Category Archive: Technology

Discussion of topics of Computers, Telephony the Internet and more.

Jan 07

Hi this is Rachel from Cardholder Services…

Phone Receiver

We’ve probably all got that call at some point over the last few years, telling us this is our final notice to lower our interest rates on our credit cards.  You promptly hit 2 to asking to be removed from the system, yet the calls keep coming. I got one such call this morning around 10am …

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Jul 01

The INBOX is Full…

Saw this today, and certainly agree with it (Thanks “Weird Al”): [Hat Tip: This Blog Is Full Of Crap]

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Jun 12

Proper Telephone Use

My day job consists of working in private industry supporting telephone equipment.  So, when videos like this come up, I tend to pay attention.  A friend of mine e-mailed this to me today, and I wanted to share it with you: Video courtesy the AT&T Tech Channel. 

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May 24

Joplin, Missouri – We’re praying for you

UPDATE: A friend from Kansas City just sent me a link to the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.  To demonstrate the power of these storms, they have before and after pictures.  Please check them out here. This tornado season has been unbelievably active.  As someone who grew up in Tornado Alley, I have seen …

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May 21

Video: Do the TSA Pokey Pokey

From our friends over at Reason.tv and Remy: I have to travel soon, and hope I don’t get the TSA Pokey Pokey…  

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May 11

Another week, another TSA stupidity

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the TSA’s heavy-handed tactics prove that they show no end to their insanity. This time, it happened at an airport I travel to on a frequent basis, Kansas City International Airport (or as the locals call it, KCI – yet the airlines call it MCI – …

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May 02

Red Light Cameras: The emotional and money trap

Red Light Camera Violations 2009-2011

As long time readers of my blog know, I am not a fan of Red Light Cameras or Speed Cameras.  That’s why I applauded the citizens of Houston when they passed a referendum last November, that effectively banned their use. Much as I predicted, the city’s vendor, ATS,  filed a lawsuit challenging the referendum and the legalities of …

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Apr 09

What happens when a vendor sells an outdated product?

Copernic Agent Pro Main Screen

I have been a longtime user of Copernic’s Agent Professional – So long, that I found a receipt for it from 1999.  Agent Professional is described as a Meta-Search tool, sending a search query to multiple search engines, parsing the results, and presenting a filtered list back to the user.  The product has worked reliably for years, …

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Apr 08

Internet Unplugged by Grandma

Comparison of Copper and Fiber Optic Cables

From Fox News: Internet service in all of Armenia was cut off for several hours when a 75-year old Georgian woman inadvertently cut the main service line between the two countries. The woman was scavenging for scrap metal when she discovered the primary fiber-optic cable which runs through the two countries. Service went down when …

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Dec 15

Quick Video – TSA

I seem to get a lot of jokes, pictures and videos sent to me from friends, co-workers, and family. This one hit my inbox today, but looking it up on YouTube, it’s now nearing 2 Million hits. As we move into the well-traveled Christmas and New Years vacations next week, many more people will be flying, and …

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