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Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

March 15, 2012 0 Comments
Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

One of my three desktop systems — a slim Gateway tower (SX2802-01) I’ve had for about two years — notified me last week that the hard disk (a Seagate Barracuda 7200, 750 GB) was failing. I googled the Windows system message, and what I found indicated the hard drive was indeed on its way to […]

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Almost persuaded to drop DirecTV [updated]

April 15, 2011 1 Comment
Almost persuaded to drop DirecTV [updated]

I love it when technology converges. The first key step was buying a Windows Home Server box last summer. It took me a while to get all the kinks out (read my review at the link), but since then it was worked pretty much trouble-free, 24/7. Not only do my various computers get backed up […]

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Thumps and reboots redux

February 23, 2011 0 Comments
Thumps and reboots redux

As I mentioned in my previous two posts (here and here), I ran into a bunch of networking problems duringĀ  a recent extended business trip to a client site. One of the problems I mentioned was that I had brought along a Gateway desktop box so as to be able to use files and applications […]

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More thumps and reboots

February 22, 2011 1 Comment
More thumps and reboots

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was recently on a business trip where my HP laptop was largely unusable with the hotel’s internet system. Whether I was using wired or wireless connections, I was getting multiple blue screens of death (BSODs). So I dug out my Sprint U301 mobile broadband device (a 3G/4G USB […]

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With apologies to HP and Microsoft

February 21, 2011 3 Comments
With apologies to HP and Microsoft

Well, first, apologies to all you who have been waiting for me to resume posting here. Your wait is over; I will be a bit more frequent in the future. Second, I have chronicled here my problems with two HP systems — a desktop and a laptop — that I each purchased new, with Windows […]

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