I’m Ben, I live in the United States of America, in North Idaho with my wife, Kris, and son, Eli.
Favorite OS: Fedora and Ubuntu Linux
GPL or BSD? MIT
Emacs or Vim: Vim
Favorite CPU: Intel Xeon D-1500
Favorite IDE: Visual Studio Code
Gnome vs KDE: Gnome.
Favorite English Bible Translation: ESV, NASB is a close second.
Favorite Cherry Switch: 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!)
- 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-1518, 16GB memory, 4x2TB HDDs RAID-Z. Ubuntu + LXD
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.
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.
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.
Everything else. These are misc posts that don’t fit anywhere else.
Best resource for this is: Dilbert. …and Calvin and Hobbes of course.
Here’s my public pgp key and here’s the hash of my key: (SHA256: 809cc83b77dc235c37721a62c1cfd37f54c580f53b6242c36e74088b505dec0c).