Category Archives: Computers

Words That Get You Watched by Big Brother

Somebody published a list of words that government computers search the telephone traffic and the internet for, presumably to automatically flag for further attention by the various security services. You can view it here. Some of the choices are kind … Continue reading

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Exede12 Internet Service – Review

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to be the second installation of Exede12 satellite internet service in our area, at least by our installer. The first installation was the company’s own, so ours is the first in the wild, so to … Continue reading

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Satellite Internet Services

Here’s an interesting factoid. Our company currently has bandwidth problems and so I called HughesNet to see if they could do better than their competition (Wild Blue). So, talking to HughesNet salesman, we discussed one of their faster business plans, … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Rant, Work

Talking Heads and Medicare and stuff

I was just watching Fox news, and the commentator asked the guest (sorry, I didn’t catch his name) what they thought was the first thing to look at in order to cut government deficit spending. The first thing the guest … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Politics, Quote of the Day

Made Some Changes

As you can see, I’ve made some changes to the layout. Unfortunately, I lost a few things in the transition, like my blogroll, for instance. I’ll put it back when I get a few minutes to recreate it. -Popgun

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iPad 3G Activation Issues

Disclaimer: This piece contains facts as reported by word of mouth and by discussion groups. Interpretation of these events is my own opinion, and worth what it costs – your conclusions may vary. I don’t have the 3G version of … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Fuzzy Thinking

The iPad May Result in the Fall of Civilization

In my lifetime, I have seen the rise of the personal computer. When I was a kid, books were the thing. Since then, with the advent of the personal computer, networks, the internet, wi-fi, and other technologies, more and more … Continue reading

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O.K., I’m a Sometimes Geek

I recently bought a SCOTTeVEST, which I am liking pretty well so far. It’s somewhat cooler (temperature-wise) than my 5.11 tactical vest, and it has 22 pockets. Anyhow, due to an odd set of circumstances, I found myself with the … Continue reading

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Popgun’s iPad #4 – Observations

I’ve now been using the iPad for a while, and now my iPhone feels so – small! Isn’t the iPad kind of bulky to carry around all the time? Well, actually, if I wasn’t carrying the iPad, I’d be carrying … Continue reading

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Popgun’s iPad #3 – Thoughts…

The Apple iPad Case arrived today, and I think it’s a good thing to have. It protects the case from dings and makes it easier to hold without slipping. It also can position the iPad a couple of different ways … Continue reading

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Popgun’s iPad Review #2

The iPad is integrating nicely in my daily life. I love how lightly you need to touch the screen; like other Apple products, mostly “it just works”. The word that comes to my mind after handling the iPad is “elegant”. … Continue reading

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Popgun’s iPad Review

Yesterday, I took delivery of my new iPad 64GB (wi-fi only). Related equipment that affects the quality of the experience: My three-year-old MacBook Pro 17”, an iPhone 3G, my MobileMe account, and my MiFi2200 Verizon internet appliance. Setup is easy, … Continue reading

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HughesNet vs Verizon Broadband Wireless

I’ve been frustrated with my HughesNet Satellite internet access for quite some time. The speed is much slower than the nominal speeds I am paying for, and it is also inconsistent. A few days ago it was operating at dial-up … Continue reading

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Mac OS X vs Windows 7

An anecdote about OS X vs Windows 7: I have a three year old MacBook Pro 17”, running, of course, OS X. I run Windows 7 in a Parallels virtual machine on this computer, for those times I’m doing CAD … Continue reading

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Computers, Then and Now

For me, computers are an empowering force, a multiplier of my own abilities; for instance, if I had to write this article by hand, I probably simply wouldn’t bother. Computers make many things easier, and no few things become practical … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Memories

The Apple iPad

I have decided that I want an Apple iPad. I want one because: I like to read. In bed; in the bathroom; in the doctor’s waiting room; while eating; in point of fact, I am rarely without a book. With … Continue reading

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About HughesNet

My internet service is provided by HughesNet. I am not impressed. I’m on their ProPlus plan – 1.6 Mbps (1,600,000 Kbps) down and 250 Kbps up. Their website lists that as $79.99 per month. My actual payout per month after … Continue reading

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Mac Ads

The funny thing about the Mac ads (vs Windows 7) is that they are based on truth. I’m beginning to think that John Hodgman actually works for Microsoft… -Popgun

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Nifty Application for the iPhone

Here’s a nifty application for the iPhone, if you have any interest in the sky. It is Pocket Universe for the iPhone. There’s a review here. Amazing. Probably useful to amateur astronomers, too. You can take it outside and it … Continue reading

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Internet Goodness!

HughesNet is up and running. When I got home from work, I rerouted the ethernet cable to the Apple Airport 802.11g and back to Texas Grandma’s computer. Then I told my MacBook Pro to connect to the Airport, which it … Continue reading

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