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The internet has become an unending avalanche of shit

I have to say something. And yes, I guess I’m contributing to the steaming pile. With infinite competition for mind share, eyeballs and clicks, touches, swipes, everyone’s doing it. Doing what you ask? Adding ‘content’ to the internet to get… Continue Reading →

Awesome CHEAP wireless bluetooth sports ear bud headphones!

AWS.InvalidParameterValue: B0185DQKG6 is not a valid value for ItemId. Please change this value and retry your request. Have tried several for running and bike riding but nothing would stay in my ears! I’m sure a $120 pair of Jaybird X2’s… Continue Reading →

Quickbooks Pro 2016

See larger image Additional Images: QuickBooks Pro 2016 Small Business Accounting Software with Free QuickBooks Online Essentials [Old Version] New From: 0 Out of Stock Finally, this product is getting to a place I can recommend it.

fckeditor, ckeditor, php, &quot driving you mad?

Moved a website to another server, and this wysiwyg editor, fckeditor, didn’t work after the move. Was driving me nuts. Found out eventually (after many dead end and no answers online which is why I’m posting this), the reason is… Continue Reading →

Another drip coffee maker! Cuisinart DCC-2600 14 cup

[amazonify]B00005IBX9:right[/amazonify][amazonify]B001NGO27W:right[/amazonify] So the Mr. Coffee coffee maker I had finally quit. It wasn’t expensive, but still annoying that it just died. It was probably about 3 years old. I liked that it had a green backlit fairly large analog-style (hands)… Continue Reading →

If you loved the Apollo space program, get this

[amazonify]B003NOGNPQ:right[/amazonify][amazonify]B000XJ5TPE:right[/amazonify]Last night I watched In The Shadow Of The Moon, with some of the surviving astronauts, telling, in their own words, what the Apollo program and moon landings were like, interspersed with tons of footage of the events themselves. It… Continue Reading →

Please become a fan of reora on Facebook!

Hi.  Shameless plug and request… please become a fan of my business page on Facebook so I can get at least 25 fans and get a custom web address for it.  Link.  Thank you!!! By the way…I’ve thought about you… Continue Reading →

QuickGifter

A friend has created a new iPhone app called QuickGifter. The description is as follows: How many times have you been embarrassed by giving the wrong gifts? Or the wrong size? Or the wrong color? The new QuickGifter iPhone app… Continue Reading →

Quickbooks Pro server and Windows 7

The firewall in Windows 7 appears to be much more sophisticated than the one in Vista or XP. To configure it properly on a computer you wish to be a Quickbooks Pro database server, the simplest way is to use… Continue Reading →

web site development, and what people think they know…

To quote Donald Rumsfeld, there’s known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. In the case of web development as with many things, some people who use web sites, think they know how easy/hard it is to build them. (Hint: they… Continue Reading →

Getting the ATI Catalyst Control Center install to work

My nice Dell XPS 420 has an ATI Radeon 2600 HD XT video card in it. Perfectly smooth performance for my needs (I’m no gamer), and it runs my 24″ display at 1920×1200 under Vista just fine. A few months… Continue Reading →

Sony receiver in protector mode FIXED!

My goodness the internet is great. I was about to throw out a Sony surround sound receiver I’ve had for years because it would flash “PROTECTOR” on the display after being on for a few seconds, and I’d tried everything… Continue Reading →

T. Boone Pickens and pickensplan.com

T. Boone Pickens has made a fortune in oil.  But he’s an American first and at 80, he’s still passionate and dedicated to helping the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oil.  The U.S. gets 70% of its oil from… Continue Reading →

Remembering January 28th, 1986

This day contained 2 things burned in my memory. Like many who love NASA and all it has accomplished, I was horrified to learn the Challenger space shuttle blew up a couple of minutes after launch as it rocketed into… Continue Reading →

Meet Elliott (Blackberry Storm video put on youtube)

So I got a Blackberry Storm recently (love it, although there’s quite a learning curve!). Anyway, it can capture video, which is pretty cool.  So I grabbed a few tiny videos and wanted to see if I could transfer, edit,… Continue Reading →

Browser differences can drive a web developer mad

As a web developer, one important task is testing web pages with multiple different browsers and even different versions of the same browser.  This could drive a person insane, but I’d like to share a couple of discoveries. Trying to… Continue Reading →

Stop Vista rebooting automatically!

Ever sit down to your computer which had some stuff running only to find you’re at the login screen (and not just the screensaver password prompt screen)?  Did you lose some work?  I have! No easy option to change this,… Continue Reading →

WALL-E is amazing

I just saw the new Disney/Pixar movie WALL-E and I was blown away.  I think critics of this movie may have been expecting a comedy, perhaps a Toy Story with robots, but it’s nothing of the kind.  It certainly has… Continue Reading →

Great Canon 40D shots without computer processing

OK – call me lazy. Tell me I’m not getting the full benefit of my Canon 40D digital SLR camera. Yes I know about RAW files, curves, unsharpening, HDR, etc. But sometimes, well, most of the time, I just want… Continue Reading →

U.S. gas prices – thank you environmentalists

Sooner or later I guess this topic was going to get mentioned here. U.S. gas prices have doubled and more in the past couple of years.  It must be hurting millions of people directly (getting to and from work or… Continue Reading →

Amazing Logitech MX revolution mouse

[amazonify]B000HCT12O:right:product[/amazonify]An old Logitech mouse I had broke recently so I began looking for a new mouse. Since I spend a LOT of time at this computer, I need something that’s comfortable, and very functional. I’ve come to rely on middle… Continue Reading →

New Canon XSi (450D) – great camera!

[amazonify]B0012YA85A:right[/amazonify] Canon’s ‘digital rebel’ line is about to evolve once more with the new Canon XSi (or 450D as it is known in some parts of the world). Just as the XTi leapfrogged in some ways the semi-pro 20D/30D with… Continue Reading →

starlite pool enclosure lighting

We have a pool and I’ve put some landscaping lights around the outside of the screened enclosure, but some more ‘ambient’ light would be nice. Came across a very interesting product recently called Starlite 7 from Starlite Lighting Systems. It… Continue Reading →

Arthur C. Clarke, sooner or later it was bound to happen

[amazonify]0451457994:right:product:thehigginswebsit[/amazonify][amazonify]0553287893:right:product:thehigginswebsit[/amazonify]Arthur C. Clarke, writer, visionary, and scientist, born 16 December 1917, passed away on Tuesday 18 March, 2008, at the age of 90. To quote the opening line from one of my favorite books by Clarke – Rendezvous with Rama… Continue Reading →

Canon 40D reviews

[amazonify]B000V5P90K:right:product:thehigginswebsit[/amazonify]I’ve had my Canon 40D digital SLR camera now for a few months and really like it. Some photographers are very much into the computer editing of photo, but I’d rather get usable or near usable images right out of… Continue Reading →

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