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Michael Vore

Michael “Mike” Vore, 80, of Columbia, Maryland, succumbed to cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital on February 11, 2020. He is survived by his son Steven (Hilary), Grandsons James (Tory) and Robert (Brooke), two great-grandsons, his sisters Anita (Bob) and Kathie and brother Don (Kathy). Mike was born in the Chicago area to Milton and Rita […]

On Measurement

I read this the other day, as part of a discussion about monies; in particular the fact that at one point in history not all currencies were divided into decimals, as the US Dollar is (ten pennies = one dime, ten dimes = one dollar). I believe it’s originally from Terry Pratchett’s book Good Omens: […]

Open letter to Capital One

To the officers and marketing director at Capital One: Go away. Stop bothering me. I don’t want your credit card. My wife doesn’t want your credit card. My children don’t want your credit card. Above all I don’t want the advertisements and “pre-approved offers” your company is dropping into my mailbox almost every day. If […]

Creating Custom Ringtones

Over a cup of coffee at Starbucks this morning Eric asked me about the custom ringtones on my mobile phone, specifically how I get exactly what I want and how I transfer it to the phone. I’ve looked through the software shelves at Fry’s, BestBuy, CompUSA and other places, and there are lot of packages […]

FTC: How Not to Get Hooked

Internet scammers casting about for people’s financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go “phishing.” Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information. … The FTC, the nation’s […]

Destiny Day

October 13, 1492: At daybreak great multitudes of men came to the shore, all young and of fine shapes, and very handsome. … I was very attentive to them, and strove to learn if they had any gold. Seeing some of them with little bits of metal hanging at their noses, I gathered from them […]

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