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California’s Problems Part 2

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I had a friend with an interesting commute. He worked in San Jose for a now defunct disk drive manufacturer, Maxtor (bought by Seagate I believe). He used to write the system code for the drives.

He lived in Reno, Nevada and every Sunday night would start his long commute to San Jose. I would say that he drove almost 300 miles, down the Sierras, through the Valley, then into the Bay Area. This could be through rain, snow, traffic.

Every Friday evening, he would drive back to Reno. I can only imagine trying to navigate the Bay Area traffic gridlock on the way back to Reno after a week’s work – then, what has become common, Sacramento area gridlock.

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Check Engine Light

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This condition activated the Check Engine Light while driving down the mountain from Sequoia.

It seems that I have one more thing to milk tell about my recent 3 day trip, and this may help you in the near – or distant – future.

Despite taking obvious preventative measures, when you have a car that is 23 years old….things can happen. That is, unless one is willing to replace every electronic or moving component in the car. Even then, brand new cars have been known to break down on the road. Because while the engineers know what MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) each component may have, there are statistical deviations between the norm.

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Ross Perot

With a long time friend of mine, a computer programmer of the first rate, we have had this discussion several times over the years. He started programming in the late 70s as did I.

We’ve seen industries come and go – both in hardware and software. Billions of dollars made…and then with the next technological wave, gone. It’s really been an amazing thing to witness.

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Modern Intrusions

I have always had an ambivalent attitude towards the telephone. Certainly convenient when you need it; unwanted when one gets those telemarketing calls at dinner time.

It seems that recently – in the last couple of years – it has turned into a malevolent device.

The elderly mother of a friend of mine was recently the victim of a scam – giving the thieves $30,000 in Home Depot gift cards. I wanted to tell her that if they want Home Depot gift cards they are not from the government. But I uncharacteristically kept quiet in view of her loss.

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Military Slang From WW1

When I was in the Army all those years ago, I was interested in the slang – and how it is created. It seemed that the slang – and phrases – used in the military comes from wars current and past.

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Freeway Follies

For the last couple of months, a German friend and I have been meeting once a week to have lunch at a German restaurant.  It is our town’s only German restaurant, in an improbable place hidden back in a strip mall.

But they have even had a German TV crew fly out from Germany to film it and interview the patrons. I even caused a cute young German camera woman to laugh when I told her a joke in German. Or maybe she was laughing at my German – some things you don’t want to put under the magnifying glass. Although the natives say my German “ist gut“, I tend to think it sounds more like this. It’s about a 25 mile drive each way from my house but hey, they have 20-30 kinds of German beer! This place is better than a lot of……German restaurants in Germany. The food is great, too. I didn’t get the nickname of Bratwurst in the Army for nothin’.

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Amazon

I tend to move slowly when it comes to trying new ways of doing things. Didn’t even get a smart phone until 4 years ago – now I am constantly using it. As I didn’t want to pay $100+ for cable (or satellite) TV out here, I stayed with “antenna TV”. Until  2-3 years ago I  then bought a Roku device and started streaming Netflix – now other than one show on Fridays on CBS – Netflix has been my new domicile. Streaming, though, depended on my getting a fast Internet connection – even the DSL didn’t hack it. Unless you want your program to start, stop, rebuffer, start – repeat….So I didn’t try streaming until I got a fast Internet connection.

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