Category: Technology

Betamax vs VHS

DRM hits Home

As usual, I’ve had a lot of thoughts swirling in my head recently. It is interesting in this age of technology how many of the constraints are man-made. There was a time when market forces dictated which products would win or lose. The need to remain competitive created independent research & development contributed efforts which then created many competing technologies. These technologies were different at a physical level out of […]

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And then there was one

I can’t help but feel like I have been inadvertently getting prepared for what happened this weekend. As I gear up for travel, I was running through my checklist of things to take care of. One of these things was my laptop that likes to immediately shutdown when the battery hits 40%. Yes, it is quite annoying to have your computer tell you “You have two hours left” and then […]

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HyperXenBox at home

I needed another linux server … I needed to test some new hardware to stay up to date … I wanted to play with a new toy and I may be traveling soon, so it has to be compact. I decided on the Intel® NUC Kit D54250WYKH and ordered the parts off Newegg (instead of Amazon because Newegg was $50 less due to taxes). First off, Kudos to Intel on the unboxing experience: Now I […]

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Control your Versions, don’t let your VCS control you

Like e-mails, blog posts should not be written while angry. Because my career isn’t on the line here, I’ll go ahead and break that rule. It all started when I began working with two developers (Mike and Tiffany) on some projects.   The problem? They use Git, I use Mercurial. After doing a lot of research comparing Git and Mercurial, I decided to just go with Git. In total, I’ve […]

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VPNs and simple mistakes

Quick note here – hopefully this will show up in someone’s Google search. I was having issues getting my VPN service to connect. I was about to contact support when I decided I should check the log. I’m glad I did, as the error was quite obvious. Fri Jul 25 17:18:32 2014 CreateFile failed on TAP device: \\.\Global\{…}.tap Fri Jul 25 17:18:32 2014 All TAP-Win32 adapters on this system are […]

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The Happy (technological) Medium

It seems that in any industry, there are those who want to invent and those who want to commoditize these inventions. One person creates a new technology or service, and another (or sometimes the same person) then quickly finds a way to turn it into profit. This is not a new phenomenon. This process is good and bad, and different industries have varying levels of success. For example, you could hire a […]

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Learn to recover your own data – Keep your files and your money!

We all have files we care about on our computers. Maybe it’s pictures of your kids, work documents, school documents, whatever. I won’t go into too much detail about how you should keep your files backed up. Obviously if you had done that, you wouldn’t be reading this. All I’ll say on that front is that I use BackBlaze for a mere $5 a month for unlimited backups and I’ve been […]

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P2V (Physical-To-Virtual) a Windows 8 OEM Machine with VirtualBox

I won’t get into the Holy War that is choosing the right virtualization environment for you. All I’ll say is that virtualization is GREAT, and it can make certain things much easier for you! About the time I was going to write this blog post, I came across this article: http://justaskweg.com/?p=1093. I wish I had found it sooner because it explains (in great detail) some of the things I’m about to […]

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