Robert Rodriguez

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Dell XPS 2710 Fan Noise

For those who have an Dell XPS 2710 and are suffering from fan noise, I highly recommend that you clean the fans inside your Dell.

To do this, you need to unplug your computer and lay it flat (with the screen facing down) on a soft surface. I placed a towel down and laid my computer on the towel.

To remove the back cover, refer to page 19 of  the XPS One 2710 Owner’s Manual. There are just two screws on the back that you have to unscrew. The screws do not come all the way out.

remove_coverAfter unscrewing, push the cover forward and it will come right off.

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Heroes Reborn: 2015 is reporting that NBC will bring back “Hereos” for a special 13-episode standalone arc titled “Hereos Reborn: 2015”. Best news of 2014 so far!

TiVo Season Pass Manager: Corrupt – Delete Me

If you transfer your TiVo Season Pass Manager from an existing TiVo to a new TiVo (TiVo’s website has a great tool that lets you easily transfer your SPM), you may notice a whole bunch of “Corrupt – Delete Me” on the website or in yTivo - Corrupted Entriesour TiVo App (click image to enlarge). Do not worry, the reason why you are seeing this is due to the fact that those specific shows are not scheduled to air within the next 14 days. When the show does air, your SPM will update with the correct title. Why TiVO worded it that way is confusing. At first, I went in and deleted the corrupted entries. But then I restored them again from the TiVO website and noticed that a few of them starting updating as the shows aired.

For those wondering, here is my SPM. Yes, I like Scifi shows. I’m not really into reality shows (click to enlarge).


The Best PrePaid Debit Card: The Google Wallet Card

One of my 2014 resolutions is to get my finances in order. I’m not in debt, not by a long stretch, but I do know that I spend a lot of my disposable income on unnecessary and silly things. Last year, I made over $30,000 in credit card charges (mostly gas, car insurance, etc). This year, I want to better manage it, and keep more of my disposable income, and only use the credit cards for absolutely-last-minute needs.

One issue is that I rarely, if ever, carry cash – or at least enough to last me a few weeks before hitting up the ATM machine. So I decided that the best way to handle this is to get a prepaid debit card and load money on there. I do not, under no circumstances, use my debit card for any purchases except at bank-branded ATM machines. If the ATM machine is not physically attached to the bank, I wont use it. I’m very caution of using my debit card at ATM machines (even asked my bank if I could have a regular ATM card and not a debit card, but they said no – oh well).

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Kuroshio Sea -2nd largest Aquarium.. Must See

Old video, but still awe dropping..

The main tank called the ‘Kuroshio Sea’ holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world’s second largest acrylic glass panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank.

The music is “Please don’t go” by Barcelona. iTunes:
Barcelona’s website:

The Egg

The Egg

By: Andy Weir

You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.

And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”

“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.

“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”

“Yup,” I said.

“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.

You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.

“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”

“My kids… my wife,” you said.

“What about them?”

“Will they be all right?”

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A&E Bates Motel TV Show


If you know anything about me, you will know that when it comes to TV and Movies, my favorite types are horror and science fiction. So it wouldn’t be any surprise that I am totally into the new A&E Bates Motel TV Show. Now, I will admit that at first, I wasn’t too sure if Freddie Highmore could pull up such an important (and historical) role, but I was wrong — the more I watch this show, the more I realize that the cast are perfect.

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We Are Young

Who doesn’t like this song?

Enough Said…

Must I explain? blocked my account

So I went to log into my account only to find it blocked. I sent them an e-mail and they replied with this:

Hello Sir/Madam,

As part of our security system, we regularly monitor activity in our mail system. We noticed a security issue regarding your account and have therefore limited access to your account until additional security measures can be completed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In order to assist us with this security check, we require identification to make sure the account is not being misused by phishing sites, spammers or similar groups.

You can send us a scan of your personal/company/student ID or driver’s license, personal or business website with proper contact information or social networking profiles containing valid information (Facebook, MySpace, etc).

Please forward your info to us via

Thank you.

Best regards,

Your GMX Te

How ridiculous!  The fact that they believe Facebook or MySpace is a legitimate way to verify someone’s identity! I do not feel comfortable sending a copy of my student or driver’s license to them.