New PC Lost Connection

New Windows-based computers will typically begin to look for driver updates once they go online. Since drivers are programs that operate individual components, sometimes Internet connectivity is lost temporarily while network components are updated. The outage usually lasts only a few minutes. Sometimes a reboot is required to finish applying the update and restore the connection. Bottom line: If you seem to suddenly be unable to access the Internet soon after you’ve established connection on a new computer, walk away for a few minutes. When you return, restart the computer (more…)

Vegetable Beef Ramen Chili Soup

I enjoy cooking. Preparation and cleanup, not so much. For a while now, I’ve wanted to share this quick and delicious original recipe with clients, fans, and friends but due to the many inherent dangers and opinions involved in both cooking and eating, I’ve hesitated. As much as I don’t like feeling the need to use them, I am truly thankful for disclaimers. CAUTION: YOU ASSUME ALL RISK IF YOU DECIDE TO TRY THIS! This recipe is provided for informational and entertainment value only. No action or inaction should be (more…)

One Small Scrap

The American Cancer Society hosts the “Great American Smokeout” on the third Thursday each November to encourage smokers to quit. Today is the Great American Smokeout of 2015 and I was invited by a friend to join her blog series, “An Author’s Journey,” to tell a short version of my journey to quit smoking and become a published author. If you are addicted to “tobacco cigarettes,” or if you believe you can put them down whenever you feel like it, I hope you will take a few minutes of your (more…)

What if it’s Alzheimer’s? Quit Worrying.

Get a Memory Check During National Memory Screening Week By Marianne Sciucco, author of Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, #AlzAuthors I’m writing today as one of the forgotten, one of those left behind in the fog of Alzheimer’s disease that took over someone I loved. The first time this happened was in the late 1980’s, when, as a 20-something, I didn’t know much about this disease and didn’t understand why Auntie Gilda had to live in a nursing home and didn’t recognize me when I came to call. She (more…)

The Humbling of the Shrew

The Humbling of the Shrew – a tale of sixty-four bits or less… by Michael Lynes So…I hate computers and computers hate me. I suppose it’s only fair. After all I have misspent the last three decades of my youth assembling, tinkering, compiling and probing their convoluted silicon innards, and what creation does not harbor hatred for its creator? My reciprocal loathing is similarly well founded as the rewards of a career in embedded software engineering are few and fleeting. For instance I’ve long ago given up any hope of (more…)

Windows 10 DIY Style

I’m sure by now you have probably heard the news. With few exceptions, you can upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC to Windows 10 for free. Due to many differences between Windows 10 and the earlier versions of Windows, I recommend only the most tech-savvy home users attempt this upgrade without assistance. Therefore, until I have scheduled at least one upgrade each Monday through Thursday between now and October 1, the price for EarlsHelpDesk.com upgrade assistance via phone and remote access is only $30. If you still want (more…)

Keys to Life

I am extremely honored to make a guest appearance on the blog of James North with my recollection of a key moment of my life. This is the first time this story has been told publicly. I certainly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. http://jamesnorththrillers.com/keys-to-life-by-earl-chinnici About James North James North is the author of the Vanguard series political/spy thriller novels “Deep Deception” and “The Last Chameleon.” He is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer and consultant to the U.S. Government, political analyst, and also (more…)

Cool Kids

Have you ever had to be somewhere and felt you didn’t belong there, believed you were the odd one—the misfit? I suspect most people feel this way at least once. Perhaps it was in junior high as it was for me or maybe, for you, it was some other time or place. A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an inspiring young woman from Portugal. She’s extremely talented, kind, beautiful, and has a sensational voice. Her name is Cat Rox and I absolutely love her rendition of (more…)