Category: Diatribe

Is (New Technology) is Killing (My Hobby)?

<tl;dr> Betteridge’s law of headlines applies, “No.” </tl;dr> In the ham radio communities, a rash of posts are going around about how FT8 / the Internet / Millenials / Nobel-prize physicists are destroying amateur radio: K0NR’s Is the Internet destroying amateur radio? N0SSC’s Millennials are killing ham radio PE4BAS’ Is FT-8 damaging amateur radio? NZ0T’s Did Joe Taylor K1JT Destroy Amateur Radio? KB6NU Is the […]

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The Mintern

In retrospect, there were signs that The Intern might not work out: The child of a friend of the family of a Senior Executive … touted as an upperclassman from a well-known engineering school, but was just starting a search for an internship in mid-June … hasn’t been vetted or spoken with the hiring manager, but was slated to start Tuesday.  The IT folks love […]

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Windows Update

Another, big batch (27) of security patches landed on my Windows 7 desktop. Since I’m likely to be running long, data-intensive jobs, I have it not apply them right away. Sensing this large group would necessitate a reboot, I avoided installation until lunch time today. The philosophy is simple: computing should not be about constantly applying software patches.  One of […]

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Fraud alert

Dear Valued Customer: Blah blah blah our employee’s laptop computer stolen blah blah blah your personal information may have been compromised. Sincerely, Company That Never Explained Why My Personal Information Was On Their Laptop In The First Place Um, Thanks. And argh. I found a really helpful overview from the government . In summary: You have the right to ask […]

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Time to go home

You know it’s going to be a bad day when the first email you have to send out is something like this: I hate to have to send out a note like this, but Dave tagged me with being this month’s Kitchen Etiquette Czar. Will whomever is taking out the one item out of the dishwasher, leaving it in an […]

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Web annoyances

This should probably be a part one of five hundred, but I need to vent about these three. Having to create an account/personal profile to purchase a product. While printing out my salsa recipe for this week’s cooking festivities, I saw a google ad for a company selling chipotles. How serindipitous — I just ran out! I clicked through and […]

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