Over the years I have been continually refining my home technology stack. It's in the best state it's ever been, so I figured I should document it. I'm looking forward to looking back at this post in a few years to see what's evolved, and what's still the same.
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You need a better firewall
A long long time ago I had Verizon FiOS installed at my home, and with it they supplied an Actiontec router and wireless access point. It worked reasonably well, but it needed a power cycle every now and then and any custom configuration was difficult. I could never get it …read more
Awesome Paper Airplanes
Create an OpenStack machine image inside an OpenStack environment
Sitting on your ass is killing you
Better living through chemistry
1984, surveillance framework and your permanent record
Now THIS one definitely sounds appropriate for a blog with "conspiracy" in the title! I've been collecting a bunch of related stories for several months now with the intention of turning it into a blog post. Sadly I've had way too much other stuff to do lately, so I thought …read more
Best home-made play-doh EVER
If you have kids, you probably love playing with them and making things together. One of the best things you can do for them is to encourage imaginative play, and few things enable imagination in a young mind better than a nice lump of play-doh.
After experimenting with several different …read more
Google voice, Asterisk, and free US phone service
[EDIT 20120-05-13: You can follow these steps (though by now they're already fairly outdated), and end up with a mostly functional home phone system connected to a free Google Voice number. It will break often, as Google makes changes, and your Asterisk box needs updating, and who knows what else …read more
All the pieces matter
This David Foster Wallace speech (read here, or watch here) is one of the most inspirational things I've ever read. It's great to be reminded to be mindful, to be aware of those knee-jerk reactions and consider whether or not they're completely off base.
"The point is that petty, frustrating …