Moving to enterprise networking gear
I’ve been rocking a fairly high-end, though consumer-grade, Asus RT-AC88u router for the last 5 years. It’s ...
Building a Calculator
My first job after university was designing analogue circuits and programming their firmware. I skipped larger through-h...
Redhat abandoning CentOS
My thoughts on Redhat’s announcement that they’re abandoning CentOS. Facts. CentOS is a binary compatible R...
My current PC is 6 years old. It’s surprising it is still working as well as it does. It’s a testament to ho...
As I’ve lived at my new house for 12 months, you can guess that my Comcast XFinity bill increased. It increased by...
My Tennis Racquet History
Over the last 20+ years I’ve played with many different tennis racquets. As a child I remember 2 different junior ...
Starting with the Nexus 4, I’ve owned every single Nexus phone. They were cheap, high spec devices with few compro...
After two and a half years running the back end storage data plane of Amazon S3, I’ve decided to join the Amazon L...
Two months ago I bought a 4K TV. The problem was, I was still using a 1080p Denon Receiver, so I was still only able to ...
I’ve been rocking a cheap Vizio E-series 1080p TV since Black Friday 2012. I now have a 4K HDR capable nvidia Shie...
I’ve used VLC for more than 15 years. Even before I switched to Linux, I used VLC. It can play anything! However, ...
Wiring the house with cat6
Last week we moved in to our new house. I decided I wanted cat6 ethernet between my office - where the comcast modem (AR...
Goodbye wordpress, hello hugo!
In a previous post I described moving my homepage to hugo hosted on Netlify. Now I finally took the time to move my word...
Jumping on the static site generator bandwagon!
Much of the web these days (>26%) is built on WordPress. Its popularity is likely based around a few reasons: Its us...
Amazon Web Services
9 months ago I accepted a job offer with Amazon Web Services. I haven’t posted anything since. Partly because the new ...
Thoughts on Apple’s announcements
I haven’t posted in a really long time. Mostly because of this. I really like the below quote from Apple’s b...
Enter the Nexus
As rumoured (and expected), Google announced the Nexus 6 phone/phablet last month: And the Nexus 9 tablet: The big s...
Newegg customer service
For several years now, I’ve noticed Newegg customer service get worse and worse. 15 years ago, I used to order computer ...
Bait and Switch
We live in a world where many companies have been very successful giving an app or game away for free, and charing for e...
Google I/O 2014
A month and a half ago, I went to Google I/O 2014. I’d been wanting to go for a long, long time, and finally managed to ...
Denisse had been using my old laptop for the last 5 years. It still worked fine, and, because it runs Linux, was still s...
I backed my first Kickstarter in March of 2013. It was for a new network router. The company behind it already makes a r...
Company responses to Heartbleed
I haven’t posted in a really long time. These days I do shorter status updates through social networks, and haven’t felt...
Back when the first Google TV launched, I bought the Logitech Revue. After playing with it for a couple of days, it was ...
Google has had a tough year getting Android tablets to take off. The iPad has dominated the high-end, and unofficial And...
How are tech savvy people unemployed?
I called my ISP today. First, I asked if they supported ipv6. The woman didn’t know what that was, and put my on hold wh...
Since I got my new server, I realized I’d have to upgrade my internal network to make the most of it. I’d had my current...
I’ve always disliked the idea of having a server in my own home. Real server hardware is big, loud, hot and expensive. T...
The importance of having a web presence
I have a neighbour who emailed me the other day. His email signature said “John Smith – JSmith Insurance. 801-123-1234.”...
(yet another) new phone.
HP wanted to compete with Apple and Google. Rather than just make hardware and license Windows, they wanted to own the c...
If you live in the USA, there are really only two choices for a traditional ebook reader. Barns and Noble’s Nook, ...
HP Touchpad for $99?
Sprint customer support
I’ve had my Sprint account for about 6 years now. I’ve been very happy with the prices and reception. Their ...
GNOME vs Ubuntu
With today’s release of Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu has officially diverged from the default GNOME. For those of you who ...
protecting personal information
For reasons that aren’t important, I bought 2 cell phones yesterday (rundown, they were for other people). The se...
All browsers created equal?!?
A statement that hasn’t been true since the release of Firefox 1.0 is now truer than ever. It’s shocking to ...
are there updates available?
I’ve seen all the the above situations. I have a really great WDTV Live media player. I love it. It has a Sigma SM...
Yet another mobile phone
Those of you who know me know that a little over six months ago I started a new job at HP working on their Web Print Sol...
Finally, a professional chess program for Android!
Those of you who read my blog know I’m a big fan of Linux and all things open source. That’s one of the reas...
The cost of engineering
I read something very interesting the other day while looking for a Firmware update to my Samsung LN46b650 HDTV. An owne...
VLC 1.10 released
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The web of the future may be free from Flash!
Today was day 1 of Google I/O 2010. It’s basically a conference where Google show’s all their new tech to th...
Google's Android, secrecy and openness.
So, Google'‘’s Android is open source right…… sorta true. It is in the general sense, the problem is that mo...
A new OSS compression: XZ
XZ compression has actually been out for a little while, but it just recently began to build traction in Linux distribut...
A review of VoIP provider Ooma
For those of you who haven’t heard of Ooma, it’s a phone service that runs through your internet connection ...
My thoughts on Apple
My thoughts on the iPhoneOS 4.0
I’d been meaning to post this earlier, but we have some pretty major deadlines at work, and I’ve been busy. ...
So GNOME 2.30 (a desktop environment/graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system) was relea...
Past jobs vs HP
In the beginning there was Netscape (though there were lesser known browsers before that). Then, seeing the opportunity ...
Playstation network outage
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DNS and why it matters!
As some of you may have read, Google recently announced Google Public DNS. What is DNS? <div> </div> <d...
Motorola Droid already gets a firmware update!
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I’ve had a lot of phones over the years. Since 2005 they’re all been ‘smart' So, despite not wanting to swit...
Should I have been a gadget reviewer?
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A personal response from Stefan Meyer-Kahlen
3 Months ago I was given a T-Mobile HTC G1 (Android) phone. I really like the phone. The OS is good, and the Market (App...
Just got my Denon AVR-2310CI from 6ave.com . Replaced a new Yamaha V765 (I sold to my brother for what I paid for it) Ov...
Comcast, and spoofing MAC addresses
Two weeks ago I got married. Its amazing how so much planning (and money) goes into an event that just lasts a few hours...
a word of warning for Linux users planning on installing Windows 7
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Android, and its hardware
I’ve fiddled with Android (and coded a couple of things with the SDK) for a while. I have always been extremely im...
So, I started a new job last week. I’m doing server stuff for a small startup company. It’s mostly Linux, bu...
For those of you who remember, Google bought a small startup company called GrandCentral. GrandCentral has a brilliant, ...
bugs in ext4 (Linux filesystem)
Despite the ext4 filesystem losing it’s ‘dev' tag and being labelled as stable in Linux 2.6.28, there are problems...
More proof that Microsoft are incompetent
As some of you may have read, the Microsoft Zune (Microsoft’s competitor to the iPod Classic) have a serious bug, ...
I was hoping to have an Android phone by now. Problem is, the only Android device is for T-Mobile, the world worst cellu...
As some of you might have noticed, Google released a ‘new' web browser Google Chrome recently.There were a couple of rea...
Apple launches new Macbook
Apple goes any does it again. What’s that? They give very similar and comparable hardware and put a fresh coat of ...
OpenOffice 3 released
This week marks the official release of OpenOffice.org 3.0 I’ve always been in love with OSS (Open Source Software...
Android officially announced!
As previously thought, T-Mobile will be the first carrier, and HTC will be the first Handset maker. Compare the above ph...
ever wondered what game console to buy?
I came across this the other day, and thought it deemed posting here. It actually makes quite a bit of sense. originally...
my take on KDE 4
KDE is a Desktop environment like GNOME (for *nix systems). Whilst there are some historical reasons for them both exist...
update on phone situation
Since my last post on phones, I’ve had a chance to play with both the Samsung Instinct and the new iPhone 3G. Also...
Linux guru? then switch to Arch Linux!
It’s official, I’ve ditched Debian (and Ubuntu) completely. All my computers are now running Arch Linux. Why...
a review of the Jawbone 2
You must have seen the original Jawbone around: It was the first bluetooth headset that really tried to look cool, inste...
Bill Gates retires!
It’s official, Bill Gates is now retiring. The new Microsoft Head Honcho is Steve Ballmer. This is a sad, sad day....
ever clean your keyboard?
I’m sure you’ve all heard somewhere that the average toilet seat is cleaner than the average keyboard. Why d...
After 34 months in development, Firefox 3 has been released today! I’ve previously talked a little about web stand...
The new (and slightly improved) iPhone 3G
First, I’ll make my stance on the phone, and then I’ll get into details. The iPhone, is currently (by far) t...
The Super Heatsink/Fan
I’ll briefly explain how you cool a computer. Most people might think you cool a computer by placing a fan over th...
Ubuntu 8.04 ‘Hardy Heron’ released today!
Ubuntu has been my primary OS for more than 2 years. I’ve been using Hardy Heron for about 5 months now (since alp...
Electrical Engineering Senior Project: Quadrotor
As a requirement to receive my bachelors in Electrical Engineering, I had to pick a senior project to complete. Amongst ...
which Operating System is easiest to hack?
I’m a little tired of hearing completely uninformed people talk about Vista. Whether they praise, or criticise, th...
Abiword 2.6.0 released!
After more than 2 years of no releases, Abiword 2.6.0 has finally been released. I have sort of a love-hate relationship...
Being that this will be my last summer before I graduate, I figured right now would probably be a pretty good time to ge...
How to write an xorg.conf file for linux
For those who don’t know what an ‘xorg.conf’ file is, it’s basically the file in Linux operating...
my laptop purchasing history
Those of you who know me well, know I’m rather good at getting top of the line stuff (with regards to technology) ...
explanation of some optimizations done at compile time
I got a couple of complaints that recent posts have been aimed at techie people. In my last post, I explained a little a...
can firefox be improved just by recompiling ?
I took an Engineering class a year ago that was all about compilers and Computer Architecture. Using GCC, (which used to...
Bill Gates admits Vista sucks
watch the 10 second clip here I must say, as much as I hate most microsoft things (except Office), I do like Bill Gates....
review of Google’s Mobile OS: Android
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or perhaps, aren’t interested in new and cool technologies, you must...
Review of Brasero 0.70: gnome burning software
Built on GTK+ 2, the burning program Brasero is now part of the GNOME project. Upon opening, it gives you a great, unblo...
Vista SP1 to lie about RAM usage. Deliberately!
Most somewhat techie users know all about Microsoft and their recent Vista disaster. One of the biggest problems is that...
OpenOffice goes online!
Gael Duval, the creator of Mandriva and now CEO of Ulteo (ironically Ulteo is based on Debian, and not Mandriva, or any ...
MS Vista pirated half as much as Windows XP
It’s true, Steve Ballmer (#2 at Microsoft after Bill Gates) has twisted the figures yet again! Apparently, Vista i...
Windows vs Linux Benchmarks with Matlab
I finally got around to getting Matlab 2007b (7.5) to work in Linux. It’s not overly difficult, but it certainly i...
Black Friday Extraordinaire
Despite supposedly being on holiday in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, I still couldn’t pass up on some incredible dea...
Gmail 2.0 launched!
Only a few accounts have received it so far, but it’s a minor change on the outside (albeit it has been re-enginee...
Gmail finally does IMAP
and it’s about time, too! For those of you who use an email client (like Thunderbird) and have been popping off ma...
Ubuntu 7.10 released!
Each April and October Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu, this time code-named Gutsy Gibbon. A quick background...
Intel 45nm CPU prices!
Every 2 years or so, Intel switches to a smaller fabrication process. This decreases heat substantially, and allows them...
yearly website stats
web stats for blog.awill.me As you can see, I didn’t do much with the site over the summer. The green bar shows th...
new phone – HTC Titan (a.k.a. Sprint Mogul)
Since my brother recently bought an iPhone, I’ve been wanting a phone that was a little more than just a regular p...
GrandCentral & Numbr- Permanent & temp phone numbers
I’ve sold a bunch of things on CraigsList. It’s better than eBay for a bunch of reasons, mostly importantly because it’s...
Mac vs PC ads…
If you’ve ever seen any of the MAC vs PC ads you’ll know that Apple is not subtle when it criticises Windows. The two ba...
Me holding my latest invention! A stereo amplifier It has mic. input, volume control, balance control, bass control, t...
Black Friday camping!
It’s black Friday today. It’s the Friday after thanksgiving and it’s always the busiest shopping day of the year. ...
Release of Ubuntu 6.10 (codename: Edgy Eft)
Those of you who know me well will know that about 8 months ago I got fed up with windows crashing for the last time, an...
How much does a degree in Electrical Engineering cost ?
Apparently, it costs $125 more than the cost of tuition/books. The deeper I look, the more I realise that there are tons...
Why I switched to Linux
I recently have been beta testing Microsoft’s latest and greatest (and oft delayed) OS (Operating System): Windows Vista...
What is 27 inches long yet only weighs 11.2 ounces ?
Possibly the 2 greatest tennis players of the 90’s: Andre Agassi* and Pete Sampras** used completely different racquets,...
Returned Laptop, only to buy a better one!
My HP laptop had a screen defect, so I sent it in to be repaired. They acted well, and returned it 2 days later fixed....
The easy solution to problems
Here used to be a little problem of mine that was easily fixed. I have a roommate who complains at the most trivial thin...
the art of selling on eBay
I bought an AMD Processor almost 4 years ago for $55 (Athlon XP 1700). It was budget even back then, but worked well. It...
How a professor of engineering helps his students
(upon reviewing for the up and coming midterm Mark Poret (CS Professor) says the following): If you follow these steps ...