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The iPhone 5 review

The world needs another iPhone 5 review.  So I’m here to give you one. I’m not going to get into all the specs.  Maybe in a past life, but plenty of other folks have done that quite well in today’s … Continue reading

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Repurposed an old Mac Mini

In the process of getting a Hadoop cluster running on many of the machines around my household (made possible and relatively uniform thanks to virtual machines running in VirtualBox and VMWare), I ran across issues with getting an old Mac … Continue reading

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Back to My Mac interferes with IPSec based VPN

Apparently a few weeks ago my home VPN stopped accepting incoming connections.  I discovered this last week when I was on vacation and tried to remote into my home network, only to discover that it would not work. I was … Continue reading

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Passion is more than just consumption

Occasionally, someone will ask me questions like the following. “Are you a foodie?” “Are you a car guy?” In true engineering (and perhaps anti-social) fashion, I often ask “How do you define ‘foodie’”?  Because to me, the distinction is important. … Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man review

Some might question the need for this movie, but the basic problem, according to what I’ve been told, was that: Sam Raimi and Tobey McGuire were tired of the franchise and wanted way too much money to continue. Sony needs … Continue reading

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Google could make the iPhone 5 today, and it wouldn’t matter

In the midst of all this patent brouhaha, I think it’s important to note that Apple’s success with the iPhone and iPad wasn’t just the result of innovation in one product area.  It was the result of years of constantly … Continue reading

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Over to WordPress

Made the switch today.  Looking OK so far, tho I seem to have lost most of my image links.  I suppose that’s the price of progress, eh? Auto sharing to Facebook and other networks seems to be possible now.  These … Continue reading

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Vegas tip – don’t get “longhauled”

Pro tip to the inexperienced.  In Vegas, there’s the short way to get to your hotel on the Strip, typically via Swenson and Tropicana.  This comes straight out of the north end of the airport and should cost you around … Continue reading

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Forza Motorsport 4 – TSW 6-speed shifter with the Fanatec wheel, via Arduino

Forza Motorsport 4 Forza 3 and my first shifter approach In my previous post, I discussed my dissatisfaction with Forza Motorsport 3 and the SST Lightning shifter I modified to work with it. I was always aware that my original … Continue reading

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SST Lightning with Forza and the Fanatec wheels – not good enough

History Some of you may remember that when Forza Motorsport 3 came out, I built up a pretty elaborate rig to use with the game.  Features included:   A full steel frame cockpit by Obutto High end steering wheel and … Continue reading

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