Category Archive: consumer

Sep 21 2016

Warning: Microsoft Doesn’t Want You To Install Linux On Its “Signature PCs”

Microsoft hates it when its customers wish to install Linux or other operating systems on its PCs. A Redditor has expressed concern over his inability to install Linux on a Yoga 900 ISK2 Ultrabook Source: Warning: Microsoft Doesn’t Want You To Install Linux On Its “Signature PCs” (Fossbytes)

Oct 21 2014

Link: Spotlight: Privacy Advocates Furious As Apple Feature Siphons Off Location Data of Yosemite And iOS 8 Users

The privacy world is peeved at Apple again. It’s emerged that anyone who uses the Spotlight feature in either Mac OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 will have their location and search data passed to Apple servers. The same data will also be sent to Microsoft ….. Full article here: Spotlight: Privacy Advocates Furious As Apple …

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Sep 27 2012

Link: Google Voice Customers Cry Out For Help, No One At Google Hears Them

The Consumerist is just waking up to a fact that many of us Google Voice users realized a long time ago:  There is virtually no such thing as customer support at Google Voice.  For example, they still haven’t fixed the bug that even if you disable call screening, it’s still turned on if the calls …

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Aug 06 2012

Logitech C910 Webcam (Logitech Webcam Software) crashing on Mac OS X 10.7

This falls into the category of “notes I am posting for myself so I don’t lose them”.  A Logitech C910 Webcam works under Mac OS X (more or less — some users have had more success than others), but the Logitech Webcam Software is buggy and Logitech seems to be in no big hurry to …

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Jan 16 2012

Why do Western Digital hard drive power supplies leak so much AC voltage?

Western Digita Power Supply #3 - 44 volts leakage

We recently changed out a case on a computer power supply.  The new case is metal whereas the old one was plastic, and as I was plugging in a USB cable from a USB hub I got a shock.  Not only that, when I accidentally touched it to the bottom of the computer’s case, the …

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Jun 04 2010

Mini-review of Sangoma U100 USBfxo device

This article was originally posted in June, 2010. I recently had the experience of trying to help someone make a Sangoma USBfxo device (model U100) work on a server that runs FreePBX and Asterisk. The advertised features of this device are as follows: Dual FXO ports Easy installation, no need to open up computer to …

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Mar 09 2010

An overscan fix for the Sharp LC-42SB45U television set when connected to a computer with a Linux operating system (Ubuntu, etc.)

If you bought a Sharp LC-42SB45U TV, perhaps because it was on a super great (and very lightly advertised) deal at Wal-Mart back in November, and then later tried to hook up a home theater PC to it, you may have been disappointed to discover that unlike most flat screen digital TV’s it doesn’t have …

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Jun 11 2008

Hey Lucy! Get the Phone!

Anyone under the age of 40 may not remember the name, but at one time Crosley was one of the big names in radio receivers and early black-and-white televisions. Even though the original Crosley Corporation no longer exists, the brand name was purchased and is now used by Crosley Radio, a company that makes reproductions …

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