Uses for an Obsolete Hard Drive – Part 1

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and someone misspelled ‘Maxtor’

 

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Section 7B of the Microsoft Service Agreement (set to music)

Sometimes you’ll need software updates to keep using the Services. We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services. Such updates are subject to these Terms unless other terms accompany the updates, in which case, those other terms apply. Microsoft isn’t obligated to make any updates available and we don’t guarantee that we will support the version of the system for which you licensed the software.

Finding Live Events on Youtube and other sites


Earth Live From the ISS

These days, there are plenty of options for cord cutters. There’s Amazon Prime, hulu, Netflix, the many free services available on a Roku box like Youtube, Sky News Live, PBS, Crackle, Smithsonian, Fox News and many others. Sky News is completely live, but only the Fox News audio is live. Youtube, fortunately is very convenient because it’s available in many forms and thankfully it’s available on a regular computer browser as well. So, if you need some live news and you only have access to your regular desktop or notebook computer, here are some links that you may find useful:

Newsmax TV Live News

Sky News

France 24

i24 News Live (English) from Israel

Veetle – Entertainment

Veetle – Shows

Live Youtube Events #1

Live Youtube Events #2

Livestream News Network

Poor Man’s Home Theater

home-theater

For my birthday, my brother got me a  3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku and it’s amazing. It’s a tiny portable battery powered projector that connects to a Roku streaming stick. With this device, you can wirelessly connect to services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon and project everything onto a wall or projector screen. The audio comes directly from the unit, but I strongly recommend plugging it into a stereo receiver with some nice speakers. When you use this with a projector screen in a darkened room, the result is like watching TV in a movie theater. I also recommend using a tripod to position the unit (my JOBY GorillaPod doesn’t quite support it, but it works and makes the whole thing look like a War of the Worlds martian tripod). The android remote control app is also nice and allows you to use your phone as a remote control.

See the CNET review below:

The Night is Saved

It was bugging me that I wouldn’t have any new parts until Monday morning. ** Saturday night and I had no parts to build a working computer ** horrors! Fortunately, there were a few non-working mainboards that had some potential. What a relief! Several replaced capacitors later, I had a working mainboard with a dual core processor… and there is a new version of my favorite Linux distribution on Distrowatch.com! Whew! My Saturday night is complete!

Saturday, 2 weeks ago: