The dilemma of hardware upgrading

Those who know me know that I’m a gearhead. No, not a motorhead; I’ve always had a deep interest in the latest digital technology, backpacking gear, tools, and other stuff. It’s the main reason I’ve covered computing for 25 years. But I’ve also relatively immune to the upgrade syndrome —… Read More

Adding NTFS support to Mac OS X

I’m perfectly capable of changing the oil in my truck, but I’d rather pay someone to do it. Sometimes the same holds for making a DIY system change to OS X or simply purchasing a utility to do it for you. That came up recently when I tried to connect… Read More

Why I keep Windows on my Mac

For work, I use both Mac and Windows systems. But when away from my office, I take my MacBook Pro (along with my iPad and iPhone) . Unfortunately, there are some tasks that simply can’t be done in OS X — primarily because a software vendor has opted not to… Read More

Life with a low-bandwidth connection

I recently purchased a small farm in a rural area of Washington’s Olympic peninsula. We have all the basics: heat, water, and power — but (so far) no high-speed Internet. I can live happy without the Web for a few days, as I’ve done when traveling into the backcountry, but… Read More

The Summer Server Project – Part Two: VM Setup

Recap and Introduction In the last article, I introduced what I plan to be a summer long project – writing a basic web server with the intention of learning more about networking. In this article, I outline what I’ve done in the last few days which, although small, gives a… Read More

The Summer Server Project – Part One: Introduction

Introduction Let me start this article with a not so profound claim: I know nothing about networking. Well, nothing might be overstating things but if I had to pick one area where I lack any semblance of detailed knowledge, all things networking would be my impulse answer. This became really… Read More

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