Let me set the stage. You’re working with a Windows Virtual Machine and you want to install an application you suspect is, shall we say, malicious. So, you connect to the VM’s shared folders, copy the installation files locally and want to shut off folder sharing. This process takes more than 6 clicks every time […]
As long as I have been involved with computing, there have been larger applications such as Microsoft Office that we’re tasked with integrating into systems. There are smaller, much simpler tools that tend to be products of the need to work with larger tools. An example of a small offshoot tool created because of Office […]
Over the years, I’ve used the file manager in a number of different and novel ways. With every new update, the tool gets better and better. In parallel, I wrap a number of things around my copy of Total Commander to make it truly useful on machines I work with and operate. These details are […]
The idea is Quora offers a premium subscription – Qurora+ – that offers ad-free browsing of the site for $50 a year USD. Since the idea of people paying for content is something of an online unicorn, I wasn’t sure this was going anywhere, but I thought I would try.
Like many, I want to create a shortcut on my desktop that directly loads the remote screen in Logmein’s client application. This, however, is not possible. It feels possible, but I may be missing one key component. This article is an exploration of what I’ve discovered about the tool. If anyone out there might take […]
This year’s iPhone upgrade was significantly different for me. On the same day as pre-ordering Apple’s newest phone, I prepared and sold my current iPhone 12 pro Max. This effort would retain the maximum value for the 12, but also require me to endure the use of an iPhone 7 for a week. Once a […]
For those who act on the need to dump words into something resembling a book, they’ll be pen-to-paper purists or the type that I am: write it all out on a computer. Certainly, there are other options, but why in the hell would anyone type out a book using Dropbox and a smartphone? What I […]
The moment all this sunk in (see part 1), I felt a keen sense of desperation and finality. As someone who works in technology and is considered an expert by many – I felt a distinct sense of shame. How could I have let this happen? How could I have let them fool me? Coupled with my already careful nature, I’ve bought and sold online for more than a decade. It shouldn’t have happened. After allowing that feeling to marinate, I set out to investigate. I had to learn more and maybe catch these culprits.
Can you spot a fake? This week I learned the hard way how difficult this is. Using Kijiji – an online marketplace considered a ‘grey market’ for new and used physical items – I bought a brand new Apple Watch Series 6. This Watch was posted as new and sealed in the box for $450.00, a price I haggled down to $420.00. The practice of selling close Apple Watches is common, but the work made to present this product as new and legitimate is unique. I investigated this phenomenon while ending up with two excellent duplicates, $420.00 poorer and in a confrontation with a scammer.
I have some new, free, software for you. It’s been a while since I’ve released anything new – years in fact. This time around, I’ve made something to help with the laborious task of calculating taxes on a final amount. This comes up in situations where the receipt a company gives you doesn’t include a […]