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Building a Utilities Database

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 […]

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Extending Total Commander

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 […]

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Lucky iPhone 13

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 […]

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Confronting an Apple Watch Counterfeit Ring: Part 2

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.

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Confronting an Apple Watch Counterfeit Ring: Part 1

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.