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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Pirates!

Sun June 02 2013 by Christopher

The treehouse needed one last thing...

pirate wheel

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Treehouse

Mon May 27 2013 by Christopher

moonrise kingdom treehouse

When I was little, we had a tree house we could play in.  It was a fantastic place to hang out for long stretches, and provided an excellent foundation for countless games of imagination.  I'm pretty sure it was mostly a space ship, but it was probably also a pirate …

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Jeremy Grantham and the stats behind the end of the world

Sun May 26 2013 by Christopher

OK, that's a sensationalist title and was not the topic of this interview, but resource scarcity and the unbounded growth of world population was discussed. It's absolutely worth putting this on and paying attention. You will immediately be more informed on the stats around the global economy than likely anyone …

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From Glance to Boot-From-Volume in 2 minutes flat

Fri May 10 2013 by Christopher

Here’s a quick list of the steps necessary to pull an image or snapshot from Glance, copy it to a Cinder volume, and then boot from that volume.  In an OpenStack environment using local storage for VMs this is a convenient way to run a VM with a need …

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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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No news is good news

Wed September 26 2012 by Christopher

"Chances are you have one of the most insidiously dangerous objects ever created ' and one of the State's most powerful tools of domination ' in your living room right now. You may very well have one in your bedroom, too, and in your basement.
It's insidious because most Americans don't think …

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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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