Category Archives: Tech

Bodhi Linux Makes old Emachine Laptop Fly

When HP recently unloaded it’s 11 inch chromebooks on employees for an excellent price – $129 for devices that list for $279 – I couldn’t resist.  I wasn’t sure what it would be good for, but for that price I … Continue reading

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How to Mute a Circle in Google Plus

Muting circles in Google Plus is easy. Put those extra chatty people in their own circle, and either throttle the amount of their traffic shows up in your stream, or mute them altogether. Check out their posts any time you like just by selecting their circles. Continue reading

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Some Cool Android Apps to Scan, Measure, and Analyze

Inspired by the impressive capabilities the “Tricorder” applicatilon instilled in my normal Android devices, I decided to do a little research.  I specifically wanted to find applications that interact with the physical world in interesting and meaningful ways. I came … Continue reading

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Goodbye Google Docs, Hello Google Drive

First impressions of Google Drive, Google’s successor to Google Docs. Access from PC, plus supported and unsupported Android devices. Automatically syncs files across devices. Continue reading

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Switching from Vonage to NetTalk Duo

NetTalk Duo – good value, with a few minor issues. Real experience using this device and comparing the service to Vonage. Continue reading

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Opera Supports Socks 5 Proxy (Finally)

Opera finally supports SOCKS proxies. Here’s how to enable and configure it in version 11.10. Continue reading

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FreeBSD and the Addonics NAS Adapter

FreeBSD locks up my Addonics NAS adpater. Continue reading

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Genesee County’s Bid for the Google Fiber Getting Some Exposure

Genesee County’s efforts at attracting Google to the area as a potential site for it’s new Fiber-Optic network are getting some exposure. Here’s hoping that it gains some momentum. Continue reading

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Genesee County Finally Joins the Google Fiber Fray

I can’t say for sure if I had anything to do with it, but I’ve been trying to drum up awareness of Google’s intent to build experimental fiber networks in one or more comunities for about 3 weeks now (see … Continue reading

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Beware of Scareware

Fake anti-virus programs, rogue security software, extortion-ware – whatever you want to call it – learn to spot it before it can hurt you. Continue reading

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Astroturfing: Fake Grass Roots Organizations

Astroturfing is the practice of creating fake grass-roots organizations to sway public opinion. Find out how much big telecom companies are paying to confuse us about ‘net neutrality. Continue reading

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Genesee County Should Host Google’s New Fiber Network – an Update

Still trying to make sure Genesee County is in the running for Google’s new fiber network. Continue reading

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Genesee County Should Host Google’s Experimental Broadband Network

Google is seeking one or more communities in which to develop an experimental broadband high-speed fiber network. Google is interested in hearing from state, county, and municipal agencies in order to determine where to develop this network. I think Genesee County is the ideal location. Continue reading

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Encryption and Virtualization in Configuration Management

Virtualization and encryption are two distinct technologies which can be used to improve the reliability and security of configuration management. Learn the benefits of each, and get an introductory tutorial on their usage. Continue reading

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A Phased Approach to Open Source

Users are unwilling to leave their comfort zones and learn a new operating system and all new programs at the same time. The good news is, they don’t have to. Continue reading

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