Sep 23 2016

What kind of printer do you have?

HP? Brother? Konica-Minolta?

Whatever it is, it’s not as cool as:


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Sep 15 2013

One of my favorite gifts


This is the front of my Mac at work. The attached clipping is from a Pearls Before Swine comic that was clipped out and given to me by my wife.

This is one of my favorite things that I have received—not because of its intrinsic value—but because of what it represents.

At work I am often known as “the printer whisperer.” I handle a lot of the printer issues—and that’s cool. A lot of techs despise printers, but I really do like working on them.

You tend to talk about what you like, and I talk about working on printers quite a bit. I don’t know how much Heather has heard me talk about setting up or fixing printers—a pretty dry subject for a lot of people.

But this comic represents the fact that Heather at at least some point has actually listened to me talk about what I do, and understood enough to clip out a comic that pretty darned accurately what I d0 (to the extent an alligator in a superhero costume can).

She might not get every little nuance of what I do, but it’s clear that she listens to me,  she understands what I do, and she understands me.

That’s pretty awesome.


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Mar 3 2012

Wind beneath my wings

One time Kaleb and I went to work on a printer. While we were there, a young female doctor was in the room. The three of us bantered back and forth for a while until the printer was finally fixed and it began to spit out backed up print jobs.

Doctor: “You guys are the wind beneath my wings.”

Me: “Wouldn’t that be in the armpits?”

Doctor: “Smell it up, boys!”

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Dec 7 2009

Review: Sophos Antivirus for Windows

A lot of you out there ask me for computer advice. I don’t mind; I like feeling important, and giving advice helps me do that (so does making my own blog).

Probably the question I get the most often is, “What kind of computer should I get?”

My answer is, always, “You should get an Apple Macintosh.”

The usual reply is, “But I don’t want to spend that much money.”

Then I say, “Then by a Lenovo.” It’s a cruel second answer, I know, as Lenovos cost about the same as Macs. But the truth is, when it comes to hardware, if I wasn’t an Apple guy I would be a Lenovo guy (it’s not a perfect analogy: I buy Apple hardware because it comes with the Mac OS).

But sometimes it’s not a question of money; sometimes people tell me this:

“I’d like to encourage viruses and spyware to run rampant on my computer while simultaneously preventing my most important programs from installing and / or running.”

Of course I point out that they could simply run an unpatched version of Windows and use Internet Explorer to visit sites that offer free hacked software.

“Isn’t there some other way?” they ask me.

Yes, yes there is. You could install Sophos Antivirus. Sophos is just such a program. While there is legitimate debate over whether it is pronounced SAW-fos or SO-fos, there is no debate that Sophos Antivirus will prevent you from installing, say, Hewlett Packard Web JetAdmin software. If you are wondering what nefarious deeds HP WJA is used for, it is used for remotely managing large numbers of HP printers. Wicked!

However, I don’t mean to insinuate that Sophos can only prevent you from managing your printers remotely. It can also prevent you from installing remote computer management software.

Right now you are probably thinking, ‘I would still like to install and run viruses, though.”

Not to worry; Sophos won’teven keep itself from being infected by viruses, let alone keep your PC from running them. Don’t believe me? Have a gander at this:


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