Father’s Day

Happy Father's day to my Dad, his Dad, and my Step-Dad. : )   I recently got about 16 family home videos and started a project to copy them to DVD for preservation. I've counted 15 firework shows, 27 sunsets, and countless clips of me rolling my eyes at the camera. As father's day approached,... Continue Reading →

Accelerating REST: Rate-limiting

I took a trip with my son last weekend to Fort Worth. If you haven't met him, he is energetic, curious, and quite a bit more vocal than I am. His curiosity, while a good thing, sometimes gets to be a bit much. I find myself trying to divert his re...

Pygmalion and Praise

After instructing my kiddo or giving him feedback, I often find myself questioning if I'm helping or hurting him. Did I give him too much praise for something that should be considered elementary? Am I setting the bar too low or too high for him? ...

Be vendor friendly

One of the most valuable lessons I learned at PepsiCo was to listen to the salesmen vendors or startups send over. Not necessarily because they are right, but because they linked a product or service that they can provide to a plausible return on ...

Media server?

Sorry about the lack of posts - weekends have been pretty busy. Since the last post, I've added about 30 things I want to do that have nothing to do with the media server. Sensing a trend in which nothing gets accomplished, I'm going to focus on t...

Prepping Ubuntu Desktop for development

On my previous post, I talked about how to install Ubuntu desktop and doing the first update of it. This post focuses on installing the right IDEs (eclipse for most development and aptana for ruby dev). First off - you need music. Go here - to get...

Installing & Setting up Ubuntu Desktop

In my previous post, I build a desktop for under $400. The vision for this computer is to become a media server that will be used (with some code and a password protected private Roku channel) to share videos and pictures to the rest of our family...

How to build a computer for under $400

The title of this post may change. It could be: How to build a computer for under $400 How to injure yourself building a computer How to limit your trips to Fry's when building a computer How building a computer could get you kicked out of the hou...

Damn you Game of Thrones

Dear George R.R. Martin, I will likely end up in the insane asylum because of you. I had to catch myself before calling my wife a wench. I hear "snow, snow" whenever a bird chirps. I'm very close to naming my labradobie "Ghost". I'd like to cart i...

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