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NEW GAME…

Filed on July 30, 2014 at 4:38 am under by dcobranchi

Name the drug that S. E. Cupp took before making this video.

LAPTOP DEAL OF THE DAY

Filed on July 19, 2014 at 6:36 am under by dcobranchi

NOTE: SALE ENDS at 1 a.m. EDT 7/20/2014

I’ve been searching for weeks for a laptop for Chelsea to take with her to college. I had narrowed the search down to just a couple of processors: the Intel Core i7-4500 series, the Core i5-4200 family, or the AMD A10-5750. With 8 – 12 GB of RAM these were running in the $700-$900 range. I caught a coupon earlier this week and got this Dell for $630. It had all of the features Chelsea wanted (no touch screen, backlit keyboard, at least 8 GB of RAM). And then, this morning, my RSS feed for Woot! showed they’re selling a very similar refurbed HP machine for $485 shipped! The HP beats the Dell on memory (12 GB vs. the Dell’s 8GB) but loses out on wireless (“n” vs. the Dell’s “ac”). The HP has a touch screen if you (or your kids) are into that. I think it’s a waste on a laptop. I have a touch screen Lenovo ultrabook upstairs. I never use the Windows 8 tiles, but boot directly to the Win 7 look-alike desktop. Touch is not needed if you’re not using the Microsoft “Modern Interface.”

If you’re willing to take a gamble on a refurb with a 90 day warranty, this laptop has the oomph (that’s a technical IT term) to take an HEK through their college years.

GO WEST, YOUNG(?) MAN

Filed on July 15, 2014 at 9:21 am under by dcobranchi

Adam O’Neal is wasting his time marching to DC. He should have hiked to Raleigh. That’s where it would get fixed.

I’D HAVE STUCK IT IN THE MICROWAVE

Filed on July 12, 2014 at 9:32 am under by dcobranchi

Electronics (including FBI tracking devices) really don’t do well in microwave ovens. Which reminds me, I’ll need to nuke my passport when it comes due for renewal in a couple of years. I still don’t trust RFID.