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Visiting The Land Down Under, Returning To The Upside Down World

Walking from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach outside Sydney

We’re safely back from a trip to Australia – walking on the beach on the Bay of Fires in Tasmania, shopping at Salamanca Market in Hobart, exploring lanes and arcades and alleys in Melbourne, and getting lost after a wrong turn in a rental car, all the more disorienting because other drivers are rather insistent that cars belong on the left side of the road. […] continued

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Bruce Goes To Australia; Bruceb News On Hiatus; Angry Clients Demand Reforms

Bruce goes to Australia

SEBASTOPOL – Bruce Berls announced plans today to travel to Australia from February 22 through March 11, 2018. The trip, previously a closely-held secret, will disrupt publication of Bruceb News and has caused an outcry from clients whose businesses depend on smooth delivery of IT services.

When contacted, Mr. Berls issued the following statement. […] continued

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The 2017 Bruceb News Year In Review

The 2017 Bruceb News Year In Review

A year ago I wrote this prediction: “The word of the year for 2017 is “chaos.” Write it down, seal it in an envelope, open it up a year from now and see if I got it right.”

I think I get full marks. (Although Dictionary.com chose “complicit” as the word of the year, which has a certain snarky charm.)

We are in a transitional time in technology, with a handful of very large companies – Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft – accumulating power and wealth and dominating the landscape. […] continued

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Be Still, Your Beating Heart! Bruceb News Turns Twenty

Bruceb News twenty year anniversary

I registered the domain name bruceb.com on September 11, 1997, exactly four days before the name google.com was registered.

Some people believe Google has done more with its domain name than I have done with mine. They are tiny, bitter people. Pay them no heed.

Twenty years of Bruceb.com! Sure, you’re impressed. […] continued

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Bruceb Goes Off The Grid 08/14-08/20

Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

I will be on vacation and off the grid during the week of August 14th. I will not have cell phone service and at best might occasionally have an erratic and unreliable Internet connection, probably only at night.

If you are a Bruceb Consulting client and need immediate assistance, contact Mike Cook, mike@mcsolutionsco.com, 707 827-1524. […] continued

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Twenty-Five Years Of Windows

Windows 3.1 Program Manager

Windows 3.1 was released on April 6, 1992. Happy 25th birthday!

Computers ran MS-DOS 5.0 in 1992. Windows 3.1 was a separate program that ran on MS-DOS by typing WIN at a command line. There was no taskbar or Start button. Real work was still done in DOS based programs like WordPerfect and Lotus 123. […] continued

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Modern Kaiseki And The Joy Of Cooking

Andrew Berls

Let me tell you about my dinner last Saturday. It was pretty special. It might give you some ideas about food and passion and family.

A few months ago our son Andrew invited us to a kaiseki meal in San Francisco.

The twist: instead of taking us to a fancy restaurant, he was going to cook the meal in his apartment. […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

My goodness. Pause for a deep breath.

By every measure that truly matters – personal, family, friends, relationships, community – 2016 was a glorious year for me. I sincerely hope you are the same – happy, healthy, rooted, and all your dreams coming true for you and loved ones.

Breathe deeply because by almost every other measure, 2016 was quite an unpleasant piece of work and 2017 will be worse. […] continued

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This Is Not America

This is not America . . .

A little piece of you
The little peace in me
Will die
For this is not America

 

Blossom fails to bloom this season
Promise not to stare
Too long
For this is not the miracle
This is not America . . .

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R.I.P. David Bowie

davidbowie_tomgold

In February 1976, I saw David Bowie perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. It is one of my most vivid memories from the 70s – white lighting on a stark black stage, Bowie in tuxedo pants, white shirt and vest, no props, no special effects, with Bowie completely mesmerizing the audience using nothing but his stage presence and the powerful music from the Station to Station album. […] continued

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Improved Monitoring And Patching With Bruceb Remote Management

Bruceb Remote Management - improved patching & monitoring

Most Bruceb Consulting clients are protected by Bruceb Remote Management, the affordable service that monitors your computers and keeps them up to date. I’ve been working hard to make it more reliable and more valuable. Here are some of the things that are new in 2016.

WORKSTATION PATCHING  The service automatically installs updates for Windows, Office, and a long list of programs and utilities from third parties. […] continued

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Season’s Greetings From Bruceb Consulting!

Season's greetings from Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.

It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continued

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How You Can Make This A Special Holiday Season

Bruceb Consulting - Global Headquarters office

Every year at this time, all of us participate in a shared ritual, a rich tradition for families and loved ones, the heartwarming moments when we all sit at our computers and shop at Amazon.

You can make this a special holiday for me if you start your shopping by clicking on one of the Amazon links on the Bruceb Favorites page. […] continued

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Blue Apron Will Make You Feel Like A Chef

Blue Apron - flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes and shaved asparagus salad

Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.

The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.

I’m not a cook. […] continued

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Introducing Bruceb Remote Access

 

Bruceb Remote Access - secure, inexpensive alternative to LogMeIn

Bruceb Remote Access gives you remote access from anywhere to your home or office computer. It is a low-priced alternative to LogMein for Bruceb Consulting clients.

For $25/year per computer, you can log in at http://www.bruceb.com/remoteaccess and work on a remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. […] continued

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