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  • Blog Post: It's that time of the month again!

    This was the headline on an article I read at “The Register”. It's funny how the mind works. My first thought after I read that was, “hay, Anand Tech probably has the new buyers guide for the mid-range system of the month online now”! Are those geek thoughts or what. So, I immediately...
  • Blog Post: DNA Construction Set

    It's funny how life has a way to throw inspiration our way from the oddest directions. We bought Yasmin a ton of computer gear recently because: a) It was her birthday, b) she had a science project to complete, c) I want her to grow up to be as geeky as I am. So, we put the gear to good use for...
  • Blog Post: Little Legs Like Little Eggs

    Say that a few times fast, and you begin to understand the fun you can have with a 9 year old with just 5 words of English. So, build vs buy. Recently I decided to build a PC for Yasmin. I had purchased her one a few years back. It was from a British company I think “Tiny PC”. No longer...
  • Blog Post: Build or Buy?

    That is the question. Be it nobler to pull up your sleeves than to bow to the will of the component provider? So, here's the deal. This past weekend, Yasmin and I finished the path around the back yard. It took 20 bags of bark hauled from the hardware store to the back yard. Pouring the bags out...
  • Blog Post: Trouncing Trash Takes Time and Tenacity

    During the winter in my neighborhood, the begetation looks pretty baren. Things become really simple. Everything but the evergreens, loses it's leaves, dries up, and kinda disappears. You can see everything clearly without all the clutter in the way. Without the leaves, it is relatively easy to see the...
  • Blog Post: My Media Muscle Machine Might Make Masculine Movies

    I didn't actually watch the whole super bowl. I watched some of the first half, and walked away as soon as the half time show started to make a phone call. The call lasted through the half time show, and pretty much through the second half, and I got busy doing other things anyway. Luckily, I taped the...
  • Blog Post: I think I know why computers don't work, that is, epistemologically speaking of course

    As Jimmy Carter used to do, I consult my daughter Yasmin on many an issue of great and deep importance. The subject this weekend was why computers crash, have bugs, and all that sort of stuff. I made a bold statement because I wanted to see where we could take it. I said “they have problems because...
  • Blog Post: A Sense of Security Certainly Saves Sleep

    I was wandering around the other day thinking to myself, how secure are things in my daily life. How do my expectations of security match the reality? I started with my house. How secure is my house? Well, there are 'locks' on all the doors and windows. Certainly that makes it secure. And then of...
  • Blog Post: Mall Marching Marauders Make life Marvelous

    It's 9am. Do you know where your parents are? This morning I dropped Yasmin off at school. She needed to provide a white cotton t-shirt, and white cotton pants to tie-dye for a play that they are doing in the spring. We had the shirt already, but we didn't have the pants. So, after I dropped her off...
  • Blog Post: Legacy Lags Listlessly Lurching towards the future

    What is “legacy data”? I thought about this because at work we talk about 'legacy data' all the time. As if the data being stored in the future will be current, and the data stored today is old crufty and undesirable. Having installed another 120Gb in my machine, I rapidly filled it up...
  • Blog Post: Archived Media Makes Marvelous Movies

    I've archived a large number of DVDs to my hard disk. If you have non-copyrighted material, say weddings and whatnot, on DVD, you can use DVDDecrypter to store the content on your hard disk. It has this neat mode (ISO Read) that pretty much just copies the entire disk to your machine as an ISO image...
  • Blog Post: Coax Capabilities Come to Computer

    So, This past weekend, I pushed further ahead with my home office rearrangement project. Having detreasured the downstairs, and having move my center of computing upstairs, there was just one more thing to move. I left one of the computers downstairs (the media archiving PC) because that's where the...
  • Blog Post: Note To Self:

    Don't buy big houses. You'll just fill them up with junk that you'll never see again! You know the drill... I was down in the basement, and I was opening up boxes and... Tonight I threw away an old TV, that no longer worked, a VCR, that is older than the ice age, that big box of Doctor Dobb's Journals...
  • Blog Post: Weekend with an 8 year old

    Saturday, wake up at the crack of dawn (8:30am). We'll be meeting up with Val and Kalya at 10am at the central park in Bellevue. So, of course we need a gourmet breakfast before we go. That consists of special scrambled eggs, strawberries and pear slices. 10am, at the park. They're not quite there...
  • Blog Post: From Queen Ida to JaRule

    About 3 years ago I went through a transformation. I discovered that there was a ton of music that I wanted to listen to. I never was much for the Napster craze, so I actually went out and bought a bunch of CDs. I just counted, and I have about 100 of them. Although I have a pretty nice AV system...
  • Blog Post: Spring is in the air!!...

    As I look outside into the cold gray sky, I remind myself that it is probably sunny and 80 degress somewhere in the world. With the advent of modern flight, I could possibly be in that sunny warm place within 24 hours if I'm willing to pay enough money. I was California born and raised, and moved...
  • Blog Post: De Treasuring

    I've been bumping around the computer industry for about 20 years now. I've worked with everything from a Commodore PET, to a PDP 10, VAXen, Sequent, PCs, and lots of other little boxen in between. I've worked on all operating systems big and small, including NeXTStep, Taligent, BeOS, Linux, DOS, MacOS...
  • Blog Post: How Wireless broke my HVAC

    I live in a two story rambler sort of house. I have MSN Broadband at home, and I use a LinkSys wireless router thingy to allow me to get on the internet from anywhere in the house, from 3 or 4 different computers. In the beginning, I had the broadband hooked up down in the basement, along with the computer...
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