And what better way to usher in this day of independence than with a little felony property damage? That’s just what happened to us. A bit after midnight someone was screwing around outside and lit off some explosives in our mailbox. Yes, there was mail in it. And the backend blew all the way up to the porch. Completely shredded the box. And the mail.
So, to make lemonade out of lemons, I figured I’d take some pictures and make them all artsy (by that, I mean black and white) for you all.
Anyhow, Trevor filed a police report and the officer told him it was a felony. But, of course, no one will ever get charged because we don’t know who did it. My money’s on damn punk kids.
Posted in Images, Independence Day, Personal, Photography, Things I Dislike
Tagged blow up, damn punk kids, explosion, felony, fireworks, illegal, images, mailbox, pictures, property damage, vandalism
I know, I know. Isn’t this supposed to be an illustrator’s blog? Well, it’s mine, so I’ll veer off the topic when I feel like it. Today I’d like to talk about my nook.
I had a 1st generation nook with 3G. I must say I was pretty impressed with Barnes & Noble’s customer support. My original never had working 3G and they replaced it, no questions asked. Well, it was in the warranty period, so I suppose they were just honoring that. So, no serious brownie points there. Still, I appreciated it.
For more than a year, I hummed along with no complaints about my nook at all. I love the eInk. I love being able to bring all my books with me wherever I want to. Especially on vacations. I love the “Don’t Panic” bumper sticker I put on the cover because I thought it was funny. (If you don’t get the reference, go read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. You will thank me.)
But a couple weeks ago I had another problem. Somehow between page turns something broke in the screen. (No, I did NOT drop it!) There was a stripe of the screen that wouldn’t refresh. Effectively obscuring the first character or character-and-a-half on the lower half of the page. It was annoying to read that way.
So, I took it to B&N, knowing that at a year and a half of age, the thing was out of warranty. They confirmed that the screen was broken and I’d have to buy a whole new nook. However, they kindly offered me what they called an out-of-warranty exchange. This is a deep discount on the price of a replacement Simple Touch to replace my broken 1st gen. I could have a $30 reconditioned one or a $50 new one. Since I was resigned to paying $139 for a new Simple Touch Glowlight (or $99 without the glowlight) I figured that was a pretty good deal. Plus, I’m cheap. So, why pay $99 when I don’t have to?
I ordered the replacement and a new cover for it. I got both of those in the mail today.
A few things I didn’t realize about the nook Simple Touch.
- Simple Touch (and Simple Touch with Glowlight) do not have 3G. Bummer. But I don’t use it THAT often. So, deep breath, relax. I can deal.
- It does not have any games. I’m not talking about anything sophisticated, but my 1st gen had Sudoku and chess. I liked my little Sudoku game. *sigh* But it’s a eReader, not a gameboy, so I’ll suck it up.
- It has no web browser. I was in disbelief over this because I knew I’d talked to someone awhile ago after the touch screen first came out and she said it did have a browser. Am I remembering wrong? No, I am not. It used to have a browser. Not a good browser, but a browser none-the-less. But some internet research has informed me that it no longer exists. B&N took the web browser off of its Simple Touch.This is really annoying. The 1st gen had a rudimentary browser which was useful when traveling and away from the computer. We don’t have any smart phones or ipads in our house and I rarely take the laptop out with me. So, the 1st gen’s browser was kinda useful on occasion.
So, why am I not feeling all disappointed over my new nook which isn’t living up to my expectations? (Okay, I am a little disappointed, but not too bad.)
‘Cause now I have a really good excuse to try rooting it. If all goes well, I’ll end up with an eInk tablet. If not, I end up with a $50 brick. What do you think? Should I void the warranty? *evil grin*
Posted in Personal, Things I Dislike, Things I Like
Tagged 1st gen, 3G, broken, browser, chess, ereader, first generation, games, glowlight, nook, simple touch, Sudoku, touch screen, warranty
In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Please promise not to use your cell phone while driving. It’s very dangerous to yourself and to those who share the road with you (like me!).
HANG UP AND DRIVE!
Posted in Editorial/Political Cartoons, Images, Personal, Things I Dislike
Tagged accident, cartoon, cell phone, dangerous, distracted driving awareness month, drawing, driver, driving, irresponsible, pedestrian, phone, red light, safety issue, texting
Okay, I usually don’t do posts about technical computer stuff, but I want to make sure to spread the word about this one because it’s REALLY, REALLY sneaky. It almost got me.
It’s called XP Security 2012.
It gets onto your computer and installs itself without permission, then it shuts down all virus-check programs and runs itself at start up. It looks like a Microsoft Anti-Virus program. REALLY looks like it. No broken English, all the right icons, appropriate fake websites, everything. It’s scam is that it runs a “scan” on your computer and tells you that you’re infected with a bunch of viruses. Then it has a button for removing the viruses, which redirects you to a page where you are asked to purchase a copy of the “virus protection” software. So, that way they get your credit card number. If you click, “Remind me later” it will nag you to remove the problems or “continue unprotected”. Very heavy-handed virus protection, huh? Then, whenever a program tries to use the internet, it blocks it (giving you a “helpful” message alerting you to this and claiming that the program is infected). Often it will block the program from running entirely. Everything except a browser, of course, which it needs to keep working so you’ll finally give up and give it your credit card number.
I have this one on my laptop. Man, it almost got me too. I only didn’t give in because I was pissed at the idea of having to spend a bunch of money AGAIN to get the stupid computer clean. Well, I do need to spend more money, but not with that program. I talked to ComputerMan in Olathe (the shop I always take my computers to) and they said that they’re getting A LOT of these and it’s takes about 4 hours to get it cleaned off. It’s really convincing and they’ve had a bunch of customers admit that they gave the thing their credit card number, not realizing it wasn’t legitimate. I came VERY close to doing the same thing.
So, BE WARNED!
Here’s an article with more information:
I recently purchased a cell phone for my husband and I noticed that, over the years, our phones have gotten to be more and more complex.
When I get a cell phone, I want it to be a phone, an addressbook, a speakerphone, and a clamshell so that I won’t accidentally turn it on in my pocket. That’s it.
I do not need a camera, text messenger, web browser, or anything else.
It used to be you could easily ignore these extra features, so they didn’t matter too much. However, this time it took us quite awhile to figure out where the address book and voice mail were located on the phone. Apparently “Messages” no longer means voice mail messages. It now means text messages and it’s rather hard to find where voice mail messages feature is located. We found it in the address book eventually, which is rather difficult to get to also. It seems to me that voice mail and address book should be the easiest things to find when you open your phone.
I’d also like it if the buttons were large enough that a grown man, with typical thick fingers, can push a button without hitting it’s neighbors. Also, sturdy enough that if it drops on the floor from a height of 3 or 4 feet, that it won’t break.
But it doesn’t seem possible to get that anymore. Why is this? Does anyone else think this is dumb?