Archive for September 6th, 2014

Jump Through To A Company

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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This has to be one of the best ideas ever.  Have you ever tried to get to a ‘customer service rep’ in a company and the computer gives you so many choices you start pounding every key in frustration?  OK that’s me but wouldn’t it be nice to find the correct number without having to hear a numeric choice menu  and ‘Muskrat Love’ as ‘on-hold’ music?  Check this out and type in your favorite company:  http://gethuman.com/

No Such Thing as a Bad Road Job

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

I’m tired of PBS’s Antique Road Show – it’s always the same. I don’t remember if I’m watching a rerun or having a flashback (BTW – whatever happened to those LSD flashbacks they promised us in the 60’s? Remember? “You might be in a business meeting, have a flashback, then run across the table and dive out the window doing your impersonation of Art Linkletter’s daughter.” Yah, right. I’M WAITING HERE!) Anyway….

It’s the same thing every week. Some dumb goober sits with the suited estimator and they’re staring at a piece of crap that looks like the frozen fecal clumps they used to dump out of jet planes.

Estimator: “Tell me – how did you come across this piece?”

Goober: “Me and Hilda the wife was at some barn sale and she took a liking to it. It was $2.00 but she jewed the guy down to a buck and a half so I bought it just to shut her up.”

Estimator: “Heh, heh. Well do you know what you have here?”

Goober: “Nope. I tell my friends it’s a doorstop for Hilda’s mouth.”

Estimator: “Heh, heh. Well, you have a blah-blah, sculpted by blah-blah-blah during his green fecal period.”

Goober: “Is that good?”

Estimator: “Heh, heh. Well you should thank your wife – at auction it would bring anywhere between $10- and $20,000.”

Goober: “You shittin’ me, boy!?” EDITED FOR TELEVISION: “Wow – I better not drop it.”

Estimator: “Heh, heh.” THINKING: “You lucky old fart! You should choke on it!”

Antique Roadshow: www.google.com/

 

 

 

Hit The Road, Mac

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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In 1985, I bought my first Macintosh Computer with all the frills for $5000.  Mac was magic – I never experienced anything like it. Over the years I’ve had different Macs and they’ve all been exceptional.  There were often problems with compatibility but those were balanced out by a lack of viruses, the longevity of the hardware, and sleek, cool designs.

In July, my Mac popped out it’s last icon.  Although I’d upgraded it a few times, it was built in 2003.  11-years in computer age is like 100-years for us and it was reliable all of that time.  I quickly bought a recycled Dell for a hundred bucks and figured it would last the few weeks it would take me to get a new Mac. I hooked it up to my 22″ flat screen monitor and hoped for the best.

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I was amazed!  The PC world of today looks like the Mac world of old – at about a quarter of the price! Everything I need to run this blog is here and it’s just as fast.  Better, it’s on-line tutorials quickly brought me up to speed and provided many more internet options. Today this $100 Dell is still reliably zipping along and showing me new things.

Will I ever buy another new Mac?  Sure!  When I’ve got the money to drive to the Apple store in my brand new Ferrari.

 Mac or PC?: www.google.com/