Strange Days

Jim Powell, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, contributed a timely and topical editorial to Investor’s Business Daily this week. Powell echoes a surging sentiment prevalent among the financial and economic “in crowds” that the Federal Reserve has done far more harm than good in its interventions to prop-up the flagging US (world) economy. From […]

Superfluous fstab Entries After Upgrading to Lucid LTS

A quick post to outline a stupefying problem I encountered after upgrading one of my machines to Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) this weekend. By way of background, I am anything but an early-adopter of OS releases — especially on my production hardware. I haven’t the time to debug network-critical software on systems on which I rely […]

Ubuntu in VirtualBox

I travel nearly every week to my clients’ offices. I have recently become quite keen on the idea of videoconferencing with my wife and children each night, as a means to span the miles between us. Skype is the software I’ve settled on, as the most promising open-source competitor (Wengo) didn’t instill much confidence. The […]

DD-WRT on the WRT54G v8

DD-WRT is, by far, my favorite third-party firmware for the Linksys WRT54G wireless router. I, personally, have three of these on my network — one as the primary access point and router and two as bridged repeaters — on which I have used several versions of dd-wrt. (I’ve also used Sveasoft and Hyper-WRT on these […]


I simply had to share this sketch. It’s from a delightful British sketch comedy series called “A Bit of Fry & Laurie.” Stephen Fry is so very funny in this bit. His wordplay never ceases to make me laugh out loud. Without further ado, I present to you A Bit of Fry & Laurie – […]