August 8, 2017

Disabling Google search bar in Android

An Android smartphone is a programmable computer.

And just like Windows or MacOS, it is highly configurable by the user.

You don’t like that Google Search bar that keeps asking “What did you say” when you didn’t say anything. Well, you can Disable it.

The overview is Open Settings, Select Apps, the Select the Google App. Then first Force Stop and then Disable.

Then reboot…

If the Google Search Bar is gone, then it will not ever bother you again.

Now to spell out the steps for non computer geeks

Open Settings

On Android 6 look for the Settings Icon, looks like a Gear

Pull down the menu

Or press and hold the ◻️ button (at bottom of phone)

After you get the Settings menu open

Scroll down to Apps

And the Select Google from the Apps

Then first Force Stop and then Disable

You may need to reboot the phone (Hold down power then select “Reboot” when menu pops up

I haven’t had any problems with Disabling the Google Search Bar but each cell phone company has their own customized version of Android so it may cause problems.

Different versions of Android look and act different but these steps work with Android 6 and 4 (that I know of)

If there are unwanted effects then go back to the Google App and Enable

This basic technique can be used to Disable other unwanted features but Disabling an App will effect any other Apps that depend on it.

And there are Android Forums on the Internet that you can ask for help should you get in trouble.

June 19, 2017

The wee hours of the morning the next day after Father’s Day

Been sitting around gaming on my laptop. It was surprisingly powerful as I’m playing Fallout 3 at medium resolution. On a built in video card that’s the equivalent of an nVidia GT218 with a driver that’s focused on reliability, *not* performance.

Added a number of Mods. Got rid of the green tint, have cleaned sheets on my bed, and even the Amateur radios work with speech instead of just static

So, modding of an older game that I’ve already played gives it renewed life

However, that’s not why I’m posting. It’s about being surprised by something  unexpected

While buying sone stuff on eBay I bought an extra set of Earbuds for use with my cell phone, tablet *and* laptop.

Discovered that the earbuds were considerably more robust than I’d believed.

The Earbuds cord is wrapped in KEVLAR. You could use the cord to garrote someone (strangle by wrapping about neck and tightening)

These are seriously overbuilt Earbuds and the older versions can be bought on eBay for $15

June 5th, 2017

For something different I’d try…

Drunk blogging….

Day started off quite normal for a Monday. Yes, it’s 2:37am and I’m downloading Fallout III from Steam as I’ve already bought it and decided to replay the game. It’s an open sandbox type of game and there is always something new to find.

My blogging seems far better than reality, thanks to the nice auto-spell of the SwiftKey keyboard on my phone.

Makes my blogging far more coherent than it is in reality.

Scary, isn’t it? Only slightly better than a bot writing this. Just little ol’ me 2 1/2 sheets to the wind.

Just ran out my phone’s hotspot data. I’ve got something like 8-10 gigs of data and then…. Zero.

Just gets cut off. Hung up on.

Quite rude of Boost Mobile 😉

So, where was I?

Fallout III is about 1/3rd downloaded but at the present rate of 116KB/s it will take 4 to 6 hours.

Will it even run on my laptop? Well, Portal runs very well (surprisingly).

Trouble with laptop graphics cards is it’s hard to really compare them with gaming system cards. My laptop has an nVidia NVS 3100m which is what? Better or worse than my old nVidia 240 GT in my old AMD powered gaming tower?

Well, nothing like the old laboratory experiment.

Load it and see if it runs…

Kinda hard to calculate what I’ve drank tonight as I’m pretty much eye-balling about 3/4 of a cup of whiskey per drink (x2). About 2 1/2 shots per drink. No wonder I’m feeling it

That’s 4-6 standard US shots. Other countries (such as Ireland & Russia) have different sized shots.

It’s enough to numb me a bit

3:33am, nearly halfway there. I’m connected to a WiFi router that is very inconsistent. Sometimes almost zero throughput and other times fairly fast.

What you have to deal with if you are poor…

I’m done with my second drink. Should  I go for a third? Maybe not, the last sentence would have been totally incoherent if it weren’t for the SwiftKey spellchecker.

So, I’m just going to doze off on the couch and will find out in a few hours if Fallout III will run on my laptop.


Here’s hoping….

May 29th, 2017

This morning I ran into this article:

Massive Leak Reveals Monster 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Processor: Should AMD Be Worried?

One place where total insanity is…. Sweet!

They are talking about Home Computer Processors!

Got me to thinking about 2 separate things that seem to have crossed paths in my life.

“The tide raises all boats” and Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. The observation is named after Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit,and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. In 1975, looking forward to the next decade, he revised the forecast to doubling every two years. The period is often quoted as 18 months because of Intel executive David House, who predicted that chip performance would double every 18 months (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and the transistors being faster).

… All boats are raised by an incoming tide

I was thinking about the 3 computer devices I’d bought since the beginning of the year.

A new phone, an Android tablet & a refurbished laptop.

The phone, purchased because (1) my old phone died and (2) because I wanted MORE!

I got more. The $35 dollar brand new Boost Mobile Alcatel Dawn prepaid phone has a Quad core processor! And you can see the difference. Anything requiring processing power goes very quickly.

The Boost Mobile plan for the includes Unlimited Data for $45 a month. That’s LTE 4G data, slicker than snot on a doorknob.

The tablet, a $45 RCA Voyager, also has a Quad Core processor. Nice for gaming and the 7 inch screen was why I bought it.

Then my laptop, a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T410 for $258 from a company that has always been outstanding, has only a Dual Core i7 processor. But those cores each supports 2 threads, which acts like 4 cores.

More about threads later…

A quick plug for the blokes who refurbished my laptop…

What I’m saying is that I bought 3 devices this year that all have far greater computational power than anything I’ve ever owned.

And they were bottom shelf purchases (the low price items) The laptop wasn’t even new…

So the tide rising…

The advances in processing power (18 cores) in the Top Shelf computers made everything else gain in cores and power to keep up.

So everyone benefits.

For a number of years my advice (when asked) about buying laptops and desktop computers is buy what you like & can afford. The power of computers has surpassed most home tasks with the exception of hard-core video editing (heavy video use, not editing pornography) and gaming.

Now that advice extends to phones & tablets.

So this Memorial day I sit in my “evil” comfy chair writing this blog on my Quad core phone with Unlimited data.

Don’t thank me for my service. I’m not dead, yet! Memorial day is for DEAD Veterans. On Veteran’s day you can thank me.

BTW, Blogging tip. If you know HTML you can go into the text mode in WordPress’s post editor (the online one) and just type away with what you want to say adding the HTML tags as you go. I find it easier & less disruptive of the creative flow

And, as promised, more about threads…

Computer Cores & Threads…

May 24th, 2017

At the Big Bear library…

Arrived here at 10:55 am, 5 minutes before the doors opened. So I have 8 hours of WiFi to update my laptop, both the Windows 7 side and the Ubuntu GNOME 64bit Linux side

The Windows updates are slow,  very slow, both in downloading and then in installing.

Then I have to get the Linux side logged in. Tried a half hour ago and it was seemingly hanging up on that login page public libraries are fond of setting up. They are a bother because you are connected, all indications say you have Internet, but you are actually sitting on a login page that is awaiting an OK.

The library Internet is somewhat slow at 2.45 Mbps (Mega Bits Per Second) download. While here renewed my library card (it had expired in January of this year).

2:51pm, installing the last 15 windows updates. Windows is a really frustrating experience. Worst thing about the installation process is if an update (or 5) fails to install you don’t find out until it reboots at end of updates.

Well, it’s almost 3pm so I need to move on to the Ubuntu Linux side…

3:45pm,*done* with critical updates for Windows 7, switched to Ubuntu and still couldn’t get update connectivity.

Then noticed it was trying to connect to the Canadian server. 

Switched to “Default”  server and system is now updating. Linux is extremely fast, Windows is dog slow.

My Ubuntu Linux side of my laptop is now completely updated and I installed just about every interesting program on the Software Store.

It’s 6:57pm and I’m home. Was a very interesting day but… I’m starving. Haven’t eaten since brekky (Aussie for breakfast).

My laptop is downright snappy when running Linux. Think I’ll play with it some more…

After I eat! 

May 23rd, 2017

Just a short entry today.

I’ve been busy for a couple of weeks and I also was a bit overwhelmed by the pace events have been going at.

Last Thursday my friend & landlord payed me a visit, bringing up my new (refurbished) laptop and a few odds and ends that I needed. Plus a bunch of fresh fruit & 6 dozen eggs.

He also brought up his new car (bought used on eBay)

New car is a Cadillac. A very nice luxury car.

We were going to the grocery store but ran into a street closure (bicycle race) and decided to detour around the lake in a clockwise direction.

The seats are not only really comfortable having lumbar support but they are also cooled. Don’t know how that’s done, have to Google it.

We got a funny look from a cop at a roadblock and my friend was asking me why.

So I asked “Two Rednecks in a Cadillac?”

He said he didn’t look like a Redneck.

“Lets see. Beard ✔️, camouflage pants ✔️, crazy eyes ✔️”

Went to a hardware store for bathroom tub faucet washers. The hardware store had nice cabinets full of washers but… No variety packs. They were only 29¢ each so I filled a bag with 2 each of 6 different sizes, hoping I was guessing right.

It went in fairly easy. Not much trouble. I guess it was 40 years ago that I replaced a faucet washer so I was surprised went it went so smoothly.

Now instead of a steady hot flow it’s just dripping slowly. Did the hot side tonight and mañana will do the cold…

May 7th, 2017

“Moderation in all things”

The extremes.  Politically speaking. The far right or the far left and never the twain shall meet. The right (conservatives)  don’t want to hear what the left (liberals) have to say and visa versa.

The few moderates who try to stand in the gap get pummeled from both extremes.

So that I can discuss this topic and not get drawn into the weeds of emotions without logic I’ll make my point using an example that most are unconcerned about.

On May 1st I  was shopping for stuff (a pepper grinder, hair cut kit, and a few other odds & ends) and saw, in the Electronics section of K Mart a drone on sale.

So I saw, whipped out my plastic, and bought

Not completely impulse buying as had been thinking of buying a drone for some time. Then I started learning what I didn’t know about UAS ( Unman
ned Aircraft Systems) as the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) calls quadcopter Drones.

First thing I learned was my drone needed to be registered by the FAA because it weighed more than .55 pounds (249.476 grams)

I’ve matured a bit over the years and refrained from going postal at the first hint of  an obstacle

(I hope I’ve matured).

So I went to the FAA UAS website ( ) and read through the FAQs to find out what registering a drone was all about.

First thing I learned (most important) was that the registration fee was $5 FOR THREE YEARS. With all the Government gouging going on, a $5 fee for three years was very reasonable.

Second I learned that the registration was for me, the drone pilot, not the drone number. I got a registration number that by law needs to be on every drone I own.

Third, the main reason for the registration was education. The drone registration certificate has laws printed on it that keep aircraft (both manned & unmanned) from collisions. Safety was the main point behind the registration.

All okay with me as I want to fly my drone without harming others

Sometimes the WHY of someone’s thinking can mitigate WHAT that person is saying.

Hope that encourages some to take the road less traveled and hear both sides without stumbling into Ad Hominem attacks because the other side is (expletive here)…

May 3rd, 2017

I was going to wait until my laptop got up here to update my blog but one thing or another kept on delaying my friend coming up here (a two to three hour drive) so I bought a 7 inch tablet. The tablet was supposed to be the kind with a keyboard but somehow I got that wrong. It does have a much bigger screen so even typing on the screen is better. 

Not as nice as a Thinkpad keyboard but serviceable 

I bought a drone. A Polaroid PL800, registered it with the  FAA and I’m almost ready to go. I’m going to fly a drone simulation until I feel ready to take to the sky.

Had an interesting experience. The drone is 1.5 wide and 2 feet long (approximately) and I cleared the center of the living room and tried flying it indoors. The drone has 3 speed settings, about 7mph up to 13mph, so I set it to 7mph which indoors is very fast.

Fortunately, the sofa is well padded so when it smacked into it with a loud noise no damage was done 

So I’m going to practice on my drone simulation until I feel ready.

The politics of the country can wait, I’m having a bit of fun with my new toys

My new 7 inch RCA Voyager Android tablet works well. After all that typing on my phone for the past year and 1/4, this big keyboard is easy to post to my blog. Not going to put up a pix of my tablet as I’m sure everyone has seen one. If you haven’t you are living further out in the boonies than me.

POLAROID PL800 Quadcopter Drone w/ HD camera

February 20th, 2017

My one year adventures of using only a smart phone ONLY for all my Internet access is almost over

Just spent $249 on a Lenovo Thinkpad T410 from USA Notebooks ( ). I’ve done this before and the last refurbished Laptop lasted for 4 years and I spent less than $250. This Laptop even has a Nvidia display card so it should be adequate for light gaming.

Today’s post will be on email server security 

This won’t be a tutorial on how to set up an email server, it will be a discussion on what is good security practice and what what isn’t for those of us who want to understand what’s the issue on Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server.

Passwords.  The key to security.  And how a server deals with passwords determines how secure a server is.

A teller in training learns to spot counterfeit money by handling real money.  When they take your $20 bill from you they will mostly just glance at the metallic security strip but most of their check is merely how the bill FEELS.  If it doesn’t pass the feel test then the teller looks closer.

So what would good government level security “feel”  like?

I worked for a number of years at Hughes as an IT professional.  Hughes is a government contractor so the email servers had to be government security compliant.

The first password needs to changed,  it’s temporary.

Passwords need to be changed every 30 days.  Each new password has to be unique (can’t perpetually reuse two favorite passwords)  and

after 3 incorrect passwords the email account locks and cannot be accessed without IT help.

No one sits at the server 24/7 enforcing these rules,  they get programmed into the server.

But rules can be changed.  People decide what level of security they want and you can have anything from high level government to ZERO.

You can actually have email accounts that have no security.  No password is needed.

Doing a forensic analysis on Hillary’s private &  illegal email server isn’t possible for me,  as I don’t have access to the server.  In fact,  rumor has it that the server has been wiped (all data destroyed)

So I can’t really give any expert opinion on Hillary’s server.

However, There are a few things that cause me to doubt Hillary’s server security.

First is that John Podesta kept the word “password” as his password .  He wasn’t forced to change it.

Second is rumor has it one of Bill’s Secret Service agents set up the server.  Don’t know if he was competent or not,  but I remember when I was doing IT it was a nearly full-time chore just to keep up with changes in the field.

And thirdly,  the server WAS hacked.  You can read Hillary & minions emails on Wikileaks ( )

Hopefully this has been helpful it helping to sort out server security for you. 

But the biggest question for me is what was in the estimated 50,000 emails that the FBI thinks got deleted…

January 30th, 2017

“You’re Fired”  roars Trump down the halls of the US  Justice Department 

Actually,  Trump probably made a phone call…

Sally Yates, Acting Attorney General had announced earlier in the day that she and the Justice Department would not do thier jobs and defend Trump’s Executive Order concerning refugees.

I had heard about in earlier and later found a post on Facebook about Sally’s refusal to obey the President

My post:


Then,  only 40 minutes later I heard this news:


I’m beginning to really like the way Trump rolls

January 29th, 2017

Is Donald Trump a conservative or “something else” 

Some people on Facebook were discussing Donald Trump’s conservative credentials,  which got me wondering just what he is.

Another Facebookite (person on Facebook,)  was complaining last Tuesday that Trump was violating woman’s rights with  an Executive Order cutting funding for abortions.

I’d heard some vague news that abortion funding for foreign NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations)  was being cut.

I went to a direct source,  the White House website. There is a section called “Briefing Room” that lists what the President did each day in summary form (plain-speak rather than legalize)

The Briefing room verified that what I thought I had heard was reality. I trust the White House dot gov website because with the intensely critical scrutiny it gets by Trump’s enemies there won’t be a “jot or tittle” out of place (ancient phrase for perfect grammer)

On January 23rd, 2009 Obama had signed an order banning the enforcement of a policy established by law.

On January 23rd, 2017 Trump un-banned the enforcement of that same policy.

Obama and Trump differ in opinion in a lot of areas,  this one in particular 

That policy disagreement was over the “Mexico City Policy”

Simply put, the Mexico City Policy bans US funds going to NGOs that…  Wait for it…  Perform abortions.

By his actions he is known.  One (Obama) is pro abortion and one is against (Trump) 

Going back to my original question,  what is Trump?

On to another somewhat related subject,  where do you get your info? 

Is it liberal OR conservative media by any chance?

Let me demonstrate what subtle wording changes can do to a “fact”

Said one way: “Trump orders states that illegal immigrants be detained for deportation by ICE”

Said another way:” Trump orders states that are due to release criminal illegal aliens to notify ICE and turn them over for deportation”

I’ve seen both in headlines about Trump’s order on the subject.  Which is more accurate?

First one “sounds” like a blatant anti-immigrant policy

The other sounds like a good idea.  Don’t we have enough Gang bangers,  rapists,  murderers and drug dealers that are home grown? These people don’t benefit America,  they prey on people living here

Bias.  The liberal media has bias.  But so does the conservative media.

Case in point,  the heavy criticism of the liberal media for going after president’s family but considering Malia fair game.

When I was 18 I was a Democrat because my Father was a Democrat and voting was simple,  just check all the “D” boxes.

Now I’m not praising Malia,  I don’t know her but let’s give her a chance.  The human brain doesn’t reach full size until age 25

News is when someone DOES something criminal,  not being 18 and just starting out in life.  Unless Malia does something newsworthy let’s let her be.  

One last point and I’ll be done

What is in that order can be seen first hand at The Federal Register

Media routinely distorts facts so if you want “Just the truth.  Ma’am”  go directly to the source,  not ANY media outlet.

Unless you are looking for something pre-digested to support your view and are unconcerned about truth

January 27th, 2017

Trumpcare,  what is needed?

Obamacare is crashing.  The “Affordable”  Care Act is not so affordable and isn’t improving.

The ACA needs to be replaced by something,  as the liberals are so fond of saying,  “sustainable”

Liberals will be saying,  whatever the outcome,  that it was the Republicans that screwed up Obamacare.  Then they will say it’s because Republicans are racist..

Yeah,  watch for it. 

What’s to be done? Well,  first there are a few really good ideas in Obamacare.  One is the Preexisting Condition clause.

Good for some but bad for others.  Good in that you won’t be denied insurance because of some affliction.  But,  how do we balance the cost of care fairly?

By moving some of that cost burden to those who are healthy? 

That would lower costs how?

How about taxes?  Lets add over a dozen new taxes.  That will do what to the cost?

How about let’s keep the insurance companies on board by guaranteeing an almost monopoly by forbidding out of state companies from selling over state lines.  Good for the insurance company but not so for the people. 

Obamacare will be very difficult to fix.

Here’s what I hope for.

Open up interstate sales of insurance.  And let the states regulate the insurance companies.  If they sell insurance in a state,  they must abide by that states laws.  After all,  won’t Alaska’s needs be different than Florida’s?

Engage the eBay effect (competition lowers prices) 

How about Preexisting Conditions?  How to fairly deal with the cost?

Some states have regulated auto insurance to require costs to be “fair”.  So someone living out in the country pays the same as someone who lives in the city.  Is it “fair” for the country dweller to pay more for fairness?  The city driver (statistically) is a greater risk to insure than the country driver.

Is it then “fair” that someone who lives a healthy life style pay extra for those that live unhealthy or even those who through no fault of their own have a chronic medical condition?

Now that will be a tough nut to crack 

Taxes,  what to do there?  Just repealing the taxes would make it hard to pay for all the people now on Medicare.

And then there’s that mandate.  Most people really don’t like having their freedom so deeply curtailed.  But what about being able to get the numbers up to pay for everyone’s care?

Nothing at all easy about cleaning up the Obamacare mess

Now I know that there are more questions than answers in this post.

But these are concerns I have or others have expressed

January 21st, 2017

I was going to write a post on “Fake News” but found that it wasn’t something that I could get down in print.  Too many intangibles such as I’m a person who is biased against believing bad about people. 

Was also going to write about the repeal of Obamacare but since it’s currently in flux whatever I say probably will be off target. 

So,  all I’m going to talk about is Trump’s Inauguration and the events in DC the last two days.

I saw Trump’s Inaugural speech.  Not live because breakfast was my priority. Was impressed by his constant referrals to the people and seldom about himself.

In this world Nationalism is looked upon negatively but I personally think the Idea of putting “America First” is a good one.  For 8 years we haven’t been first.

Bringing half a million Syrian refugees into the country was more important that taking the time &  effort to vet these people to make sure we weren’t importing terrorists.

So far it’s only the first whole day of Trump 45, so it’s really a bit early to prognosticate,  but he’s off to a good start.

Did see something that bothered me.  Attacks on Trump’s son and daughter.  Liberals,  you may *HATE* Trump’s existence but refrain from cowardly attacks on family members.

Done for today.  Just letting you know I didn’t die or something 

January 10th, 2017

The reason I don’t post every day is… (1) it’s a bit of work and I’m lazy,  (2) each post takes time to think it through and (3) believe what you will,  being retired doesn’t mean I have plenty of spare time.  Life does have its demands

A friend on Facebook brought up “Is Trump a bully?” 

First I’d like to say that being a bully is a personality trait. A part of Trump’s existence.  Why or where or whether good or bad isn’t what I’m going to blog about.

Depending on your political viewpoint the last 8 years have been either good times or a time where life became a swamp,  an unpleasant drudge of increasing burdens.

Notice I didn’t say which one it was? 

Because: the topic of this post will be about what type of leadership is needed to make changes from where we are now.

A President’s personality can definitely effect how successful they are at accomplishing goals.

Reagan was a delegator.  He would decide what needed done and assign someone the job,  like Ollie North.


But Reagan’s lack of supervision (perhaps) caused him a bit of strife.  And no,  I’m not taking sides here,  either.  Under supervised minions can get you into strife.


Then there was Jimmy Carter.  Thought of by many as a “stupid peanut farmer” but in reality was a retired nuke sub commander. Carter’s management style was micromanaging everything, which is a good style for a nuke sub commander.

If you have ever had a micromanaging boss you know what I mean.

During the Iranian hostage crisis that plagued the last year(s) of his Presidency he decided to mount a rescue mission to free the hostages in the US Embassy in Iran.

In all the secret preparations for the mission somehow the sand filters on the helicopters got left off. Flying a jet engine powered ‘copter at ground scraping altitude over sandy desert without the sand filters…  Well both ‘copters crashed within miles of starting the mission. Luckily there were no injuries but of course the mission failed and the Iraniand were now aware that a rescue mission had been attemped.

Now Carter may not have been been directly responsible for the cock up but then again,  it isn’t a good career move to second guess the Commander In Chief. 

This long discourse was to make one point.  Sometimes a President’s management style (POTUS is a manager) sometimes fails.  But the same style works in other areas. 

Getting back to Trump (I know,  finally) he may well be a bully but my question is:

Does America need a bully at this time?

Trump isn’t in office yet and he had to oppose fellow Republicans that were trying to dismantle the Ethics Committee.

So Donald tweets and the Republicans cease and desist.

If Trump had waited until after his inauguration the damage to the Ethics Committee may have been fatal.

In my opinion we may need a bully.  Someone who doesn’t cave when people complain about his cutting back on bloated entitlements that are bankrupting the country.

And complain they will when thier freebee gets cut

Trump is a deal maker.  A bully,  yes.  I’d agree.  But maybe a bully,  someone who can knock heads together to get things done,  is exactly what America needs.

And maybe,  subconsciously,  the electorate knew that


January 7th, 2017

So far (knock on formica)  I haven’t yet typed 2016 instead of the correct 2017, even in rough drafts! Of course now that I’ve bragged about it,  soon I’ll end up with the 2016 brain fart

The “No Gun Zone”  dilemma

There is a time & place for “No Gun Zones”.  In Courthouses,  Government buildings,  Bars & and Sports Events to name a few.

The idea of not allowing guns into a court where sometimes emotions get jacked up is easy to understand. But of course shootings don’t occur in courthouses because of metal detectors, police &  deputies everywhere.

Bars: does ANYONE think guns &  booze is smart?

And sporting events: excitement+booze+guns?

Trouble is,  shooters pick “Gun Free”  zones because maybe they are cowards or maybe they brook no competition from others with guns.  Who knows except that it seems to be a pattern.

Gun Free zones such as Ft Hood’s Deployment Staging Center where an Army Major playing jihadist killed,  what was it 13 unarmed soldiers?

Of course Obama called it “workplace violence” and screwed the soldiers out of Purple Hearts and the bennies of being killed or injured in an enemy action.

Or how about the Denver movie theater shooter? Another “gun free” zone.

Or recently Ft Lauderdale,  Florida.

All have the same thing in common – “Gun Free Zones”

The Army Major was doing presentations to his peers extolling the virtues of jihad and mind fucking his patients about how evil they were when they,  in the line of duty,  killed Muslims.

Major Hassan’s superiors in Ft Hood knew he was bent to jihad and did…  Nothing

The Denver shooter’s psychologist knew his patient was badly disturbed but also did nothing.

Then the last shooter,  Ft Lauderdale.  He went to the FBI telling them that he was hearing voices in his head telling him to join ISIS,  the Feebs sent him to a shrink,  then the airline had this loophole in security that you could drive a truck convoy through.  Nobody did ANYTHING to stop this shooting.

What I’m getting at is that in all three shootings three major things were present: failed or no security and the system letting us down

And “Gun Free Zones” 

Now,  getting the agencies and shrinks to toe the line and protect society from these mental killers with guns will take time and extensive changes in what happens now.

One thing that could be done IMMEDIATELY is passing a Federal law where anyone or any entity that wants to designate “Gun Free Zones” should be required to provide armed security to provide adequate protection from shooters who ignore posted signs.

From the theater owner who “feels”  that’s how it should be to airport management.

If they fail to provide protection after declaring a “Gun Free Zone” then violations of carrying guns by licensed Concealed Carry citizens in “Gun Free Zones”  should be null & void until said entity complies with the law.

I hope that Congress and President Trump will act to fix these “security free” zones,  A. K. A “Gun Free Zones” so that fellow Americans aren’t set up as easy targets.

 Thus ends my rant for the day

Update 1/17/2017 The Fort Lauderdale shooter has had his guns taken away TWICE. And given back TWICE.  Really feel protected by Government

January 4rth, 2017


Unruly passengers on commercial airlines

My suggestions of perhaps a different way of dealing with intoxicated,  hateful,  or other Unruly and dangerous passengers

Your settled into your seat,  calming drink in hand and some man starts yelling at Ivanka Trump about how her father is going to ruin the country and how him riding in a plane with the b**** was completely unacceptable to him.

So,  the proscribed procedure goes into effect,  the man is restrained if necessary and…  Your flight is diverted so security or police can remove him.

Flight ends up delayed and you miss the connecting flight.

Why should a whole plane full of passengers get inconvenienced for one moron who doesn’t know how to behave.

My suggestion is,  have a small area that has straight jackets,  beds, a soundproof wall at the rear of the plane so it’s out of the way.  Where behavior challenged passengers who are too Unruly to stay on the plane can be restrained for everyone else’s safety and peace of mind.

Then,  at the destination security or police can remove the Unruly one.  After all the other passengers depart the plane.

I’m not sure of the legal aspects of this idea,   but airlines have a legal staff to work out the  liability issues.

One idea might be for a crewmember to videotape the Unruly passenger and how the crew dealt with them.

Don’t know if Tazers or other non-deadly weapons could be used.

Like I said,  either get the lawyers onto this or come up with something other that having a whole plane full of people inconvenienced and ripped off because the flight is delayed when it wasn’t really necessary

BTW,  no endorsement in any way is implied by the picture.  Just liked the red one best

January 2nd, 2017

38 years of mucking about with computers 

In 1974, while still in the US Marines I was exposed to computers for the first time.

MCTSSA (Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity) was and still is the development & test branch that is responsible for new weapons and technologies for the future armed forces.

I was assigned right out of USMC boot camp to DTAS (Digital Transmission And Switching) to be a part of a test team to field test a computerized communication system that worked using already deployed military radios.

I could go on about DTAS, part of MCTSSA for a bit but the point is that’s where I was first exposed to computers.

For 3 years I was given a taste of working with computers,  modems & field testing 

After leaving the USMC in 1976 I found out about Byte magazine, the magazine for computer hobbiests.

In Byte I first encountered the concept of owning a home computer (Personal Computer)


Then I encountered the concept of breadboarding/experimental computers.


Originally the breadboarded computer was on the tables but owner’s cat knocked it off (evil creatures) but the computer still worked so owner left it hanging there. 

Then I saw,  in a Heathkit catalog this:


And I bought it and put it together (it was a Heathkit)

The bottom case was the expansion kit that expanded the total RAM to 256k bytes,  had a cassette interface and a video interface + tiny basic for easier programming.

My first computer! 

In 1980 or so I went to a computer swapmeet,  bought the parts I needed for a clone IBM PC XT.  My first computer I could actually do something with (except experiment).

Since then I have had many computers: a 386,  486, a Pentium,  a Pentium II,  an AMD based IBM desktop, and then a gaming system that over the years was upgraded from a Pentium to an AMD dual core system with nVidia graphics

Then for several years I had some bad times,  quit gaming and eventually got a ZTE Android smartphone.

⏫ Which recently crapped out so I went to Radio Shack and now have a Boost Mobile Alcatel Dawn with an unlimited everything plan.


Why mention my smartphone in a post about my history with computers?  A smartphone IS a computer that connects me to news,  social media,  Google & even my blog…

At this particular time in my life,  living in this cabin in Big Bear Lake,  California my phone, which is actually a 4-core computer,  let’s me enjoy the isolation but be in touch.  Even watch YouTube videos while watching the snow fall outside.

The wildest thing for me is being able to put so much anytime,  anywhere Internet connection technology in my pocket and have room for my sunglasses, too

January 1st, 2017

 First post of 2017. Was busy yesterday with some people who came up for the snow. 

These were friends of my landlord’s son who is welcome up here any time he wants.  He’s a snowboarder and he brought a half dozen  friends who were also snowboarders.  They got what they wanted.  When they arrived there was 18 to 24 inches of week-old snow and last night it snowed another 6 to 8 inches.  They they snowboarded yesterday evening in a run they had made in the front yard


Today after breakfast they all went to the ski slopes for a bit of shredding the Gnar.  They came back hours later all sore & bruised &  happy.

For visitors they were all very nice and good company,  even though I’d never  met any of the except for my landlord’s son. 

December 30th, 2016 – Part 2

Just random thoughts by a random thought kind of guy

Hillary is done.  Her email server,  Benghazi,  health,  etc is all passé (means fossilized &  irrelevant).

She lost,  and unless we are really cursed won’t be back in 2020

Like she said in the Benghazi hearing : “What difference does it make?”

Next little pico-thought : Russia &  Hacking

Did Russia really hack all Hillary’s emails and give them to Wikileaks?  Julián Assange says no.  Said they came from a disgruntled Democrat Operative.

Who should I believe,  Putin who says no he &  Russia didn’t hack Hilary’s illegal server or Assange who has no dog in the fight and says a Democrat spilled the beans?

And that Putin, surprise surprise, seeing Obama throwing a tantrum says he’ll just wait until the grownups take over on January 20th

Going on… 

Obama still believes his signature will make great changes and give him a legacy he can be proud of.  Most of those changes are Executive Orders and if Trump’s hand holds out can be negated in a day.

Took the country 8 years but I think they have finally woke up

December 30th, 2016 – Part 1

This man is an example of an Undesirable illegal alien 🔽


He was accused of raping a 13 year old girl on a Greyhound bus that was traveling through Kansas.  He has been deported 10 times and has voluntarily removed himself 9 times (meaning he was caught and willingly left the country).

19 times. An average of 1.4 times a year since 2003. Guess it wasn’t too hard to get back in

What’s to be done?  Will anyone argue with the fact that THIS is an Undesirable?

How about a real border barrier?  A wall + effective border policing?  Penalties for repeatedly illegally crossing that have teeth (no free bus rides home) ?

Let’s do SOMETHING to keep foreign Rock Spiders (child molesters) out of our country.

Raping a 13 year old is child molestation 

Think I’m racist because I’m against foreign illegal alien Rock Spiders molesting our children?

A man is defined by what he does

December 28th, 2016

3 days and 2016 is history…  And 22 days until Trump takes office

Thoughts on illegal immigration,  a moderate view

Trump said he wanted to deport ALL illegal aliens but not being a “Trumpista” I don’t agree.  There are illegal aliens that I really want to be rid of.

There are others that either don’t bother me or I’m actually friends with and definitely don’t want to see deported.

The UNdesirable illegal aliens are the gang bangers,  the criminals,  drug dealers and the child molesters. These are all types that choose to harm others and break laws.

“Sanctuary Cities” have the greatest concentration of Undesirable illegal aliens.

Take Los Angeles,  California for example.  The police are restricted by “Special Order 40” from questioning anyone about immigration status.  So the frustrated LA cops watch known gang bangers that they KNOW FOR A FACT have been deported and are back. SO 40 says they can’t do anything until they see a crime being committed,  but not the the obvious one of re-entering the country illegally.

The blanket “Sanctuary City” laws do not have any flexibility built in. All illegals are protected,  for good or bad.

Child molesters,  the lowest of the low,  mostly prey upon thier own race so protecting an illegal who is also a molester helps no one. Endangers Children! Even other illegals don’t want a “Rock Spider” (Aussie slang) for a neighbor.

Now for the rest of the illegal aliens

Can’t really call them desirable except for my friends who are illegal.

I believe that obeying laws goes along with having a good character. An illegal is already breaking one law so I have to say they already have one strike against them.

Say an illegal wants to drive a car and isn’t licensed. In California illegals can now get licensed.  Many fear getting put on a government list that may be used to find and deport.

My position is that an illegal because they can legally get a license either get the license or don’t drive.  Licensing is for protecting the public from incompetent drivers,  although many would say the DMV falls short. 

I don’t know if I’ve been clear but basically let’s focus on Weeding out the bad illegal aliens and not harass the decent illegals.  And there really are more decent illegals than Undesirables

On to another topic


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December 26th, 2016 – Part 2

Fake news… 

I’ve heard about “fake news”,  a.k.a. Propaganda for many years but thought I was too wise to be fooled until a simple “fact”  I’d believed for 50+ years was exposed as untruth.

I’m talking about lemmings.  Those little white artic creatures that commit mass suicide by running off cliffs into the sea.

Untrue.  Disney did a show on it and fabricated the whole lemming suicide run. Looked spectacular for the camera but it was staged for the camera with people off camera chasing a bunch of the critters over a cliff.

I and many others believed what we saw,  after all, would Disney lie? 

Guess that would be a yes

This Presidential election has really brought the issue of fake news into focus.

I shared an article with someone and they objected because it was from a source they didn’t trust.  So I sent them the same article link from a different source that they felt was neutral.

I wasn’t offended because they had a healthy but polite skepticism

So,  how do we tell what’s fake and what’s not? 

If a source is found to be untrustworthy, makes bad judgment calls or jumps on a story without verifying it.

Like all the news outlets that carried the fake story about “Trumpists” surrounding a young woman and trying to tear off her hijab while chanting “Trump,  Trump,  trump”.  Never happened.  Young lady in question is facing a charge of a false report.

Did any of those media outlets print a retraction? No.

Fake news is a real problem and finding reliable sources may be a big challenge these next 4 years 

December 26th, 2016 – Part 1

For my first “post” post all kind of thoughts have been swirling about.  My present situation is that I’m snowed in, about 2 feet of snow,  in a cabin in Big Bear Lake, California

Have plenty of food,  Internet access and the cabin is well heated with all the all the things that make it a home.

So what to “rant” about.

Well, last night it got down to 3° Fahrenheit and it’s a bit hard for me to jump on the global warming/anthropogenic climate change bandwagon. If you talk to a Climate-ista they generally will pontificate at you and soon will dish out the name calling.  Telling me the present super cold weather is caused by global warming due to an “artic vortex”  sounds like BS to me.

I was recently told “you just never learn”  when I wasn’t impressed with the “fact” that a certain jellyfish was now common on the Atlantic coast.  I wasn’t aware that floating jellyfish could migrate,  just thought they went where the wind & currents pushed them.

I remember when in High School (40+ years ago) when scientists were telling us an Ice Age was in the future.

Trump won,  Hillary lost. ◀️ a true fact 

A big looming problem is the huge federal deficit.  To keep spending at the rate we are will be a disaster when the countries lending cut off the credit.  Hillary was planning to just continue what Obama was doing but doubling down on a couple of things.

Will Trump be an effective President?

I’m a bit impressed how he backed down Boeing about Air Force One.  Just a small thing but Boeing had never been questioned about AF One’s cost and then along comes Trump.

Then there was the Carrier jobs…

Trump has yet to be be Inaugurated and he is already on the job.

Will the next 4 years be easy street for Americans? Might be painful for those who view the Government as Santa Claus.  Some of us have grown up and know Santa Claus is a myth and government has no money it hasn’t taken from someone who earns it.

Going to be an interesting 4 years.

December 25th, 2016 – 8:18 am


Snow report email came in

December 25th, 2016 – 8:10am


Cold up in Big Bear Lake,  California on Christmas day

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