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Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Rough Year for Celebrity Death

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I've heard this joke going around about all the celebrity deaths we had this year that they were being smart and getting out before Trump took office. I know probably not a good joke, but hey I didn't come up with it. The year has been a rough one for some great entertainers however.

Personally I've never been a huge Prince fan but I can recognize his talent as a musician. For me the big one was David Bowie. I've always been a fan of his and found enjoyment in almost everything he has done, from music to acting to even his person style and character. Alan Rickman who played one of the best villains in Die Hard. Leonard Cohen who lived an amazing life that many of us could only dream. And of course Gene Wilder who's performances were like watching a dream. Of course we had many more than the ones listed here along with  writers, athletes, and more. The end of the year is only a few days away and we are still losing them with  Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds ending out the year.

Its been a rough year and we lost a lot of good people and a few not so good. the American public has proven that we are actually getting dumber with the election of Donald Trump. But on the plus side, the Cubs did win the world series. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nifty List of Business to Avoid for Trump

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If you haven't heard about it people are putting together lists of business that work with Donald Trump. If you are me and not a fan, here is the list to help you avoid doing business with them.


the list also has alternative “Trump-free” places to shop

Friday, December 09, 2016

My Nifty New Dell and The Blue Screen of Death

I was in the market for a new desktop computer, yes I know that people don't buy desktops anymore, and was looking at just building my own. I use it for work so didn't need a laptop and wanted something powerful without spending a bunch of money. After doing some research and finding all the parts I decided instead to just buy a Dell XPS 8910.  For the price it was about the same as the one I was going to build without the hassle of me having to order all the parts and build it.

The computer arrived two days ago, I set it up, started using it and then this….


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And this….

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After some forums and driver updates and other troubleshooting I get the same errors plus a new one that I haven't taken a picture of yet.


Best of all a friend came over last night to work on a project, he pulled out his nifty new MacBook which was working perfectly. He was very happy with his purchase over mind.

Thanks Dell and Microsoft! Now comes the pleasure of contacting customer support. Something I doubt I will find pleasurable at all.

Update 12/15 after a week of back and forth troubleshooting I've decided to return the computer and go with a different company. Great work Dell! Asus or HP here I come.