Ahoy! I’m Ben, I live in the United States of America with my wife, Kris, and son, Eli.
I hope this page loaded fast for you. Welcome, and enjoy.
This blog is hosted from my AMD EPYC server under my desk from my homelab in Sandpoint, Idaho. Don’t be concerned about crashing the site if you link to it from Reddit, Hacker News, Slashdot, etc. I have Gigabit internet, and everything is cached and served from Cloudflare’s edge locations anyway.
- AMD EPYC 3201 8 core at 1.5GHz (30W TDP) with 32GB RAM.
- 4 HDDs and one SSD for write caching on a ZFS RAID-Z.
Current workstation: Dell Latitude 5411 – Core i7-10850H 10th Gen 2.7GHz Hexa-core (6 Core) (Amazon)
Favorite Computer: My next one
Favorite License: MIT
Emacs or Vim: Vim
Favorite CPU Series: Intel Xeon D
Favorite IDE: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code
Gnome vs KDE: They have both gotten so bad I prefer Windows 10.
Favorite English Bible Translation: ESV, NASB is a close second.
Favorite Keyboard Switch: Cherry MX Brown
Terran, Protoss, or Zerg? Zerg. I like the just enough, just-in-time military-style… sort of like Agile.
Welcome to b3n.org | est. 2001
May 2, 2001 marks my first blog post. Hosted from a Red Hat Linux server in my dorm room, running Apache and PHP, and I have been blogging ever since then.
I write about a variety of topics that interest me. Here are the main categories I post in:
My first computer was an Intel 8088 with (8MHz Turbo!) that dad brought home along with a book on QBasic. I taught myself a little QBasic and enjoyed Flight Simulator for DOS (the framerate was not measured in frames per second, but seconds per frame!)
- Xeon D-1540, 32GB memory, 4x6TB HDDs RAID-Z. VMware +FreeNAS
- AMD EPYC 3201 with 32GB RAM, 4x14TB HDDs RAID-Z. Proxmox.
- Xeon D-1518, 16GB memory, 4x2TB HDDs RAID-Z. Proxmox
I blog about the following categories for the most part:
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.
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) up in North Idaho has excellent preaching and 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. A new ministry I like is Proverbs 1810 Ministries founded by Paul Taylor just a few miles north of my location. His weekly podcast is an important one that all Christians should listen to.
I am a Biblical Creationist. That is I hold to the belief that the Universe was created by God in 6 days as stated in Genesis and the earth is about 6030 years old.
I hold a reformed view of soteriology and a dispensational view of end-times.
Everything else. These are misc posts that don’t fit anywhere else.
Best resource for this is: Dilbert. …and Calvin and Hobbes of course.