Center Hmmmm

Noticed that the page for Ctrl-Center has changed. When HiWired stopped breathing it remained to be seen what would happen to Ctrl-Center, would Office Max drop the brand or give it to another tech support company? I presume Office Max decided they didn't want the dough already sunk into be a loss so somebody is … Continue reading Ctrl-Center Hmmmm

Happy Hanukkah to all

Tonight begins the 8 days of Hanukkah. For those who don't know it is celebrating the purification of the temple after it had been defiled by their foes, you can find the longer story in the 1 Maccabees 4:35-59 the meat and potatoes of it are here: On the anniversary of the day on which … Continue reading Happy Hanukkah to all

A day without power is not a day without Mighty Subs

Well the ice slammed into us really good. No power (or heat) in the house, no power in the neighborhood, no power for most of the city (although as of this writing two sections of town have lights) and a good chunk of central mass is totally dark. Tonight I'm writing from a friend's house … Continue reading A day without power is not a day without Mighty Subs

Unemployment & plan B update

Well no bites yet on the e-bay stuff for tech support, I'll likely re-list the virus cleaning for 7 days instead of 3. I was hoping to avoid the chance of anything going beyond my two week trial of LogMeIn Rescue without at least one sale, but it looks like I'm going to have to … Continue reading Unemployment & plan B update

A needed laugh but a good question

One of the pleasures of having a new blog is getting the initial comments meaning someone is bothering to read you. One comment to this post got me actually laughing, I posted it to the chat room where a few of us former HiWired people hang out. I quote the question here: I am not … Continue reading A needed laugh but a good question

HiWired backup still working as of yesterday

When HiWired went belly up one of the first things that hit me was the backup. I have the HiWired backup (read Carbonite) on my primary family system so I figured it would be a good idea to restore that backup to an external hard drive I had. Not only would it be an extra … Continue reading HiWired backup still working as of yesterday

Fear and unemployment

One of the problems when a company closes down without warning is the fear it produces. Yesterday in the still active chat room where company members sit it was mentioned that one of our co-workers paychecks bounced. This produced a bunch of worry since that meant that some bills would have to wait a while … Continue reading Fear and unemployment