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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Ken Newquist's blog

The Geek Tree: 2008 Edition

by Ken Newquist / December 18, 2008
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The Geek Tree is back. There are no major upgrades this year; same white lights, same Buck Rogers-style lights, same Santa Yoda tree topper, same blue rockets-and-planets tree skirt. There's a new ornament -- Hallmark's 2007 three-warp-nacelled, alternative-future Enterprise-D -- but that's about it.

Not that I didn't try.

What Apple's Time Machine Doesn't Do

by Ken Newquist / November 22, 2008

I recently did a full restore of my my Mac from Time Machine, Apple's built-in backup utility for OS 10.5 (Leopard). I had to undertake this radical step because Boot Camp refused to create a Windows partition, complaining about "unmovable files" that could only be eradicated by reformatting the drive and reinstalling Leopard.

Installing HP 1020 Drivers on Mac OS X

by Ken Newquist / November 16, 2008

A few years back i bought a HP 1020 LaserJet printer; I'd just gotten one at work and found it worked great with my Mac. When I saw one on sale at Staples, I lept at the chance to get a good USB laser printer for about $100. It turns out there's one problem with the 1020; while it's kissing cousin -- the 1022 -- has drivers for the Mac, the slightly older 1020 does not.

Red Ring Redux

by Ken Newquist / October 31, 2008

For the second time in two years, I have a dead Xbox 360. The machine gave me the Red Ring of Death on Sunday after crashing while running DeadSpace. The machine simply froze, and when I powered it down and powered it back again, I was greated with the ominous glowing red rings.

Normally, this would be inconvenient by manageable: Microsoft extended the manufacturer's warranty on the 360 to three years, and my Xbox is still covered. Unfortunately, this month isn't anything resembling normal. I've got three game reviews looming between late October and late November, and don't have time to wait for Microsoft to fix my box.

The first thing I tried was stopping by Best Buy; I got the extended warranty for my first Xbox 360, and when it died I was able to walk into their store and get a replacement. Unfortunately, the warranty was from the original date of purchase and wasn't extended when I got the replacement.

The GM Has Had It

by Ken Newquist / October 26, 2008


This is brilliant. And yes, I have occasionally felt this way. I have no idea who came up with this poster (and unfortunately can't remember the blog where I first saw it) but I think it's a sentiment that just about every GM has felt at one point or another, especially when a particularly bad intra-party fight breaks out.

Haunted Walking Tour of Easton

by Ken Newquist / October 14, 2008

There's going to be a "Haunted Walking Tour of Easton" on October 24 and 25, 2008 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tours leave from Centre Square, Easton, Pa. The cost is $7 in advance, $10 on the tour date. Tickets are available at Pearly Baker's Ale House, Porter's Pub, the Csmic Cup, Partyology, Connexions Art Gallery, Easton Yoga and the Easton Farmer's Market.Learn more by visiting the Scarecrow Festival page on MySpace at: