Data on Data - Basic Backups

By: DataPilot, 2:20 AM GMT on March 24, 2014

My prior blog posting included a couple of long-winded comments about a neighbor's recent run-in with Cryptolocker and the need for everyone to back up their computer's data regularly. I cringe a bit when I read through the posting now, since I seem to have done a better job at pontificating about backups than explaining how to do them. I hate it when I do that.

The purpose of this post is to rectify the situation. In the "Data on Data" series, I'm goi...

Updated: 2:31 AM GMT on March 24, 2014

The only Good Thing I ever won

By: DataPilot, 4:18 AM GMT on February 20, 2014

How often do you receive unsolicited emails requesting that you fill out a survey in exchange for being entered into a drawing? How often is the the grand prize for an iPad? Have you ever won?

For me, the answer to those questions were, "Daily","Usually" and "Never" - until about a year ago, when I received an email from a professional organization that I belong to. Being the cautious type, I first verified that the survey was legit. I also noted that...

Bee Stings and Baking Soda

By: DataPilot, 12:17 AM GMT on August 24, 2009

Yesterday evening, I was stung by a bee.I'd just fed the horses and cat and was heading out the barn door, when I felt sudden, searing pain in my big toe. I looked down and saw a disheveled-looking bee climb out of my sandal and roll around in death throes on the dirt floor of the barn. Its stinger was still in my skin. Oh, &%@!#^&! I grabbed a small piece of wood (a ply from a nearby piece of rotting plywood), and flicked the barbed stinger out of my toe. Then...

Updated: 4:48 AM GMT on September 01, 2009

How not to dispose of a dead whale

By: DataPilot, 4:51 AM GMT on July 10, 2009

This really happened on the Oregon coast, not far from here. Eight tons of ripe, dead sperm whale lay on the beach near the town of Florence. One unlucky state agency drew the short straw and was "tasked" with its disposal. What would you do if you were them?Without further ado, I present...(Lest you think this story is just an urban legend, I can assure you it is not. You can read more about it at, The Infamous Exploding Whale, KATU News, or any of ...

Updated: 5:30 AM GMT on July 11, 2009

Radar vs Reality: a Case Study

By: DataPilot, 4:20 AM GMT on June 23, 2009

Updated: 1:43 AM GMT on July 04, 2009

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