Author Archive: Roland Hughes

About Roland Hughes

Roland Hughes is the president of Logikal Solutions, a business applications consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS platforms and Qt on Linux. Hughes serves as a lead consultant with over two decades of experience using computers and operating systems. With a degree in Computer Information Systems, the author's experience is focused on systems across a variety of diverse industries including heavy equipment manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, stock exchanges, tax accounting, and hardware value-added resellers, to name a few. Working throughout these industries has strengthened the author's unique skill set and given him a broad perspective on the role and value of technology in industry.

RadioShack Refuses to Die!

Most of you reading this blog are probably too young to remember when RadioShack was cool. I know Ollie remembers because he even gave one of his characters a job at RadioShack, but most of you probably cannot remember the days of the Trash-80 (TRS-80) or Realistic car stereos. Before we had every retailer under the sun horning in on the low priced tech gadgets market, we had RadioShack. Today we have news that RadioShack will live again. One can wonder if they will bother bringing back the Realistic audio line. It made sense back when most auto manufacturers didn’t give a hoot about car stereos. They begrudgingly gave us AM/FM radios. A few offered an 8-track or cassette as an option back then. Today it’s not just a car… Read more >

A Genuine Synthetic Life – Part 1

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The title is much more entertaining if you read it aloud using your best Mr. Haney voice and pronounce it jen-you-wine. We have slowly but steadily been moving to a synthetic existence. Somehow we find this better than a real existence, or at least Millenials do. Our synthetic existence started long ago with the introduction of plastics into our lives. A great many things went from being made with either wood or metal to plastic, even whistles and clothing. How many of you are old enough to have actually worn a Leisure Suit? Well, you can probably find them at thrift shops around the country because they will never biodegrade. Laugh all you want, but much of the clothing in your closet has some level of plastic in it. What?… Read more >

Review X-Men: Apocalypse

★★☆☆☆ Had I found an easy way to generate 2.5 stars I might have given this that rating. This wasn’t quite as bad a movie as 2 stars makes it sound. It also isn’t something you should leap to put on your rental list. My biggest problem with this movie is the franchise keeps jumping around so much you really can’t tell what order to watch things. Since I’m not a 12 year old boy living and breathing comic books, I expect the franchise to keep the story line straight. Most of you will probably need a guide to help understand this rant. Title Year Released X-Men 2000 X2 2003 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 The Wolverine 2013 Logan 2017 Prequels Title Year Released X-Men: First… Read more >

Did the New York Times Hack Trump Junior’s Email?

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There has been much ado about the Russian email to Donny Junior. The New York Times appears to have been attempting to extort an interview from him threatening to publish the emails. What I haven’t heard anything about is just how the NYT _obtained_ those emails. Okay, I’m a writer and have over 30 years in IT, but, even an ordinary email user has to realize no matter what the lawyers claim it wasn’t legal. The NYT was all up in arms when the emails of the DNC wing of the Clinton Organized Crime Family got hacked and where aired on WikiLeaks where they could be presented in their unfiltered state, but so far, I haven’t heard boo for an explanation on how the NYT obtained these emails _before_ Donny… Read more >

Who Owns This Dead Horse?

If you have never seen a ‘Dead Horse’ list then you must neither have a job nor pay even the slightest bit of attention to how people get elected or what they do once in office. In short, your brain cannot hold anything longer than a tweet. Here is one in memo format I stumbled across a long time ago. Subject: What business does when it’s is caught riding a dead horse. The tribal wisdom of the Lakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In the world of the modern corporation and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: Buying a stronger whip…. Read more >

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