Those Awful-Sounding Phone Speakers

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One of my cardinal pet peeves is people walking around holding their phone up in front of them with the tiny little speaker inside blasting hip-hop music. Or any music for that matter. Or anything at all as a matter of fact.

Those speakers are designed…

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Getting published is the goal of nearly every writer. Whether you’re an aspiring novelist, a frustrated freelancer or a poet-in-waiting, you want to see your work in print (or on a popular website) so that it can be seen by as many readers as possible. …

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How hard is it, when you’re waiting for an elevator, to let the doors open and allow the people inside to leave the cab before you try to barge your way in? Is that really so hard?

I hate when I’m on an elevator, maybe on my way out of…

Car left turn indicator
Those blinky lights on your car can actually save lives

It really burns me up when I see people not using their God-given (OK, Detroit- or Japan-given) turn signals. Those are outfitted, indeed required, on every car sold in America (since the Turn Signal Rights Act of of 1965) and most other countries for a reason.

So I’m driving down…

Um, just who (or what) did they bury here?

In a tiny town of less than 1600 people called Catawissa, which is just south of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, lies Mt. Zion cemetery, more commonly known as the Hooded Grave Cemetery.

I install Windows on lots of computers. I’ve been doing this as part of my job for years. And for years, at least since Windows Vista, one thing has irritated me more than anything else about this operating system. It’s the option “Hide extensions for known file types.”

No good reason to leave this option enabled

What an…

Many people have a dream of getting published. Most of us have a book inside just waiting to get out. Few people ever go to the trouble of writing it, but for those that do, here are some ways to get it out into the wild.

Traditional publisher

This is the dream…

Visitors and tourists can almost always be found at the JFK Memorial in Dallas, Texas

You may have heard of geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt; geocachers, often just called “cachers,” like to say they “use multi-million-dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.” And actually, that’s pretty accurate.

Geocaches are all around you. You’ve probably parked your car next to one more than once and…

Steve Walker

Freelance writer. Broadcast Engineer. Computer guy. Linux geek. Libera fan.

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