As television technology improves, they become more energy efficient. Generally speaking, at least. The CRT TV ranging in size from 26-32 inches that was common in living rooms for most of my lifetime used around 130 watts. But some of the monster TVs people are buying these days use more power than the fridge.
I’ve been talking a lot with WhiteQueen at Rabbit-Hole lately, and learning a lot. It’s one thing to learn security from textbooks and learn enough to pass a test. It’s one thing to patch servers and make sure my servers pass annual security audits. It’s quite another thing to talk to someone who actively seeks [...]
A friend called me in panic. A brand-new computer, freshly reinstalled with Windows 7, suddenly wouldn’t boot. I couldn’t figure it out. I looked up the manufacturer’s 800 number and suggested she call. Sure, I could fix the problem eventually, but the manufacturer would know the quirks of the motherboard they used better than I [...]
A 7-inch, underpowered Android tablet that may or may not be available at your corner Walgreen Drug Store is made some big waves today. It’s underpowered, but it’s supposedly on sale for 99 bucks. Regular retail price is $129. Yes, for 99 bucks, it’s a toy. But it could be a fun toy.
Yesterday, Lifehacker posted an article called How to Break Into a Windows PC (And Prevent it from Happening to You). Some people weren’t happy that they posted it. Let me tell you why every sysadmin needs to know how to hack into a Windows system, given physical access. I can give you three scenarios that [...]
I don’t remember the specific date anymore, but it was 11 years ago this month that I finished proofreading the galleys for what became my book. And I’ve had several people ask me recently–including my boss–why I haven’t written another one.
This site was down most of the day. The storms that hit the midwest today didn’t do a lot of damage in my neighborhood, but they did cause some power hiccups after I left for work, and my network didn’t completely recover on its own. I had to pick up the pieces when I got [...]
I rebuilt a friend’s Windows 7 system this week. The system includes a 30 GB SSD to boot from, and a RAID 1 mirror of 1 TB drives for storage. Aside from the two 1 TB drives, it’s basically a collection of $100 components. $100 Asus motherboard, $100 video card, $100 CPU. It seems like [...]
I see the repackaged debt snowball method is making the rounds again. Let’s not make this overcomplicated. You can do this.
I took my youngest son (approximately 4 months) to the hardware store with me today. First trip to the hardware store with Dad.