CHEAP STUFF

Printers are never as cheap as they seem, but it’s hard to argue with the HP Deskjet F2110, an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, for $34 at Wal-Mart. Now keep in mind:

  1. It doesn’t appear on HP’s web site so it might be a stripped-down Wal-Mart exclusive.
  2. It doesn’t include a black ink cartridge or a USB cable so the price is a bit misleading.
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SPEAKING GEEK

The Wall Street Journal’s site All Things Digital has a useful article that translates some geek jargon into English. It’s a nicely written collection of common-sense explanations of terms used to describe digital cameras, mobile devices, televisions, and more. Sample:

“DIGITAL CAMERAS – Megapixels: This term describes the highest resolution photo a camera can take.

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SEARS, SPYWARE & ONLINE PRIVACY

Sears has been caught installing spyware that silently tracks all Internet usage – including banking logins, e-mail, and all web sites visited – in the name of a nonexistent online “community,” with virtually no disclosure of the invasive nature of the software. In fact, most people would not be aware that any software had been installed. […] continued

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BRUCEB IS ELECTRIC

The lights are on and someone is home!

My thanks to the hard-working PG&E crews, who were able to get us back up and running in only 74 hours! Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?

Back to work!

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BRUCEB IS POWERLESS – MONDAY

Ah, the joy of country living – using a laptop in the reflected light from the books burning in the middle in the living room floor, listening to the demonic laughter of PG&E workers as they drive by to taunt us before heading off to repair the power lines in other neighborhoods – never ours, never ours. […] continued

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BRUCEB IS POWERLESS

The power went out at the global headquarters of bruceb consulting on Friday morning. As of Saturday afternoon, PG&E’s estimate of when power will be restored is, “Shut up.”

It’s remarkable how dependent we are on our Internet connection, isn’t it? Send e-mail and leave phone messages – I’ll get them eventually. […] continued

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iPHONES & EXCHANGE SERVER

The iPhone is a sleek, sexy device that permanently changes our expectations for handheld devices. After holding an iPhone, it’s hard to pick up another cell phone and PDA without feeling a bit of a letdown.

The iPhone has a few shortcomings that are not immediately apparent when you look at one for the first time. […] continued

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008!

In 2007, we started to work with Windows Vista, bought lots of handheld devices, and started to move things online – our mail, our photos, our movies.

What will 2008 bring? It will start with lots more of the same. Many of you will get your first Windows Vista computer and discover that it’s quite a nice operating system. […] continued

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