Author Archives: henrybowman

Who’s the brains of this gang?

I’ve received something like 30 copies of this pump-and-dump scam spam over the past two days, all identical except for the forged sender names: Alright, let’s get right to it… We’ve been out of touch for a while. I’ve been … Continue reading

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A slur in time

An aphorism of which I have always been particularly fond states that “isolationist” is a term created by imperialists to denigrate noninterventionists. With the advent of President Donald Trump, a new version suggests itself: “populism” is a term created by authoritarians to … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different…

1994: Citing the factoid that there are “more gun dealers in America than gas stations,” Bill Clinton announces new regulations that result in four out of five existing Federal Firearms Licensees nationwide losing their licenses, on the basis that they are hobbyists … Continue reading

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ChannelMaster DVR+ Announced

Earlier, I blogged about the abysmal quality and user interface of the ChannelMaster CM7400 Over-The-Air DVR. Last week, I received an announcement from ChannelMaster for their new DVR+ product, an upgraded unit for the same application. There are a few … Continue reading

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Error: Fatal Error in Error Reporting; Please Report This Error!

If stupidity came in styles, like prose and poetry do, this would be a Stupidity Haiku: Better yet, if stupidity were music, this would be a “round,” like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. (In case it’s not obvious to the … Continue reading

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IRFE! IRFE!

Here are two current model First Alert™ smoke detectors, placed as someone might mount them on their bedroom wall. What’s wrong with this picture? Answer: The smoke detector on the left is mounted in an improper orientation. That’s right—according to … Continue reading

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Review: ChannelMaster CM7400 OTA DVR

Though I’ve been a technology careerist my entire life, I’m not one of those consumer types who just has to replace older gear that is perfectly adequate to my needs simply in order to have the newest gadgets. So it … Continue reading

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