Author Archive: Trench Reynolds

15 year independent crime, news and opinion blogger.

Trench’s Tech Tip: Updating Windows 10 on an Acer Cloudbook

Trench's Tech Tip: Updating Windows 10 on an Acer Cloudbook

Recently I purchased an Acer Aspire Cloudbook 14 since my regular laptop is probably not too long for this world. A great pickup if you need a cheap laptop to just browse and Facebook and stuff, or in my case writing. The problem with the Cloudbook is that it only has a 32 GB hard drive, hence the term Cloudbook since they want you to ‘live in the cloud’ as they say. However, living in the cloud doesn’t help when it comes to updating the operating system. So I’m going to share with you how I fixed a recent problem with that in order to save people some time who happen to have the same problem.

Windows 10 notified me that it was in need of an update but there wasn’t enough space on the hard drive to complete the update. However I could choose an external drive to download the temporary files to. I had a 32GB SD card inserted into the SD slot and the system recognized it but it wouldn’t let me choose the card. The trick is to format the card as NTFS instead of FAT32.

The first thing you want to do is back up anything on your SD card that you don’t want to lose. After that you click on My PC, then right-click on the SD Card and choose Format. One of the options will be for format type and you want to change that to NTFS. Once that’s done restart the update and the system will let you select the SD card as the external drive. Once the system is done updating you can delete the temporary files on the SD card.

Hopefully this will save someone from having to scroll through endless forum posts looking for the answer.

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It was nice while it lasted: The FDA just killed vaping

It was nice while it lasted: The FDA just killed vaping

R.I.P.

First off, I’m not one of these guys who goes on about mods or ohms who blows big clouds of vapor while entering vaping competitions. What I am is a man who after 30 years of smoking was able to finally quit after discovering vaping. I tried the patch, nicotine gum, nicotine inhalers and prescription drugs. None of them worked for me as effectively as e-cigarettes and vaping. I started off using national brand e-cigs. Those e-cigs don’t really allow you to gradually wean off of the nicotine like vaping does so I switched to vaping. In the past three years I have not had any cigarettes, not even a cheat smoke. I could not have done that without vaping. I’m not the only person who has done this.

Apparently the FDA had a problem with this many people quitting smoking as this past week they enacted regulations which treats vaping and e-cigarettes the same as tobacco. What does that mean exactly?

That means nearly every e-cigarette on the market — and every different flavor and nicotine level — would require a separate application for federal approval. Each application could cost $1 million or more, says Jeff Stier, an e-cigarette advocate with the National Center for Public Policy Research and industry officials.

Think of your favorite vape store and think of all the flavors they have in all the different nicotine strengths. Each flavor in each different strength would cost a juice manufacturer a million dollars apiece. Your local vape store can’t even begin to afford that. What’s going to be left is juice made by the major tobacco companies. If you’ve ever tried that juice it only comes in one nicotine strength, full strength, and they taste like gasoline and are just as smooth.

So what does the government have to say about killing what is essentially the most successful smoking cessation process?

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says, “There are many other cessation tools available.”

Only ones that aren’t as effective. The ones they are talking about, patches, gum and pills, are the ones that are already paying money to the FDA to be on the market.

Let’s not forget about smoking either. This regulation will send too many back to smoking and whether you want to believe it or not that’s what the government wants. They say they’re concerned about people, especially ‘the children’, going from vaping to smoking but this is exactly what they want. The FDA could ban tobacco anytime they wanted. They choose not to because of all the tax money that the government gets from smoking.

So congratulations FDA, you’ve done exactly the opposite of what your organization was intended to do.

Ind. man accused of rape and attempted Backpage trafficking of teen

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29-year-old Patrick J. Davis of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is accused of allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl he met through Facebook and possibly trying to prostitute the girl on Backpage. I’ll explain the ‘possibly’ part in a minute. But first let’s see what Davis, aka Alan Davis, is said to have done after convincing the girl to run away…

On March 28, Davis picked the girl up at her residence and deactivated the girl’s Facebook account and destroyed her cellphone. Davis then took her to the house of a woman who had been involved with prostitution and had girls working for her.

That’s not terrifying at all for a 14-year-old girl except when it is, which is all the time. And just for shits and giggles I guess Davis woke the girl while she was sleeping so he could rape her in the kitchen of the house. Unfortunately, rape is a common tactic used by pimps in order to intimidate their victims to remain working for them.

Now the reason I say he possibly was looking to traffic the girl on Backpage because Davis and his cohort were allegedly going to use a prepaid credit card to place the ad, except Backpage is no longer allowed to accept any credit card payments. Makes me wonder if Davis was either behind the times or using another website. Either way this scumbag needs to be put away for a long time.

17-year-old accused of producing child porn on Kik

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Normally, and I use that term loosely, when you hear about a teenager being arrested for child porn it’s because he either took an explicit picture of himself or he had an explicit picture of his girlfriend and shared it with his buddies. Not this time.

17-year-old Donnie Howard of Crawford, Texas, has been arrested for allegedly producing child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. If you’re new to my site, in the past I’ve documented how Kik is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles and many of them use the app to trade or produce child porn. Howard is said to be no exception.

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The teen is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy while streaming it over Kik to an, as of yet, unknown person. Howard is said to have threatened the victim with violence if he told anyone about what had happened. He’s also accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl and sharing the photographs of that on Kik as well. He’s currently being held on $1.25M bond.

While I’m not excusing his alleged actions, since 17 is more than old enough to know they’re wrong, one can easily surmise that there’s more than one person in this operation. I have to wonder if he was groomed into this type of behavior by another predator on Kik or some other social platform which is yet one more reason to know what apps your kids are using and who they talk to on them.

We get letters: An error in my terminology

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I received the following e-mail from Tim. Tim says…

Hey Trench – I enjoy reading your blog but thought I’d point out an error in your terminology.

You commonly refer to men attracted to teenage girls as ‘pedophiles’ when this is not the case. Attraction to teenage girls is considered ‘hebophilia’ which actually is not considered a mental disorder, as it is biologically normal to be attracted to post-pubescent individuals.

We as a society have chosen to infantilize teenagers when it comes to sex but treat them as adults when they commit crimes. It seems a little out of whack to me. Thoughts?

I checked the archives because I could have sworn I got this e-mail before. I guess it’s because this is an argument I’ve heard before.

First off, you may want to learn the terminology yourself of the various concepts you’re discussing. A brief Google search would show you that hebephilia, which is what I believe you’re trying to spell, is the sexual attraction to early pubescent girls ages 11 to 14. Ephebophilia is the adult sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents ages 15-19. This what I believe you’re actually trying to defend. The problem with these terms, along with the term pedophilia, is that all three indicate the sexual desire of children, hence why the term pedophile is often used interchangeably. Whether you consider it ‘biologically normal’ is irrelevant since having sex with minors is illegal in all 50 states.

When you say that we ‘infantilize teenagers when it comes to sex but treat them as adults when they commit crimes’ you’re comparing apples to oranges. Crime, especially murder, has clear lines that everyone knows. Murder is wrong, you will be arrested and you will go to jail. Sex is drastically more complicated than that. Children, of either sex, who are exposed to sexual activity or content at too young of age can end up having unhealthy or abnormal idea about sex. Predators know this and use this naiveté to prey upon their victims.

It seems like your e-mail can be summed up with a phrase that a multitude of predators have used when they say that ‘age is just a number.’

Wisc. city to fine parents of bullies and why it won’t work

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The city of Shawano, Wisconsin, recently enacted a new ordinance that would fine the parents of students who are deemed bullies.

Under the new ordinance, parents and guardians will have 90 days after they’re informed by a police officer of their child’s behavior to intervene.

If the parent doesn’t stop their child from acting as a bully the parent will be fined $366.

If there is a second offense within one year, the parent will be fined $681.

I’ve always thought that the parents of bullies should be held responsible for the actions of their children since they’re usually in denial about their kids being bullies, however, this legislation is not the answer and may only make things worse. Think about it for a moment: bullies thrive on two things, intimidation and escalation. If a kid’s parents get fined that kid is only going to make things worse for his/her victims and these fines will do nothing to curtail bullying. Let’s not also forget that schools often have a hard time actually identifying bullies. In too many cases kids who are identified as bullies are actually the victims of bullies who try to defend themselves.

In a perfect world these fines would cause the parents to admonish their kids for being bullies but in reality their parents will continue to deny their kids’ behavior and their kids will lash out at their victims in retaliation.

Instead of trying to combat bullying we should be teaching our kids not to be victims. My biggest regret from all my years of being bullied in school is not standing up to my bullies. A little bit of self-confidence can carry you far.

Madison high shooter entered into plea deal because he had no defense

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The attorney for Madison High shooter James Austin Hancock has told the media that the reason his client didn’t go to trial was because he literally had no defense

“We didn’t go to trial because we didn’t have a defense,” Charlie Rittgers, Hancock’s attorney said. “How many kids saw him, Austin, shoot the gun, run out the door? There was no psychological issues involved. There wasn’t any defense.”

Then why in the hell was this kid not charged as an adult? Four counts of attempted murder only resulted in less than a six-year sentence. Hancock could be sentenced to sixty years in adult prison if he causes problems but in my opinion the odds of that happening are slim unless he commits such a violent crime inside that it can’t be ignored. I’m not the only one asking this though, so is one victim’s family member…

“He should be charged as an adult,” Ginger Weaver said. “At 15 years old, he knows better. Period.”

“I’ve heard people are rallying behind him, I’m rallying behind my son and I don’t care what anybody else thinks,” Weaver added.

As she should and as should the community. Anybody rallying behind this potential killer is only fooling themselves thinking that he’s some kind of victim. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has basically said that this was nothing more than an arbitrary shooting

“What we’ve seen in our investigation, there was no bullying. There was no in-love, out-of-love issues, typical 14-year-old,” Jones told WLWT News 5 investigative reporter Todd Dykes.

“He made the statement … that he was going to bring a gun several times to school, and he never did,” Jones said. “It was one of those things and this is, ‘Hey, I’m going to bring a gun. I’m going to bring a gun.'”

“He had the gun most of the day with him, loaded. And at that point, after the investigation and after he was talked to, he made a determination that they (classmates) were going to go tell on him. So at that point, soon after that he got up, moved very fast toward the table.

“We don’t know that he picked any person out individually. He just pointed the weapon at the table and as he went by he pulled the trigger at the table. And the bullets don’t have eyes. The bullets hit victims. The rest scrambled. So is that and was that his motive? I believe it was.”

Killing for the sake of killing should mean that the shooter has surrendered his right to remain free in society whether or not someone died in this instance. Just by biding his time this sociopath will be walking free among us in less than 6 years and odds are that there will be more victims of his violence.

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