Google Cloud Platform

Have you ever wanted to run your own Linux server on the internet? Would you be surprised to learn you can do it for free (or nearly free)? Well it’s true, and it’s also a great way to learn about Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google’s cloud services product. GCP...

Minimalist Wallets

I love wallets. I try to tell myself that I’m on a grand quest looking for the perfect wallet but in reality, I just enjoy the utter simplicity and design of a men’s wallet. In particular, minimalist wallets hold a very place in my heart … and occupy embarrassing...

SpaceX Starlink Internet

There is a possible game changer in home internet on the horizon, literally! Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture is not just sending astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station. They are are also starting to deploy upwards of 42,000 “Starlink” satellites to provide internet service across most of the...

Vim or “What’s old is new again”

Ever since I began my professional career, I’ve been a fan and heavy user of the “vi” editor.  I could always count on my editor to be available on every Unix system I used, and I never needed much time to update my personal configuration as I moved from...

Work from home setup improvements

Like most people, I’ve been working from home lately.  I’m extremely grateful to have a job these days and my project’s computer lab is still available to me part-time.  There are just too many people working from the relatively small space so our team has organized an informal shift...

Has it really been that long?!!

Time to get back to this blog and to some personal projects. All of my technical energy has been consumed by work the last couple years. I now need to find some time for myself.  I have an undeniable itch to learn something new, something unrelated to work efforts....

In search of sit stand desk solutions

Numerous health related studies the last few years have pointed to sitting for long periods as being extremely detrimental to good health.  One Canadian study has even described sitting as “the new smoking”.  I don’t know if I’d go that far but too many years of sitting at a...

Mi Band – My $15 fitness tracker gets the job done

If you’re looking for a simple fitness tracker to count your daily steps, provide simple sleep tracking, work with the Google Fit app, and run for over a month on a single charge, look no further than the Xiaomi Mi Band. I paid only $15 with free shipping from...

New Years Lifehacks

Let’s face it, people rarely keep their New Years resolutions because most of us choose resolutions that are unpleasant. Lose weight, exercise more, work harder and longer hours, and so on. It’s not that these are bad choices but we choose them because we don’t really want to do...

Chromebook impulse buy

I am writing this post from the keyboard of my new Asus C201 Chromebook.  Normally, I research my technology purchases to death, reading every review and weighing every choice, however, when I saw the $159 little Asus, I was honestly a little excited by the possibilities and my thoughts...