• We know what we are, but know not what we may be. — William Shakespeare

Quick Update

Hi Folks,

Been a looooong week at work and home, so suffering from a lack of witty dialogue right now.

On the plus side, though, it looks like the wife is enjoying her new gigantic iPhone dock/stereo.

Looks like another long week of work ahead, so updates may be sparse again, but will try to pop in during the week.

As for me, going to down some coffee and get a few more pages finished for Episode Four before hitting the sack.

Wish me luck.

No Offense Intended

Before I begin, let me make it absolutely clear that I am a full proponent of equal rights for everyone.

Now, with that bizarre disclaimer out of the way, let’s start this tale.

My wife and I had our four year anniversary back in July, and decided to take a day trip to Niagara Falls. We brought along our toddler, as there’s quite a lot to amuse a two year old there -everything from snow cones to fireworks.

Now, I was keen┬áto go there for a very particular reason – one not related to frozen treats or pretty lights in the sky.

You see, here on the communist side of Niagara Falls, there’s a certain little store tucked away at the top of Clifton Hill that deals in convenience type stuff, as well as some odds and ends.

I was there for a specific oddity/endity(?).

This store, for whatever reason, keeps a stock of t-shirts-that-didn’t-make-the-cut that it sells for only two bucks apiece.

What sort of t-shirts, you ask? Here’s my haul from two years back, in all their wrinkled glory: Continue reading

Tech Tip: Ninite

Hi, folks.

I’ve got a larger post written up, but got home too late to finish taking the accompanying pictures for it. So, you’ll get a quick substitute post instead. Consider this part one of an ongoing series of posts regarding cheap/free tech related stuff that might make your life just a little bit easier.

Today, we’ll look at something I mentioned in the last update: Ninite.

No, it’s not some sort of explosive. It’s actually a very neat program that will auto-install or auto-update your applications for you. Almost everything from Firefox to Java to Malwarebytes to iTunes is there. There’s even IT-friendly stuff such Notepad++, Putty, and Eclipse in there – though I’m sure most of you in the IT field probably know about this site already. If you didn’t, then Happy Birthday!

It’s very simple to use, too. Simply go to the website, check off all the applications you want to install or update, then click the “download” button.

Once downloaded, just run the file and Ninite will automagically install everything for you. It will use default settings for everything, and will *not* install any toolbars or any similar nonsense. I’ve also, personally, never had to reboot my computer after running a Ninite install.

Now, if a week later you need to update one of those pieces of software, just run the same file again! It will skip over anything that’s up-to-date and automatically update the rest.

Also, just to satisfy the cynical, this is not a paid (or unpaid) shill. I really do love this application.

Router? I Hardly Know Her!

Just a heads up – if you absolutely no interest in routers, UTM’s or IT in general, this post may bore you to tears. I’ll try to keep it entertaining and/or informative, though. Also, apologies for the lack of screenshots or pictures, but I only decided on writing this post after everything was said and done.

Here was the situation: I was using a cheap D-Link router for my home internet connection that had, well, issues. Despite being only a few months old, it would lock up at inopportune moments, necessitating a run to the basement to unplug and replug it. That got old real fast. Mind you, it wasn’t a “bad” router, per se. However, I do a lot of remote stuff for my “real” job at home, which often involves copying large files back and forth – which I suspect just overloaded the poor router.

I had a couple of options at this point. Continue reading

Avoid Licking Strange People

The days are getting shorter and colder. It’s that time of year again.

Daycare pestilence season.

Those of you with little ones staying in the illness incubator will know what I’m talking about. Expect a fun new contagion every few weeks. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a simple case of the sniffles. If not, good luck with the fun case of hand, foot and mouth disease.

And, of course, you’ll be able to share in the misery too! Usually increased by a factor of ten.

As I type this, my nose is stuffed up (and you don’t want to know what’s coming out of it when I blow it), I’ve got a slight fever, and every muscle in my body feels like they’ve been put through a wringer. Last night, I felt so drained that I went to sleep immediately after putting our toddler to bed.

The kid, on the other hand, had a little bit of a runny nose earlier this week, but seems okay now.

Fun times.