NFC Ring

Yesterday, I received my long-awaited NFC ring in the mail.  And it is awesome.  Well, as awesome as you can expect it to be anyway.  I had backed them on kickstarter about a year ago, and now that they've worked through their issues, rings are coming to those who backed.  Its neat technology, and it's got some interesting uses.  At the moment all I'm using it for is unlocking my phone. 

Awesome times.

So, years ago, I was working Technical Support for an ISP. This was late 90's, early 2000's. I was just out of business school, with a fresh Associates degree in PC Networking under my belt. At the time, computing was at what I perceived as sort of a standstill. Yea, things were progressing, but it was all just redoing the same thing better. Memory was getting cheaper every year, CPU's were getting faster, storage more affordable, OS's were being udated to newer better features, but it was all just the same muck. My 486 was replaced with a Pentium 3.

NEED HELP FINDING A LOST HIKER - California, Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The brother of a high-school friend of my wife's, is missing. He was on a camping/hiking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the Mammoth Lake area. He was separated from his friends when his car broke down, and never met back up with them as planned. The hunch is that he went on a hike on his own while waiting for his car repair.

He's been missing for almost a month. It doesn't look good.

Sysadmin Appreciation Day

Fifteen years ago, I knew a teenager, who spent his evenings hacking away on his Gateway 2000 486, and his days trying to work his way around the security put in place to prevent him and his fellow students from accessing data they shouldn't. Never malicious, just curious, and thirsty for control of something.

Freeing a Nook Tablet from the bonds of slavery.

So, my wife has a Nook Tablet. I bought it for her a little under 2 years ago as a gift, and she loves it. She's a big reader, and this thing has done a great job of feeding her addiction. Over the time she's owned it, she's asked me to install certain apps on it, some of which we just plain couldnt. See, the Nook is an android tablet, but it's extremely limited. It doesn't have the standard Android Play Store. And it wont let you install any apps not signed by Barnes and noble. Which is a shame, its a decent device otherwise.

RedHat Summit: Throw away your SAN.

This year's been good to us at the College, and our RedHat rep's got me and my boss on yo a panel at Summit. Talking about real-world cases where customer's have switched to RHEV. So we got to go to RedHat Summit for free, in Boston, MA. I don't travel much, so its always enjoyable to get out and see new things. I've never been to Boston, so that was an experience in itself, even though I didnt exactly have time to sight-see. Boston seems like a very nice place.


As a former cross-country runner myself, I'd just like to send my thoughts and prayers out to those affected by the Boston Maraton bombing today. Such a joyous and exciting event, destroyed by tragedy. For what?

ClearOS, home firewall, and vpn gateway.

You may have gathered.. I'm not your average user. So when I needed a router for my house, it's no surprise that Linksys didn't fit the bill. I ran a linksys router for a while, the damn thing kept dieing on me. I'd reboot it once or twice a week to keep things online. I finally built, out of an old server, a Smoothwall Express box. It worked wonderfully, and i never had another issue.

Hacking the planet.

-- Update --
I may be late with this, but I wanted to update this with some more news. First, this appears to have gone nowhere, and I thought I'd go do some reading to find out why. Anonymous themselves are reporting that this was not them, and it was in fact, most likely fraudulent. Whether it was or wasn't, it certainly doesnt seem to have done a damn thing, so whatever.
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