26
August
2016

Wow the valentine really is the best radar detector. 

I’ve been using an escort passport for years and it’s bee great but wirecutter is right the Vakenjne V-one is incredible. Super sensitive and the display although arcane is super useful. Seeing where the radar is coming from and also how many really helps situational awareness. A nice addition to machine kesnring is to add […]

22
August
2016

Notes on jobs for those just getting started…

OK, some folks have asked me questions and while free advice is worth exactly what it costs, I thought I’d post some rules that at least have helped me. This is tuned for someone just starting out in the world and wondering what their career path should be… I have ten rules, but I’d summarize […]

21
August
2016

Best Mac Antivirus Freeware

OK I’ve tried most of them and the latest was Avira. It really used a lot of CPU. My old favorite was ClamAVX but it became paid and was slow. Macworld UK suggest Sophos, so I’m back to that 🙂

21
August
2016

Fullstack React Tutorial Fixes

Errata and Fixes Well these guys have a really useful tutorial, unfortunately, it has bugs in it and apparently my disqus comments keep getting rejected, so here is an errata sheet for the Fullstack React Tutorial. They are focused on their book and other content so not surprising, still if you want to use their […]

17
August
2016

Xeon E5-1650 V3 and higher overclocks but no the 1620 or 1630

Ok there has been lots of confusion on this topic, but it looks like the E5-1620 V3, the older Haswell-E, chip is locked. So it is stuck at 3.5GHz. This is confusing as some folks have multiplier unlocked 1620s. Strange. This processors have 4 cores and 8 threads. The 1630 is also not supposed to […]

16
August
2016

Keyboards, keyboards

OK, if you type all day (like I do), you get quite opinionated about keyboards, here’s a list of my favorites: Corsair K70 Cherry Blue. $119. This is super noisy, but so much like the IBM Selectric or original IBM PC keyboard. All mechanical. We have a Cherry Red and it is great for gaming, […]

15
August
2016

Radar detectors 

Gave my escort 9500i away. It’s the third one. The other two were stolen out of the car. Remember to keep the glove compartment locked! Anyway time to look for a new one.  Wirecutter recommends the Valentine V1 for $400 direct. The patent on their directional lights expired but the $600 Escort Max is more […]

15
August
2016

Apple support rocks!

Ok Apple may be past its prime but i am still amazed by its customer service. I hope someone else takes up the mantle.  We had a bad Thunderbolt connector on the motherboard and it was fixed in four days. Plus the screen was delaminating so that got repaired too.  Nice work and $300 saved. […]

14
August
2016

Using a PC Keyboard with a Mac

Well, this has been fun, I really love the Corsair 70 mechanical keyboard, but getting ti to work with a Mac is quite a trick, here are the two big things you need to do: The Windows and the Alt key are reversed on a PC Keyboard, so the Command key and the Option key […]

07
August
2016

Watching the Olympics

Well it took some research but here’s the guide to watching the Olympics. Get an over the air antenna and hope you can see an antenna. If you can, then OTA is still free and it comes out on NBC. If you get a box then you can even make it a DVR. Not a bad […]

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