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Windows 10 is the worst operating system I’ve ever used

And boy have I used a lot of them. MS-DOS, Windows 3.1 and every subsequent release, OS/2, many Linux distros starting with Slackware 2.0 (iirc) back in 1995ish. Mac stuff. Solaris, SunOS, AIX, HPUX, etc. Windows 10 is the worst operating system I’ve ever used, and it’s not even close. I didn’t want Win10, it [...]

Getting uMatrix to work with javascript bookmarklets

Firefox has a great extension called NoScript. Unfortunately, it’s not available for Chrome or Chromium. But fret not, there’s a similar extension available for Chrome called uMatrix. This extension offers fine-level control of each element of a webpage, including CSS, cookies, and javascript. As with many powerful extensions, it’s not really designed for the average [...]

How to check if you’re shadowbanned or suspended on Twitter

A shadowban is a ban that is is not visible to the user. That is, to you, the shadowbanned user, everything looks A-OK. But to everyone else, you are non-person. Ghost. Completely invisible. Many social networks use some sort of shadowbanning. I’ll be honest: I do believe it’s a necessary practice for dealing with spammers [...]

Vegans are Idiots

Disclaimer: I am a vegan. Not that I expect that to quiet any of the hate-filled messages I expect to be blessed with as a result of writing this piece. Just sayin’. Just sayin’ that’s the whole problem, actually. I was a vegetarian for a few years. I’ve been a vegan for about a year [...]

How to fix a Kindle Fire that won’t charge

OK, OK, OK, this title might be a misleading.   I don’t know how to “fix” this problem. Well, I do, but I’m not gonna open the thing up.   I did, however, discover a way to get min to start charging again.  It might work for you too. Back in December, my Kindle Fire, [...]

How to disable the HTML5 player on YouTube in Chrome browser

Man, this HTML5 player on YouTube is causing me so many problems. Choppy audio, frequent video stuttering, it’s terrible.  I don’t have the newest computer in the world (Windows XP still going strong!), but it’s certainly fast enough to handle showing a video and doing something else at the same time. I don’t have any [...]

Launcher Icons Disappeared from Android Cyanogenmod

I decided to ditch the Amazon software that shipped with my original Kindle Fire & upgrade to Cyanogenmod 10.1.  And lemme tell ya, I’m glad I did, because it’s a huge improvement, from both a usability and a speed standpoint. I’d stuck with the Amazon software for so long because I didn’t want to get [...]

How To Join or Combine MP3 Files With Windows

I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books lately. I like to listen to them while walking, or while at the gym. The problem with audio books is that they often come in multiple files, and I don’t like having to set up a playlist for each book. The Android app that I use [...]

Who wants free MyCokeRewards codes?

The On Everything household has been going through a lot of soda lately.  And by “a lot” I mean on the 1-2 two liter bottles per day level. The poison of choice used to be Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale, but I’ve recently moved on to a new caffeine-free poison – Fresca.  0 calories, tastes [...]

How to make Protein Bars at Home (Recipe)

Who doesn’t love Power Bars & Clif Bars?  No one!  OK, so that probably isn’t exactly true. But if you do happen to love protein meal replacement bars, you may be tired of paying so much for them at the store. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make protein bars at home, at a fraction of [...]

How to Format a New SD Memory Card for your Optimus V Phone

I picked up a shiny new 8GB SDHC memory card for my Virgin Mobile Optimus V phone. I connected my phone to my PC, and transferred all of the files from my old card onto my computer.  I then disconnected, inserted the new card, and fired things back up only to find that my computer [...]

Windows Desktop Icons Keep Flashing On & Off? In my case, VNC was the cause.

The icons on my Windows XP machine have been flashing on & off intermittently for quite a while.  The problem would come & go, and it wasn’t my primary computer, so I never bothered looking into it, though I did have a few suspicions as to the culprit. I had a little extra time today, [...]

Trig Razor Blade Review

I’ll get right to the point – Trig razor blades are by far the worst blade I’ve ever used. The blade doesn’t seem all that sharp.  It pulls out more hair than it cuts. Because of its dullness, it’s always getting caught & bouncing on my face, rather than gliding smoothly.  This would normally cause [...]

How to Properly Thaw or Defrost Chicken in a Few Hours

I don’t eat a whole lot of meat, but I do like to have a chicken breast every now and again.  For that reason, I like to buy frozen chicken breasts and keep them in the freezer for whenever I get that urge. Problem is, defrosting chicken in the microwave never seems to go well, [...]

Why Can’t I Remove Items from the Kindle Fire Home Screen Carousel?

Psst.  Hey, Amazon. You know all those eBooks I’ve bought at your site over the years? You know which ones I’m talking about? Yeah, you do.  And so does everyone else who picks up my Kindle Fire, because every book I’ve ever purchased from you is listed in the carousel! Never mind the fact that [...]

Asco Super Stainless Razor Blade Review

When I started working through my double edged blade sampler pack, I thought I would write a review of each blade, or at least each blade that I liked. But there was a problem with that plan – namely, I don’t have all that much to say about these blades.  Only “I like these,” or [...]

How to Root Your Kindle Fire

First off, I’d like to say that I love the Kindle Fire.  And I don’t really see a good reason to root it, at least not for most users.  Amazon really did do a great job with the OS.  Kudos, guys & gals. And If you have a Kindle Fire, you’re probably more interested in [...]

Fix for Kindle Fire no longer configured to stream video error – Why can’t I play or download?

Of course I had to get a Kindle Fire as soon as it came out. And of course I had to root the device just a day later, as soon as an exploit was discovered. Everything went well, or so I thought. I popped into bed and thought I’d watch a little Arrested Development before [...]

American Red Cross Won’t Stop Calling Me – AGAIN

I’ve written about the American Red Cross stalking me for my blood in the past.  In short, I used to regularly donate blood to the American Red Cross, but when they started calling me multiple times per day & asking that I schedule a donation, it irked me.  I asked them to stop calling, many, [...]

Linux .forward file not working? Make sure you have the permissions set correctly

I checked in to one of my Linux accounts today and saw that I had about 2 GB of unread emails. Dating back to 2008, these emails were almost entirely the output of different cron jobs that I have set up & running on that account.  They were error notifications & various STDOUT messages.  Nothing [...]

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