Category Archives: tech

ole time internet

Back when we first got dial-up internet at home, 1996, between me and Brian we would have that telephone line busy almost 24 hours a day.

My mother told me one time she’d been trying to call me for 6 weeks, and it was busy the whole time.

My solution was to call Bell and have voicemail added to the line so she could leave a message. lol

wankel in the middle of the night

Trying to come down from the discomfort of getting home, I was up at 3 AM watching videos of how a Wankel engine works. Strange the things that are interesting in the middle of the night.

I remember when Mazda offered the Wankel for the first time. Lotta geeks I knew had to have one. A friend took me for a ride. Me: “oooh, fancy!”

solid state digimatic

I’m always noticing peripheral things.

While watching a 1972 episode of the TV series Columbo, I saw this “Solid State Digimatic” on a nightstand. That would mean it’s a Sony, but the name is not visible on the plastic front due to the camera.

It’s an AM/FM number-flipping clock radio. I loved those things and thought they were swank. The design is elegant.

To the right of the minutes, there was a colored flywheel so you could be sure it was running.

please post the text used to create an image

It’s frustrating when an org makes a text announcement for posting but converts it to an image or screenshot and only posts that. People with limited vision get left out.

Since text was used to create the image, it should be kept and posted along with the image, then everybody is in! Images don’t amplify well, and those who use screen readers and things get left out.

Example below of image only. Even with my OK vision, it’s not easy to read.


A friend mentions that upgrading his 2007 Outlook will cost $140. That’s for an install on one Windows machine.

I think, “well, OK then!”

donor list

Virtue signalling. I’m on there. What could it be?

old kmart battery

Something Brian bought off eBay had this inside.

Kmart 9 volt heavy duty battery.

Kmart, Satisfaction Always

zareason computers is gone

I was sorry to see that online Linux custom-built computer store, zareason, went out of business on 24 November, 2020.

Their e-mail newsletters were fun. The products and prices were good.

I e-mailed them one time during the first Covid summer when we had a computer giving trouble to see if they had a certain model in stock and ready to ship. In classic good spirits, I got a reply that said, “we have multiples ready to ship, overnight if desired, and how many do you want?”

I thought that was sweet to ask how many. Oh, just a dozen, lol.

Fortunately Greensboro has a store called Intrex that custom builds computers, so I’ve gotten several there, but it could have boiled down to who could get me one first, so I always kept zareason in mind.

Anyway, sorry about zareason having to close.


Dear people we have loved, supplied, supported, and possibly disappointed over the years, ie, our customers,

As many have noticed, our product line has been getting smaller and our tech support has been slowing down to a crawl. Unfortunately, the pandemic has been the final KO blow. It has hit our little town hard and we have not been able to recover from it. As of Tuesday, 11/24/20 17:00 EST ZaReason is no longer in business. If you have a computer from us, we hope that it gives you a long and solid lifespan. If it does not and you would like warranty work done, we regret there are no employees who can answer those questions or do service repair. Employees usually want to be paid and without sales there is no income to pay them.

Thankfully, there are a few places you can turn to for possible support:

Forums online — there are so many based on different distros. We hesitate to recommend one over another but there are many.
Linux support groups — if you haven’t accessed these yet, you may be surprised at the generosity and depth of knowledge. Just keep in mind that whoever you are reaching out to is not being paid to answer your questions. Generosity is a wonderful thing; don’t take it for granted
Manfactuer’s warranty — while we cannot advise you whether or not this will work or if Sager, Nvidia, or others will honor manfactuer’s warranties, sometimes this is an option. Tell them that the company you purchased the computer from is closed, out of business, and they should be able to provide clear information on whether or not they honor manfactuer’s warranties.
Note that when a business dies, the warranty dies with it. We know this part is hard to accept — it is sad, disappointing, and unsurprising that ZaReason is shutting down. There are many, many reasons but sickness and parts shortages are the top two. At this point, there is no other option. We wish you the best and we hope both you and your computers are healthy and thriving.

yahoo +

“The Yahoo Plus experience celebrates your passions and helps protect your life online”

Your passions, lol.

Yahoo has started a new promotion for these + services. Even if I wanted to find a reason to pay, I just can’t see any benefit.

Much better benefits for less money are available elsewhere, like from FastMail.

computer store

“We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love
In my pink Cadillac.” The Cadillac is a classic Mary Kay.

The Cadillac’s not mine. Going to Intrex to order a new box. They have the fun ones. Custom built. High quality. Get what you want. Sale on.

We just had an old one drop dead after many years.