Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Brick to: U.S. Labor Secretary Solis for confusing American workers with...

Hey, you can't really make something this good up.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis proclaims her new "American-made" limo in this brief Fora clip.

Only problem is, the limo is assembled in Canada by Canadian workers with Canadian-made parts. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Brick to: Total Comfort Inc, Westport, Danbury, Stamford, CT

Our central air conditioning system was installed several years by Total Comfort Inc of Westport, Connecticut.  It has run well, but needs service now.  On a phone call to the Westport office today trying to schedule repair work, we were asked if we were a customer.  They said they would only do repairs for customers.  We asked what being a customer meant, since we had obviously been a BIG customer in contracting with them to install the system.  They asked if we had had the system installed by them WITHIN THE PAST YEAR.  We said it was more than a year ago.  They said they would not help.  And that was that.  We're off on our own.  Buyer beware.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bouquet to: Obama and Boehner for the (so far) failed "historic, grand deal" on debt and taxes

The $4 trillion Obama/Boehner debt-reduction deal, including increased marginal tax rates for high-income US citizens and reduction in Medicare benefits, may lay on the cutting room floor today, but the basis for agreement remains.

Specific elimination of tax loopholes - not accompanied by any increase in marginal tax rates - paired with spending cuts of the exact same amount may be a way to achieve net spending savings in excess of  the roughly $2 trillion needed to offset the increase necessary in the debt authorization.  Oxes from both parties would be gored - but Republicans would not have relented on what seems to be a non-negotiable point; specifically, any increase in marginal tax rates.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Brick to: Vista for easy but hidden fix to: "no audio output device installed"

My Vista Lenovo lost its audio entirely one day.  Months later, I began the process to fix it.  After much fussing around with drivers and the like, I saw the simple fix:
Go to control panel, hardware and sound, manage audio devices.  There I saw the culprit message: "no audio output device installed".

Again, after much fussing, I realized that I could right click on that screen. There I would see a menu that offered to "show disabled devices" and "show disconnected devices".  By tabbing those on, my audio drivers reappeared. I enabled them with right clicks and tested them immediately on that screen with a right click.  All was well.

Simple fix. Nearly impossible to find.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bricks to: Kim and Kourtney Kardashian on the bling debate

When Kim and Kourtney Kardashian can generate public attention over their squabble over the "vulgarity" of a $115,000 watch, civilization surely must be one step closer to its demise.
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