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Tying Up Tech Loose Ends : 2023 Edition 2023/12/29 12:04 PM
So as most of you know, I tend to take the last few weeks of every year off. Primarily I use this time to celebrate the year and reflect on its events. I also use this time to tie up any tech loose ends that I have... and boy did I have a few this year.
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Linux Laptop Letdown: When OEM Largesse Runs Dry 2023/10/17 10:49 PM
Today's post is about a subject near and dear to my heart: Laptops with Linux preinstalled. Sadly this is not a happy post, but rather one in which I share my recent angst about the state of Linux Laptop hardware and how I have maneuvered myself into a v
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My First Linux Conference - SouthEast LinuxFest 2023 2023/6/14 2:05 PM
I've been a Linux fan for almost 30 years, yet in all of that time, I never actually attended a Linux event (ignoring a handful of local Linux User Group (LUG) events here and there). That is, until this past weekend when I attended SouthEast LinuxFest (
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Caveat Emptor - Nightdive Studios, System Shock and Crowdfunding Risk 2023/5/31 3:14 PM
Back in 2016, a younger and mildly more optimistic Jay heard about a Kickstarter Campaign for a remake of the classic title, System Shock. Young Jay had fond memories of the original and immediately pledged $30 to help turn the dream into reality. Expec
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Low Code Software Development Is A Lie 2023/4/14 8:36 PM
I've been writing custom software for a long time and one of the things that annoys me most is when a client adopts the position that there is a silver bullet which will reduce or remove the inherent complexity of this task. This happens more often than
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ChatGPT: Far More Hype Than Substance 2023/2/13 9:50 PM
Much text has been written in recent weeks on the topic of the ChatGPT chat bot, its forthcoming integration into Bing and how it will change the world as we know it. While the commentary has run the entire gamut of possible responses, most of it is defi
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MacOS is the Worst Part of Apple Silicon 2023/1/23 11:42 PM
I recently took a new job and my new employer gave me a choice between a Lenovo Thinkpad with Windows and an M1 Macbook Pro with MacOS. Even my least dedicated readers know that I have no love for Windows and have spent literal years trying to rid myself
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The Siren Song of Set It and Forget It 2022/9/28 2:27 PM
The point of today's post, or diatribe if you prefer, is to push back against the notion that once you have a piece of tech integrated into a workflow, you are pretty much good to go barring any sort of critical failure. Sadly a lot of people believe thi
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Hasta La Vista Android 2022/8/4 12:48 AM
Well two and a half weeks ago I finally put on my big boy pants and took Annette down to the local Apple Store... and bought two iPhones. That decision came about because of years of accumulated frustration with Android, Google and Android OEMs. If you w
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Pop! Goes the Distro And Fiber Internet For The Win 2022/4/26 8:42 PM
Some weeks it sure seems like things are always changing, doesn't it? Well these past few weeks have definitely felt that way for me. Just when I think things in my tech landscape are solidifying to the point where I won't have any more material for tec
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Finally... some Peace and Quiet 2022/3/16 3:25 PM
So ya'll have been following me on my hardware journey for awhile now and you have probably noticed that I keep focusing on different facets of the hardware experience. Well today I have some good news: I have finally found the exact combination of fact
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Fun, Franchises and ReMastered Classic Games 2021/10/6 2:35 PM
So long time readers will remember that about four years back, I posted a diatribe entitled "Repeat after me: Games are supposed to be fun" that basically railed against the realization that a lot of the new games floating around weren't actuall
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The Rise of Ryzen 2021/7/20 12:39 PM
So anybody who is even remotely paying attention to processors knows that Intel is in some really deep shit. Back in 2014 they were essentially riding high above all of the competition and nobody could even come close to challenging their vice like grip o
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Spock Was Wrong: In Tech it is Easier to Create than to Destroy 2021/4/5 8:17 PM
I assume most of you didn't already know this, so I'm going to clarify it up front. One of my favorite sci-fi trilogies is comprised of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Obviously the
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Goodbye Small Server, Hello 150 Watt Office 2021/3/4 2:42 PM
Anybody who has spent any amount of time reading my content over the past few years knows what my small server project is. For those of you not in the know, it was basically my attempt to stop using an old desktop as my home server and transition all of
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To Ping Or Not To Ping, That Is The Question 2020/8/5 1:18 PM
Over the last few months, I have been having trouble with the stability of my home internet connection. This became evident to me while live streaming to Twitch as my stream would begin dropping a lot of frames in a really short amount of time. For a ti
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Why I Can't STFU And Just Code A Solution To Your Problems 2019/12/12 4:21 PM
So over the years I've had a number of people tell me that I tend to focus on the negative aspects rather than the positive aspects of situations. This feedback has been relayed to me on both professional and personal levels. Let me tell you: That this
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Paradise Reclaimed: Retro Gaming, FPGAs and the MiSTer 2019/11/16 1:49 PM
So in light of the exceptionally serious posts that have graced the front page of this site over the last month I have decided to do something a little different today. Consider this my official attempt to remind you all that I am actually capable of doi
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 3 2019/10/25 9:20 PM
This post marks the third in my series about the sad saga of Purism and the Librem 5. If you haven't read the first or second posts yet, I highly recommend that you click here and then click here. Give them both at least a quick skim before reading this
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 2 2019/10/25 9:54 AM
This post marks the second in my series about the sad saga of Purism and the Librem 5. If you haven't read the first post yet, I highly recommend that you click here. Give it at least a good skim before reading this one as it contains important backgrou
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 1 2019/10/23 6:25 PM
Today I'm going to tell you a sad tale of a device called the Librem 5 and the company behind it, Purism. As of right now, this story does not have a happy ending. I am writing this series of articles as a protest against the behavior of Purism, a compa
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Small Servers, Shitty RAID, Twitch and Caves of Qud 2018/10/6 1:30 PM
This post is really going to be just a random collection of random updates and thoughts. If you are looking for an overarching theme, I'm sorry to disappoint but there isn't one. Nevertheless, this might be worth reading anyway. Your call. So yesterday
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Sadism, Masochism and HD Antennas 2018/7/15 11:43 AM
Way back when in 2012, I did what is commonly referred to now as "cutting the cord". It was a bold move as all I had was a Roku device, a Tivo DVR and an HD antenna. If it had been solely up to me I probably wouldn't have bothered with the Tiv
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My Ode to Rogue-Likes 2018/5/16 1:19 AM
Everybody knows that I love to play RPGs (Role Playing Games). In fact I love them so much that over the last few years I mostly stopped playing games from every other genre. Despite that, my love for RPGs has begun to wane a bit in recent years. While
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A Man Without a Web Browser 2018/1/2 2:04 AM
So those of you who know me personally know that I recently switched from Chromium to Firefox. I obviously haven't commented on that change here. Why? Well there is actually a really good reason for my silence and I'm going to tell you why. The long an
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