The Silicon Underground https://dfarq.homeip.net/ David L. Farquhar, computer security professional, train hobbyist, and landlord Wed, 05 Oct 2022 14:20:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/dfarq.homeip.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-silicon-underground.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 The Silicon Underground https://dfarq.homeip.net/ 32 32 16321610 Lionel Laser train set https://dfarq.homeip.net/lionel-laser-train-set/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/lionel-laser-train-set/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2022 13:03:56 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30070 The Lionel Laser (or L.A.S.E.R.) train set from 1981 and 1982 was a product of its time. Very much so. In some ways it was the perfect thing for Boomer parents to buy for their Gen X kids. At least that was the intent. And while the Lionel Laser is not the pinnacle of Lionel… Read More »Lionel Laser train set

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Who makes Insignia TVs for Best Buy https://dfarq.homeip.net/who-makes-insignia-tvs-for-best-buy/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/who-makes-insignia-tvs-for-best-buy/#respond Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:03:13 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30467 Insignia is one of Best Buy’s house brands. Best Buy doesn’t manufacture any products, but they contract manufacturing out to other companies. So who makes Insignia TVs for Best Buy? And how long do they last? Should you buy one? Insignia is Best Buy’s house brand for various consumer products. Insignia TVs are currently made… Read More »Who makes Insignia TVs for Best Buy

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Will CRT monitors make a comeback? https://dfarq.homeip.net/will-crt-monitors-make-a-comeback/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/will-crt-monitors-make-a-comeback/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2022 13:03:39 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30258 A friend asked me if CRT monitors will make a comeback. I can tell from the way he asked that he expected my answer to be no. “Do they hold up?” he asked. CRT monitors already have made a comeback. At least that’s what the numbers say. I had a basement full of them and… Read More »Will CRT monitors make a comeback?

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Atari 400 versus 800 https://dfarq.homeip.net/atari-400-versus-800/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/atari-400-versus-800/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2022 13:03:40 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30249 The Atari 8-Bit line is the most underrated 8-bit computer. And I’m biased. I’m a Commodore fan going way back. I’m not supposed to like Atari. The 400 was the low end of the line, and the 800 was the original high end machine. Atari expanded the line over time, but let’s look at the… Read More »Atari 400 versus 800

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American Flyer whistling billboard https://dfarq.homeip.net/american-flyer-whistling-billboard/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/american-flyer-whistling-billboard/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2022 13:03:24 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30330 You know what your train layout needs? More commercialism. Or maybe not, but here’s why you may want an American Flyer whistling billboard anyway, even if you’re trying to make your layout an escape from the less happy real world. Competitors to the American Flyer whistling billboard Lionel put its electromechanical whistle in the locomotive… Read More »American Flyer whistling billboard

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Declutter the title bar in Microsoft Office https://dfarq.homeip.net/declutter-the-title-bar-in-microsoft-office/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/declutter-the-title-bar-in-microsoft-office/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:03:48 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30209 Microsoft Office has had the ability to place icons in the title bar for a long time. I seem to remember doing that way back in Office 2007. But recent versions put a lot more things in the title bar by default. This makes certain commonly used functions readily available regardless of which part of… Read More »Declutter the title bar in Microsoft Office

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Who makes Insignia appliances for Best Buy https://dfarq.homeip.net/who-makes-insignia-appliances-for-best-buy/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/who-makes-insignia-appliances-for-best-buy/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:03:22 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30431 I need a fridge. I can’t complain about my old one, I bought it 20 years ago and it’s just now started to act up. In looking for a replacement, I found an option that didn’t exist 20 years ago. Who makes Insignia appliances for Best Buy? Insignia is Best Buy’s house brand and you… Read More »Who makes Insignia appliances for Best Buy

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What happened to Tandy computers https://dfarq.homeip.net/what-happened-to-tandy-computers/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/what-happened-to-tandy-computers/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2022 13:03:50 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30419 What happened to Tandy computers? Tandy was a pioneer in the personal computer industry, one of three companies that introduced pre-built, ready to run computers in 1977. And for about 12 years, they were a force to be reckoned with. But depending on how you count it, it came to an end in 1993 or… Read More »What happened to Tandy computers

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American Flyer Gabe the Lamplighter https://dfarq.homeip.net/american-flyer-gabe-the-lamplighter/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/american-flyer-gabe-the-lamplighter/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:03:31 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=29934 Gabe the Lamplighter is a beloved American Flyer post-war train accessory. It combines movement and light, providing something besides the trains that a visitor to a layout can control. American Flyer’s postwar Gabe the Lamplighter Its original catalog number was 23780, and it originally retailed for $9.95. An original in nice condition is worth around… Read More »American Flyer Gabe the Lamplighter

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Why Keith Hernandez isn’t in the Hall of Fame https://dfarq.homeip.net/why-keith-hernandez-isnt-in-the-hall-of-fame/ https://dfarq.homeip.net/why-keith-hernandez-isnt-in-the-hall-of-fame/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:03:23 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=30244 Keith Hernandez is an interesting Hall of Fame case. Since he’s kept a fairly high profile since retiring, it’s prizes some people that he’s not in the Hall of Fame. I think he has a case, but there are also clear reasons why he wasn’t a slam dunk. I think he has a fair bit… Read More »Why Keith Hernandez isn’t in the Hall of Fame

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