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Barcade

Many years ago, my favorite arcade game was Elevator Action. It’s a pretty simple game. You land on the roof of a building and make your way down to the basement where your escape car is waiting. On each floor along the way, you have to defeat bad guys, and make occasional stops to pick up… Read more »

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Paranoia

This week, WikiLeaks released a cluster of documents relating to the CIA and their methods of operation. The news media was especially enamored by the electronic eavesdropping portion of the documents. Not to get off track here, but this is how we know the Obama administration didn’t spy on Donald Trump – no one in… Read more »

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Portable Computers

This weekend, I dusted off a few of my old computers and booted them up to see how they were doing. Old computers are nowhere near as sturdy or stable as their modern-day counterparts. The biggest problem is the capacitors dry out and you have to go around the motherboard and replace them. And old… Read more »

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Apple And The FBI

Anyone who thought the FBI couldn’t open that encrypted iPhone is pretty naïve. The FBI, NSA, and various other organizations that we’ve never heard of, can all open a locked iPhone. The iPhone designers and programmers are amazingly talented, even brilliant, but don’t think for a second there aren’t others out there who are even… Read more »

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The Dark Web

As a computer guy, I have worked with two companies who were victims of hacking. In both cases, I was a member of the rebuild team. We helped fix the damage and make sure it didn’t happen again. As soon as people hear the word hacking, the first question I’m always asked is “do you… Read more »

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Email Hell

It all started when I received an email that I didn’t understand. It was addressed to the “team”, and I figured it was meant for me, as I get quite a few emails that are addressed to, and begin with, “team”. As it turns out, it was another team far across the country and they… Read more »

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Talent

So this week I spent about four days working on a programming issue for a customer. I was totally stuck on how to program a specific feature. Now, I’m a pretty good programmer; I’m probably ten times better than most of the programmers who do what I do. But after a few more days of… Read more »

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IT Degree

This week I received an email asking me for advice. Yeah! Me! Advice! Oddly, it was not advice on clown porn or medical marijuana. It was actually an email asking me about a college degree in Computer Science: …Is it worth my while to pursue a computer science degree? People are telling me it is… Read more »

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IBM P70

This weekend, I was lucky enough to find an IBM P70 for a real cheap price. It’s not a working model, but I am pretty sure I can get it running before the end of the year. The P70 was IBM’s first portable computer. Well actually, the first portable IBM computer was the 5155, but… Read more »

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3D Printing

So last week I was in training- learning all about 3D printers, and I have to say, it was the coolest thing ever. Well the second coolest thing ever, since I still hope to have that threesome with Katy Perry and Wonder Woman. A 3D printer is capable of creating objects. It resembles an ink… Read more »