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Backup hardware and software recommendations for family computers

Lots of people ask about backup and disaster recovery for family computers. I use an external USB/eSATA case and Acronis True Image software to image all my friends and family computers. Reference links below for the hardware and software. The biggest value to me has been flexibility in upgrading drives, decommissioning a system, and migrating… Read more »

Browser recommendations – performance and security

This is a post to answer some regular questions I get from friends and family. I’ll update it regularly as required. First, I use an ad blocker. Sites don’t like you to block ads, but there are so many malicious ads out there that chew up bandwidth, slow my browser, and clutter my screen that… Read more »

Ajit Pai (FCC Chairman) is not our friend

We are watching the FCC sell out the consumers it is supposed to protect. Ajit Pai is the head of the FCC. He’s a smart guy, but he is not the friend of the consumer, he’s a former Communication Industry law partner. He’s selling Network Neutrality like he’s on an infomercial (it’s not what he… Read more »

Hiking 

I’ll start to post more about hobbies as well as technology.   On our Yosemite trip this month, I focused on packing light. I weighed and documented everything I took. This resulted in a much more successful and enjoyable trip.  New equipment included a new, lightweight sleeping bag, a 10L compression sack,and some lightweight packing… Read more »

Raspberry Pi-Hole

I was trying to optimize my home network and determined using a local DNS server significantly  improved our internet experience.  I did the testing with my home server, but it’s a beast (six cores, 32GB RAM, and 4-6TB storage).  Since I have a spare Raspberry Pi B+, I figured I would use it. Researching further,… Read more »

Edit Word Normal.dot template

How to open the Normal template in any version of Word To edit the normal template in any version of Word on any Windows operating system do the following: Open Word. Open the vba Editor by Pressing Alt+F11 together. At the bottom of the vba Editor window is something called the Immediate window. (Press Ctrl+G… Read more »

Raspberry Pi-Hole

I was trying to optimize my home network and determined using a local DNS server significantly  improved our internet experience.  I did the testing with my home server, but it’s a beast (six cores, 32GB RAM, and 4-6TB storage).  Since I have a spare Raspberry Pi B+, I figured I would use it. Researching further,… Read more »

Android issues with Netgear R6250 and Motorola SB6121

I haven’t read about other people with this exact problem, so I’m posting my solution in the hopes of helping some other poor soul.   Problem We had significant performance issues with 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz wifi connections on our Android phones.  The symptom was clicking on any link required over a minute to render… Read more »

Docker security issue?

Doing a lot of research on Cloud services.  Aside from services, features, and cost, my focus has been Federation (with on premise Active Directory specifically) and Security.  I haven’t duplicated the root access in this article, but this is exactly the thing that keeps me up at night. Using the docker command to root the… Read more »

Comcast speed upgrade

OK, people badmouth Comcast, but this is a pretty good deal.  I upgraded my cable modem in 2007 to DOCSIS 2.0 and IPv6 support.  It might be time to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0.  I’ll do more testing over the weekend to determine if I really need the upgrade.  Note from Comcast and my speedtest.net results… Read more »