Fry’s Electronics used to be where local PC builders scanned the full-page newspaper ads at the entrance and went inside to buy parts. None of the big tech YouTubers that I follow had anything to say about Fry’s going out of business in recent months. That changed when Kyle and Heather of Bitwit drove over to the Fry’s Burbank store to check out what viewers have been telling them for months. They made the shocking discovery that the rumors were all true. Not just at the Burbank store but also the Las Vegas store.Read more “Big Tech YouTuber Bitwit Discovers Fry’s Electronics Going Out of Business”
The Great Train Show 2020 – Trains & Dealer Room Montage
My first visit to The Great Train Show (Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA, Sunday, 02/23/2020). Train layouts ranged from Z (smallest) to O (largest) scale in size. The trains and dealer room were recorded on my Panasonic camcorder.
The Great Train Show 2020 – The Baz Boys Z-Scale Long Train
One of the longest trains at The Great Train Show (Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA, Sunday, 02/23/2020) was the The Baz Boys 20′ x 25′ Z-scale layout. Being the smallest scale of model trains, each car is about 2″ long. Two engines pulled a mile-long freight train across the landscape and a short passenger train zooms by on the opposite track. Video recorded on an Apple iPhone XR for 3.5 minutes from beginning to end.
SiliCon With Adam Savage Replaces Silicon Valley Comic Con
When Silicon Valley Comic Con 2019 ended last August, no announcements were made for the 2020 show dates. That was unusual since previous shows had the dates for the next show in advance. The only potential date we had for the last six months was a picture posted on Friends of Comic Cons that listed October 16 to 18, 2020 from inside the 2019 program guide. The official website for Silicon Valley Comic Con updated this past Sunday night with the new dates and more announcements forthcoming. But tickets weren’t on sale yet. As of yesterday afternoon, the old website redirected to the new website.
Silicon Valley Comic Con is dead! Long live SiliCon With Adam Savage!Read more “SiliCon With Adam Savage Replaces Silicon Valley Comic Con”
Will Apple iPhone 12 Expose You To The Coronavirus?
NOTE: The video that this blog post is based on has the word “coronavirus” bleeped out and replaced with the emoticons for “beer flu” since the YouTube algorithm is demonetizing and suppressing videos with that particular word.
Last week Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech announced on Twitter that he got a package from China. As far as he was concern, “it was Coronavirus in a box.” He apologized to the unnamed Chinese company for disposing of the unopened package. An irrational overreaction on his part to the coronavirus epidemic in China? If the package came over on a slow boat from China, he clearly overreacted. If the package came over on a fast airplane from China, he may not be overreacting. Speaking of fast airplanes from China, Apple plans to ship millions of new iPhone 12s all over the world later this year.
Will “coronavirus in a box” be coming to an Apple Store near you?Read more “Will Apple iPhone 12 Expose You To The Coronavirus?”
I Failed to Take Microsoft Windows 10 Certification Exam
Last year I bought the “Exam Replay” certification voucher with a one-year expiration date, a free retake exam and a 30-day practice test for $265 USD. My initial plan was to take the retiring Microsoft Windows 7 exam before April 2019. When that exam came and went, my revised goal was to take the new Windows 10 exam. I had to wait until summer for the new study guide to come out. That left about six months to get Windows 10 certified.
Plenty of time, right? Uh, no.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I failed to show up at the testing center to take the exam before the voucher expired last month. That flushing sound you hear in the background was $265 USD going down the toilet.Read more “I Failed to Take Microsoft Windows 10 Certification Exam”
Medical Mask Hoarding Is A Bigger Coronavirus Threat
With the coronavirus outbreak spreading in China and the World Health Organization declaring a global emergency, the biggest threat to the United States. isn’t the eight confirmed cases so far. It’s all the Americans who are hoarding medical and N95 masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Hoarding creates shortages and jacks up prices. If hospitals run out of masks and can’t get any more, an outbreak among medical professionals and the general public becomes a serious possibility.
The coronavirus, however, isn’t the biggest health threat to worry about. The regular flu virus had so far infected 19 million people and killed 10,000 people, including 68 children. That’s far more than the 15,000 people infected and the 300 people killed by the coronavirus in China.
You did get your flu shot back in October or September?Read more “Medical Mask Hoarding Is A Bigger Coronavirus Threat”