A Thing I Learned Today

Tuesday, 10 September 2013, 13:32 | Category : Geek Stuff, Life
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A couple of months ago, I bought a shiny new Nook HD+ for myself. It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision – I’d been thinking about getting a tablet for quite a while. In fact, I bought an iPad last year, but only kept it a few days before returning it. The iPad price was just too high for my needs wants (let’s face it, very, very few people really need an iPad, or any tablet for that matter). I’d always liked the Nook Color/Tablet/HD/HD+ as a piece of hardware, but the way Barnes and Noble constrained the Nook universe significantly reduced its appeal. Until this spring, when B&N suddenly realized that there was just huge other part of the tablet world, and many of their potential customers were going there instead of stopping in Nookland. So in early May, they flung open the gates (and cut the price of the HD and HD+ significantly), and suddenly the Nook HD was a contender. And together with a collection of B&N gift cards I was given for finally agreeing to go away and never come back retiring, I made my way to my local Barnes and Noble and bought an HD+. And I love it. I’ve bought a few books, checked out some from my local library (although they really need to beef up their collection), and subscribed to National Geographic magazine (the photos are gorgeous on this thing!). It’s fast becoming my primary lunchtime companion.

But this isn’t about the Nook per se. You know those little protective screens we’re told we need to get for our smartphones and tablets? They’re sort of like the prince’s whipping boy of fairy tales – they take the abuse in the form of fingerprints and smudges) so the glass screen doesn’t have to. I’m not sure why – cleaning the screen isn’t that difficult – but they sell them, and we’re told we should buy them, and so we do. And so I did. The first thing you realize is that it’s impossible to put the protective film on the screen without having little air bubbles trapped underneath. Impossible. Which is why I stopped using them on my iPhone. But, for whatever reason, I bought some for my Nook, and yes, the air bubbles have returned. The other thing that gets trapped is specks of dust, tiny little hairs, and anything else in the vicinity when you try to apply the film. And those little trapped bits are amazingly visible and distracting. I would remove one, and another would leap in from the side. They are determined little specks of irritation. And here’s the Thing I Learned Today: never, no matter how irritated you are by those little specks, do not take a Kleenex or similar tissue and try to rub something off the underside of the film. What you’re left with is a blizzard of even tinier bits of tissue paper that have bonded with the sticky underside of the protective film. And it’s far too late to say “YOU MORON” at this point. The one little speck you were trying to remove is laughing hysterically at you as it points at the myriad tiny bitlets that will never, ever come off.

And THAT is what I learned today.

Should I be nervous?

Wednesday, 14 April 2010, 13:11 | Category : Geek Stuff
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I checked Site Meter just now, and noticed that someone from ibm.com came to my blog, based on teh search string “I hate Lotus Notes”, and found this post. I mean, it’s true, I do hate Lotus Notes, but still…

GPS navigator wierdness, and TR

Sunday, 5 August 2007, 19:39 | Category : Geek Stuff
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We just returned from a week in DC, visiting our daughter. More on that trip later, but I just have to mention this little glitch that came from our Garmin GPS navigator. Twice (well, once, because I only fell for it once), when we were crossing the Key Bridge from Arlington into DC, the Garmin unit had us circle back, cross back over to Arlington on another bridge, then come back over Key Bridge. I would have thought it was my driving, but the second time we aproached Key Bridge from a different route. The Garmin just really wanted to see the underside of the Kennedy Center, I guess.

Also, I found out that there is a Teddy Roosevelt Memorial. On Teddy Roosevelt Island, no less.

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Why RAID Is A Bad Idea

Friday, 6 April 2007, 9:16 | Category : Geek Stuff
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Note that he’s not talking about enterprise servers; he’s talking about desktops and workstations. Interesting read, from a guy who sells these things….

Why RAID is (usually) a Terrible Idea

Half Price Computer Books

Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 14:35 | Category : Geek Stuff
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Anybody gotten anything from Half Price Computer Books lately? For the past couple of months, every time I’ve gone to their site I just get

“We are currently down for scheduled maintenance. Please visit us again soon. We would like thank you for your interest in HalfPriceComputerBooks.com, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused”.

I’m wondering if they’re still a going concern.