Joe Wood

Geek to go … Gives Away Free iPAD

In 2012 we ran a promotion that gave customers a shot at a free iPAD.  Here’s how it worked: If an existing customer gave a recommendation of Geek to go … to a new customer, that referring customer’s name was put in a hat for a year-end drawing. This time the B. family’s name came…

Wowie Zowie. An SSD really kicks it

Every once in a while I treat myself to a new toy.  This time it was a Solid State Drive, SSD, or a computer disk with no moving parts based on flash memory technology.  I replaced the existing 120 GB regular drive in my 5-year-old Toshiba laptop with the SSD, created a partition on it,…

AirPrint is Slick

I’m getting to like AirPrint, a protocol which allows iTOYs such as iPADs, iPHONEs, and certain iPODs to print directly to a networked printer without having a clumsy printing App.  We use it in our house with all of the above.  Just yesterday I was at a customer’s house who was having a hard time…

Wired is Always Better

Many of my customers have heard me opine that if at all possible at least one connection to their router should be hard-wired Ethernet over UTP, Unshielded Twisted Pair.  Many of the reasons for this are given in this excellent Wall Street Journal article.  This is the main reason why I went to the trouble…

The World Wide Web is now 21 Years Old

Yesterday August 7, 2012 was the twenty-first anniversary of the first public World Wide Web posting on the internet by Tim Berners-Lee who worked at CERN in Switzerland. I wasn’t aware of this event but less than a year later I was introduced to MOSAIC the precursor to Netscape and in turn Firefox, which I…

Speeding Things Up – Multiple Cores

In a prior article I talked about what manufacturers can do when they improve their processing.  One thing they can do is to replicate the processors on a single chip.  You have a good design for the processor and essentially you just cookie cutter the thing across the chip.  “Joe, how does this speed things…

Bad Caps

A few years ago a number of sub-standard electrolytic capacitors got into the supply chain.  These capacitors or caps for short are used on circuit boards like motherboards to smooth out ripples in power leads to on-board chips.  They look like a can turned on end and have two wires coming out the bottom which…

Microsoft Support for Windows XP Tightening Up

Yesterday, I reloaded Windows Media Center Edition of Windows XP on a customers machine.  This version was from 2005 and included Windows XP SP2 and Internet Explorer 6.  I scarfed up the Audio, Video, and Ethernet drivers on my own PC from the Dell site, transferred them to the customer machine with a flash drive…

MAC Users Aren’t Immune to Viruses

Recently a new virus emerged from the primordial goo directed at the MAC world.  It takes the form of an image or JPEG, but it also contains installable code specifically for a MAC with the Intel chips.  This emphasizes the point that you should never open an attachment that you aren’t expecting from someone you…

What’s that funny date/number?

Sometimes you will see on a file create time or an email message a date of 12/31/1969.  More exactly this is 12/31/1969 at 7:00pm or 1900 hours.  This is the time that Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie choose for the beginning of the UNIX era.  Not very interesting, HUH?  However, this number is stored as…