Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Anyone Want to Give Me 2 or 3 Grand To Buy A New Dell (or any good brand of) Computer?

Nope, I did not think or expect that you wanted to do that but just figured I would ask anyhow. Seems the old PC may be on its last legs. Not under warranty anymore, it had been for about 4 years but when that ran out they refused to upgrade the warranty as they had done in the past for an additional fee. Lately, when I turn it on it beeps repeatedly then either the fans or drives go into overdrive, or it does nothing, or it shuts down after a few moments. After several tries, like 10 to 20, it suddenly works properly and turns on. I imagine sooner than much later it will just stop turning on.

Anyone ever have a similar problem and know of a solution besides a bullet to the motherboard?

Right now buying a new desktop is just about out of the question unless I find a genie in a bottle or lamp or unless I find someone with lots of cash to throw my way or unless I buy it on time.

Luckily, I recently bought a 16 GB USB drive. I filled it tonight with things I want to save in case the PC crashes. Amazingly enough, I got virtually everything I wanted to save on there plus my wife and son's documents. My daughter has nothing on this computer from what I could tell.

All the best,
Glenn B

Mysterious Missile Fired Near Los Angeles - Why Are So Few Media Outlets Reporting It

I would think a missile being fired near Los Angeles, during rush hour, would be pretty big news. The thing is I can only find stories about it at a handful of online sources. I have not tried television, have no access to one now as I am writing this up at a Starbucks while on a break.




I saw it first at the first link above. Then I found it at some other 'major' news sites but also found it missing at Fox, CNN and so on. If this was not some prank with a hobbyist rocket kit, then this could be a major security issue for our country. The mystery of who fired it, why they fired it, what they fired, how it was armed if armed and so on all need to be answered post haste. A military screw-up by U.S. forces is possible, then again so are things like: a terrorist's missile that misfired and went to sea, a drug trafficker's missile test, a psycho firing a missile, some home spun loony rocket scientist firing one off, a foreign nation's missile being misfired, an enemy's missile being deliberately fired to send a message or any of many other possibilities including a prank initiated by the traffic helicopter crew that got the picture of it. This is all part of the mystery and it needs to be solved now. Another part of the mystery though is why this is not being reported on in ore detail by more of the media - bear in mind it happened last night.

All the best,
Glenn B