5 Questions About The Amazon Hub Apartment Locker

The Amazon Hub Apartment Locker came to my apartment complex last year. Like the more familiar Amazon Locker at retail locations, the Amazon Hub provides a place for apartment residents to pick up packages from Amazon and other carriers at their own convenience. Residents don’t have to worry about their packages being stolen from their doorstep. The leasing office can get out of the package business. Amazon saves money on not shipping out replacement products. I will answer five questions that I’ve gotten from readers about the Amazon Hub.

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Will Fry’s Electronics Shut Down On 01/20/2020?

While reading news articles, forum posts and viewer comments about the future of Fry’s Electronics, I kept coming across a specific date for when the entire chain is to shut down for good: Monday, January 20, 2020. Which happens to be tomorrow. It’s also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States. Will Fry’s Electronics — the entire chain and not just a few stores — shut down tomorrow?

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Does Overclocking The AMD Athlon 3000G Require A BIOS Update?

I just finished building my new test PC and tried to overclock the AMD Athlon 3000G processor out of the box. The Asrock B450 Pro4 ATX mainboard came with BIOS version 3.60 (08/06/2019) installed. That version supported the 3000G — except for one small detail. No matter what changes I make in the BIOS to overclock the processor, the settings revert to stock speed at 3.5GHz after reboot.

We’ve seen this behavior before when the Ryzen 3000 BIOS updates removed the unofficial feature for overclocking the Athlon 200GE. I updated the mainboard to BIOS version 3.90 (12/16/2019) and easily overclocked the 3000G to 3.9GHz. The main selling point for the 3000G was the ability to overclock the new $50 USD budget processor on any Ryzen 3000.

Does the 3000G need a BIOS update to overclock?

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Fry’s Electronics Closed Two Stores During Holidays

My last video about Fry’s Electronics was the Campbell store on Black Friday having enough crap on the shelves to look like a dollar store. Never mind that a dollar store would have a much better selection. There were three updates since then, two involving store closings.

  • The Palo Alto store closed on Friday, December 27, 2019, as expected with the building lease expiring by February 2020.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle had all but called B.S. on Fry’s business model going into the New Year.
  • As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Duluth, Georgia, store closed after Thanksgiving without warning.

Is this the beginning of the end for Fry’s Electronics?

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2020: Beginning or End of A Decade?

As people recover from a mid-week hangover of celebrating the New Year, a great debate is taking place that is forcing family, friends and the Internet to pick sides.

  • Team 0 believes that 2020 is the beginning of a new decade.
  • Team 1 believes that 2021 is the beginning of a new decade.

Is 2020 the beginning or the end of a decade?

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Am I Too Fat, Too Old & Too Ugly For YouTube?

When I started posting YouTube videos on a regular basis two years ago, my dedicated band of trolls told me that I was too fat, too old and too ugly for YouTube.

  • Back then — and still today — I weighed 350 pounds. That puts me on the lighter side of Boogie2988, who is currently under 400 pounds.
  • Back then I was 48 and I’m now 50. That puts me 55 years younger than the 105-year-old Indian grandmother with her own cooking channel.
  • As for being too ugly, it is what it is. I just make sure I keep my beard trimmed and get a haircut every other month.

After 150+ videos, 60,000+ views and 200+ subscribers, I don’t hear much from my dedicated band of trolls. Nothing shuts up trolls like consistent hard work over time.

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I Quit YouTube!

If you haven’t heard from the Internet, I’ve quit YouTube — for the rest of the year. No new videos until 2020. I’ve already lost three subscribers for not putting out a video on Wednesday. I may lose more subscribers when I don’t put out a video this Sunday. Or YouTube could be deleting closed accounts that are also subscribed to my channel. Meanwhile, I’m busy re-branding my channel and website. Both have the new header graphics. See you in 2020!

Updated 29 December 2019: Looks like YouTube had a glitch with the subscriber count being lower in the backend than the front end. The three subscribers that I “lost” since Christmas have come back.

How I Spent My Christmas Bonus On Tech 2019

Last year I mentioned in a video that I might spend my Christmas bonus on the new 2018 Apple Mac mini and get a Panasonic Lumix G7 camera. Or I could get the camera but upgrade the processor, mainboard and memory on my video editing PC. If you watched my channel for the past year, you may already have a good idea how I spent my Christmas bonus. If not, keep reading to find out.

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