Three months ago my friend and I went to Fry’s Electronics after reading a news article that the Palo Alto store was closing. We visited the Campbell store to find an empty parking lot, barren shelves, few customers and less helpful salesclerks. On Black Friday 2019, we went back to the Campbell store to find cars in the parking lot, less barren shelves, more customers and still less helpful salesclerks. However, all the new inventory is just crap that people don’t need or can buy at Best Buy for less. This is a bad start to the holiday season. Will Fry’s Electronics remain open in 2020?
AMD started shipping the Athlon 3000G, their newest $50 USD budget processor, to retailers last week. Initial reports spotted Amazon pre-order pages for various countries in the European Union. Neither Amazon nor Newegg had pre-order pages for the US. Does any online retailer have a pre-order page for the 3000G? Surprisingly, it’s B&H.
Claudia Wells interviewed by Samm Levine on the Entertainment Stage at Wizard World Bay Area 2019 (Oakland, CA). She talks about her early jobs as a kid, working in television, and working with Michael J. Fox in Back to The Future.
We are one week away from Black Friday. Is Fry’s Electronics ready for the big holiday season? Are the shelves stocked with new inventory? Are the Black Friday ads announcing great deals? Are the parking lots full of cars? Oh, hell no. In fact, those are the wrong questions. Based on recent reports this week, a better question would be: Will Santa Claus save Fry’s Electronics on Black Friday?
Police went to the Pleasant Hill BART station, located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, two weeks ago. The initial report was an intoxicated woman causing a disturbance. The responding officer couldn’t find her. But he quickly latched on to a man causing a much more serious disturbance: eating a McMuffin while waiting on the platform. Not surprisingly, the officer was white, the man was black, and the man’s girlfriend recorded video on her cellphone. Was this another example of racial profiling in America or a misunderstanding that became a viral video?
I recently bought the Canon 300 LiDE scanner for $50 USD from Amazon. I removed the scanner from the packaging and plugged it into my computer. Windows 10 recognized the scanner. Vuescan recognized the scanner. When I tried to scan something, nothing happened. A lot of negative reviews on Amazon state that the scanner just doesn’t work at all. I did some troubleshooting and found a simple solution.
AMD made several announcements for their Athlon, Ryzen and Threadripper families of processors this week. I’m interested only in the Athlon 3000G, the new $50 budget processor that replaces the Athlon 200GE. Unlike the mistake AMD made with the 200GE last year, the 3000G is officially unlocked for overclocking. I’ll do a review of the 200GE and explain the advantages of the 3000G in a “Ryzen 3000 Ready” world.
After Walker Stalker/Heroes & Villains FanFest San Jose 2018 ended last December, there was no announcement for the 2019 show. Six months later, I started looking for a reason. I found an comment on the official Facebook page for Walker Stalker in March that there would be no San Jose show in 2019. A similar announcement went up on the unofficial Facebook page for Heroes & Villains FanFest San Jose in August. Reasons cited was the venue being unavailable for the desired dates and the show wouldn’t make money. That wasn’t the entire story. The organizers behind Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest are in deep trouble with fans, stars and vendors.