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October 18, 2021

The Laura Ingraham Show

Back in 2004, it was a tight race between Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and President George W Bush. The race was pretty tight as both sides were hitting the campaign trail pretty hard.

Laura Ingram had her radio show - The Laura Ingraham Show - in full swing. She spent much of her show making fun of John Kerry and praising George Bush.

In this audio clip from just hours before the polls opened, listen to how Laura tries to convince people to not vote for John Kerry. It's kind of interesting to listen to this clip 17-years later.

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October 11, 2021

Boston Marathon

This weeks video feature is the 2021 Boston Marathon.

Standing with my GoPro Hero 9 at the 5.5-mile marker in Framingham, I took various video clips of the runnings going by.

I use the GoPro Quik app for the post-production editing. All the transitions and effects were generated by the app. The only thing I did I did was pick the clips and highlighted the moments in the clip.

Framingham 5.5 Moment

Back in 2012 I blogged some useful tips about viewing the Marathon at the 5.5 mile mark.

Many of the timelines didn't apply this year, as they did more of a rolling start. I suspect that at the 2022 Boston Marathon the times will be closer to the 2012 times.

October 4, 2021

Tom Leykis

In 1993 Tom Leykis hosted the mid-day show on WRKO in Boston. He brought a different style of talk radio in Boston.

In these two clips, from my Real Audio library, you'll hear Tom at his best. In the first clip, he is talking about the goal of radio talk show hosts. In the second clip, he talks about a seafood restaurant in Boston.

The audio is currently hosted on SoundCloud. I'll look for a way to host future audio on this site.

September 27, 2021

MacWorld 1998

This clip is part of the 1998 MacWorld Expo Keynote. It features Ben Waldman talking about all the new Microsoft features.

MacWorld Expo 1998 took place six months after Microsoft committed $150 million to help keep Apple afloat. Microsoft was very quick to put together several product updates in time for the next major Expo.

This clip is from my personal VHS tape collection. I recorded the MacWorld show as ot aired live on BayTV on January 6, 1998. BayTV was a Silicon Valley 24-hour news station. They stopped airing on August 30, 2001.

This clip starts with a promo for the afternoon news lineup on BayTV

September 20, 2021

Confusing a Credit Card Scammer

I get these Credit Card interest rate calls all the time. Clearly, they are scammers trying to get valid credit card numbers.

In this short audio clip, I am confused as to what company this person is calling me from. Whenever I ask this question they always answer that they are "Credit Card Services."

Note: Never give real information to these callers. Any information they do have on you is simply by looking at the number that they called.

September 13, 2021

Ride to Cape Cod

Last Friday I traveled from Hopkinton to Orleans, Mass. I connected my GoPro Hero 9 to my dashboard and recorded the trip to Cape Cod.

Tech Note: I recorded the video using regular 1080p settings and sped up the video footage using Final Cut Pro. I didn't put any background music in the video since it would take away from the clip

Total video time was 1 hour and 57 minutes. The time-lapse version is only 5:53 minutes.

September 6, 2021

Amazon Scam Calls

I get calls from "Amazon Support" letting me know that someone charged an iPhone to my account. These are scams.

The whole purpose of these scams is to get them access to your computer and then at some point they will access your bank account and then money goes missing.

Why would Amazon need to do this? Shouldn't the first step is to change my Amazon login? Then let my credit card company know about the charge?

I tried to bring up the logic in this call. They didn't want to hear logic and thought I was wasting their time.

Amazon Scam Call

If more people did this to scam calls, it would certainly prevent them from occurring.

Some day we'll look back and say, "Remember when we use to get that stupid Amazon call... ya that was fun."

August 30, 2021

Eddie Andelman

Here's another clip from the Morton Downey Jr Show - The 1989 New Years Special. This clip features Eddie Andelman and his sports predictions for 1989.

Eddie was a favorite by Morton Downey Jr and he enjoyed him as a guest.

The audio on this clip is pretty bad, I still have the original tape. I'll see if there is a way to fix it.

Eddie Andelman on the Morton Downey Jr Show

August 23, 2021

Car Warranty Calls

This week's media feature - Dealing with the Car Warranty Calls...

Just like most people, I get a lot of calls about how my car warranty has been expired and this is the final chance to get an extended warranty before they close the file.

Sometimes the people that call me don't know what car I have. They expect me to "give" them the information by verifying my car make and model.

Remember: When they ask to verify information, they are really asking you to give them information.

This call ends with me getting the exact car miles and calling them back with the info:

Oh, I can't call them back, because they spoof the phone number. Stop calling me with spoof numbers tricking me to think it's an important call.

August 16, 2021

Commute to Boston

Today I had to drive into Boston for work. I decided to hook up my GoPro Hero 9 camera to the dashboard and record a time-lapse of my morning and evening commute.

The video starts at Temple Street in Framingham and ends at the Christian Science Center Parking garage. The evening commute starts in the Christian Science Center garage and ends on Route 9 in Framingham.

The traffic wasn't all that bad as many people are still working from home. In a few weeks, more people will be going back into the office.

Framingham to Boston via Mass Pike