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My 53 Rocket 88

My car was Lt. Green.

My office computer is acting like an old car. Maybe a 1950’s Chevy. My mother had one of those. Not sure of the year. The differential gear broke and the rear axle shaft and wheel departed the car while driving around a corner.

I have owned many old cars myself. I had a 1953 Olds, Rocket 88 in 1965. That 12 year old car ran most of the time but was always breaking down and needing repair parts. Sometimes something major. Sometimes something that is just annoying, like a burned-out headlight. (Always replace in pairs.) You can drive […] Continue reading » My 53 Rocket 88

No Pictures Allowed

I suddenly developed problems loading photos (jpegs) to my CMS sites through their built-in PHP handlers. This was for Joomla and WordPress. This was only with ixwebhosting. I tested my Joomla in the AWS cloud and back end photo loading worked perfectly there.

The strange part was that it seemed to be only with .jpg files I had been editing with Adobe. But I soon discovered files straight off the camera had the same issue. It seemed to be something with not accepting the mime type. The error report said the photos were “dangerous” and the upload was blocked.

I searched the forums on the […] Continue reading » No Pictures Allowed

Looking Below the Surface

Microsoft has produced something very nice. It’s the Surface series of tablet, laptop, and desk computers.

They are not the lowest cost computers. To be good, low price cannot be the most important feature. Quality is all about getting return for what is paid. I didn’t pay for my Surface. <G> It is on permanent loan to me. Subject to recall but not likely. If I had paid for it, I think it is worth the original cost. That’s good because the cost and features of the Surface series have increased since this machine was built.

The Surface brand represents the machines for which Windows 10 is designed. Could they […] Continue reading » Looking Below the Surface

More to Tell…

“And now, the rest of the story…” ~ Paul Harvey

My “big” PC

My 10+ year old main office PC (computer) with WIN10 has been giving me problems. I had a hard drive failure which was the boot drive. Fixed it and was running great, better than ever, but suddenly, earlier today, the whole dang PC went south. Fans run, and I have 12 and 5 volts, but mother board is dead. No video at all.

Looks like I must get a new one. Feeling much sorrow, grief and despair. Started to study what it would take to replace my old friend, browsing the […] Continue reading » More to Tell…

Yowza, Yowza!


Drive D: which is the boot disk on my big Desktop PC crashed and died on me in the middle of the morning on New Year’s Day. It was an, “OH NOOO… OMG!” moment. Computer basically just stopped working in its tracks.

A reboot didn’t fix anything. Then I checked the boot setup and discovered the drive now fails the S.M.A.R.T test when it first starts up. You may need to google that if you don’t know what it is. Turning the S.M.A.R.T. off in the motherboard boot ROM for D: did no good. I am D.I.W. (Dead In Water) on […] Continue reading » Yowza, Yowza!