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(Was) Microsoft Touch Mouse

For years I’ve been using the Logitech MX Revolution mouse and it’s gotten long in the tooth. The pointer would stutter, the mouse buttons wouldn’t click, the click would release at the worst time, etc. I could read the signs… Continue Reading →

SSL certs for free and not self signed?

I may have been under a rock lately. I saw on Reddit that Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 supported StartSSL certificates. So as a goof I signed up at and applied for a free server certificate. I generated via their… Continue Reading →

Installed Windows 7 RC

My Dell XPS720 has been locking up and staying dead for hours. The only thing that would bring it back was unplugging the PC from the power and wait till it forgave whatever offense I committed. This week I backed… Continue Reading →

Microsoft will eventually become important on the Internet

Why does Microsoft continue to chase Internet search? Because someday, that dog will actually catch that car. And then what will Ballmer do?

Vista is consumer crap

So I booted my PC today when I got home today. I had intended to check e-mail before running out. The damn thing won’t boot.  I’m typing this on the kitchen laptop.  It says the registry file is corrupted and… Continue Reading →

“James Bond never had to put up with this Vista sh&^”

My Vista 64 bit OS has been acting a little flaky for a long time.  The latest symptom was my DHCP client not working.  When Dell did the free motherboard swap upgrade, I was supposed to re-install the OS then. … Continue Reading →

Installed Vista SP1

This morning the 120 MB download for Vista Sp1 was available. The download was fast but the scary part is that the update eventually happened while my screen was totally off in power saving mode. That took more than 10… Continue Reading →

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