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Yowza, Yowza!

Battlefield

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!

DRIVEing Me Crazy

My main computer has a strange malady. It’s running Windows 10 OS. It’s an old machine with an Asus M4A78T-E mother board. I just installed the newest BIOS for it – dated 2012/1/31, from five years ago. It was one of my attempts to fix my system problem. Making sure everything is the latest edition.

I intended to update the C: drive to one terabyte from its present 500GB. My plan was to trade out the 350 GB D: drive with the one TB drive then do a image copy of C: to D: Then make the new D: drive the C: system drive. I […] Continue reading » DRIVEing Me Crazy

3D Printing, Not for Everyone

Merry Christmas!

I am amazed by the number of people attempting 3D printing. It’s a wonder, and a curse. Or perhaps I should say causes a lot of wondering, curses and cursing.

I am afraid that because of the reduction of cost, 3D printers are a popular holiday purchase. Many will be in the hands of totally inept owners who expect a plug-and-play experience.

Plug and play (P&P) may be possible on some brand-new units, but in the long term, 3D printing is very far from P&P. A keen aptitude for observation and trouble shooting is a major requirement. The huge number of variables in […] Continue reading » 3D Printing, Not for Everyone

On The Surface

I have the opportunity to use a Microsoft Surface 3 (S3) tablet computer. My son Steven has shared one with me that was given to him for business construction site use. However, the IT group refused to support the Surface tablet and it was not allowed to use the company VPN connections. I think because it was the first WIN10 PC they had seen and didn’t like the constant auto updates that are out of their control. Company policy is only IT is permitted to provide OS updates. That made the S3 totally useless for use on his construction project work. IT had installed the […] Continue reading » On The Surface

Tablet Wars

The company for whom I have been working, is going to supply me with an iPad so I can assist with review their new product, which is a Service Book application running on iPad. It is the project for which I was hired and have been involved. Now I will be able to see it in action. Much desired for my understanding of what I am doing.

I am not sure what they will provide other than it’s an iPad. Anything (even 2nd hand) is better than none. <ha!> I am familiar with iPad operation as I have been the IT support for my wife’s iPad. I think it is […] Continue reading » Tablet Wars