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Category Archives: Technology

IKEA RAST rack mount

In a previous article I rambled about various rack mount projects I have in mind. Before being able to actually do any kind of rack mount project, I kind of need a rack cabinet. And since I didn’t want to spend several hundred dollars on such a cabinet, I looked around for various ideas on […]

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Ramble about rack mount and other project ideas

Projects are one thing that kind of keep me rolling — thank you to my father and grandfather for the genetic circuitry keeping that rolling. It’s what led me to build Absinthe and Beta Orionis — and the upgrades that will soon be coming to Absinthe. And it’s what is leading me to want to […]

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Follow-up on FedEx

The response from FedEx to the complaint I filed wasn’t exactly all that helpful: Thank you for contacting FedEx. We regret any inconvenience this has caused. Our records indicate that there is an existing request for this package to be held at our station for pick up. Your package is going to be held at […]

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When overnight isn’t, Part II: FedEx screws up this time

This is the e-mail complaint I sent to FedEx through their contact system, Tracking->FedEx Ground->Re-routing of shipment, as a complaint: Good day, I placed the order for the given tracking number on 9/12/2014 to be delivered for Saturday delivery on 9/13/2014. Upon receiving the e-mail that the package had been picked up and was on […]

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Teach hackers to not hack!

We need to teach people to not hack instead of teaching people to not get hacked! – Said no computer security specialist, ever… Just as guys learn how to overtake women in order to rape, computer hackers learn their trade in order to cause harm to others – the "black hat hackers" including the ones […]

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Games for Windows Live (GfWL) and Windows 8.1

If you are: Running Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Pro Trying to log into Games for Windows Live Marketplace because you have a game that requires it (such as GTA IV), then before you will be allowed to log in, you need to make sure the account you are using on Windows 8.1 is connected to […]

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Computer build tip: External enclosures, revisiting cable management

A lot of your time in building a computer is going to go into cable management. In October 2013, I upgraded the power supply in my wife’s computer from a Rosewill 500W supply to a Corsair GS850 in preparation for higher-end upgrades coming down the road. In making that changeover, I spent probably three hours […]

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Computer build tip: Cable management

Walking through Wal-Mart one afternoon, I saw these and got a bright idea:   And that bright idea was to use these for cable management in a computer case rather than a butt-load of zip ties and whatever cable management holders happened to exist in my Corsair 750D. I was putting a SATA RAID card […]

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When overnight isn’t

Amazon really screwed up this time. The morning of July 3, I ordered a new computer power supply. The order I placed had the option of Saturday delivery, to be delivered July 5. As I’m an Amazon Prime member, that "overnight" delivery comes at a much reduced rate, and I was charged only $6 to […]

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Cooling off a Raspberry Pi, revisited

Previous: "Cooling off a Pi so it won’t crash" I have to admit that before starting this little experiment I was a little nervous about how it would all work. I wasn’t sure if I’d succeed or if I’d end up frying my Raspberry Pi and possibly a power splitter board, and perhaps a power […]

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