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Comment There are 2 problems with this... (Score 1) 160

1.) I have never had a problem with finding a mechanic, the problem is with the cost of the mechanic ($70/hr labor is typical where I live)
2.) If I had a driveway which a car could be worked on, I would work on the car myself. Unfortunately, I live in an apartment that does not permit vehicle work to be done on premises. I still do the basics anyways like changing bulbs and O2 sensors.

The best startup I have seen is in Gurnee, IL called: I Can Fix This! (http://www.icanfixthisshops.com) They rent space in a garage for an hour that includes access to lifts, tools, and an on-site expert.

Comment While in beautiful downtown San Jose... (Score 1) 63

...be sure to see the infamous "Pile of Statues" AKA "Dookie in the Park": http://www.urbandictionary.com...

I would try to recommend a bar or club but the city council tends to shut them all down, or their landlords jack the rent and price them out. On the other hand, drive 15 minutes over to Campbell, CA and go to "The Garret" for the best damn pizza on Earth: http://thegarretrestaurant.com...

Oh, and Winchester Mystery House is in San Jose in case you weren't aware: http://www.winchestermysteryho...

Comment I was born and raised in Silicon Valley (Score 1) 386

All of my friends from Elementary through High School have left the state in the last 5 years. My parent's, who are now retiring, are also planning to leave the state. Most of them have moved to Oregon, and a few to other states like Colorado and Arizona. It's not the cost of living as they all owned their own homes prior to leaving, it's the terrible schools, traffic, and increase in violence. They want their kids to grow up with the same safety and outdoor life they grew up with themselves. Personally, I moved to Northern Illinois almost 10 years ago for the same reason and have zero desire to ever move back. I'm always depressed when I visit California now, every place I used to go to as a kid has been torn down and replaced with condos or apartments. The last time I visited my Elementary School a kid tried to murder a teach with a butcher knife. That was in Santa Clara, CA, the "heart" of Silicon Valley.

Comment Yes, it has never been better to be a nerd (Score 1) 449

Parts cost less
There are more parts to choose from
More stores selling parts
More resources to learn about how to install parts
Parts are easier to install than before (no jumpers, easier connectors, locking connectors, etc...)
The price of Microsoft's Operating Systems have gone down
Linux is ready for the desktop
Mac OS X went x86 making Hackintoshes a reality
Internet is faster and more reliable than the dial-up days
Games are available DRM-free from sites like GoG.com
Multiplayer has gone from 2 computers connected with a Null Modem Serial Cable in the same room to 64+ players anywhere in the world on a single server
Various lighting options abound for customizing systems and accessories
Watercooling is a thing
There has never been a better time to learn to code and make your own games, with easy paths to release games for profit
Multiple monitors on a single system are a thing
3D monitors are a thing
VR headsets are a thing
Rasbperry Pi
MAME
The list goes on... it has never been a greater time to be a nerd. The 2 things people struggle with when they get older are time and money, when you're young you don't care about either, you use them with reckless abandon. Albeit, money is scarce as a kid, but when you get it you tend to spend it on things that fun.

Comment Re: The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (Score 1) 212

Over the last 12 years that I have worked as a Systems Administrator, I cannot remember a single Apple computer failing at any of the places I worked. That said, Apple computers were in the extreme minority of systems in use. Typically less than 6 systems total in the Marketing department and that was it (out of 4 companies.) Whenever a system was retired we just tossed it on the recycle pallet, nothing to salvage. I did repeatedly ask for a Mac Mini to do some testing and documentation, to make life easier for those few employees that had them, but management refused to spend the $500 or to let me hang onto a retired system to test with. They were generally despised by IT management who barely tolerated the Marketing people having them.

Oh, and there were of course no systems running Linux other than servers.

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