23 Aug

Randy the Transistor Radio

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Found this booklet up in the attic at Mom and Dad’s House.  I don’t know to which of my brothers it belonged, but the publish date is 1963.  Wouldn’t it be great if American children were still excited about truly technical things?  This book depicts the circuit board (Chet the Circuit Board) admonishing the reader to not take him apart–you’ll learn how I work when you get older.

We’ve lost something along the way.

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24 Jul

Safeguarding Family Internet – Firewalls

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Yep.  Jack Bauer uses them all the time.  Every movie, TV show, novel, and newspaper article talks about them.  Apparently, they exist as some magical device that at one time both renders a “server” impenetrable and throws open secret files to terrorists.  Depending on the character in our little drama, there seems to always hide some trick or pathway around this “firewall” thing, and the description usually relies on pseudo-technical jargon to explain it away.

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04 Aug

Buried In Time – Running in Windows XP/Vista/7

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This is the second game in the Journeyman Project trilogy.  And, for me, the most memorable.  The artwork seems a bit dated now, but at the time of release it looked beautiful to me.  The acting didn’t bother me either…back then.  Now, well, any time an actor (in this case the main character) stops to smack his lips between phrases, you know you’re in for a treat!  The best part was the news editorial that was in no way editorial–the “news anchor” had no opinion of anything.  He just reported what other people thought.  Fortunately, the player may suffer through the video clips early on in the game and leave them far behind.

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19 May

Use Google SketchUp for 3D Drawings

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I’ve never claimed to be an architect, but I love great tools that work well.  One such tool belonging to that category is Google SketchUp.  In the past, I’ve fiddled with 3D software before.  I think that Blender is awesome…but it also has a steep learning curve.  Almost a learning cliff.

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04 May

Linux.com Article: Using Windows, Xbox, and iPod as Alternative MythTV Front Ends

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Originally published at www.linux.com on December 09, 2008 at 09:00 AM; reprinted with the author’s permission.

Digital video recorders (DVR) are becoming more and more mainstream. TiVo, in fact, has passed the truest test of any popular technology — having its name transformed into a verb. MythTV, a free and open source application that lets you turn a computer into a DVR, burst on the scene a few years ago, and has found fans among Linux users. However, with a little effort, it’s possible to run MythTV front ends on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Xbox, and even an Apple iPod Classic.

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09 Dec

New Article Published – Protect Your Network with SmoothWall 3

Once again, I have pestered the editors at the ordinarily refined Linux.com into publishing an article.  I had a harder time getting this one right.  I was stuck in a fiction writing mode–half of the sentences I wrote were in passive voice.  Very frustrating–probably more so for the editors.

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http://www.linux.com/feature/154568

In any case, go check out the story–SmoothWall is an excellent choice for network border security.

06 Oct

Establish Geek Cred – Read Science Fiction

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There is blight upon our land.  Honest, hard-working, I.T. professionals are growing up with their creativity stunted.  Their bright eyes should flash in the pale glow of indicators, basking in technology for technology’s sake; but instead, the young eyes are made dim with sadness being denied resources essential to their success and happiness.

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18 Apr

Keeping Up with RSS

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Hello, Everyone!  I wanted to point out some less-than-obvious functionality that most blogs feature.  In particular, the RSS feed.  It seems that people who use it love it…and people who don’t use it…well, really don’t know much about it.  SO–at the risk of sounding pedantic, here goes.

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