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?
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.
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?
Have you ever noticed how some reviewers post a review of a forthcoming movie just days before it opens to the general public? Yet they never disclose how they got free tickets to see a preview screening.
Are they sleeping with the teenagers behind the concession stand at the movie theater?
Do they know someone who is waiting tables to make it big in Hollywood?
Are they taking cash payments from the movie studios?
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.
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?
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.
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.