I’ve Removed My Instagram Account…

…permanently! I never really cared for Instagram since the photo format was completely non-standard. I mean, who limits you to square photos, anyway?

Well, I used to use it for Savage///Circuits content, however later I decided that posting things to the website, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram was just overkill. So I converted the account to be a personal account. It turned into an alternate pipeline for those who didn’t want to be Facebook friends, but still wanted to be able to see what I posted. So I’ve decided to just drop it entirely.

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Parallax Forum Posts Now Considered Illegitimate

Any posts by Chris Savage on the Parallax Forums are to be considered illegitimate / fraudulent / fake. Apparently posts on the Parallax Forums can be modified for content at will, meaning anything posted may not be what the original poster wrote. Continue reading

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Tabletop Kiosks: The New Spies On The Block

If you’ve recently eaten at Red Robin, Applebee’s or Chili’s, you may have noticed a tabletop kiosk that allows you to order food, play games and even pay your bill. These devices are becoming more and more popular in restaurants. But did you know they have a built-in camera? Continue reading

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The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)

Engineers are often faced with the demands of those who don’t know the capabilities (or limitations) of the technology they’re asking us to design, sometimes putting us in the position of being asked to design something that is, quite literally, impossible!

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Microsoft Telemetry Hits Windows 7/8.1

Back when Microsoft was cramming Windows 10 down everyone’s virtual throat, force-installing it onto their PC if the updates were allowed to install automatically, I went to great lengths to insure I didn’t end up with Microsoft’s spyware-infested O/S on my hardware. I quickly identified the updates associated with the Windows 10 Nagware and disabled it by hiding it in the updates. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony. Continue reading

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Twitter

My Twitter account is for Savage///Circuits, my website, not a personal account. As such I only follow feeds that contain technical tweets of interest to me as related to the scope of my website. This is typically microcontrollers and electronics, retro-computers / gaming and similar interests.

Sometimes people I follow get caught up in political stuff and my feed starts to fill with politics. When this happens I tend to start whittling down my following list. I also do this when my feed starts getting filled with re-tweets. So if you got un-followed, this is likely why. I apologize, but I can barely keep up with everything in my feed now.

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How Turning Signals Work

State Trooper creates a PSA for those who don’t know what a turning signal is.

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Jefferson Airplane Starship

Okay, so it was originally Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship and finally, Starship. But in my collection it is listed as Jefferson Airplane Starship or as my late wife called it, “The Identity Crisis Band”. No need to get technical, I know the history, but I prefer to listen to the music from the original Jefferson Airplane through Jefferson Starship followed by music from Starship. So in that sense, to me they’re all the same…but I digress…that’s not what this blog entry is about. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned groups as well as a fan of Def Leppard you might find this interesting. Continue reading

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McDonald’s No More…For Me!

What would you do if you saw your orange juice being filled from the overflow tray at the bottom of the machine? Yeah, me too! Gross! But that’s what happened to me this morning! Continue reading

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Woodstream Townhomes

If you’re thinking about renting a town home from Woodstream Townhomes in Rocklin, CA you might want to read this post. While it only reflects my own experience, I have also linked several sites that review these types of places which you might also find useful. If you’re not interested in the details and just want to see a summary of the main failures, skip to the end of the article just before the links. Continue reading

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