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    IoT: Does everything need to be in the cloud?

    On the Verge reports that Google remotely reset some customers Google OnHub routers: Google has apologized to its Google Wifi and OnHub customers after it inadvertently reset a number of routers to their factory settings. Google blamed an issue with its Google Accounts engine for the problem, which forced OnHub owners offline in the middle […]

    2017: A new year

    Reading Jen’s end-of-year piece made me realize that I haven’t written much of anything in a while. Starting a new job the 2nd week of December at Nulogy has kept me busy.  Coupled with past holidays creates a certain type of gravity that prevents me from reflecting on 2016. As Jen and I talk about […]

    The highs and lows of the last two weeks

    From the “I love show tunes” department Two weeks ago I saw a the Chicago run of Hamilton: An American Musical.1 It deserves all the accolades and awards that it has garnered.  Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Alex Lacmoire, Andy Blankenbuehler and the rest of the team have created a true “cultural experience”.  It is up their with Alvin […]

    Apple Touch Bar & Microsoft Surface Dial: Two separate solutions for the same problem

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced their all-in-one Surface Studio PC featuring a very clever integrated zero-force monitor arm.  It reminded me of Wacom’s Cintiq line of visual graphic tablets. Now the Surface Studio  isn’t cheap ($2,999 USD for the base model), but I’m actually more intrigued by the new Surface Dial that they released as an add-on accessory […]

    pfSense OpenVPN, VLAN and DNS Resolver guide

    This is a great tutorial on setting up AirVPN (can easily be applied to any VPN provider) on pfSense 2.3.x and VLANs.  I had always meant to update my guide for this.  I had written: NOTE: FWIW, I think you could accomplish this through VLANs [rather than static IP addresses] The author goes through the […]

    The behavioural psychology of engagement

    Working in design and UX, my team and I are often challenged with making things more “engaging”.  In other words, how do you make the user come back for more? Ian Leslie writes in, “The Scientists who Makes Apps Addictive“: Fogg called for a new field, sitting at the intersection of computer science and psychology, […]

    Comcast has a dream(works)

    The USA Today reports: Comcast is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation in a multi-billion-dollar deal, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are reporting. The cost of the deal would be more than $3 billion, according to both news organizations, citing unnamed sources. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has been searching for a buyer […]

    HP T610 Plus and pfSense

    When I had set up my Watchguard Firebox x550e, I replaced the two 40mm fans with silent models.  I also swapped the PSU with a 90W pico PSU to make a nearly silent system. One of the replacement fans gave out and starting grinding a few weeks ago, so last week I replaced it with an […]

    Happy Anniversary

    Jen and I celebrated our 8-year anniversary this past Tuesday at a wonderful dinner at L’Avenue, a neighborhood restaurant. My wife wrote a very heart felt post about the love that we share between each other and the relative value of that love to our two kids.  Given that I was involved in the conversation, […]

    Ars Technica: Review of iOS 8

    As expected, Ars Technica presents their usual deep analysis of iOS 8:  iOS 7 and iOS 8 feel like two halves of the same update, two equally necessary steps in the journey from Old iOS to Modern iOS. iOS 7 was a facelift, a new release that added some nice user- and developer- facing features […]

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