As promised… First, the background and hardware. The home network is pretty complicated, but the important components for this are: The NASNAS stands for Network Attached Storage. It’s a standalone box of hard drives, with over 8 TB of total storage for all the various things. It gets used for computer backups and so on, […]

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I wrote this as part of my costume for Con this year.   I frowned impatiently at the spinning compass. Sailing the trade routes of the South Pacific was boring work, rarely providing anything like the adventures I had always secretly craved, and I didn’t like the possibilities a broken compass was likely to offer. […]

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I recently gave in to the temptation to purchase a 3D printer kit, and settled on the Maker’s Tool Works MendelMax 3 as the best combination of final build quality, upgrade capacity, and potential for fun building it. Not included in that list? High quality build documentation. Which, I suppose, could be considered part of the […]

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I recently gave in to the temptation to purchase a 3D printer kit, and settled on the Maker’s Tool Works MendelMax 3 as the best combination of final build quality, upgrade capacity, and potential for fun building it. Not included in that list? High quality build documentation. Which, I suppose, could be considered part of the […]

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As mentioned in my last blog post, I just finished a long-running project… This project took a lot of time to complete, but that was mostly because I did a lot of thinking and researching and testing – imperfectly, I might add – in an attempt to preserve the look of my one-of-a-kind shell. And […]

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(Editing is for weenies. Backspace allowed only for typos…) It was a pretty good weekend. I finished a long-running project in my iMac fish tank, more or less. I need to add a couple things, but they’re standard aquarium equipment, the same things I would need to do with any new tank. Heater, PH testing, […]

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As I’ve said before, a huge percentage of my job is writing and communication. I’ve measured a few times, and in a typical week, it can be over 30,000 words between email, formal documents, and various reports. Naturally, not all of this content is unique; I have a number of standard items I pull out when […]

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