Partition Wizard – BAD BAD BAD

22 04 2010

When I setup a system, I like to partition the drive – dividing the drive into many multiple logical drives.  This makes backing up and restoring data easy.  I was liking Partition Wizard for the last few months .. until I lost data.  Warning – stay away from this program.

Read the rest of this entry »



Turbo BitTorrent

21 04 2010

For advanced users – if you use BitTorrent and the uTorrent client, I have a two tips that may help you “turbocharge” your downloads.

Read the rest of this entry »



Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB Hard Drives

15 10 2009

Seagate’s last generation of hard drives (7200.11) had problems.  The original reports indicated that the drives performed poorly in a RAID array.  Seagate compounded the problem by issuing a firmware fix that sometimes “bricked” the hard drive.  Ouch!!

Read the rest of this entry »



How It Should Have Ended

9 10 2009

I just ran across these great series of videos on YouTube.  How It Should Have Ended gives alternate (and funny) endings to popular movies you’ve seen.  One of the funniest is for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Terminator is also very funny.  Superman rocks too.



exFAT – BEWARE!!!

5 10 2009

I was touting the benefits of the relatively new exFAT filesystem from Microsoft.  After testing, I have come to the recommendation that you AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!!  You WILL LOSE DATA!

Read the rest of this entry »



Colemak Keyboard Layout

28 09 2009

I’ve been experimenting with the Colemak keyboard layout the last few weeks or so.  I like it very much.  I do have some comments to share:

Read the rest of this entry »



Returning US Citizens – Laptop Computers Confiscated

9 09 2009

Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it seems like it.  If you are a US citizen, travel abroad and return home, your laptop computer can be seized and searched and returned up to 30 days later.  It’s pretty crazy if you ask me.  Anyway, read about it here.



More Nexflix Tips

8 09 2009

I’ve previously given some tips for Netflix users.  And I’ve learned a few more that I’d like to share.

Read the rest of this entry »



Guitar Wood

4 09 2009

The best-sounding guitars are made with a sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides.  One of the best guitar manufacturers is Larrivee.  Why?  It’s about the wood.  Larrivee gets their sitka spruce from the great Canadian wilderness.  In fact the trees may be 200-300 years old.  Great care is taken to harvest these trees.  Read about it from Larrivee’s website.



Alternate Keyboard Layouts

3 09 2009

The standard keyboard layout of your computer is called QWERTY. It was invented in the early 1870s to SLOW down your typing – because of the key jamming associated mechanical keyboards of that era.  Unfortunately, modern society has been cursed with this layout.  Are there some better layouts? Yes.

Read the rest of this entry »