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Missed anniversary

Not my wedding anniversary, never forget that, but Cyberphreak.com has been online since June 1, 1998, making it 15 years old now!

My first post:

Welcome to CyberPhreak.com. The place to discover why so many of us love this place called ‘cyberspace.’ The term cyberspace was originally coined by William Gibson in his novel Neuromancer. It is a place of pure data, a collective of all the world’s computers and data systems. In his novels, this matrix was accessed though a cyberspace deck and was similar to a hallucination. The technology for that type of access is not here yet, but it is coming. In the meantime, enjoy CyberPhreak.com and all the mixed writings, music, and beliefs of its creator and viewers.

Now, 15 years later we all carry computers in our pockets more powerful than anything short of a supercomputer in 1998.   Over a billion people access social networking sites every day and interact with people, in real time, around the world.  We are still moving towards Gibson’s vision of everyone, everywhere connected.  I still marvel at how far we have some and how far we have yet to go.

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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in General Comments

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Scams: Lessons Learned

After leaving home over 20 years ago, I guess I can consider myself an adult at this point.  Here are some lessons I have learned:

Scams:
Multi blade ‘fancy’ razors. They cost way way too much and don’t shave any better.  Go online and get a double edged safety razor and blades.  The blades cost about 15 cents each and last just as long.  You may have to relearn shaving, but about about two or three shaves, you will actually prefer them.

“Service” plans. All these plans do is make money for the store selling them.  With the exception of fine jewellery rings, they are a complete waste.  In 21 years of buying electronics, I have had ONE device fail that would of been covered by a service plan.  The item cost about $80.  I figure I have said no to about $10,000 in service plans.  No way in hell is there any way I would of recouped any of that cost.

Paying more than 0.9% for an auto loan.  If you have good credit, you should pay 0 or close to 0%.  Anything more, look for another dealer.

Cleaning your apartment when you move.  Don’t bother, they will always find something wrong and get some or all of your deposit.  Just leave it, they will have a professional crew come in an clean it anyway.

Mortgage brokers. They are not in your best interest and are generally just schmucks. Go directly to your bank. A lot less paperwork and you will get a competitive rate.

Eating out. It is a good treat to reward yourself, but monetarily and health wise, you would do much better to head to the local grocery store. You can save thousands of dollars a year (and a lot of health issues) learning to cook and eat at home.

“Luxury” watches and jewellery. I am a collector of watches. If you go into a store and they call them ‘timepieces’ be prepared to be separated from a lot of money. Only Rolex has the gall to charge $6,000 for a steel, three handed watch, with no date. If you want to be cheap, stick with Timex. If you want something to last AND look good for
decades, go with Seiko. With jewellery, ignore the sale price percentages and really ask yourself, is it really worth how much they are charging?

Speciality household cleaners. Turns out that you really only need about 3 cleaners; Perfume and dye free dish detergent. Used for cleaning just about everything, including the sink, toilet, even your hands. Works great. All purpose cleaner than can clean glass. Does just about everything else. And, finally vinegar and baking soda, for the really hard stains. That is all you need.

Non powder laundry and dishwasher detergent. Powder is cheaper, leaves less residue and is much ecologically friendly than liquids or convenience packs. Try it, you will be amazed how much you save and how well they work.

Buying the cheapest or ‘best’ of anything.  If you buy the cheapest, expect it to break and you have to replace it way too often.  A complete waste of time and money.  Buying the best will cost you a lot also.  With every product there is a price versus quality curve.  This generally follows a bell curve and means you can pay 10 times more for an item, and it will only be twice the quality of the lesser priced item.  Use common sense on this one.

HP/Compaq computers.  Don’t be lured by the cheap prices versus features.  They are built like junk and are loaded with bloatware.

Expensive wines.  They all taste the same after about $20 a bottle, or even worse if they are improperly stored.  I’ll take a properly stored $5 California wine before a $200 improperly stored French wine.  A corked bottle of wine is horrible at any price.

Overpriced kitchen knives.  A $400 knife cuts about the same as a $15 one.  Pick the ones that work the best with your hands and cutting style.

If you can think of any more, drop me a line in the comments section.

 

 

 

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in General Comments

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Updates

Turns out my web host is discontinuing support for MySQL 4 soon so I had to update some of my less used blogs.  Cyberphreak.com runs on the latest WordPress, so no worries there, but this allowed me to do a little culling from blogs I don’t update any more.  So, what is left standing?

http://www.cyberphreak.com/  Duh, that is where you are now.

http://watches.cyberphreak.com/  My watch site, gets more hits than the main site.

http://blindwino.cyberphreak.com/  My homage to Mark Driver, since his main blindwino.com disappeared years ago, I wanted an easy reference to his works.  Creepy on my part, but oh well.

http://zaurus.cyberphreak.com/  A lonely spot now.  I maintain it for the lonely Zaurus users out there.  The software feed still generates a fair amount of hits.

That is all for now.  Now that I am off Facebook, I should have more time to update the sites.  I also use twitter, you can follow me at:

https://twitter.com/Cyberphreak_Com

I also use Instagram quite a bit, you can follow me at:

http://instagram.com/sandbender1414/

If you are feeling old school, you can always e-mail me dave at cyberphreak dot com.

 

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in General Comments, Instagram

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Hat

I have on a bit of a hat bender in the last few months.  Funny, I never thought of myself as a hat person, but after getting my ears and back of my neck burned one too many times, broke down and got a hat.

As a bit of clarification, baseball ‘hats’ are actually caps.  What’s the difference?  A had has a brim that goes around the circumference of the head, a cap has only a brim or bill that covers part of the circumference, ideally to protect the eyes, but often worn backwards for fashion.  What I got was a hat.

My first hat:

An L.L.Bean “Adventure” hat.  Technically, it is a Boonie hat.  It is a commonly worn by military forces around the world during the summer months.   It provides great protection from the sun, is lightweight, and in this version, insect resistance.  A great, informal, working hat that gets the job done.  But, the madness didn’t stop there. After building up confidence wearing this hat all last summer, I decided to take the plunge into a fedora.

My second hat:

An Orvis Packable Felt Fedora.  I needed a had for the fall and winter months and I wanted something I would not have to baby.  Enter the felt fedora.  This is another hardworking hat with some class.  It is made from Lite Felt, which is tough, waterproof, and allows the had to return to its original shape, even if it is crushed or packed away.  It is a nice, surprisingly light hat that I have gotten many compliments for and the occasional jibe asking where my bullwhip is at.   The bow dresses up the hat, giving it a more formal, but not too formal look.  For fall and winter it is great, but with this early spring, I needed just one more hat, a panama.

My third hat:

An Ultrafino Panama hat.  This is basically a fedora made out of lightweight material.  It is a blocked hat, so I will try not to crush it too much.  It is a more formal hat, with a traditional pleated puggaree.  It is a super light hat and stays on pretty darn well, even is windy condition.

Wearing hats makes me realize why they went out of fashion, most look pretty silly when worn with t-shirts and jeans, the standard clothing for most Americans.  I usually wear button down shirts and don’t even own a pair of jeans, so I can wear a hat and not look too foolish.  Another reason I see why hats went out of style is cars now all have safety headrests.  Great of avoiding whiplash, kind of annoying when it comes to the brim of your hat rubbing against it.

Any other hat wearers out there?

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Fashion, General Comments

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Facebook respite

For all my Facebook friends, I am just taking a break.  My hobbies were suffering and it is too distracting, so I am taking some time off of it.  If you need your Dave fix, I have a twitter feed at :

http://twitter.com/#!/Cyberphreak_Com

Hopefully now I can update my watch blog and cyberphreak.com.

 

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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in General Comments

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