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Earl Pitts 10/30/13: Healthcare Website
Capitol Hill testimony...fingers of blame pointing in all directions...and the government's health care website still doesn't function correctly! Today, Earl examines how the country that gave the world the light bulb, movies, and, yes...computers, can't come up with a fully-functioni…
Earl Pitts 10/18/13: Smart Cars, Dumb People
Earl closes out the week with a rant about how our cars are getting smarter, but drivers seem to be getting dumb and dumber! With some low-brow commentary on our high-tech transportation, we present--in case you missed him today--Earl Pitts, Umerikan!
Earl Pitts 10/15/13: Earl’s New Website
Earl has a new website...hence, the title of this post. Yes, almost everything you've ever wanted to know about Mr. Pitts, and his family and friends, is online. Of course, the launch of PittsOff.com was not without a few Obamacare-like glitches!
Buh-Bye, Windows XP
Do you still have or use a computer that uses the venerable Microsoft Windows XP operating system? If so, get ready to watch it fade into the sunset! According to a report by USA Today, Windows XP will reach "end of life" on April 8, 2014. What does "end of life" …
Siri-ous Mistake
I need to make a public correction and an apology.
Earlier this week, I posted a blog titled, "Meet The 'Real' Siri." In it, I referenced a video originally posted on the tech blog theverge.com. The title of the video is, "How Siri Found Its Voice." The video shows the progression…
Hidden Features in iOS 7
I blogged yesterday about Apple releasing their updated iOS 7 operating system for iDevices. Well, I not only updated my iPhone 5, but later Wednesday evening I was able to update my iPad as well. That one went very smoothly. Of course, with the release of the first major overhaul of the iOS in a lo…
How Did Your iOS 7 Update Go?
Like so many other users of Apple products, I anxiously awaited the release of the newest operating system update for the iPhones/iPads/iPods, iOS7. I had seen a couple of Facebook posts of articles--both pro and con--regarding whether or not one should download and install the update right away, or…
Meet The ‘Real’ Siri
With Apple releasing the iOS 7.0 update today, and the new line of iPhones this Friday, the automated voice of "Siri" will be heard a lot in the next few days. But did you know the synthesized 'voice' of Siri has an actual human voice behind her? Meet the professional voi…
Skeeter Is Heard Worldwide!
Perhaps you've read some of my previous blog posts having to do with amateur radio. It's a hobby I really enjoy, and the emergency communications aspect of it is also important to me, given our proximity to the Gulf, and the potential for natural disasters in South Texas. Well, for the past year-and…
Check Out This Stop Sign!
According to Jalopnik.com: Sydney, Australia has been having a big problem with oversized trucks driving into tunnels that are too low. So Sydney needed a stop sign that is absolutely impossible to miss. Here it is and it's amazing.
Is The Sun Finally Setting On Drive-In Theaters?
As the great songwriter Bobby Braddock wrote--and Tracy Lawrence sang--"Time marches on..." Time, and ever-increasing options in entertainment, have taken their toll on another American institution: the drive-in theater. Now, technological advances threaten the relatively few remai…

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