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The AMAZING Gato video!
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Lesser Goldfinch family preening

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LCD Vs. CRT - Do LCDs finally match CRTs in picture quality?

ECS P965T-A Motherboard

ABIT AN8 SLI Motherboard

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard

Foxconn BlackOps Motherboard

My misadventures flying with Allegiant Air
My misadventures flying with Allegiant Air

Mysteries

The Missing Post Mystery
A post I made to a Vista newsgroup was missing from the Outlook newsreader
Where did it go?

The Missing Post Mystery Revisited
It happened again! A post I made to a Vista newsgroup was missing from the Vista Mail newsreader
Where did it go?

A Case of Maxtaken Identity
When is a hard drive not a hard drive? Find out when!

How To

Changes to the Windows 7 Taskbar You Should Know About

Vista Image Capture 'Slipstream' SP1 and SP2 into a single Vista install disc
Detailed Instructions for Reverse Integrating SP1 and SP2 into Vista

What is RAID? Some RAID Basics
RAID 5 on a Desktop PC

How to Personalize Windows Vista

Develop and Implement a Personal Backup Plan

Ten things you can do to create better documentation
(Tech Republic)

Flash Your BIOS
Three Good Reasons for Flashing Your BIOS

Ten common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS
(Tech Republic)

Find a new dial-up ISP
Sign up for 10 free hours of NetZero access!

Create a Shutdown/Sleep/Restart or Continue Icon For the Vista Desktop

What is a computer guy doing with home remodeling projects on his Website?

The Upscale Utility Room Remodel with Catch Basin and Wraparound Ceramic Tile Wall

The Bathroom Remodel for Under $1000 Project

The Do It Yourself Bedroom Engineered Prefinished Red Oak Wood Flooring Installation From Hell

Bedroom Remodel With Wood Parquet Flooring

Use Comodo Internet Security 4.0 to Lock Down Your PC Following a Windows Install or Reinstall

Classics

The Northstar Horizon Microcomputer

Pics

Round-Tailed Ground Squirrels
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Prairie Dogs
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American Kestrel Falcons "Sparrow Hawk"
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Arizona Sonoran Desert
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Arizona Sunsets
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Cienega Creek
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Trains In the Desert
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Desert and Mountain Flowers
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Fox Squirrels View More Fox Squirrel Photos

Watchdog

eBay ePacket Direct Shipping From Hong Kong - Should You Risk it? eBay Buyer Protection and What You Should Know About Buying From Overseas

The Other Reason Why Your Irrigation Valve Might be Leaking

My Response to the Newegg Affiliates Program Changes

Playing the Rebate Game
Know the Rules Before You Play

Vista Confusion
The four questions you need to ask before buying Vista

Cramming a Computer Into Your Head:
How Far Are You Willing to Go to Keep Your Job?

Mind meets machine - quite literally. If given a choice, would you enhance your mental performance if you had to add prosthetics to keep your job?

How Far Are You Willing to Go To Keep Your Job?

Changes to the Windows 7 Taskbar You Should Know About

At first glance the Taskbar in Windows 7 is similar to Window Vista’s Taskbar. Don't be misled by first impressions. The Windows 7 Taskbar is full of surprises. In this article I detail the changes and note some potential problems.

Taskbar Nomenclature

Develop and Implement a Personal Backup Plan

This White Paper details a comprehensive backup plan with four levels going from simple/ineffective to complex/effective.

Develop and Implement a Personal Backup Plan

Three Good Reasons for Flashing Your BIOS

Should You Flash Your BIOS?

Three Good Reasons for Flashing Your BIOS


The Northstar Horizon Microcomputer

The Northstar Horizon Microcomputer With It's Classic Wood Case

It's a true classic with its hardwood case and built in Shugart floppy drives.
The Northstar Horizon base model came with only 16K of RAM!

The Home Remodeling Projects


Utility Room Remodel with Catch Basin and Wraparound Ceramic Tile Wall

The Upscale Utility Room Remodel with Catch Basin and Wraparound Ceramic Tile Wall

Small Master Bath Remodel for Under $1000

The Bathroom Remodel for Under $1000 Project

Engineered Red Oak Plank Flooring Installation From Hell

The Do It Yourself Bedroom Engineered Prefinished Red Oak Wood Flooring Installation From Hell

Parquet Solid Wood Floor Installation in a Bedroom

Bedroom Remodel With Wood Parquet Flooring

What is a computer guy doing with home remodeling projects on his web site? I needed some new challenges and computer software and hardware projects were either too costly or not monetarily rewarding right now. There are a lot of lessons learned in software and hardware projects that are applicable in a home remodel - it is a project after all. Take a peek. I think that you will find some good ideas if you are planning an inexpensive remodeling project of your own.


10 things you can do to create better documentation
10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS
Do Webmasters need to add lawyer and legal counsel to their job description?
10 things you should do before, during, and after reinstalling Windows
Secure your computer after a Windows install or reinstall
Automate custom Vista installs with vLite
Use Reverse Integration to slipstream Windows Vista SP1 and SP2
Maximize the performance of Microsoft Vista and Intel Matrix RAID
Maximize the performance of Microsoft Vista and Intel Matrix RAID Part 2
Learn why 250GB is not ever reported as 250GB
10 things I'd like to see in the next version of Windows
How do I copy shortcuts to the All Users folders in Vista or Windows 7?
10 things you should know about USB 2.0 and 3.0
10 things you can do to advance your career as a developer
Managers, let your developers go
10 ways to avoid mistakes during project development
Confessions of a mediocre programmer
Two plus ways to transfer files via FTP in Windows
10 questions you should ask when considering retirement
10 things that define a true professional
10 high-tech gadgets I can live without
10+ ways to be more productive
10 common career myths
10 ways careers may change in the future
10 things you might be doing that could hurt your career
Efficient metrics: Be careful what you measure
10 efficient ways to produce useful metrics
10 IT positions ranked by prestige
10 challenges facing IT
10 tips for smarter, more efficient Internet searching
10 curses of the analytical thinker
10 toxic character types you'll meet on the job
10 'What were they thinking?' managerial moments
10 reasons to stay in IT
The humorous side of IT
10 immutable laws of mistakes
10 cool technologies to look for in your next PC
10 steps for dealing with criticism
10 resolutions for reducing annoying behavior in 2012
10 less-than-ethical ways to get ahead
10 threats to The Golden Age of the Internet
10 requirements of the perfect manager
10 reasons IT pros get a bad rap
10 reasons why I avoid social networking services

Read my articles at TechRepublic.


The Helpful Dining Guide Series

The Pecos Diner and Grill

Playing the Rebate Game

Know the Rules Before You Play

Three Good Reasons for Flashing Your BIOS

Should You Flash Your BIOS?

The Pecos Buffet

How to Personalize Windows Vista

A detailed step-by-step how-to guide to personalize Vista

The Missing Post Mystery

A post I made to a Vista newsgroup was missing from the Outlook newsreader.
Where did it go?
I solve the mystery and offer some help to Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and Vista Mail users so this won't happen to you.

The Missing Post Mystery Revisited

It happened again! A post I made to a Vista newsgroup was missing from the Vista Mail newsreader.
Where did it go?
Be aware of problems with MS Mail and posting to Microsoft Communities newsgroups.

Create a Shutdown/Sleep/Restart or Continue Icon For the Vista Desktop

I was asked to create a shutdown icon for Vista.
Then I saw that someone in the Vista.General group wanted a Sleep icon.
And then I was asked to create a restart icon. Well, you get the idea.
I found a way to do it, but read all of the instructions before you decide that one of these icons on your desktop is a good idea for you.

A Case of Maxtaken Identity

It finally happened - my first bad experience ordering computer equipment online.
There is an old saying, when it rains, it pours. I think I got some hail in that rain!
Read this article before you purchase a Maxtor DiamondMax series internal hard drive.

The Five Star Restaurant

Vista Confusion

The four questions you need to ask before buying Vista
Confused which version to buy or whether to buy Vista at all?
This is an article discussing the many versions available and the restrictions of some versions of Vista.
I discuss these issues and attempt to clear the confusion.


Reviews

LCD Vs. CRT - Do LCDs finally match CRTs in picture quality?

LCD monitors are easy on the eyes and are very popular. Has the picture quality finally matched CRT picture quality?

Click For A Review of the ECS P965T-A, ABIT AN8 SLI, Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H and Foxconn BlackOps Motherboards

Review of ECS P965T-A Motherboard and Intel Core 2 Duo System Components Review of ABIT AN8 SLI Motherboard and AMD System Components and Helpful BIOS Settings Review of Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard and Intel Core 2 Duo System Components and Helpful BIOS Settings Review of Foxconn BlackOps Motherboard and ZEROtherm BTF90 CPU Heatsink and Fan


How Can A Fortune 500 Company With Over $7 Billion In Sales Go From Boom To Bust In Little Over A Year? Inacom - A Case Study


Arizona Sonoran Desert Pictures

Round-Tailed Ground Squirrels, Prairie Dogs, American Kestrel Falcons, Cienega Creek, Arizona sunsets, desert and mountain flowers, trains in the desert and Midwest United States Fox Squirrels.


It is a common myth that small animals don't have much intelligence or personality and that they therefore make for fun but uninteresting pets. I hope that if you are one such person that believes this way that you will think differently after reading about a Round-Tailed Ground Squirrel that I had as a pet.

The story began on one spring day 1976 in Tucson Arizona. I was a freshman at the University of Arizona. I had made friends with a dorm resident named John who was my Frisbee partner. He also enjoyed golf and invited me to join him and another dorm resident for a round of golf. I had no interest in learning how to play but thought it would be fun to tag along with him. And so it was that at the age of 19 I found myself at Randolph Golf Course North much more interested in the small burrowing animals that I had run across than my two friends and their golf game. Read More


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