Last month I looked at the be quiet Pure Rock Slim 2 air cooler for $25 USD. A viewer requested that I do a review of the Deep Cool Gammaxx 400 V2 air cooler that was also available for $25 USD. I didn’t like that model because the LED fan would have gone straight to the trash. The closest I ever came to having an LED fan was installing the Phanteks Halo Lux RGB fan frames. I got the Deep Cool Gammaxx 400S air cooler with a silent, non-LED, non-PWM fan for $27 USD. Which budget cooler was better?Read more “Deep Cool Gammaxx 400S Air Cooler for $27 USD”
Former president Donald Trump announced his class-action lawsuit against Big Tech. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube banned his accounts after inciting the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The lawsuit calls for:
- Declaring Big Tech as “a state actor” for infringing on Trump’s First Amendment right.
- Declaring Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as unconstitutional.
- The reinstatement of Trump’s banned accounts.
- And unspecified punitive damages.
Here’s why the Trump Big Tech lawsuit will fail.Read more “Why The Trump Big Tech Lawsuit Will Fail”
A coworker pointed out in mid-April that CompTIA had a $50 USD beta exam for the PenTest+ certification. I’ve never heard of this cybersecurity certification. I signed up for it anyway since I work in government IT for a three-letter agency. If I passed, I would get a $370 USD certification for $50 USD. If I failed, I would have taken my first certification exam in 15 years. After ten weeks of studying, I took the beta exam this week. It was an interesting experience.Read more “Taking The CompTIA PenTest+ Beta Exam (PT0-002)”
The Pure Rock Slim 2 air cooler is the newest air cooler by be quiet! A compact tower design with a Pure Wings 2 92mm fan and rated for 130-watt TDP. After doing some temperature testing on my test PC, the Pure Rock Slim 2 is an impressive air cooler for only $25 USD. I did find one small disappointment that I wasn’t expecting in a be quiet! product.Read more “be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 2 Air Cooler for $25 USD”
SiliCon with Adam Savage announced their initial guest list several weeks ago. Dirk Benedict, Starbuck from the 1970s “Battlestar Galactica,” was the most notable guest. Most of the other guests were the usual suspects who showed up for Silicon Valley Comic Con. A new guest got added the next day.
William Shatner, Captain Kirk of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” will appear on Sunday only. He hosted the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” panel at SVCC 2017. That was the best run show the organizers for SVCC and SiliCon has ever put on.
Can William Shatner save SiliCon with Adam Savage?Read more “Can William Shatner Save SiliCon With Adam Savage?”
I went over to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to get my first Pfizer vaccine shot. That took only a half hour to get done. I went over to Valley Fair Mall to have lunch at Shake Shack. I showed the host my brand-new vaccination card and got a free order of French fries. Twenty-four hours later, I got a text from the California Vax For The Win about my incentive card I’ll get soon. After I get my second Pfizer vaccine shot, I’ll get a $50 USD gift card from the state. I could also win $50,000 USD or $1.5 million USD in the state drawings. When I made my vaccine appointment last week, I had no idea that doing my civic duty to society could be so rewarding.Read more “Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 And Win California CASH Prizes!”
BART released the renderings of the planned downtown San Jose subway stations. Future riders will have to descend 70 to 90 feet below street level to board the trains. For some people on Twitter, 90 feet is too deep for a subway station. One twit wrote, “Love to take a journey to the center of the earth to board my train.” How deep is too deep for a BART station?Read more “How Deep Is Too Deep For San Jose BART Stations?”
I have four items that I could track with the new Apple AirTag.
- Davinci Resolve Studio license dongle
- Manfrotto mini tripod with smartphone adapter
- Zhiyun Smooth-X Gimbal Stabilizer
- Brother P-Touch label maker.
I haven’t misplaced the license dongle. The tripod and gimbal, either together or separately, often disappear for a week or two after I use them. As for the label maker, it went missing for four months in my home office. Only one of these items will let me put the AirTag inside.Read more “Why I Put An Apple AirTag Inside My Label Maker”
We got three comic con announcements for today’s show. Star Trek: Mission Chicago 2022 and Fan Expo San Francisco 2022 are brand new events for next year. The dates for Silicon Con with Adam Savage 2021 have been officially confirmed. These are all in-person events. Assuming, of course, the coronavirus is behind us and everything returns to normal.Read more “In-Person Comic Con Updates”
Last week I put out a short video that a coworker alerted me to a $50 beta exam for the CompTIA PenTest+ certification. If you watched my YouTube channel for a while, you may be wondering what happened to the Windows 10 certification that I made several videos about. That certification fell through for various reasons. I’m pursuing the PenTest+ certification because it’s a great deal, relevant to my government IT job, and my employer is paying for it.Read more “Why I’m Taking The CompTIA PenTest+ Cert Beta Exam (PT0-002)”