Greetings and Welcome to OBrienPC
My name is James O’Brien, and this is my personal website. Professionally, I am a computer support specialist in the Seattle area. Personally, I’m just a friendly, geeky guy with great kids, a sense of adventure, and a slightly questionable sense of humor.
My website is basically a landing site for articles I post about technology and how it integrates with our lives, and how it changes our lives. Of course, most of what I post here is going to revolve around the Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office products. I get asked all the time about troubleshooting computer issues, or how to make something work the way you want it to. So I post articles to help answer some of these questions, and I categorize them under the Help Desk, with the hope that someone else might find that information valuable and useful.
I also post some of my personal graphics and photographic projects here. So if you are interested in photographic restoration or retouching, or custom graphics, or web layouts, I post samples of my work here.
If you came to my site looking for something specific, and did not find it, let me know, and I will help you find what you are looking for. You can contact me through my Contact page. And don’t worry, I won’t try to spam you or sell your information. I completely respect your right to privacy, and would never do anything to jeopardize that.
I hope your visit to my website is a good one. And I hope you bookmark it and tell your friends about me.
Have you ever sent an e-mail that you wished you hadn’t sent? It happens quite often, and it recently happened to me. I intended to reply to just one person on a distribution list, but accidently replied to everyone on the list, which is everyone that works in my office. How embarrassing! Since we use [...]
I am not a big fan of karaoke, and I wouldn’t dare subject innocent people to my singing voice, which I am sure would fall under Homeland Security’s jurisdiction definition of terrorist crime. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that at least a couple of my friends sing and carry a tune. I won’t post their names [...]
Today is International Women’s day, and I salute all of the women around the world who fought for equality for women. It has been a long road for women, who until the early 1900′s weren’t even considered real citizens in the United States. Women were treated more like property than like human beings. Women couldn’t [...]
These days, in order to have strong password protection, you have to mix capital letters with lower-case letters, throw in a handful of random numbers, and sprinkle some punctuation around. I typically sit down with a piece of paper and write down a few random words, but words that I will remember, and then make [...]
Adobe, a leader in graphical and photographic design software, is retiring it’s Adobe Creative Suite 2 package, and taking activation for CS2 off their servers. As a result, Adobe is making the Adobe CS2 Suite available for a free download, no strings attached, except that you do have to create an account with Adobe, but that’s not [...]
I’ve been wanting to take a trip like this for a long time, but something always got in the way. Sometime this summer, I am taking a week off from work to ride my bicycle from Renton Washington to Seaside Oregon. It will be a two-day ride there, and a two-day ride back. I plan [...]
In light of recent network attacks and the rise in cyber espionage and hacking attacks, CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act, will be reintroduced next week in the House of Representatives. You may recall that CISPA was introduced to the House last year, but was quickly abandoned in part over serious privacy concerns. The Obama Administration [...]
Most computer manufactures these days do not ship a Windows 7 DVD with their computers. Instead, they supply an ISO image of the Windows 7 operating system, and leave it to the customer to burn the Windows 7 ISO to a DVD. It makes sense from a manufacturing perspective because shipping DVD’s with each computer [...]
Happy New Year world! Here’s wishing all of us around the world health and happiness. Let’s really try to put aside our differences and embrace our common grounds. Let’s open our hearts and resources to help someone in need. And let’s work hard to make this amazing little planet a better place for all creatures [...]
It started out with a co-worker and I deciding to go skydiving, and quickly became a company picnic with ten of us, including the president of Puget Systems, going skydiving. For each of us, it was our first time actually jumping out of an airplane. Albeit, we all jumped in tandem, with instructors strapped to our [...]
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