Windows 11 Upgrade, HP Printer Funkiness

Some time back, I upgraded my systems from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Then I began having problems with my HP LaserJet P2055DN printer. This printer works great, but is so old that it doesn’t integrate well with HPSmart. Whenever I rebooted my systems, Windows would forget that the printer duplexed. I had to update …

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Windows Slow Upload Speeds Over Ethernet

After installing the May 2023 updates, I noticed slow upload speeds of large files (500m+) to OneDrive. I have 100/100 internet speeds. That file should upload in seconds, not hours. After rebooting my router and switch, I saw no difference in upload speeds. I also checked for new drivers, and there were none. I wanted …

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New Old Audio Player: WinAmp

iTunes has been my player for years upon years. In the spring of 2022, I discovered that iTunes duped up audio files for ripped CDs and store downloads forsome timee. After six-eight hours of de-duping, I decided to investigate replacement options. I looked at the Windows Media Player. It couldn’t import/display my audio library correctly. …

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In-person Event-Festival of Books in the Alleghenies

On September 18th, I’ll be attending the festival, talking sci-fi and selling my book, The Music of Mars. I’m looking forward to the event. It’s my first since COVID hit. Plus, I grew up in the area, and it’s been a while since I’ve been back. Come out and join the fun!

A Few Hours at the Air and Space Museum

In May 2021, I visited the Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. On of my favorite exhibits is the SR-71. On one of the walls on the lower level, a mural depicting the US’ history in space is displayed. This is the rightmost portion showing, among other things, a shuttle launch …

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Perseverance Has Landed!

Mars gained a new robotic inhabitant on February 18, 2021, Perseverance. NASA produced an animation showing how it’d look. Here’s the landing from the control center’s perspective. I watched live. My first thought was the younger generation is in control. Oh, there were some graybeards, but the younger generation was firmly entrenched in the control …

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Free Preview – The Music of Mars

Below is a free sample of The Music of Mars. It sets the stage for the two main character, Gretchen and Frank, to begin their adventure. For Frank, he sees the walls beginning to close in while Gretchen’s world begins to crumble from underneath her, prompting her to venture to Mars.

Air and Space Museum-Innovations in Flight

On June 15, 2019, the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA held an Innovations in Flight event where aircraft like private planes to military transports were on display for the public. The event ran from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Unfortunately, I arrived late, so I didn’t get a chance to tour C-17 …

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