LastPass Breach and Alternatives

By now, almost everyone has heard of the LastPass breach. Most cybersecurity professionals are taking a well-reasoned approach that we need to take action but let’s do it right. Here are my thoughts: First off, I must compliment LastPass on two things: LastPass had tools in place to detect data exfiltration. I suspect several password … Continue reading “LastPass Breach and Alternatives”

Homelab Move to the Garage

To make more room in the house (converting my home office into a bedroom), I moved my homelab into the garage. It’s still a work in progress, the cable management is a mess, but that’s about as good as it’s going to get for a while, as I have other things to attend to, but … Continue reading “Homelab Move to the Garage”

Brother LED Printer Review | MFC-L3770CDW

There are lots of features in this little box. It even has a printer in there somewhere. HP used to make decent laserjet printers, like my dad’s HP LaserJet 4 from the 1990’s. That engine is a workhorse rated for a duty cycle of 20,000 pages per month. It’s so reliable that many have done … Continue reading “Brother LED Printer Review | MFC-L3770CDW”

🏡 9 Tips to Find the Best Mortgage Lender

How to shop for mortgages and pay your mortgage off early. Noelle Asks: Hey Ben! Do you have any resources/advice for finding a good mortgage lender? Hi, Noelle. Here are 9 Tips for finding mortgage lenders 1. Compare Mortgage Options Even if you don’t use them, the AimLoan.com website will let you compare various scenarios without you … Continue reading “🏡 9 Tips to Find the Best Mortgage Lender”

📶 Wireless Coverage in North Idaho | Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile

This post is an unscientific spot test I did of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile providers in the greater Sandpoint, Idaho area. What’s the best mobile provider in North Idaho? Verizon, by far, has the best network coverage, but it is oversold and slows to a crawl at times. T-Mobile is the only network with usable … Continue reading “📶 Wireless Coverage in North Idaho | Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile”

We switched from Android Pixel to iPhone

Out of prudence, I switched my family from Android to iPhone due to Google Killing off Gmail Legacy. Of course, at the last second, Google decided to let us keep our Gmail accounts and phone numbers after all, but I was already past the point of no return. I had moved us to iPhone and … Continue reading “We switched from Android Pixel to iPhone”

Roe V. Wade Overturn | My Thoughts

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. – Proverbs 21:15 ESV What a way to close out Pride month. I never thought the reversal of Roe V Wade possible. While we are not there yet, the right for babies to live is something towards which I strive. … Continue reading “Roe V. Wade Overturn | My Thoughts”

Eaton 5P 1500RT UPS Battery Backup

My favorite method of server power reserve is a flywheel. It’s also the best way to have completely air-gapped protection from lightning strikes and surges. I was about to get one but realized I don’t have the space for it in the garage. When you have limited space, a Battery UPS will do in a … Continue reading “Eaton 5P 1500RT UPS Battery Backup”

Google Voice port to iPhone eSIM on US Mobile | Dual SIM

One casualty of Google Killing off Legacy GSuite is we risk losing our Google Voice phone numbers. I estimate I’d need to waste two weeks of vacation to spend on the phone updating my number with every contact, vendor, organization, and government agency. I think it would be best to not lose our phone numbers. … Continue reading “Google Voice port to iPhone eSIM on US Mobile | Dual SIM”

2021 in Retrospect | From Wolves

The Year of the Dogs If I could sum up the entire 2021 it is this: We got dogs, and now we’re behind on everything else (including this post, this is the most time-slipped retrospect ever). I expected dogs would be work. But I didn’t expect: The amount of energy a puppy must exert is … Continue reading “2021 in Retrospect | From Wolves”