McAfee LiveSafe Uninstall Fails

Here’s another one for the “Just Wrong” department. It also makes me think I should add “what is the tech world coming to” tag. Why has it become acceptable for the default state of things to be broken? Buy a new Lenovo Try to uninstall the McAfee Live Safe bloatware that comes with it Fail It’s OK though, you can go to McAfee’s site for help. They have it written right […]

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Technological Inertia

Everyone probably remembers Sir Newton’s 1st law – Inertia.  An object at rest stays at rest, an object in motion stays in motion. There must be an outside force to deviate from either of these patterns. I find this exactly parallels the state of many technologies today – specifically security. For many years, tech companies threw security by the wayside. Their products had lots of security inertia because they were […]

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VirtualBox + Windows Server 2016 + Network Adapter Issues

I’m writing this because I found ~10 articles on Google with a similar question and I didn’t feel like signing up for 10 accounts just to help someone out. The issue: My Windows Server 2016 guest machine suddenly couldn’t recognize the network connection. I logged in and also saw that it was running some patches – so obviously the network connection worked while downloading the patches. I assume that part […]

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E-Banking in China – Last Hope

It’s relatively well known that E-Banking in China is a bit like stepping back into the early 2000’s. Almost all of the websites look like they’re from that time, and they expect you to be running IE6 on Windows XP. Well, now you’re stuck. You’re between the monolithic China Banking industry and the progressing-too-fast-for-their-own-good Tech Industry. The bank only gives you an EXE installer with a DLL plugin, and pretty […]

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Give NVidia your e-mail for easy drivers

There have been a number of issues I've encountered recently that make me want to create this new category: That's just wrong. The big one I want to write is about Google, CDNs, and lazy Web Developers. But for now - NVidia. I went to their website to use the GeForce Experience which is supposed to make it easy to detect and get the latest drivers for your video card. [...]
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Backblaze unhelpful – but still a good deal

I recently made a silly mistake and forgot my private key to my Backblaze backups. Stupid me. The annoying thing is that the password is still saved on my computer, because my computer is still able to back up the files. If you know the basics of public & private key cryptography, it becomes obvious that Backblaze must store the password locally somehow if it is able to perform a […]

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Windows 7 Slow Boot – Dell E6420

Short version for those who are frustrated with a similar problem: Windows 7 handles faulty CD/DVD drives very poorly. It can cause the Live USB, Safe Mode, Recovery Tools, and Normal Boot mode to take HOURS to complete.   My company recently auctioned old IT assets. I picked one up for a friend and installed Ubuntu so it could be a nice backup or guest computer for them – just […]

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NUC and Ubuntu aren’t getting along

When things that should just work, don’t Reasons why Linux cannot be taken seriously as an end-user operating system I can think of at least 10 other things I would like to title this article, considering the amount of time I have had to spend on this issue. For the past 2 years I’ve been using my Intel NUC + Xubuntu + VirtualBox as my own private server / media […]

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5-Day Fast & Cleanse – The details

I did a 5-day fast / juice cleanse recently. My friends have had a bunch of questions about it, so I figured I would write it down and share with anyone who wants to know. What I did: I used a prepackaged 5-day fast & cleanse kit. The kit provided nutritional supplements, hunger management pills, and fiber. Because the company did not give me the kit for free, I’m not […]

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“Protein” Product Review

People often ask me “what do you eat” or, “how did you lose weight?” As I’ve said before, this comes with a change in what you’re doing, which starts by changing how you think. So… let me give you a glimpse into my mind of what I think when I look at food. I’m really not trying to pick on this product, it’s the same analysis for any product. I […]

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