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Astronomical Sciences Video Playlist

This is a mixed collection of some of my favorite space-geek videos on YouTube. Yes, I am one of those guys who loves documentaries of space and space exploration. I also enjoy scientific lectures and debates about cosmology, astronomy, and physics.


Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles desktop wallpaper

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One of the great joys of being a Seahawks fan, or even a Seahawk player, is all the bad calls we get from the ref’s. Not that all of their calls are bad, but we get more than our share. So, a couple of guys got together and put together this little song to express our sentiment. Well done and Cudo’s toDoug Duin and Spike O’Neill for a great job!


Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

This article is intended to guide you through a successful Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade and migration. In writing this guide, I am assuming that your XP machine is a typical configuration, and that you are installing Windows 7 on the same machine. Continue reading

Installing or Upgrading to Windows 7

This guide works with Windows 7 home and professional versions, and explains how to install Windows 7 or upgrade a computer using previous versions of Windows to Windows 7. Continue reading

A little StarLight Photography

With all the hopes of seeing the aurora borealis over Renton last night, I thought I would try my luck at a little starlight photography, so to speak. Taking pictures at night can be tricky, especially when you are trying to take pictures of astronomical events. Unfortunately, the aurora borealis never appeared. Probably because of the light pollution coming from Seattle, Bellevue, and Renton, and maybe a bright and almost full moon had something to do with it. But the night was not a total loss, because I started to figure out how to use my DSLR camera to shoot the stars. Continue reading

OBrienPC Supports Net Neutrality

Internet fast lanes are bad for a free and open Internet, and bad for blogs and smaller websites like mine who do not have a corporate presence or the finances to buy our way into the fast lane. Continue reading

Windows 7 System Support Tools

Windows 7 comes with collection of very useful diagnostic and maintenance and recovery tools to help you maintain your computer and troubleshoot and resolve issues. This article is intended to provide a quick description of these tools, and how to access these tools. Continue reading

The Pacific Northwest from the International Space Station

This is a great picture taken by Astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station as it flew over the Pacific Northwest. I am not sure when this picture was taken, but that it was taken recently, I am sure. Seattle is near the center of this picture. Continue reading

Free Microsoft Stuff!

People don't generally think of the term "free" in conjunction with "Microsoft", but in truth, Microsoft actually has a huge list of useful free stuff. You just have to know where to look or how to dig for it. You don't even have to do that. Because I have done it for you Continue reading

Using BitLocker Drive Encryption

This article talks about Microsoft’s BitLocker Drive Encryption tool that comes with the Business or Professional versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server, and how to use BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt your hard drives and portable storage devices. Continue reading

Windows 7: Backup and Restore

How to use Windows 7 Backup and Restore Center to create and manage backups and recover from data or system loss. Continue reading

Recommended Troubleshooting and Free Tech Support Sites

A collection of the best computer support and tech support sites, major computer vendor support pages, podcasts and broadcasts, free eBooks and troubleshooting flowcharts, and other resources for adventurous do-it-yourselfer's and PC enthusiasts. Continue reading

My thoughts – On raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15.00


Should there be a $15.00 minimum wage in Washington? Sure, absolutely, and immediately or as quickly as possible. But the minimum wage should not be increased to $15.00 across the board. There are certain industries, such as fast food and convenience stores that are designed around entry-level employees. These are jobs for high-school students who are entering the job market; that’s what they were intended for, and I think a rate of $7-$10 dollars an hour is appropriate. But other jobs that currently pay minimum wage require professional skill, and should be required to pay a minimum of $15.00… Continue reading

Supermoon – August 10, 2014

The moon showed big and bright over Renton Washington last night. Called the Supermoon because it’s closest distance to the earth, 31,000 miles closer in its elliptical orbit of 253,000 miles from the earth.


Getting Geeky with the Seattle Seahawks 2014 Season

I posted this page for my fellow Seattle Seahawks fans, to give you a quick one-stop resource to the Seahawks 2014 Schedule, wallpapers, and mobile apps. Why? Well, lets just say, if the world thought the Seahawks fans were obnoxious last year, wait till they see us this year! No, seriously, the NFL has some great teams and I personally wish every one of them a great season. And I am really looking forward to watching the Seattle Seahawks beat all your butts to Super Bowl 2015 😉

Seahawks 2014 Game Schedule

It is going to be an action-packed year,… Continue reading

Using Windows Search


Most people use only the most basic functions of the Windows Search tool and wind up spending considerable time scrolling through screens  of search results trying to find the specific file they are looking for.  But the Windows Search tool is actually more powerful than that, and if used properly, can help you quickly find exactly what you are looking for . This article is intended to introduce some of the many search tools built into the Windows operating system, and how to use them more effectively.

A Brief History Of Windows Search

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Welcome to Office 365

Office 365 is the latest mile-marker in the evolution of Microsoft Office. Office 365 is becoming very popular in the business environment as being a stable and cost effective solution for office productivity and data management. Continue reading

Find Drivers for Unknown Devices in the Device Manager

The Windows Device Manager, as the name indicates, is where you manage hardware devices and drivers for Windows-based computers. If Windows cannot identify an installed piece of hardware or cannot locate a driver for it, the device will be listed as an Unknown Device. Unknown devices are listed under Other Devices in the Device Manager, and marked with an icon that has an exclamation mark on a yellow circle.


Opening the windows Device Manager:

The Windows Device Manager can be accessed in several different ways.

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Go Seahawks!

I do something a little different to show my Seahawk Pride. I change the theme of website to my Seahawks theme. I normally don't switch themes until the football season actually starts, which in my mind is at the pre-season games. This year, the Seahawk spirit is motivating me to put up my Seahawk colors a little early. Continue reading

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