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Migration from Wordpress to Jekyll

TL;DR - Migrated 11 year old Wordpress blog to Jekyll. Wouldn’t recommend at all to multi-user, beginner, or corporate entities. Was a fun and geeky experime...

Linux

Headless Steam Big Picture Streaming

Introduction In both of our homes I have a Unix server for a variety of uses, but something that has been on interest for awhile was Steam in Home Streaming....

On-the-go

Tweets from the week of 2009-11-29

@CuriousGuru Grab 8rc1 instead! 7 is coming up on obsolete #linux in reply to CuriousGuru # Posted review of #Clearwire in #Richmond on the...

Tweets from the week of 2009-11-22

Fricken gorgeous outside today! #richmond What is the thing to do in the area today? # @flameeyes drop back to the trusty #openbsd ! #netbs...

Tweets from the week of 2009-11-15

@LDSchmidt29 Awesome! in reply to LDSchmidt29 # @chuckshaw come to the darkside of Java…Eclipse is your friend, but only if you haven...

Tweets from the week of 2009-11-01

@DigitalHeMan Sounds like an awesome job, what type of security? #security in reply to DigitalHeMan # @DigitalHeMan I am stationed in Ameri...

Tweets from the week of 2009-10-25

Oh #xkcd you make my heart pitter patter – http://bit.ly/100Rsx Analytical thinking at its best # @cbenard outstanding pic in reply t...

Tweets from the week of 2009-10-18

Pass on the left, stay on the right. We are slowly making our way up VA wishing people knew to drive like Europeans do http://bit.ly/MyjTy # ...

Tweets from the week of 2009-10-11

#firefox #mac anyone notice the system SLOWS down when opening a new tab or page refresh? my cpu/memory utilization is low # @matthiasendle...

Tweets from the week of 2009-09-20

Bad sushi is like taking a corner too fast on a motorcycle. Once you start the turn/bite you just have to hang on for whatever comes up # @...

Tweets from the week of 2009-09-06

@nitabills If you would stop racing it in those tractor pulls we wouldnt have these problems! in reply to nitabills # http://bit.ly/YCHWh Q...

Personal

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Review

After the unfortunate loss of my 2014 Nexus 7 tablet I was on the prowl for a replacement. I prefer to keep an Android tablet due to the flexibility to use i...

Liquorice Stick and Memories

“Mom, I don’t want to play clarinet! It is for girls!” I remember yelling at my Mother as I prepped for band my middle school years. We were poor growing up ...

Withings Home Camera Review

I am always in search of products that help me automate and secure my home. I have run a mix of Foscam, D-Link, and Panasonics cameras dumping to a Linux ser...

What do I want to do when I grow up?

Circumstances were such that I could not make a more public notification when it actually occurred, but I am now able. I have sold my portion of Spec Ops Tec...

Spiffy Schmidts one year on…

Today marks the 365th day we have been blissfully married. It is hard to believe as it feels like yesterday we were standing on top of the mountains in the C...

Celebrate Geekiness Day

I was asked by SingleHop to write a blog post about being a geek. I imagine they found my name through the URL which is hard to ignore when looking for geeks...

Top 11 Pet Peeves of Hotels

We live in hotels most of the year. Last year we “lived” in our house for less than 30 days if you don’t count our frequent reminiscing via home security cam...

2013 Investment Recap

I like to look back at the year and see how good (or bad) my investments were in stocks for the year. As the rest of the year is going to be crazy busy I wan...

The Great Illusion

I started my day with a run and was lost in the writings of Norman Angell. A month or so ago I read his book, Great Illusion,  and was awe-struck on how much...

Travel Tips from a Frequent Traveler

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” This year alone I have been in 12 countries and accumulated over 500k miles of travel and want to share my ...

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

Race to the median travel screen…

TL;DR – Sometimes the smallest laptop isn’t the best option for a traveler. If you live on one machine then maybe sucking up the weight for power isn’t a bad...

Dreamhost was hacked

It is highly infuriating to be a security person and have your own house knocked down. This was the case if you visited my site as of late and found broken l...

Don’t Mess with Momma Bear

Usually the text posted to this website is related to some technology or recent hack, but today it will be a little different. My tenacious personality and d...

Need no more – Gifts and Holidays

There comes a time when we realize there is too much stuff in our lives. I have been blessed to not need for anything beyond a smile and love. As many of my ...

Advice for new ISSO or ISSM

Someone in /r/netsec posted a question about what advice us old sages would have for a new ISSO. The below was my response that I hope is useful to my reader...

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

Field Marshal Nick

I always have thought personality tests were somewhat goofy and inaccurate. I took one this morning and it was scary right:

No Shave November – Aftermath Report

Men in my Family either grow kickass beards or what amounts to patchy peach fuze. Having been military and in the corporate world my whole life I was unable ...

Left Boeing

This morning I gave my badge back to the Boeing FSO. Lots of smiles and hand shakes, but a sad day all the same. Leaving anything you have been with for 3 ye...

Updated Stable

Since a lot of my fellow nerds have mentioned they are looking at the stables page, I updated the computers as well as providing some insight into why each m...

Happy 17th Birthday Debian!

I love Debian (looks over lovingly @ the fileserver) and look forward to many more years of stable releases. Debian was my first distro when I ran 1.3 at th...

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

Running Comic

I am up at the crack of dawn and off to run. Found this quote and made me giggle.

Tourist in my Life

I love Parks and Recreation. What started as Office knockoff has really grown into its own. A clip on last week’s episode made me stop and go hmmmm….

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

Bearded Nick

Being a military brat and dude I really never had the chance to grow facial hair. This past holiday break, while not serving to provide the full 2 weeks as p...

The quest for a Media Center Machine

With the synergy (ugh manager talk, sorry) of media and television I often find myself wanting to consume laying down or on the couch. Currently I slap a lap...

What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force ...

Clearwire Review – Richmond Metro

I was in a bit of a predicament for the past few months. I live in DC and the girlfriend lives in Richmond. Being a somewhat busy dude (60 hours a week the u...

Show Desktop

One of my favorite features with GNOME/KDE is the show desktop button. Expose is great, but I am always clicking around on the dock. This morning the RSS fee...

Flickr

This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.

Defining Security

A great post from W. Mark Brooks asks when did Information Security become IT Security? The point is very much in line with my triangle theory, that security...

Systems Engineering and Redundancy

I posted this to ServerFault.com today. Folks loose site of requirements and systems engineering and it drives me batty. Here was my response to the guys que...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

Weekend Update

What appears to be a world littered with twitter messages and facebook status message updates, I thought it appropriate to update those who care enough to re...

Match.com and the search

My name is Nick and I am on Match.com. In a conversation I had recently (with a great girl from the site actually) I posed the question whether or not she ha...

The Family at Work

As we move into a fully connected world there is a bigger expectation that we allow intrusions into our personal lives. While it may be a blackberry or a pag...

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

Error in Service Module

If you are on a OpenSuSE or SuSE SLES/SLED machine and have recently mounted /var to a new parition, you might get the following error:

Here is a quarter

I am a quarter way through my life. Assuming of course that I live to 100 years old, but that doesn’t seem unreasonable considering the rate of life expectan...

Options

“Its good to have options” rings David Bazan from the speakers. Just ending a call with my girlfriend it occurred to me the song captures my persona. The rea...

Conky Setup

I love me some eye candy that is actually useful. Conky falls into this category for me. In the olden days it was either gkrellm or a WindowMaker plugin. I h...

946

Before the sun has risen today, My feet and pavement run the way,

Long Time

It has been awhile since I have posted here since work started blocking my website (BLOCKED FOR HACKING TUTORIALS – Seriously!) and I wanted to make sure I c...

Jig

I was thinking back to one of my favorite comics this morning as I danced around the room. There are certain songs that make me just dance around like there ...

Travel Days for 2008

Why stop a geeky tradition?! Here is 2008’s travel graphs. This year I did hit the 2 full trips around the Earth. I am not sure what 2009 holds, but I had a ...

Fix for Songbird and iPod

I LOVE SONGBIRD, but it wouldn’t recognize my iPod Shuffle. I use this one to workout and need hopping tunes to keep my miles time down. If you have an iPod ...

Mouse and Cheese

The scent of tears potpourri your sheets, Sights of sorrowful disorder abound, My eyes fear to meet yours, I am left with feet and ground,

Shoebox

“MAKE IT STOP!” the woman, legs spread, and her head flung violently against the dotted lines that now supported the scene. I stood in exacerbation and awe a...

Should I buy?

Recently I was told that I am difficult to understand, dare I say, mysterious. To combat such reckless disregard for the signs of my psyche I will being flow...

Ad Astra

The stars are the most beautiful reminder of your location in the world. My combat boots trudging against the desert terrain were the platforms upon which...

New Zealand

Tonight I was placing in my calendar the fact that a friend of mine is traveling to New Zealand when I noticed the little red squiggly informing me that I sp...

I use a microscope to read maps…

Or in other words I am shortsighted. I watched outside the CRJ700 as Tucson appeared. Flying into Tucson I was surprised they had finally finished the renova...

Taking one for the team

My Father always taught me that there are things in life worth waiting for and working hard towards. For better or worse I took that lesson to heart and ingr...

Passion

What is your passion? The collegiate response is that passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion is a word that posses a meaning that ...

Parking

The morning was clear as Oscar and I made our way down the elevator for the new morning routine. We walked past the water fountain on path to the doggie walk...

Kicking it old school

I setup the Cube in the living room today. After hooking it up to the Xbox controller and big screen I am ready for some Mario Kart throw down. Now if you wi...

I have one hand in my pocket

I rarely carry cash around (as evident by the many lunches I owe coworkers) and often times find bones of it in pockets. Tonight as I threw on my jacket from...

Leaving for the city

This morning with my lungs pressed up against the cool morning air I ran through the country. Past the cows in the pasture and up the hill where the horses d...

I hate Windows

I run Windows XP in a virtual machine for those few programs that lack Linux and Mac clients. I booted my FULLY PATCHED, FIREWALLED, and Windows XP Service P...

Dress Code

I dress like a big geek sometimes. It isn’t uncommon to see me roll into work with jeans on and an untucked Polo shirt. On really bad days (the ones where I ...

Random Thoughts for the Day

I sat down with my good friend Bruce tonight for dinner when he correctly pointed out it had been awhile since I posted. Can’t have that, so here we go with ...

So true

Everyone makes fun of me because my phones have the classic ringer. You know, like Grandma’s old phone that could take down a robber. As always XKCD hits it ...

Bittersweet Day

I looked up at the calendar resting in my SuSE box tray (oooh shinny!) and it occurred to me that today is a weird one. To the majority of America today repr...

Fallacy of Distance

As we progress down the road of technological advance we must learn to remove from our minds the grasps of time and space. It is in the advancement of techno...

Smart People

One of the greatest benefits to working with bright people is bright conversations. There are people in this world who I yearn to be near for no other reason...

Memoirs are Dead

In a world of twitter and 140 character posts, how will the world change in the realm of memoirs? My memoirs are here, each blog a cross section of my intell...

Government Planning Perfection

I was allowed to leave the Air Force with no strings attached in 2003. I found this slightly odd as I had a special security code attached to my AFSC making ...

Dating World Age to Crazy Relationship

My mind is full of graphs and math. I am a geek and can’t help but think in charts. I get excited at the sight of graphing moleskin pads. As I have now been ...

6am to DC

I don’t care how often I take this flight, 330 rolls around quick. The world is eerily quiet this early.

Separation

Loneliness is something the Christian knows all too well. For me, the darkness abounds in times of joy. During tribulation I fear no sword, but the day to da...

What Love Is…NOT

I just got done watching the latest Futurama movie, “The Beast with a Billion Backs.” Great movie that follows the first wonderfully. The greatest sticking m...

Storm Racing

“Looks like rain today” my Mother commented as we shared an after Mass lunch. “Yesterday was a mess with all that storming” I agreed. Rain it seemed was my w...

Puddle of Thought

The world is filled with books describing many of the same ideals. We excite ourselves by reviewing similar theories with different words. Buzz words, corpor...

History Books

Did you know that Saint Paul was actually a woman? I bet you didn’t realize that Columbus was really from Germany and not Genovese.

Reason and Imagination

Bearing your soul in words is a dangerous proposition. Admitting to yourself in a permanent fashion is much more difficult than simply bypassing it with nons...

Born again Woman

Concerning those of us of the less pure substation of state, I offer the following. In purity comes a sense of newness and freshness. We loose the mystic of ...

True Political Self

I often get labeled as a Right Wing Republican. I took a test today and the results were interesting, I am dead center. How you like them apples?!

Truth to the Ladies

Ladies, Ladies, come have a seat. We have put this off way to long and it is time we had this talk. I know it is tough to hear, but I feel it is my duty as a...

Bought a Kindle

I love books. I actually love reading but hate the one aspect of being a traveling reader…carrying them all. A few reference computer manuals and a college b...

Beagle Travelers

Oscar only whines when he is wanting to go play outside with another dog or he is upset. Luckily he is a pretty happy dog and does neither with any sort of r...

Joy of Flushing

I live in an old home. Over 70 years old at least. I don’t know the exact date, but I know that this whole area is named for the original owners. Th...

Muster

We all stood in line this morning which seemed the perfect crowning to the definition of military efficiency. The middle aged officer (she had the officer lo...

Geek and Backup Pride

Geeks pride themselves on the ability to institute good backup routines. We laugh in the faces of those poor souls who scream and yank hair as they watch the...

Goodness inside

There has always been a great debate on if people were naturally good or evil. On one side of the argument is the mantra of those who have been hurt, beaten,...

Man-ism’s

One of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness ran a great article today about things we learned from our fathers. I wanted to share a few of my favorites...

We are all one body…

One of the most enjoyable activities for me is to simply sit an airport. The cross section of society is laid in front of you to sample and review. After a f...

The air I breathe

I have my chillout playlist on as I sit comfortably in the Sky Harbor Airport. Today I packed up all my things and put the mini cooper on the back of a truck...

Voting Catholic

My family and I had a discussion last night that really sparked my synaptic in the old head. The current ream of candidates just doesn’t allow for a Catholic...

Mowing

Today I figured out why my last relationship didn’t work out. It wasn’t the difference in faith, differing family backgrounds, lack of mutual respect. No the...

Ninja Turtle Marketing

I have been thinking a lot lately about devotion and effort. I know what you are thinking, devotion to the law shouldn’t require effort, blah blah blah. When...

Confirmation

Catholics believe that Baptism is the washing away of original sin and not the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Protestant Brothers and ...

The Scientist and the Eye Ball

I am reading through Theology of the Body again after many of times. I now use it more as reference material than actual reading, but tonight I started Chris...

Twitter Updates for 2008-03-20

Going to HSV next week for vacation…meetings everyday of that vacation :) # Toothbrush manufacturers and holders unite! STOP MAKING TOOTHBRUSHES THAT DO...

Wonderful Pope Pius XI

“If the man is the head, the woman is the heart, and as he occupies the chief place in ruling, so she may and ought to claim for herself the chief place of l...

I want a pony and a nintendo…

I remember growing up I would pray with such fervor for things. This morning as I was driving to work I did the same thing! You would think after 23 years I ...

Can you hear me now?

In the spirit of giving something up for 40 days, I am shooting for noise. As I type this I hear the washer machine, the music streaming from last.fm (David ...

Off to Church

Last night as I was running (10.6 miles HUA!) I had this overwhelming desire to be in Church this morning. Spiritually I have been in a bit of a drought but ...

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

The Three Non-Negotiables

As a Catholic Man I am called to vote based on the faith and not of the world. The Pope while addressing the European People’s Party laid out 3 points. What ...

Twitter Updates for 2008-02-02

Some meetings to attend, oil to change on the Mini and rebuilding a rare racing motorcycle. Don’t tell Oscar but he is getting a Bath! #

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-27

Yummy, Eddy’s Fruit Bar without Sugar. BAM! 30 Calories in a bar. Good stuff! # Woohoo! It is Sabbath Time! I really need it today. Man I need me some C...

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-25

Well that was short lived, instead of my move to DC it is off to Mesa AZ # Off to tucson again and later off to mesa forf # On the way to the airport ...

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-23

I wish I was tired so I could fricken go to sleep, sheesh! # Live with or without you, U2 knows how to kick you in the heart. What a song! # Off to sl...

Hey Ya

I am not one for rap usually, but this rendition rocks my socks. Turns the pop-rap into this dramatic song about life :) 

Brrrr

I ran this morning in 20 degree weather…with snow! It was pretty chilly and I am hoping when I awake in the morning the run will be much more enjoyable.

Lest we forget…

Sometimes I think we loose sight of what God made all this for. I find it funny when people envision God sitting on high making things for himself to look at...

Moment in Time

Sometimes when we leave a place we know it isn’t forever. Yet you still look around with deep breath and soak it in. What is “it”  that we need to soak?I had...

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-18

Woot! I am actually home…weird feeling! # I can’t believe I am saying this…it is freezing in AL! I miss the warm Tucson weather! DC is going to be even ...

Does this look gay?

Easy question, I feel fricken goofy running around small-town Arab with this: 

Food Time!

On airplanes it is really funny to watch the stewardess get the drink cart ready. In complete unison trays on the back of seats drop for their yummy infant p...

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-16

One more day on travel and then back. Praise God! # Did I mention I am going home? Just got the early checkin for my flight! #

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-15

5 miles in under 30 minutes # Woohoo macworld! So glad I have OT money # Apple just screwed appletv owners, thanks apple # Wow I love macworld #

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-12

woohoo 3 hours of sleep is all I need, I am a fricken ninja # I am so tired…I mean like super tired….over 100 hours this week #

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-07

Today’s liturgy includes a reading from First John, it is WONDERFUL! Talks about the Trinity and Ministry. Blog to follow #

I diet geeky style

From the DailyPlate website I track my food for keeping my weight (steady, not trying to loose) and today after working out I was given this little note:

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-05

Heading out to wear camel’s hair, eat some locus, sip on some honey and do that kind of stuff. Be out that way till late! #

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-03

On the road again…I am leaving on a jet plane…and every other cliche traveling song. Except for Papa was a Rolling Stone, you get th … #

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-02

Doctors Appt. on the old arm…hope I have nothing else to do # Good News! Doctor said I am way ahead of schedule and doing great. Looks like eating healt...

Speechless

Other than the language and video games, it is so so true…

Twitter Updates for 2008-01-01

Happy 08 and such, why do we celebrate a trip around the sun? Why not be Catholic and celebrate God Blessing Mary!? # I am watching Business School epis...

What Geek am I?

  This is a picture someone published online that shows all the different types of geeks. I figured I would quickly look at the image and find, THE NICK. My ...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-31

Just got back from Dan and Lindsey’s wedding. Pictures posted, went great # Heading out for some errands. Weird being off work so long. Guess the holida...

Travel Days for 2007

This was my first year for Boeing and I spent a lot of it elsewhere than home. It has been incredibly rough on those around me, but the career and life forwa...

Best Man Toast

I want to look back on this with my Brother. Here it is for the world to mirror!

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-28

I made it to Pensacola for Dan’s wedding. Had a great 5 mile run and got a tux. A great night! # i am sitting on a beach with a laptop, called into a co...

Technology vs. Water

I had begun to write this really long post on why technology was amazing. I am in Pensacola for my Brother’s wedding and took the opportunity to attend a dai...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-26

So glad to have a friend who reads my mind # Family arriving from MI today. Very excited to see them all. Also reading through “Dumb Ox” again. Love GK #

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-25

Hey Midnight Mass and gifts! Gifts from God and Parents…WOOT WOOT! # Picking out wedding songs for my Brother Dan…dancing and singing along. Thank God f...

Dead Poetic – Vices Lyrics

I love this song, it is a little hard rock but the lyrics hit me so hard. It is refreshing to hear Christian music that talks about the true struggle. 

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-24

Decorated for Midnight Mass @ Church and now I am taking a nap for Midnight Mass # Hilarious! I am walking family through removing Vista and installing ...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-22

Life is a funny thing, sometimes you can’t get enough of it and sometimes you have had too much of it # Confession Tomorrow! WOOT WOOT! Last week it was...

Absolution

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgi...

WOOT! Arm in sweater

Since the accident I have been rocking a lot of short sleeve shirts. That is great if it was summer, but winter is killing me. The past few mornings I made t...

What I need Recap 2

In a fight recently, I wrote down a list of needs. The boat had done sailed by time these were written down but I left them on my fridge (along with what Nic...

Living Room

If you are clicking here you know what this is… Living Room For the whole house… Click Here 

Water

I ran my hand through the water on the banks of the pond that day. As I sat under the golden crisp light beaming down on me, I knew the time was not for deci...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-15

Adoration for the first time in many of months, thanks God # You can never go wrong with a German bottle of wine # David Bazan is a cool dude # okay...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-14

I wish I could sleep like my iPhone. Plugin and sync everything, slide a finger across my forehead and be wide awake. If only :) # I hate when you are a...

407

It is often in the course of life that we are put to the test of our faith. My little brother just txt’ed me saying “Shotgun is at mom’s...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-13

Wow facebook and twitter loving each other! Now I can update one status and have it replicate to all of them… # Wonder where all the nice weather went! ...

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-12

Posting this from KDE 4rc1 and it still is trying to be something it is not. 3.5 blows this out of the water # No twit this week! YIKES! #

Twitter Updates for 2007-12-10

KDE 4 running on Ubuntu is a pilling crap of poo. I am sure the developers do great work. They just fail at the desktop experience #

Twitter Updates for 2007-11-21

Ron Paul yard sign…check! Already got a few honks in old Arab # This video made me cry: http://tinyurl.com/2f6uc4 [http://tinyurl.com/2f6uc4] #

Twitter Updates for 2007-11-12

Working from home because no one showed up at work to open the door. Oh well. # Working from home because no one showed up at work to open the door. Oh ...

Linux and Skype – NOW WITH VIDEO!

Skype (or ebay) have been killing me for years now. I am a huge Skype user and always loved the video chat option. I have gone back and installed webcams for...

New Exhaust RC51

For a heck of a steal on ebay, I picked up a new exhaust system for the bike. Ready for the price…wait for it…wait for it…125 dollars pl...

God is watching

_Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you...

Dorky Nerd God

NerdTests.com has confirmed what we all knew…I am a Dorky Nerd God…stop the presses!

iPhone + Mini Cooper = Super Hotness

I am happy to report that usingthe ICE Link for my Mini works great with the mini. I now have a mini computer in my mini car. It even fades when calls come i...

Mother Theresa…the atheist

I was totally unaware that having doubt in your spiritual life made you an atheist. I always thought that the commitment of being an atheist was the total de...

In spite of divisions among Ch…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ, brothers and sisters in J

Pope Quote…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ…brothers and sisters in the Lord – Pope Joh...

Military Men — WHOORAH!

While there was much talk about the Army raising the maximum age for new recruits from 35 to 42, the lesser-known development is that the Pentagon managed no...

Seedless Grapes

Todays reading is Matthew 13:18. I read something like that and think of being a seed…what a feeling?! Can you help but go through today’s gospel and figure ...

Misguided revolts

I can’t image what he would think if he saw this shirt for sale at the Gap. I think it is funny how misguided and idealistic my generation is. Embrace the ga...

Jr. High Review

Some people call Jr. High yearbooks humiliating. I call them perspective makers. I look back at the pictures and remember all the concerns I had in life and ...

The story of my life…

I do a lot of online shipping. I love UPS and FEDEX tracking via Google (Thanks for being able to just to type into Search Google Friends) and watching the b...

I am close to be done with the…

I am close to be done with the house, it has taken a lot. Feels great to rock out to music @ 2200 knowing the nearest neighbor is 2 acres

She is…

Mom Click the link and wait for it to load.

Wow I am sitting at my desk in…

Wow I am sitting at my desk in Huntsville! What a shock to be working @ the place I live. Had a long day of moving yesterday. Almost done!

I think everyone forgets somet…

I think everyone forgets something when we talk WWDC…developers…developers not users. I think we all get really excited for nothing

Please oh please let there be …

Please oh please let there be a ultraportable macbook pro. I miss my 12″ powerbook. If it doesn’t drop today I am off to pickup a sony tx

Airports and Standby

Let me quickly speak of airports and booking flights. Why in the world would a company book a flight 10 people over. I know 10 doesn’t sound like a lot but o...

Tucson Graveyard

While on business travel in Tucson I came across the Air Forces’ graveyard for old airplanes. A very fascinating place! I will upload the pictures en masse l...

New motorcycle – Honda RC51

I debated and thought about it a lot before deciding on this bike. The money it cost to buy a used bike was enough to purchase a run-of-the-mill 600/1000cc I...

Eucharist Prayer of Self

It occurred to me at Mass this last week that the true sacrifice of the Eucharist not only occurs metaphysically on the alter but also with ourselves. I foun...

I am the computer man!

I sent this out to prove that I wasn’t as geeky as everyone made me out to be. Proof that I maybe a geek…but I will never be the “THE COMPUTER MAN!”

Dating a geek

I am going to “mirror” this post from http://www.emilyhambidge.com/blog/emily/66/ which no longer exists. Seriously don’t click that link as it goes no where...

Marco……POLO!!!

    So life has been pretty crazy lately. I have many many requests from friends and family for where I am. Most of the emails and voice mails start with “Ar...

Liturgy Explanation

I have been asked many times where the actual words to the Litrugy (aka Mass) come from. They seem so foreign at times to those looking in. I found this onli...

Crazy Mac Mini People

For some reason in the twilight zone a G4 Mac Mini is still worth near it’s asking price. Why? I cannot for the life of me understand who is paying these pri...

Styrofoam Cross

It is the seed of desire, The eruption of my pain, With tears in my eyes I continue, The act brings nothing to gain,

Hope to be blind

From beneath the waves of my mind I looked above for a target. My eyes periscope above the waves of control and gazed the road ahead. Instead of staying bene...

Hunting Dogs

“Give me the gun” my Uncle blurted out as I stood there rifle in hand. This was the first time I had seen my Uncle Mike in the better part of a decade. We ha...

Are you ready?

I found a post on the NYT that really interested me because it mentioned marriage. Now usually I would roll my eyes and disregard because it did come from th...

Box will fit you well

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

The Sanctity of Life

The Catholic Church is often beat-up for its ardent respect for life, conception till death. Now I hate to bring up what everyone else does with the War in I...

From the desk of Father Philip N. Powell

I have at times in my life thought about this seriously. While I don’t feel God’s grace calling me to the priesthood, still a good read to understand that ca...

ARRR!! I am a software pirate

And it is easier…I do my best to use opensource software at all times but there are times when I need, specifically, Windows XP. I just purchased a 24″ iMac ...

Where do I draw the line?

Where do I draw the line? I think back to the past month of my life and wonder what it is I am fighting for. Lets just review very quickly what it is I am go...

Bye Bye Treo…

The Treo 650 is a great phone. I purchased it after a horrible experince with Windows Mobile and decided to go the Palm route for the excellent Linux support...

It is all about God and I

I had an interesting topic come up tonight that sparked a need for this post. Someone pointed out to me that it was very tough to have Contemporary Christian...

Ich speak Deutsch und English

I was watching a documentary on the Vatican tonight and they were interviewing the Swiss Guars, who obviously, speak mostly German. Maybe because I have been...

Updates to the Apologetics Page

Wonder where all the words from Mass origniate? Seems like a bunch of crazy talk? DO I HAVE THE SITE FOR YOU! Click below for a break down of what is prayed ...

Church of the NCAA

As you can imagine, a young man like myself is lost far away from the comforts of my predominately Catholic hometown. As I venture into the world of Crimson ...

Rocks Cluster

Rocks Cluster rocks my socks. After battling with their FTP to grab the latest ISO, I was finally able to do a VMWare Install of version 4.2. The key for doi...

Electricity makes me giggle

And tingly for that matter. I was on the phone last night with Kade when I began to troubleshoot the broken TV. Let me walk you through this slowly so you ca...

First day of Work!

Today starts a new job, thank you for everyone’s amazing help in getting to this point. And THANK THE LORD! This guy just keeps watching over me, whats that ...

Thoughts of the Body

I had a good chuckle about what our venerated John Paul the Second wrote on looking for a woman. He really digs into the theology of all this but I will just...

Living life to the fullest

I am strangely disturbed at people saying this in response to a description of themselves. I think it maybe popular cliche to say that. I just don’t imagine ...

Those scary 5 words…

I should be happy you know, that people look at me and see those traits. Yesterday it happened again…I am joking with the Priest as I entered the confessiona...

OUT OF HERE!

This will be my last post from the confides of Mississppi. Be back online soon. God Bless and talk to everyone soon,

Packing up the memories

I realized this morning (well more exactly last night around 2am) that the reason this is dragging me down so much is the strings tied to it. Packing up and ...

John Baths

Splish Splash I was taking a dip in the Jordan

Abortion – Catholics Old and New

St. Antoninus is often brought up to PROVE that Catholics at one point supported abortion. I guess if one looked at the topic face value than, yes, a very pr...

J-O-B

I am so abundantly blessed it is amazing. Off I goto Huntsville Alabama to work for Boeing doing Linux Administration. I leave Biloxi on the 1 year anniversa...

I am Man hear me Roar!

Men Are Just Happier People– What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of the...

Priorities in Life

I wanted to take this time of inward criticism to reevaluate my list in life. Many years ago my father sat me down and told me that until you put your priori...

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

Cheap Geek

I woke up this morning when Google Calendar sent a txt to my phone informing me that I had been paid today! “What?! I just got paid 2 weeks ago!” I looked in...

Ruby vs Python

I am going to attempt once again to learn a programming language. I wanted to look at the pro’s and con’s of each language in my work enviroment, military/DO...

Abortion – 1973

Sometimes as a society we become caught up in the social justice fights of our day. During these very passionate moments, I think we sometimes forget how lon...

Word of the Day

I really dislike the word of the day from dictionary.com because I feel dumb. In my mind I am trying to understand who uses these words or at least opens the...

Wow

Still laughing and I have seen this picture for years now. I wonder what the kid looks like now? I bet this shows up on his senior class video :)

2 Things this Morning

1.) I hate being sick. So rarely is it an issue for me that when these unfortunate events happen it really kicks me in the ribs. I am on the trailing edge of...

Day 3

I am sorry for the delay in posting. If there is one thing I did get from the trip it was sick. I am sicker than a dog and feeling like crud. The last day we...

Day 2 — Evening

Today was a wonderful day. I had been struggling with what my purpose for being here was. I really didn’t feel that it was for the training as I had been thr...

Heading to San Diego

I am heading out to San Diego for a Catholics Seeking Christ(CSC) Conference. I find the name funny because I would hope all Catholics were seeking Christ :)...

China != Christian Freedom

The venerated JP2 spoke of the society of death all the time in his writings. As a world we support death in abortion, “getting rid of old people”, those pes...

Beef O’ Bradys + Popple = Good Fun

Filled with a night of local beer companies and theology we spent the night discussing theology and barley. Those of you who know me, well, I don’t drink…but...

Something is wrong with this picture

For some reason when you have a camrea phone pictures in the bathroom seem okay. It was lunch rush so i quickly took this picture before people came in behin...

Stations of the Cross — Literally

I recieved some 1950/60’s-ish stations of the cross pictures. It is an odd mix of art as you can tell the artist didn’t paint in a decor standard to the time...

GUI Babies

While discussing security and such with the awesome TSgt. Harkleroad, he used my now favorite phrase: GUI Babies. This made me giggle. The problem with techn...

Geek Code

Geek Code is almost a necessary addition to any website dealing with techie crap. After many years of NOT putting one on I decided to cave in. I now will be ...

Asus M5n ACPI Fan

I am posting this so I can later go search and find it. Stupid fan was driving me nuts!

Sansa e260 and Linux

I broke down and purchased a new MP3 player after the trusty iPod Mini bit the dust. Thank you Apple for including a wonderful 6GiB CF Drive though :) Moving...

Oddness

I feel odd. Shortest Post Ever.

Kade has a Site!

Go and run…no RUSH…no SPRINT for the stunning and beautiful Miss Kade’s new website:

Rookie for the Game

Like the rookie night before the game, Unsure of the road ahead, In my uneasiness I pour, The thoughts out of my head,

2 Awesome Events

1.) My 1997 Saturn SL1 crossed the 160k mile mark. Thats right, this poor car has gone 160,000 miles. AWESOME! I mean here it is getting 40 miles to the gall...

Kade’s Awesome Art

I asked Kade to grace my walls with her beautiful art. Being the Catholic dude I had to have Fish…Eucharist…yeah. So I showed her some of Rudolf Koch’s stuff...

THERE WAS A LADY IN THE MENS ROOM!

Imagine the look on my face (or don’t because that would mean you are in the bathroom with me) as I look down to see a lady…in the bathroom…stuck to the wall...

New Pictures with Kade

There are now some pictures of Kade and I hanging out around Tampa Biloxi. Follow the link to check them out:

Almost there!

Kade and I now have just a few days left. It seems like forever since I have seen here last. It is so very hard to believe that we have been working to God’s...

Angels Call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

The Little Box

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

Beach Life

Cover up the sounds with music, Hide the water behind the pages, Laying on the beach alone, The world is all mine,

Jr. High

Some people call Jr. High yearbooks humiliating. I call them perspective makers. I look back at the pictures and remember all the concerns I had in life and ...

Why?

I am heading down to Tampa this weekend to see Kade. I am excited…well excited would be a vast understatement of the true extent of this emotion. Having been...

Prayer

Had an awesome talk with the guys on prayer tonight! Kris couldn’t make it so it was a one horse show tonight. It was really nice and I thank God for the cha...

Once More

I have nerves worse today, Then before I said “I do” Maybe because instead of a hello, This is a goodbye to you,

Start of a new day!

I am going to start posting more often I think. I am a horrible person for posting once every thousand years but such is the life of a single computer guy. I...

No return necessary

in the faces of those i pass by, on the streets or in my car, its you i see here and there, your image never very far,

Vicar of Christ List

Vicar of Christ, Pope, that whole Apostolic tradition line in the Creed, Papa, Line of Peter, Bishop of Rome, St. Peter’s Key Keeper

How do you know?

For all my brothers there tonight at CYAG, I wanted to post a few things you gave me. I know its not often that the minister is ministered to, but tonight wa...

Malls

i am sitting in the mall here….and….i think i have lost touch with my generation. the men all look like ken cut-outs and the girls beyonce-in-a-bottle. i thi...

Lent

Wow am I struggling! Lent is right around the corner and I am begining to realize that I don’t know what it is I will commit too. This sounds so goofy, but I...

What I need…

When awhile ago I was going through some rough times, Father Tim suggested I write down what it is I needed, not wanted, from a spouse. The fruits of this di...

Ugly Hiding Place

The thumps against the wall, Rattling the crucifix over head, One more sin to tuck under, The silk sheets on the bed,

Apologetics

My awesome friend Kade has really been making me think deeply of my faith. Her questions and insights have pushed me to a stronger place with my Faith in Chr...

Cool Christian Tee I got

Awesome new tshirt! I love when trendy stores pick names so close to Bible words that you can’t help but make a tshirt! :)

Great day

It’s a glorious day. I am not sure why :) I dropped my car for an AC check so maybe that’s why I am so excited. My friend Kade (hottest non-denominational gi...

Yeah for God!

So yeah I was online and a friend of mine had an away message that said “Praying…..” It made me realize that I was lacking there. I was such a control freak....

I feel bad

Tonight I let my personal issues get in the way of ministry. I rode over to do Bible study and I was there…a few guys showed up and we just ended up going ou...

Weird…moving on I suppose

So I run into this girl who is DEVOUT Christian. I mean like super hardcore orthodox…which is cool in my book. She has a Jesus fish (pointing right directon)...

Over it!

I just was reading some girl’s blog and she posted a saying that sounds an ALOT like 1 Corinthians 13:4 which got me thinking:

For all the emails and questions

Hello Everyone! I think I have received more emails and calls over the past few days than ever before. Its awesome to hear from everyone and refreshing to k...

Over

The nervous is gone…the pain subsiding….thank you to all my friends and family for your prayers. You are all truly blessings…

Talk about nervous…

Wow….I can only hope that my fingers can type as fast as my heart is racing. My wife is in Baltimore. Thats right she is exactly 15 hours away from landing i...

She is almost home

Its getting about that time when the military sends my wife home. I am not sure what will happen or anything…what I do know is its time! There is such a stra...

WHEEL…OF….FORTUNE!!!

You ever get the feeling that sometimes your life is on a big wheel? I swear right now God is humbling my like never before. I should have known better than ...

Top 100 Catholic Pickup Lines

Let’s get out of here. I know a much cozier little Catholic bookstore downtown. I bet I can guess your confirmation name. You’ve ...

She is almost home

Its getting about that time when the military sends my wife home. I am not sure what will happen or anything…what I do know is its time! There is such a stra...

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

Fallen Comrade

It was a hot summer day driving down the road on the way back from a friends house in St. Petersburg. Crossing the busy traffic from Tampa to Dale Malbary wa...

Testify to Vice

Let me start by saying that geeks love porn. Yep its true, porn is the driving force for the ENTIRE Internet. People like to think that the spread of knowled...

Thanksgiving…what are a year!

I am sitting here wondering to myself what to be thankful for this year. It was rough with Katrina taking my house in Slidell but being thankful enough to ke...

Rhetorical Question

The suggestions flow much easier from your lips now. I wonder if they have already spilled the fabled words of “we need to stop.” I wish I could steal you fr...

Does the dog know?

I wonder if the dog knows, That the world is falling apart, His ears once graced two owners, Now we are down to just one heart,

Rookie

Like the rookie night before the game, Unsure of the road ahead, In my uneasiness I pour, The thoughts out of my head,

Tired of Asking

I am tired of having to ask, Whether you will be here or not, You are my wife, I deserve better than that,

If your eye sins; remove

I would rip you from the sockets, If it meant the sin would leave, I would poke at you with bayonets, If it meant you’d leave me be,

Yellow Motorcycle

I jumped on my yellow motorcycle this morning for a ride to waste away some time. My favorite direction to go when riding is away…away from the city and cars...

Separated

Tightly gripped, Arms bulging as the muscles intertwine around you, Your own personal hiding place, The door that only you have to keys to,

Fashion Models

I am utterly confused by women’s interest in all things fashion. Maybe it is my up bringing or my sex, but as a male I have no clue as to what the deal is ab...

Thanks for the call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

Mask on the shelf

I am the embodiment of a whore, Desire nothing but myself, Sit alone in the darkened room, My mask sitting on the shelf,

Revolving Door

I can’t say the words They hurt to much to even think, I wonder if these will be the last, That finally shove us over the brink,

Lamb of World

Take off your persona little sheep, The world doesn’t need a new agenda, You think yourself different from me, That your way of life is perfectly splendid,

Miss you at night

I miss you most at night, When I lay awake alone in bed, Sleeping diagonal fills the space, But doesn’t grace the pillow with your head,

Tainted Love

Oh tainted love cast thy stone, Into the pits of my soggy soul, Thy water is but a broken rippled glass, Thy rock falls into the blackness of a hole,

Boyfriend is a bum

I cry these tears not for you, but all that will surely come, I know you will get hurt again; your boyfriend is such a bum,

Modern Centurion

God watch over me now, as my enemy fights from within, the faces of woman and children, he hides behind my fear of sin,

Military Boy

Everyday I wake up and put on the green, The uniform of a military man, I go to work and do my job, So the same you too can,

Poetry as Prayer

I walk the road slowly that day, taking in the scenery of trees and birds going by, my eyes concentrated first on the ground, then to the above sky,

Deutschlande

Gone are those nights so long ago, Where the air was spiked with the bitter cold,

Edge of a Cliff

have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff? spread your arms like you were going to fly? turned to look over your shoulder, and kiss the world you knew go...

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

Black and White

With my eyes shut i see the world, The gray old man and the little girl,

Old friends

if tomorrow the hospital picked up the phone, and told me your car was in a wreck, i would be there soon as the plane landed, no matter how big the check,

Site News

Howdy All!

Finally got a server up and running and chilling in the back server room here. I am going to upload some pics and such so keep your eyes peeled there. Also g...

SpecOpsTechnology

What do I want to do when I grow up?

Circumstances were such that I could not make a more public notification when it actually occurred, but I am now able. I have sold my portion of Spec Ops Tec...

1965

—- Cross Post from the Spec Ops Technology Blog —-

Steam

Headless Steam Big Picture Streaming

Introduction In both of our homes I have a Unix server for a variety of uses, but something that has been on interest for awhile was Steam in Home Streaming....

Tech

Headless Steam Big Picture Streaming

Introduction In both of our homes I have a Unix server for a variety of uses, but something that has been on interest for awhile was Steam in Home Streaming....

Migration from Wordpress to Jekyll

TL;DR - Migrated 11 year old Wordpress blog to Jekyll. Wouldn’t recommend at all to multi-user, beginner, or corporate entities. Was a fun and geeky experime...

Techie

OpenWRT and PIA

I use an OpenWRT travel router to deal with public WiFi access security and geolocation concerns. I have written extensively prior  and ran into an issue wit...

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Review

After the unfortunate loss of my 2014 Nexus 7 tablet I was on the prowl for a replacement. I prefer to keep an Android tablet due to the flexibility to use i...

Withings Home Camera Review

I am always in search of products that help me automate and secure my home. I have run a mix of Foscam, D-Link, and Panasonics cameras dumping to a Linux ser...

Traffic Control on Linux with FireQOS

In order to make full use of my half-duplex WiMAX link, I started looking for anything and everything I could use to optimize it. Linux has some pretty decen...

The machine is self aware…

I live in the boonies now, but thankfully we have some semblance of broadband with SpeedConnect. It is a WiMax setup with a modem that needs to be reset once...

Celebrate Geekiness Day

I was asked by SingleHop to write a blog post about being a geek. I imagine they found my name through the URL which is hard to ignore when looking for geeks...

BASH Profile Calculator and Extractor

Most likely my favourite addition to my otherwise untouched BASH profile is the calc function. From the shell on my Linux box I can simply type “calc 2*10+10...

Simulating WAN Links with Linux and TC

Simulating WAN links used to be a difficult process. I would load FreeBSD with a dummynet driver and play with the settings to tweak where I needed it for th...

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

1965

—- Cross Post from the Spec Ops Technology Blog —-

Dual Time Machine Locations

Apple must have been reading my blog when I wrote-up how to use two locations for Time Machine. Now in Mountain Lion it is built in and is much more seamless...

Dreamhost was hacked

It is highly infuriating to be a security person and have your own house knocked down. This was the case if you visited my site as of late and found broken l...

Tools of the Connected Geek Trade

As we move up the food chain of life, our free-time becomes more and more precious. There are only so many hours in the day and my generation utilizes them t...

OpenBSD Laptop mini-HOWTO

Awhile back I wanted a fully supported laptop to use as my OpenBSD development machine. I ended up with a Lenovo u150 which has worked out great and the pric...

Why is my /dev/sda missing?!?!

I am in the midst of testing some of the latest Linux kernels and realized that my old kernel config was wiped. In my desire to finish the build I forgot to ...

Virtualization Tool Support Matrix

I would argue it is pretty sad that the tools needed to abstract the OS from hardware are tied to specific platforms. Companies that pride themselves on deli...

Advice for new ISSO or ISSM

Someone in /r/netsec posted a question about what advice us old sages would have for a new ISSO. The below was my response that I hope is useful to my reader...

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

Closed Network != Security

To this day I am flabbergasted by the assertion that because your network is not connected to the big “I” Internet you can practice lax security. Countless p...

WAMU{.org/.com}

WAMU, our local NPR station in DC, left me with a cliff hanger as I rushed back from the grocery store. In the days prior to the streaming web I would have j...

OpenBSD Drive Encryption Benchmarks

Let me start by saying I am not a benchmarker. At all…so these results are posted for friendly banter and I make no claim to their validity. Consider this th...

Placebos and Security

There was recently a study that found when people knew that they were taking a placebo, it still helped. The common idea in the past was that you could utili...

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

Using TOR on your Android Device

In my continuation of howto secure your phone habits while on the go, we have come to anonymizing your traffic. There are a few reasons to do this:

CR-48 ChromeOS Security Posture

Since everyone is talking about the fit and finish (which is great other than the battery) I thought I’d talk about the security of the device. Google has al...

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

Civ V for Mac = Borked with Black Screen

I purchased Civ V for Mac the day it was released. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE Civilization. I had this issue after the 4GiB Download on 3 different machines and configur...

Boeing Acquisitions 2008-2010

My twitter feed once again signals a Boeing acquisition. Cutting lots of fat internally while buying more companies doesn’t compute, but oh well. I decided t...

Updated Stable

Since a lot of my fellow nerds have mentioned they are looking at the stables page, I updated the computers as well as providing some insight into why each m...

Log File Size

I struggle with ROM for log file storage. It is one of those things that no one EVER looks at, but everyone covers their asses. As an example DHS requires 90...

Going Agile

Agile Software Development using SCRUM is one of best force multipliers a team can utilize to speed-up cycles.

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

Juniper Connect 64bit Debian

These are the steps needed to get Juniper Connect working on Ubuntu 10.04 64bit. Some of the steps will work in 32, other than the ia32 package install. G...

Sony Vaio P788K Ubuntu 9.10 Load

Ubuntu 9.10 is the last usable version of Linux for use with the GMA500 craptasic video card. As it stands today I cannot recommend using Linux full-time on ...

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

New Zealand

Tonight I was placing in my calendar the fact that a friend of mine is traveling to New Zealand when I noticed the little red squiggly informing me that I sp...

Kicking it old school

I setup the Cube in the living room today. After hooking it up to the Xbox controller and big screen I am ready for some Mario Kart throw down. Now if you wi...

I hate Windows

I run Windows XP in a virtual machine for those few programs that lack Linux and Mac clients. I booted my FULLY PATCHED, FIREWALLED, and Windows XP Service P...

McAfee buys Secure Computing

The most beautiful firewall I have ever come into contact with is Sidewinder. The first day I learned about Blurbs in the military was the day I began to jum...

So true

Everyone makes fun of me because my phones have the classic ringer. You know, like Grandma’s old phone that could take down a robber. As always XKCD hits it ...

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

bin2iso for Leopard 10.5

I compiled bin2iso from source for all the mac users out there. For some reason bin2iso is not in macports. Link below:

SheepShaver on Ubuntu

I wanted to run MacOS 9 in my Ubuntu Intrepid dev box so I went ahead and grabbed CVS. Problem was the autogen script never dumped a config.sub. Instead I to...

Airborne Warfare

The mark of a good system administrator is laziness. I mean this in the sense that laziness in the computing world fuels automation and thereby lower costs. ...

Fallacy of Distance

As we progress down the road of technological advance we must learn to remove from our minds the grasps of time and space. It is in the advancement of techno...

Inversion of Schedule and Process

Programs are held to rigid standards by the very nature of the word. “A planned series of future events and items” accurately portrays the course of action w...

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

NEXTSTEP 3.3 RISC SparcStation 5

I finally found a copy of NEXTSTEP 3.3 and got it installed on a SparcStation5. I am rocking retro 1993 style. Screenshot for street cred:

login: Looking Back on Debian 1.3

Back at the tender age of 12 I picked up a magazine at the Base Exchange. This magazine contained a CD. This CD contained Debian 1.3. All was well in the wor...

OpenSolaris Shortcomings

I want to like OpenSolaris. I love compiling away on my Sun Machines at the house. The simple fact is though the “Open” is a misnomer of great proportions. W...

GBA PSP Emulator SDTV

Load up the emulator Plug in the Composite Cable Without getting a wretched headache, get into the Graphics and Sounds menu option Set Video to: Sca...

Fix for Skype

For all those running the Skype 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu Gutsy.

Speechless

Other than the language and video games, it is so so true…

What Geek am I?

  This is a picture someone published online that shows all the different types of geeks. I figured I would quickly look at the image and find, THE NICK. My ...

Technology vs. Water

I had begun to write this really long post on why technology was amazing. I am in Pensacola for my Brother’s wedding and took the opportunity to attend a dai...

Linux and Skype – NOW WITH VIDEO!

Skype (or ebay) have been killing me for years now. I am a huge Skype user and always loved the video chat option. I have gone back and installed webcams for...

Apple Mail.app and TimeMachine

I love Leopard! Single best upgrade I have done this year for operating systems. Vista was obviously a waste of time and Gutsy was incremental over Feisty. O...

Xgrid and Multiplatform Clients

This allows you to setup a Xgrid controller without mac server edition. What is nifty is that the clients can run on other platforms such as Linux and Window...

OpenSuSE 10.3 < Ubuntu Gutsy

I am done dealing with OpenSuSE 10.3. Before anyone starts I realize that it is a beta release candidate “blah blah blah.” I expect simple things to work wit...

Dorky Nerd God

NerdTests.com has confirmed what we all knew…I am a Dorky Nerd God…stop the presses!

Wine in MacOSX

Macports now has the latest wine. What this means is that X11+Wine = steam hotness! I will post more info as I figure stuff out.

Why I am a geek

I love nmap, one the greatest network security tools ever created. My favorite part of nmap is the hidden geek easter eggs. For example while I was compiling...

There is hope for us all…

Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, while in college. This is what he did on top of designing a great Operating System. There is hope for us all. I find it fun...

Jabber Mix Client 1.3 Beta

I am wanting to OTA because BlackBerry refuses to open up to Linux Machines. If you need to install JMC 1.3 to your blackberry/nokia OTA then use the links b...

AppleTV and Extreme

I geeked up this weekend and purchased an AppleTV and matching router. Stay tuned for review!

Ian Murdock leaves Debian

The Sun folks are sounding the alarm that this is the end of Linux! I think what they fail to reailize is the state of Debian and his original project leads....

I am the computer man!

I sent this out to prove that I wasn’t as geeky as everyone made me out to be. Proof that I maybe a geek…but I will never be the “THE COMPUTER MAN!”

Techie Stuff

Simulating WAN Links with Linux and TC

Simulating WAN links used to be a difficult process. I would load FreeBSD with a dummynet driver and play with the settings to tweak where I needed it for th...

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

Race to the median travel screen…

TL;DR – Sometimes the smallest laptop isn’t the best option for a traveler. If you live on one machine then maybe sucking up the weight for power isn’t a bad...

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

Conky Setup

I love me some eye candy that is actually useful. Conky falls into this category for me. In the olden days it was either gkrellm or a WindowMaker plugin. I h...

Fix for Skype

For all those running the Skype 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu Gutsy.

OpenSuSE 10.3 < Ubuntu Gutsy

I am done dealing with OpenSuSE 10.3. Before anyone starts I realize that it is a beta release candidate “blah blah blah.” I expect simple things to work wit...

There is hope for us all…

Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, while in college. This is what he did on top of designing a great Operating System. There is hope for us all. I find it fun...

Patchstick AppleTV Hack

I was really excited to have SSH on the AppleTV…why? No Clue. I am a geek. I use my Logitech remote for my roomba. This is simply something I do. Here is the...

The story of my life…

I do a lot of online shipping. I love UPS and FEDEX tracking via Google (Thanks for being able to just to type into Search Google Friends) and watching the b...

Bluetooth GPS GPT-801 / Quick Review

I purchased the generic GPT-801 bluetooth GPS after being put-off by the high price of others. Basically the device works. It does everything a bluetooth GPS...

Linux Map

One poster and one page to explain Linux. You decide :)

Bye Bye Treo…

The Treo 650 is a great phone. I purchased it after a horrible experince with Windows Mobile and decided to go the Palm route for the excellent Linux support...

One command to rule them all!

sudo apt-get install nmap tcpdump ngrep etherape ethereal ettercap kismet aircrack john airsnort dsniff hping3 fragroute arpwatch nessus nessusd openssh-serv...

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

Ruby vs Python

I am going to attempt once again to learn a programming language. I wanted to look at the pro’s and con’s of each language in my work enviroment, military/DO...

GUI Babies

While discussing security and such with the awesome TSgt. Harkleroad, he used my now favorite phrase: GUI Babies. This made me giggle. The problem with techn...

Geek Code

Geek Code is almost a necessary addition to any website dealing with techie crap. After many years of NOT putting one on I decided to cave in. I now will be ...

Vista…

I have been graced with beta testing Vista since Longhorn. I have kept quiet but wanted to talk about Vista very quickly to give you my thoughts.

Flock

Flock is this new(ish) browser based on Firefox with a pregrouped extension install. Everything in the thing is Web 2.0 capable and ready. My thoughts thus f...

Asus M5n ACPI Fan

I am posting this so I can later go search and find it. Stupid fan was driving me nuts!

Sansa e260 and Linux

I broke down and purchased a new MP3 player after the trusty iPod Mini bit the dust. Thank you Apple for including a wonderful 6GiB CF Drive though :) Moving...

Check out HOWTO’s

I have started to centralize all my tutorials and howto’s I have written over the years. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Using Gmail as GNOME’s default mailer

As a security expert I have to say that this is total hogwash with all the uproar over his script. I sure hope these same people practice AWESOME security ev...

Motorcycles

I hate motorcycles. I do. I can’t stand the fact that I am chronically cheap to the point that I won’t consider a new one. I told Kade about the Ducati I saw...

Video of my cool Oscar Dog

You always hear me talking about the little guy. Those of you who call me often hear the pitter-pat of 11 pound wiener dog running from one end of the house ...

2 things the spirit gave me today…

So the spirit is alive and well! God truly does work mysteriously through us sometimes. Two things came to me today. Thought I would share (if I didn’t then ...

I am the coolest dude ever

You might be thinking that is a lie…you would be wrong. I just got voice command on my new phone, a 6515 which is super cool. Think of it as a blackberry+GPS...

The Metasploit Project

This is the scariest hacking tool ever. I hope no one reads my blog and comes across this :) I think it should be illegal for hacking to be this easy.

Skype and Katrina

I was posted on a skype forum. The night of the storm I was skyping with 2 people from up North. They posted to the skype forums and apparently someone from ...

‘All You Wanted to Know About T1′

I never even knew that T1 has been around since 1957! How depressing is that?! Here we are more than 40 years later and still we use T1 to describe a pretty ...

Travel

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Posted from my n800

A program came out called Maemo Blog…and I am using it. Hooked up to my bluetooth keyboard I am able to type a post that would have taken ages with the other...

writing

World Youth Day

Father spoke in 12 different languages that day in Paris. I stood among the millions with our native countries flags’ waving in the air like wind brushing af...