The coronavirus pandemic has been the perfect storm for Fry’s Electronics. Closed stores offered only curbside pickup and deliveries. Opened stores had less inventory and fewer employees than before. Since every retailer is zombie retailer these days, there’s nothing special about Fry’s Electronics. I’ll cover six little known updates about Fry’s Electronics.Read more “6 Little-Known Updates About Fry’s Electronics”
Indoor movies theaters reopened their doors in Silicon Valley last month. I’ve wondered how long they would stay open before the coronavirus pandemic got worse. That question got answered this week. Most California counties returned to the restrictive purple tier. Movie theaters are once more closed to the public. I saw three movies in three weeks: Tenet, Goldfinger, and Freaky. What was it like to watch each movie inside a theater during the pandemic?Read more “3 Movies I Saw Before Indoor Theaters Closed Again”
This week Apple announced their new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. Equipped with the new ARM-based Apple Silicon chip to replace the Intel chips. Apple Silicon will let developers create universal apps to run on iPads, iPhones, and Macs. That sounded promising until I heard the name of the new chip—the M1. That’s unfortunate. The M1 by Cyrix was an Intel chip replacement for the Socket 7 motherboard in 1996. The compatibility and performance issues were so bad that it sucked donkey balls. Will the Apple Silicon M1 be the next Cyrix M1?Read more “Will The Apple Silicon M1 Be The Next Cyrix M1”
Before the shutdown order went into effect last March, I saw Bloodshot at an AMC Theatre Saratoga. The lobby was empty as people stayed away in droves. I sat with two dozen people inside an IMAX theater. Everyone kept six feet away from each other. After eight long months, I saw Tenet at an AMC Theatres Eastridge. The lobby was empty as people stayed away in droves. I sat with a dozen people inside an IMAX theater. Everyone wore masks and kept six feet from each other. Movie theaters are once more opened in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.Read more “Watching Tenet IMAX Indoors at AMC Theatres Eastridge Mall”
When I front mounted the Be Quiet Pure Loop All-In-One (AIO) 240mm Liquid Cooler in my Cougar MX330-G ATX case, I couldn’t mount the two Pure Wing 2 120mm fans in the recessed area behind the front mesh panel. Since the screw holes were also recessed in the frame, the long screws weren’t long enough. I ended up mounting the fans to the radiator on one side and used the short screws to mount the radiator to the frame. I’ll show an old school hack and suggest several mounting alternatives for installing the fans in the recessed area to push air through the radiator.Read more “Old School Hack For Front Mounting Be Quiet Pure Loop AIO”
Christmas In The Park in downtown San Jose has been a holiday tradition for decades. Hundreds of Christmas trees decorated by schoolchildren and community groups. Animated displays of Santa’s elves working hard to make toys. Vendors selling holiday food and drinks. A free event that started on Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day and ends on several days after New Year’s Day.
That was until the coronavirus pandemic this year.
Due to social distancing rules, Christmas In The Park won’t be in downtown San Jose. Christmas In The Park will be a paid drive-through event at the History Park in east San Jose. Learn how to make your reservation, why the History Park, and what to expect for this year.Read more “Make A Reservation for Christmas In The Park Drive-Thru 2020”
The SilverStone KR01 low-profile air cooler had served me well for the last 18 months. But it didn’t keep my AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor, overclocked to 3.7GHz, as cool as I would like. My kneecaps got toasty underneath my desk every time I played FortNite or transcoded 4K video. I recently replaced the KR01 with the Be Quiet Pure Loop All-In-One (AIO) 240mm liquid cooler. Idle temps dropped from 45C to 36C and load temps dropped from 85C to 55C. My kneecaps are no longer toasty.Read more “Be Quiet! Pure Loop AIO Liquid Cooler Review”
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) previously held their annual three-day Glass Pumpkin Festival at Santana Row in San Jose, CA, for the last few years. Hundreds of glass pumpkins of all sizes for sale and daily glassblowing demonstrations of turning molten sand into glass pumpkins. That all changed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival is still on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But spread out over six weekends from October through mid-November. Held inside the BAGI building at the History Park. Alas, no daily glassblowing demonstrations.Read more “How to Attend BAGI’s Glass Pumpkin Festival 2020”
The Bay Area Glass Institute held their annual Glass Pumpkin Festival at their building in the History Park (San Jose, CA). The three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is spread out over six weekends from October 9th through November 14th. Reservations are made on their website. Unlike past events at Santana Row, there were no glassblowing demonstrations. This montage video was recorded on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
Apple will announce the new iPhone 12 on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Here’s what to keep in mind if you do buy the newest iPhone from Apple.The new iPhones were made in China after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Apple uses airfreight to deliver iPhones direct from the factory to U.S. Apple Stores in three to five days. Three to five days is how long the coronavirus can survive on various surfaces.
Will the iPhone 12 have coronavirus in the box?Read more “Will The Apple iPhone 12 Have Coronavirus In The Box?”