Benjamin Bryan | About

I’m Ben, I live in the United States of America, in North Idaho with my wife, Kris, and son, Eli.

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Favorite OS: Ubuntu Linux
Preferred Open source license: MIT/BSD
Emacs vs Vim: Vim (used to be a big Emacs user, but it’s not installed by default on most distros).
Favorite CPU: Intel Xeon D-1500 series.
Favorite Editor: Visual Studio Code
Source Control: Git
Gnome vs KDE: I tend to prefer KDE, but I just find it’s not as stable for me and I’m not a big fan of QT.  Kmail can’t handle the amount of email I get without crashing and some of the KDE apps just don’t seem fully baked.. why can’t I find Apple podcasts in Amorak?  Kmail doesn’t support Exchange and also doesn’t support Gmail contact integration.  On the other hand Gnome’s usability isn’t what I prefer.  I don’t like the top menu bar, it makes it hard to switch between Chromium tabs when you have to move your cursor just below the useless top bar instead of letting it slide to the top edge.  Then there’s no taskbar and I really don’t like losing focus of what I’m doing when I hit the start key, but fortunately Gnome can be made usable with Dash to Panel which fixes both of those issues.  So I reluctantly use Gnome.
Favorite Car: my 2003 Subaru Outback does pretty decent in snow and ice.  My second favorite would be the Tesla X, I’ve always liked falcon doors.
Favorite English Bible Translation: ESV, I also like the NASB but the ESV is more affordable, has a better API, and a lot more resources.
Favorite Cherry Switch: MX Brown
Terran, Protoss, or Zerg?   Protoss.  I like the ability to warp in units as needed and where needed.

Welcome to b3n.org | est. 2001

May 2, 2001.  First blog post.  Hosted from a Red Hat Linux desktop turned into a server running Apache and PHP, and been blogging ever since then.

I write about a variety of topics that interest me.  Here are the main categories I post in:

Computers

Flight Simulator for DoSWhen I was in 6th grade dad brought home an Intel 8088 with (8MHz Turbo!) and a book on QBasic.  I learned some QBasic, enjoyed Flight Simulator for DOS (the framerate was not measured in frames per second, but seconds per frame!).  Nevertheless I made many long flights and learned instrument navigation.

Current Computers

  • Primary workstation: Latitude E5450, 16GB memory, Nvidia GPU
  • Primary Server: Xeon D-1540, 32GB memory, 4x6TB HDDs RAID-Z. VMware +FreeNAS
  • Secondary Server: Xeon D-151518, 16GB memory, 4x2TB HDDs RAID-Z.  VMware + FreeNAS

My favorite OS is Linux, although I am quite familiar with DOS, FreeBSD, Windows, OSX, and Solaris/illumos.  Anything related to computers, technology, machines, security, storage, robots  etc.  My favorite source of tech news is Hacker News.

Finance

I’ve been using Quicken for as long as I can remember.  I started tracking finances with Quicken for DOS since 6th grade (and still track every transaction).  I think the best thing one can do to learn about finance and investing is to read books, I have read over 30 books on investing from authors like John Bogle, William Bernstein, Michael Edleson, Larry Swedroe, Benjamin Graham, Burton Malkiel, Taylor Larimore, David Swensen, and while this doesn’t make me an expert I have a well rounded perspective on it.   I hate to be a skeptic, but I take very little weight in what most investment advisers suggest–often it’s to invest in funds that are designed to turn your money into their money through fees.  I do find it odd when I come across advisers that give me a blank stare when I mention John Bogle or the Bogleheads.  If you’ve never even heard of Bogle you’re not qualified to be advising anyone on investing.  My favorite two investment books are: The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein and Enough by John  C. Bogle.  For younger people Bernstein’s free book, If You Can is a good read.

Worldview

Posts on Christianity, Religion, Reason are posted in this category.  My beliefs are founded on the Bible.  I put my trust solely in Jesus Christ the Son of God, who died on the cross to take the penalty for our sins and gives eternal life to anyone who believes in Him.

Kootenai Community Church (my church) has a variety of essays and podcasts.  I watch The Dividing Line by James White and listen to The Briefing by Alber Mohler, Answers in Genesis (Ken Ham) also has a lot of Creationist resources.

ESV Bible Online
1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith via CCEL
KCC Doctrinal Statement

Nonsense

Everything else.  These are misc posts that don’t fit anywhere else.

Best resource for this is: Dilbert. …and Calvin and Hobbes of course.

Contact

Here’s my public pgp key and here’s the hash of my key: (SHA256: 809cc83b77dc235c37721a62c1cfd37f54c580f53b6242c36e74088b505dec0c).

Bitcoin Address:

BTC: 1NKWPyc46kDykYAZEjWcgBfEkGU7sSfuSm

8 thoughts on “Benjamin Bryan | About”

  1. Hi Ben!
    I spent the last 6 weeks for learning and working with zfs.

    I just can’t get good sequential read speed via iscsi + zfs. i’s just doesn’t work.

    I ‘d like to know – have struggled with that ever? Could you give some advice ?

    It’s just works when we speak about writings , and just doesn’t when we speak about sequentila reading.

    Alex K.

  2. Hey Ben, Was looking for your email on your page but could not find it. Are you still using UDP from Verizon? Can you guide me with some assistance via email?
    Thanks
    Luke

  3. Stumbled across your blog reading about some zfs nonsense. Dig the Blog! I also reside in Idaho. Cheers Man thanks for the resource!

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    Hope I did it right! :D

  5. Hey Ben,

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    Hope you find this useful. Let me know, and if I can do more, I’ll be happy to!

    ~Alex

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