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Illinois shoppers to pay sales tax on Amazon

As a consumer, I’m not excited about this change, but it seems like it’s the inevitable outcome for online commerce. “Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax from Illinois shoppers Feb. 1, the e-commerce giant said Friday, in compliance with a new state law that aims to treat online and brick-and-mortar retailers equally. The law, which went… Read more »

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Snowy Hike at Hidden Lake

I went for a quick one-mile hike today at Hidden Lake forest preserve along the DuPage River. One-mile normally isn’t too tiring, but the trail was covered in a fairly fresh snowfall, so it took some effort to keep from slipping. :)  The snow wasn’t deep enough for snowshoes, but a pair of Yak Trax… Read more »

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Mission: Build a PC

I have always wanted to build my own computer. Over the years, I’ve replaced the odd component—a new modem, a video card, more RAM. But I had never started with nothing but parts and assembled them into a functioning computer. My geriatric laptop was about to give up the ghost. It would overheat regularly, shut down randomly,… Read more »

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    Illinois shoppers to pay sales tax on Amazon

    As a consumer, I’m not excited about this change, but it seems like it’s the inevitable outcome for online commerce. “Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax from Illinois shoppers Feb. 1, the e-commerce giant said Friday, in compliance with a new state law that aims to treat online and brick-and-mortar retailers equally. The law, which went… Read more »

  • hiddenlakebridge_1200x500

    Snowy Hike at Hidden Lake

    I went for a quick one-mile hike today at Hidden Lake forest preserve along the DuPage River. One-mile normally isn’t too tiring, but the trail was covered in a fairly fresh snowfall, so it took some effort to keep from slipping. :)  The snow wasn’t deep enough for snowshoes, but a pair of Yak Trax… Read more »

  • Photo of Intel CPU fan

    Mission: Build a PC

    I have always wanted to build my own computer. Over the years, I’ve replaced the odd component—a new modem, a video card, more RAM. But I had never started with nothing but parts and assembled them into a functioning computer. My geriatric laptop was about to give up the ghost. It would overheat regularly, shut down randomly,… Read more »