Hanging on the Telephone

image of 45 record: Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone"

It’s a fact: you run a business, you need a phone. And once you grow to the point where it’s more than just you, you need a phone system. It’s no secret that all the original telcos (Ma Bell and all the Baby Bells) have largely merged together again, and are seeking to get out […]

The Post Office gets Smart

Cyber Postman

July 9, 2019 I’ve written a lot about my enthusiasm for smart homes. My two WiFi-enabled smart thermostats, the sensor that alerts me via App when my garage door goes up or down, etc. But the US Postal Service has an offering that makes one’s physical mail smart: their free Informed Delivery Service. In the […]

Happy (Step-Grand) Father’s Day

For Father’s Day weekend this year, I bring you a pic of my step-grandfather, Joe Duran. This is his certificate of naturalization in 1944 and recently found in a safe deposit box, along with his original birth certificate. He was brought from the Hacienda de Burras (more now known by the nearby San Jose de […]

“I regret nothing!”

I’ve written before about my “Marcel Proust madeleine moments,”  and I had another one yesterday…coming back from getting new air filters and I’m bored with all my usual Sirius/XM channels.  So I wander over to the Opera/Classical station, and they’re playing Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem.”  I sang it in University Chorale for Laven Sowell, and it […]

Dear AT&T…

To:     AT&T, Uverse Division Fr:     Gary Szabo, a loyal but disgruntled customer   Dear AT&T: I’m writing to recommend some changes to your next version of the Pace 5031NV DSL modem, aka “the 2WIRE Uverse modem.” I UNDERSTAND the importance of making a trouble-free device; one that’s so bulletproof and simple in its’ […]

“Would You Rather…”

Gather round, kiddies — we’re going to talk about business ethics. Wait!  Don’t run away! When my wife worked at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, one of her coworkers used to ask interesting interview questions to get at the heart of the ethical dilemmas inherent in modern work.  For example:  “Would you work for a […]