Daily Archives: February 24, 2021

R.I.P. Fry’s . . .

One of my favorite places called it quits today, though in reality it had been slowly dying for a long time.

Fry’s Electronics, a staple in the computer field since the mid-80’s, posted that they were closing all of their 31 remaining stores as of 2/24/2021.

I remember back in the late-90’s/early 2000’s when I was building up 2 or 3 computers a week for clients around the Houston area. The weekend Fry’s ads came out in the Thursday edition of the Houston Chronicle, and I always stopped on my way into the University to pick up a copy.

I think my biggest purchase from Fry’s totaled a little over $20,000 for 10 computers, monitors, printers, etc. for the computer area in an assisted living facility.

But over the last 4 or 5 years they went steadily downhill, with shelves half empty, and no one around to check you out. If you could actually find something to buy.

But they will be missed.

I spent most of the day at work trying to set up a Gigabit WiFi network in the office. not to access the Internet any faster, but allow quicker callup of data between the computers,

The databases for the Point of Sale resides on one computer, but also needs to be accessed from two others. And the UPS Worldship database is on another computer but needs to be access from three others. So there’s a lot of data moving back and forth.

So today I got the TP-Link WiFi 6 Gigabit Router installed and configured, and so far it’s working fine.

TP-Link Gigabit WiFi Router

Friday I’ll start installing the four matching TP-Link WiFi 6 Gigabit Cards, in each computer, one at a time, and testing them out.

TP-Link Gigabit WiFi Card

Hopefully this will speed things up substantially.

Wrapping up, I saw this warning label on the back of one of the machines on the food truck that was parked outside our La Quinta hotel during our Big Freeze evacuation.

I’m still not sure what it’s saying.

La Quinta Food Truck Warning Label


Thought For The Day:

Sometimes successful adulting is just not stabbing someone when you really want to.

 

 

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