Category: Hardware

Bach, Dot Matrix Printers, and Dinner

January 27th, 2016, No Comments

Dinner last night started out all normal. Then Jacob and Oliver started asking me about printers. First they wanted to know how an ink jet printer works. Then they wanted to know how a laser printer works. Then they wanted to know what would happen if you’d put ink in a laser printer or toner […]

Detailed Smart Card Cryptographic Token Security Guide

August 6th, 2015, 4 Comments

After my first post about smartcards under Linux, I thought I would share some information I’ve been gathering. This post is already huge, so I am not going to dive into — much — specific commands, but I am linking to many sources with detailed instructions. I’ve reviewed several types of cards. For this review, […]

A Verbose, Hands-On Nexus 7 Review

August 11th, 2012, 14 Comments

Some of you may have noticed that I am not a concise author. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that I am not a concise reader. I like facts, details, and lots of them. So as a recent Nexus 7 purchaser, here you go. Genesis I’ve long used Android devices, and last […]

A Linux-Based RFID Thing Finder

July 19th, 2012, 20 Comments

Sometimes I have things nicely organized. Power adapters for radios in one drawer, for cameras in the next. And sometimes… not so much. Sometimes I’m not sure if things are in the basement or the attic. It seems like technology should be able to help solve this problem, but as far as I can tell, […]

Introducing the Command Line at 3 years

April 9th, 2010, 29 Comments

Jacob is very interested in how things work. He’s 3.5 years old, and into everything. He loves to look at propane tanks, as the pressure meter, and open the lids on top to see the vent underneath. Last night, I showed him our electric meter and the spinning disc inside it. And, more importantly, last […]

Netbook or thin & light notebook?

January 15th, 2010, 43 Comments

I am a big fan of thin and light notebooks. I’ve been using the 9″ EeePC 901 for awhile now, almost since it first came out. I initially loved it. The keyboard, while an obstacle, wasn’t as much as I feared. The thing got insanely long battery life (5-6 hours or more typical), and was […]

My Week

March 6th, 2009, 3 Comments

It’s been quite the week. Stomach Flu Last Friday, my stomach was just starting to feel a little odd. I didn’t think much off it — a little food that didn’t go over well or stress, I thought. Saturday I got out of bed and almost immediately felt like throwing up. Ugh. I probably caught […]

Review: Silicon Mechanics

November 11th, 2008, 4 Comments

After some hilariously frightening reactions from Dell support to simple problems, and HP becoming aggressively competitive on price, we’ve been using HP servers for a few years now. The hardware is good, and the support, while reasonable, always… pauses… when I mention that we’re running Debian. I try not to let it slip if I […]

Dot-Matrix Teletype Simulator Update and Request for Teletype Info

August 23rd, 2008, 15 Comments

I recently wrote about wanting to have a teletype. Well, I have since realized that teletypes weigh hundreds of pounds, draw hundreds of watts, and aren’t available on eBay for a reasonable price. Well I knew the hundreds of pounds bit, but still. I pretty well have had to give up on a real teletype. […]

From Dell, a Uniquely Terrible Experience

August 20th, 2008, 42 Comments

Ah, Dell. Seeming inventors of the tech support pit of bureaucratic indifferences, inventors of the flamingo pink Inspiron, perpetrators of fraud in New York… I have, for over a year now, been on a crusade trying to get them to stop sending me their Dell Home and Home Office catalog to my mailbox. It has […]

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