Wed 15 May 2019
Wed 17 April 2019
I recently ordered a dozen things from Amazon from six vendors. All the things were pretty technical – ethernet switches, fiber optic cables, transceivers, things like that. This is normal.
Four of the six vendors asked me to review their products. Two asked me multiple times over the same order.
Here’s my policy, and I urge you to consider the same one:
I will only leave a review on a commerce site if I have an unusual experience to report. An unusual experience is either surprisingly good or exceptionally bad. I won’t give any feedback for a transaction in which I paid the agreed amount of money, received the product in a reasonable time, and the product worked as expected.
Adding reviews outside of that policy has two negative effects: it adds useless noise to the review section, and it tends to inflate star-system grades.
Fri 22 March 2019
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Tue 26 February 2019
Wed 06 February 2019
Sat 02 February 2019
Everything is a semi-rational reaction to something else.
Companies used to own and run their own machines on-premises. But doing it properly (HVAC, power, raised floors, standardized racks, management, redundancy, preparedness…) is expensive and not actually most companies’ core competency. So they moved to colocated datacenters, where a competent company …
Tue 22 January 2019
Sat 15 December 2018
The HP Envy 13z is a lightweight, reasonably high-performance laptop with a relatively low price tag - under $600 for the 1080P 13" touchscreen, flip-hinge to tablet, backlit keyboard, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD, Ryzen 2300U four-core system weighing a little over two pounds.
(Those were the specs.)
It generally compares favorably …
Wed 12 December 2018
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Mon 05 November 2018
Fri 02 November 2018
Recognize this pattern:
- Set a goal
- Work towards the goal
- Evaluate progress:
- If it didn’t get closer to the goal, try a different approach.
- If it got closer to the goal, try improving it.
That seems reasonable, right? It accomplishes what you wanted to do, possibly in a naive manner.
Okay, let’s look at the serious problems:
Mon 22 October 2018
Several people have asked me recently what hardware I would buy today for use as a home firewall.
- Partaker N3050 B5
- N3050 CPU
- no RAM (1 slot DDR3L up to 8GB)
- no SSD (room for mSATA + 2.5" SATA disk)
- 2 x gigE + wifi 802.11 b/g/n
- 2GB DDR3L RAM
- 2GB RAM
- Kingston 120GB mSATA SSD
- 120GB mSATA SSD
for a total of $176, including shipping. Links were accurate as of October 22, 2018.
This gets you a tiny box, similar in size to random commercial house router/firewall/wifi access points, which can run a standard Linux operating system with a complex firewall running at 1 Gb/s in and out, more RAM than strictly necessary, and an SSD which is both very large (and therefore can last a very long time) and boot the system quickly enough that you can do a reboot without losing TCP sessions.
I would also recommend a medium-sized USB thumb drive to set up as an emergency booting and backup device. Call it another $15 or so.
Sat 20 October 2018