“Good Old Days” of Tech

Going through the more ancient regions of the records, I came across credentials from computer expos long ago. Friends and I still reminisce about the early years of personal computing. It was definitely chaotic. There were countless companies making hardware, software, and accessories—but that was part of the fun, and you had to exercise some judgment to find useful pieces. Dozens of companies had branded “PC Clones,” and scores of others sold generic parts. Dell, for instance, was just another provider of computer parts in a box—you had to insert … [continued…]

“Russian” Router Hack

Much has been made in the media lately about a Russian router hack.  Here’s the low-down with this router hack story, and what normal folks can do. What’s a router hack? As Emily Litella might have said, “What’s all this I hear about RotoRooter Sax?  No one’s playing saxophone in MY sewer….” Many “old media” sources have picked up this story and scared casual readers.  As usual with any story about computing that makes the mainstream “news,” very few stories display any real knowledge.  Most are very thin and just … [continued…]

Tips ‘n Tricks

Here we’ll bring you bits of info average folks should know about their computers and phones—that you may not have seen elsewhere. We’re moving into new “digital digs,” so check back soon as we fill in this section.