California voters will have a big decision to make at the ballot box on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Will they recall Governor Gavin Newsom? If voters say yes, which one of the 45 nobody candidates will replace him? If Democrats stay home, the next governor could win the election with less than 25% of the vote. How should you vote in a (POOP) show like this?Read more “How Should You Vote In CA Governor Recall Election”
When I took the CompTIA PenTest+ beta exam in late June, I had to switch out the editing PC for the test PC. The test PC had a clean install of Windows 10 that allowed the exam software to find the microphone and the webcam. Since I had so many USB cables coming off the editing PC, I had to sort out which cables were keyboard, mouse, and webcam. I was also running out of USB ports in the back. I’m going to install and troubleshoot the Orico USB 3.0 add-in card to add more ports and reorganize my USB cables.Read more “Installing and Troubleshooting Orico USB 3.0 Add-In Card”
Silicon with Adam Savage is three weeks away. Taking place at the San Jose Convention Center on Saturday, August 28, and Sunday, August 29, 2021. Tickets are still available for virtual or in-person attendance. What can you expect from attending SiliCon with Adam Savage in person?Read more “In-Person Expectations For SiliCon With Adam Savage”
System admins had a busy month pushing out the latest Microsoft Windows patches for the PrintNightmare exploit. Meanwhile, HP advertised their new HP Wolf Security for work from home printers. That raises an interesting question. Does your home printer need security software against cyberattacks?Read more “Does Your Work From Home Printer Need Security Software?”
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!”