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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

192.168.1.ARRRRGHH!

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (0)

I love “Would you rather...?” type questions. Ask any of my friends. We’ll be out and about and something will pop into my head like, “Would you rather run the entire length of a shopping mall, naked, carrying nothing but two buckets full of sloshing diarrhea OR draw a dartboard on your back and let two drunk guys play an entire game of Cricket?”


Now, had you asked me a couple of years ago, “Would you ...

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Oh, no! Oh, no! OHHH NOOOOO!!!

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (3)

Yesterday started out normal enough, but by 11:00 AM it had spiraled into a searingly painful, one-act, tragi-drama starring myself and my HP laptop entitled, L'ordinateur et le café: c'est tragique! (Clearly an event so heart-wrenching it can only be fully expressed en Francais.)


Dana and Lauryn had been out of town in Alabama visiting Dana’s family, and finally returned home Friday night. ...

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Everything you've worked on...poof! Gone!

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 1:04 AM Comments comments (2)

There are some things that you just *know* are stupid. Curling up for a quick little nap under a running steam roller? Obvious stupid. Thrusting your hand into that bag of discarded sharps in the hospital and groping around trying to find that piece of paper you threw away by mistake? Asking for it stupid. Offering sweet, hand-fruits to that Ebola-riddled Rhesus monkey you found in the jungles of Africa? Have what’s coming to you stoopid. Storming up to the big group of d...

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Subject: I am Mr.Peter David

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Oh, AOL spam folder! YOU are like a box of chocolates! First it was a deathbed offer from ass-cancer sufferer Mrs. Ghayth Faiza who singled out my uncharacteristic generosity and strength of character to help charitably dispose of her husband's millions. Then there was

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The delicate, fragiley Web and the angry, riled-up Webs

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Last night, from 6:45 until 10:40 I got about 225 e-mails. And nearly every one of them was “Unable to see your Site or reach Webs.com? Read first!


Turns out that Webs.com – the provider of this little blog hobby of mine – opens many, MANY new accounts each and every day. Like somewhere around 10,000. And not all of those 10,000 people are blogging-Sciaccas. Some of them are prayer ci...

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Enough with the sharing! E....NUFF!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Technology is opening ever wider the Pandora’s Box of “just because you CAN doesn’t mean that you SHOULD.” Nearly everyone is connected everywhere, every second. I watch people out “exercising” staring intently into the screens of their cell phones, thumbs akimbo, pecking away a rapid-fire staccato text of self-imagined importance. I see people driving with the backs of their hands or elbows as they cradle their phone to check or send a message other driver...

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This will make your camera happy

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember a few weeks ago when I went shopping for a new digital camera? (The part where it tumbled out of the box and smashed onto the concrete floor at Sam's...) Well, I finally got a new camera; an upgraded Sony model (the DSC-HX55) which I broke in this past week at the Sony press event. (And, yes, they noticed it was a Sony. And, no, I don't think it got me one lick of extra-s...

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Careful! The Net is Watching!

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 5:41 PM Comments comments (1)

Despite every company carpet bombing you with their rigorous, “Hey, we care about your privacy. No, really! We do! We’re not like all those other guys. We’d never sell your information to some spammer in the Far East for 15 cents. Nor will we use woefully out of date security to protect your Top Secret personal info. That’s not how we roll.”


So, despite ALL of those assurances, you routinely see things like “Google caught gathering info&#...

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Site is down! Urge to sue is rising!

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 1:43 PM Comments comments (0)

If you tried to log on to the site yesterday (June 18 ) between like 3:30 and 7:30 PM you were told that it was taking too long to load, the server might be too busy, or that it just wasn't working out between us and that maybe it was time that we parted company, but as friends.

 

I got a couple of e-mails (and a call from my dad) asking what gives. So I did some checking and it turns out that the Webs.com server was conducting some "unexpected maintenance" and that...

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NORTON! Pow! Straight to the kisser!

Posted on June 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM Comments comments (6)

After my computer’s little virus meltdown, hard drive tear down/rebuild a few months ago, I have been playing with different anti-virus software. The goal is to find something robust enough to keep all of the SAVE NOW!!! CLICK HERE!!! coupon blog viruses away and yet allow me (I say “me” I mean “Dana”) to actually use the computer. I’ve tr...

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To all the games I've loved before...

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM Comments comments (6)

Being just miles away from the impending oil spill/wash-up while in Destin, Florida this week, you are constantly hearing about the efforts  lame-ass attempts by BP to stop it. "We are attempting Top Kill." "Top Kill is underway." "Top Kill is working!" "Top Kill has failed..."

 

All this talk about Top Killing has me thinking of the videogame, Halo, which has a deliciously wicked play on words that gets cooler and funnier as you rack up more and more ki...

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I want an F9 button!

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (6)

There is a relatively new Web phenomenon on the scene known as Chat Roulette. If you’ve never heard of it – Hi, mom! – it is basically a service that randomly puts your computer in touch with other computers from around the world for a little live, video chatting. But, if you are expecting to use Chat Roulette as a means of finding like minded folk for a high-brow, intellectual sharing of ideas and philosophic discussion on the meaning of life, well, don’t.

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My Computer: Freedom through oppression

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (2)

We have two computers in our house. A laptop which is used almost exclusively by me for my writing and which I consider “mine" and a desktop in our bedroom which used to also be “mine” but is now primarily used by Dana to read and print every blog on couponing and thrifty shopping and Lauryn to play games at Nick Jr. My laptop runs Vista, the much maligned operating system which has never given me even the slightest hiccup of trouble. It has traveled the country with me to t...

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