The Setup

Wed February 05 2014 by Christopher Aedo

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

Mon February 03 2014 by Christopher Aedo

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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 …

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Awesome Paper Airplanes

Sat February 01 2014 by Christopher Aedo

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When I was growing up, I loved making paper airplanes.  I also used to spend a lot of time at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  One time when I was there I saw a kit full of amazing looking plans for planes.  They were "Whitewings" model kits, and I …

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Create an OpenStack machine image inside an OpenStack environment

Tue March 19 2013 by Christopher Aedo

(Alternate title: make booting from an ISO image in OpenStack useful)

If you have access to a server with plenty of disk space and CPU that supports the same hypervisor your cloud uses, it’s relatively easy to create an OpenStack machine image.  You can also pretty easily do this …

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Sitting on your ass is killing you

Sun October 21 2012 by Christopher Aedo

This is not the first time I've said don't watch TV, or don't sit at work.  But this new article from NY times references some new studies that make the dangers of lethargy all the more vivid.

"Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the …

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Better living through chemistry

Wed September 26 2012 by Christopher Aedo

It's absolutely amazing what big pharma gets away with, but it seems like so few people are aware or the least bit concerned.  We might never know how many people Merck & Co. killed with Vioxx (maybe half a million?).  The more you read, the more you find one scary story …

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1984, surveillance framework and your permanent record

Thu August 16 2012 by Christopher Aedo

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 …

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Best home-made play-doh EVER

Sat May 26 2012 by Christopher Aedo

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 …

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Google voice, Asterisk, and free US phone service

Sun May 13 2012 by Christopher Aedo

[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 …

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All the pieces matter

Sun April 29 2012 by Christopher Aedo

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 …

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