"Murphy was an optimist!"
Wastin’ the day away in tech March 30, 2012 9:55 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Technology
Yesterday I wasted my time trying to move Windows 7 Ultimate from one machine to another. Techies know the chipset/driver problems that come with such an endeavor, but, none the less, we feel we can overcome these challenges. A day later, I feel I am so close yet I still do not have a machine to perform my coding duties upon so I succumb to allowing the new machine to having a fresh Windows 7 Professional installation and prepare myself to spend the day reinstalling software. This is such a waste of time. Operating systems should accommodate moving a hard drive from one machine to another, realizing the chipset and hardware drivers are wrong, and fix itself seamlessly. Ugh!add a comment
1984 – Like! March 29, 2012 3:08 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects
It’s a technical kind of day March 29, 2012 10:44 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Technology
Spending my day cloning Windows 7 Ultimate from a mechanical hard drive to a solid state hard drive to put into a new computer. Word of advice: chkdsk first! (and don’t forget to set the partition active)add a comment
David Lovell’s Plan to Overthrown Tennessee March 29, 2012 9:44 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Local Politics, Politics, Regional Politics (SE), Touchy Subjects
Cash is dying – anyone can accept credit cards March 28, 2012 11:01 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
Square hit the market with a bang. An innovative small piece of hardware took advantage of the microphone feature of a smartphone’s headphone jack to create a way to read a credit card and interact with software on the smartphone. You can buy a Sqaure at Target for $9.99 and I believe you get a $10 credit from Square. They make their money via a percentage of the transaction but you don’t need a merchant account.
Now Paypal is getting in on the "anyone can accept credit cards" game. Paypal is offering their smartphone card reader for free. Soon, your excuse of "I have no cash" to say no to Girl Scout cookies and Boy Scout popcorn will be gone!add a comment
First Amazon Purchase March 28, 2012 9:40 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : History, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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I went back and looked at my Amazon order history. My first purchase was made in 2003. It was a dvd of School House Rock. Guess what I’m putting on the television when I get home!
Trespassers will be swallowed by trees March 26, 2012 10:22 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
Of Grasshoppers March 25, 2012 5:36 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
Student: I think it is best if I don’t speak.
Dick Cheney Gets Heart Transplant March 25, 2012 4:05 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
Surprisingly, a black heart was on the donor’s list.add a comment
I wish my dates had been this transparent March 21, 2012 7:13 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor
NSFW!add a comment
Do you miss Battlestar Galactica? March 21, 2012 9:08 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Battlestar Galactica, Of Interest, TV / Movies
See the backstory at Den of Geek.add a comment
Air conditioner doubles as fire starter March 21, 2012 8:48 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
Our air conditioner has died. Last time it died was in July/August of 2007 and the temperatures were so hot that the insurance company paid to house us in a hotel for the 9 days of the repair. This time the weather is bearable and the repair is quicker. However, this does not come without drama. While the repairman was checking on the outside unit, he asked me to throw the 30 amp breaker at the inside unit. When I did, the breaker box erupted in flame and threw a shower of sparks. This small breaker box (holds a 30 amp dual pole breaker and a 60 amp dual pole breaker) does not currently attach to our wall so I was holding it in my hands at the time. Very exciting!
Apparently the breaker did exactly what it is designed to do. After opening the box, not a wire was burned. No insulation melted. I just received a light show. I can imagine that if I were to dissect the breaker itself that the innards would be melted sludge.
So, the breaker kept the house safe. Now, the big lesson I learned: Don’t ever tell the wife there was a fire inside the house!add a comment
State of Me March 20, 2012 12:12 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Incredible sense of dread today like I’ve forgotten something terribly important.add a comment
Of Grasshoppers March 19, 2012 1:39 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
Student: Have I been tired my entire life?
Master: Have you ever rested?
Happy Pi Day! March 14, 2012 11:49 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Holiday, Of Interest
Apparently WordPress does not appreciate me posting one million digits of pi so here’s 314 digits of pi: