I've gotten over $200 in cash back from them at places I would have shopped anyway! Ebay, Staples, more! I put it at the top because they ROCK. Basically, you get a kickback from Ebates when buy.com or whoever pays them. Win-win. If you like throwing money away, don't use them!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Britney Spears Can't Sing. Well, at least she needs more warming up.

I didn't think it was THAT bad. Supposedly just a warmup track. I'm not a huge fan or hater, I'm mainly indifferent. But we like to keep it fair 'round here. So, here it is.

Headbanging Construction Worker: Metal Construction!

I've seen a couple versions floating around, but here's a longer better resolution video.

Metal Construction!

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…./… I….I..(¯¯¯`\
…\…..` ¯..¯ ´…….’
…..lo o o o o ol
…..lo o o o o ol
…..lo o o o o o|

Friday, June 27, 2014

Apple OS X Disk Utility Stops or appears to be incomplete on Boot Disk

Catchy Title huh?

The problem arises when you use Disk Utility to hopefully get those little green magic words "The volume 2TB Internal appears to be OK." or whatever you call your boot volume after you verify the disk.

This is while you are booted off the disk, not when booted off the DVD which should work every time.

A check on the whole disk works, but a check on the volume of your boot disk appears to fail.

(You do run disk utility to check your disk every now and then, right? And have a SMART Monitor running, right?)

Well the workaround fix is in.

Here's what worked for me:

"The volume 2TB Internal appears to be OK." will show up on my Mac Pro (10.9.3) if I do this:
1. Open a Finder window
2. Click the Disk Utility Verify button
3. Click on the open Finder window
4. Wait for the Disk Utility to finish verifying
5. Switch back to Disk Utility and the green (The volume Data appears to be OK.) is displayed.

The original thread showed it worked on an iMac also.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Skull Candy Headphone Warranty: Mini-Review

Long story short, since it seems like I've reviewed these before....

I bought some of the FMJ model once and had trouble. Skullcandy sent me a prepaid label to send them back and then sent me a gift card for their online store that was enough to buy TWO PAIRS of what had broken.

I have not had trouble in years, and although I've been careful, they get pulled on, rolled up, and have been knocking around my laptop bag and house for years at this point.

Totally happy. Recommend. They are comfy, have interchangeable ear seals, and sound good. Metal construction. I don't think you'll be sorry:

Make it easier for a customer to buy something

I got an email today after a request for a feature that would help me sort through the many Excel sheets I get in my inbox from a certain company.

I just wanted a highlight of changes on a separate sheet or tab, that you could program Excel to do fairly easily.

You take yesterday's Excel sheet, compare it to today's, and then spit out a third sheet or tab that highlights differences. Or Excel can color code cells it finds different than yesterday.

Here's what I got back from the sales rep:

"Our sales are fine thanks.

We have had zero complaints."

That's a top notch employee right there! I guess the economy is so awesome, your company doesn't need a revenue increase.

I don't often wade through the NINE excel sheets they send every day to see if any prices have changed, stuff has come into stock, etc. because it's tedious.

Thought of the day: "Make it easier for a customer to buy something."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Star Guardian Wars of the Galaxy Trailer...or something like that

This guy's got way too much time on his hands. In my defense, I just linked it.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Plantronics Voyager Legend Pro Updater not Working: My fix if you have access to a Mac

The Windows version Plantronics' site leads you to is for an Edge, so it does not work on a Voyager Legend Pro and they don't make it easy to get the right version if the website pick you make is linked wrong.

BUT the *MAC* version works. I'm using OS X 10.9.3

It complains about a .kext error during operation but it WORKS.

And you can get it from this page: http://www.plantronics.com/us/support/myheadset/updater/

I installed v103 on my Voyager Legend Pro today using it. Install is just a drag and drop to the Apps folder.

Need an extra headset? Cheep at All4cellular which is where I got mine:

Click here to buy a spare for $40 as of this writing.

Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth - Black (View of Earpiece)
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This guy shreds guitar in Poland. Awesome.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Arianna Huffington Breaks Reality: I hope she doesn't Fact Check for the Huffington Post.

On Page 88 of the June 2014 issue of 'Vanity Fair' Arianna Huffington had this to say:

"Fact: (John F. Kennedy) was just saying 'Don't ask what your country can do for you...' (when he was assassinated)." Parentheses mine because the point is:

JFK gave that speech during his 1961 inauguration. He wasn't shot during his inauguration. Perhaps the reader will remember it was in Dallas, about 2.5 years later. In a motorcade. When he wasn't giving a speech.

Also this gem:

"Fact: Minutes Later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...saying "I've just had this incredible dream."

Wow, now there's just a little bit of misquoting huh?

Oh yeah, that speech was in 1963. He wasn't killed until 1968.

Also, guess what, they weren't assassinated within minutes of each other. More like 5 years.

I feel stupider. Yeah, I'm going to use that word to describe my feelings.

I'm actually throwing this issue of Vanity Fair in the recycle bin right now. 

I hope someone was making an oblique insult of Arianna for letting this go to press this way. Or, was she parodying herself?

Vanity Fair and Arianna Huffington: A match made in Remedial History 099. (History 101 is usually a Basic History, but that would be extremely generous.)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Karma Hotspot Review

Let's get it out of the way: one of the attractions about this service (and it is more of a service thing vs. a hardware thing which I'll explain later) is that you get free data when someone shares your hotspot or buys a hotspot.

So here's my referral link. I get 500 megs and you get 500 megs as a bonus: Click Here.

The other way you get free data is when someone uses your hotspot to create an account, you both get 100 megs free. They can even log in with their Facebook account so it's super quick for them to jump on, check email, and you both get free data to start.

What's good for Karma is it allows them to sell data without having to build infrastructure.

Here's the other huge thing: You pay $14 for a gigabyte of data (which is probably hours of browsing if you aren't streaming some music or video) AND YOUR DATA NEVER EXPIRES.

The free data also never expires.

** So your only cost might be the hotspot itself. **

So you might spend $14 today, and still have the rest of your data to use a year later the next time you're at the airport.

You might even sell the hotspot, but you keep your data. Always, because end users don't need to own a hotspot, they can use anyone's Karma hotspot to access their account.

Of course, if you own your own, you control when it's available.

But at busy public places there might be more than one Karma, so you just log in to another one if someone leaves. One click and you're back on.

 'Karma' is always part of the SSID on the hotspot, so you can easily identify them.

A business could make the other part of the SSID to advertise their business. Like: 'Google.com's Karma' or such.

It would also be a one-time expense for a business, since the customer would pay for the data.

Coverage will be vastly improving in the next few months when the new LTE device is out. I will be getting one!

But you should get one today so you can be first and start racking up the free data.

Data speeds are fine, again as long as you aren't doing a lot of file transfers or streaming or like usage.

The biggest surprise: this thing is SMALL and thin. Like a pack of gum small. Dentyne maybe. Battery life appears excellent, much better than my other hotspots. It's micro USB so you can charge from anything.

Here's my referral link again: https://yourkarma.com/invite/vfnngg

Help us stay online with free data. :) 

Friday, May 09, 2014


FatWallet Coupons and Deals
Here's where I get a lot of my deals:

Please click that banner and join and help support theroblog. It's free. We get a potential bonus. I've been finding deals there for YEARS in the Hot Deals forum. Price mistakes, coupons, clearances, you name it.

Thanks, and enjoy!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

iPhoto Facial Recognition Funny

So the lady isn't recognized as a face, but the truck rim is...hmm. Yeah I could see where it would be hard to find the face in this photo bomb.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Google Glass is Here

Google Glasses! Theroblog.com has it!

I bought mine during the one day offer on April 15, 2014. I picked the active shades as the freebie.

First pics:


I'll be using this a LOT in the coming weeks, so keep coming back.

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