Cloudways Managed WordPress Hosting

Save Time Managing WordPress Last week I moved b3n.org from DigitalOcean to Cloudways Managed WordPress Hosting. Why? Well, there is nothing wrong with DigitalOcean, they’ve been fantastic. But my problem is I hardly had time to maintain the technology stack. A few weeks ago I was in the process of adding a couple of WordPress … Continue reading “Cloudways Managed WordPress Hosting”

My First 3D Printer! Ender 3 Pro

I’m not sure exactly how it started, it might have been when Eli and I were trying in vain to find Lego Technic sets with lots of gears, or when Kris was discussing with me purchasing learning aids for school. … and I started to realize we could 3D print this stuff! Just with the … Continue reading “My First 3D Printer! Ender 3 Pro”

I switched to Duplicati for Windows Backups and Restic for Linux Servers

So long, CrashPlan! After using it for 5 years, CrashPlan with less than a day notice decided to delete many of my files I had backed up. Once again, the deal got altered. Deleting files with no advanced notice is something I might expect from a totalitarian leader, but it isn’t acceptable for a backup … Continue reading “I switched to Duplicati for Windows Backups and Restic for Linux Servers”

How to Get Longer Life Out of Your Dell Laptop Battery

In 2015 I bought myself and Kris Dell Latitude E5450 laptops. 1 year later her battery was fine, however mine lasted 60 seconds on a full charge. I attribute this to Kris often using her computer on battery and not having it plugged in all the time, and me always having my computer in the … Continue reading “How to Get Longer Life Out of Your Dell Laptop Battery”

Running Chrony NTP under a VMware Guest

Here’s a quick guide to run an NTP (Network Time Protocol) server using Chrony with a GPS (optional) receiver on a VMware ESXi Guest running Ubuntu 18.04.  I should note this is experimental and something I setup in my homelab temporarily.  For production environments I would run NTP on physical hardware and not VMware. Create … Continue reading “Running Chrony NTP under a VMware Guest”

Programming Management & Leadership Books

There are plenty of books on managing people; but there are few books targeting management of software development, and even fewer aimed at people who got promoted into leadership positions with no management skills.  I’ve read countless books looking for resources in that area…  I can find plenty of books about how to manipulate people or … Continue reading “Programming Management & Leadership Books”

Kindle vs Paper Books

I’ve been using a Kindle for about 6 years.  And have been reading paper books for longer than that!  I have two Kindles, one is the discontinued Kindle Touch, and the other is the newer Kindle Paperwhite.  Here are my thoughts on the Kindle and how eBooks compare to Print Books. The Kindle Reading Experience … Continue reading “Kindle vs Paper Books”

7 Homelab Ideas | Why You Should Have A Homelab

Why You Should Have a Homelab In 1998 my friend Meredith gave me a RedHat Linux CD.  I spent hours each day experimenting with Linux–I loved it.  2 years later I’m in a room with 30 other students at a University applying for the same computer lab assistant job–I’m thinking my chances are grim.  Part-way … Continue reading “7 Homelab Ideas | Why You Should Have A Homelab”

OpenDNS, CleanBrowsing, and 1.1.1.1 for Families | DNS Content Filtering

What is DNS Content Filtering? A DNS Based Content Filtering service can prevent certain websites from loading on your network.  Most services can filter by specific categories like malware, phishing, pornography, etc.  Unlike some content filtering that can introduce security risks, DNS filtering does not intercept traffic between you and the website you’re visiting.  It … Continue reading “OpenDNS, CleanBrowsing, and 1.1.1.1 for Families | DNS Content Filtering”

MobaXterm Professional Review

I recently switched to MobaXterm Professional from PuTTY.  And I’m not looking back… A PuTTY Alternative I had just re-installed Windows 10 to fix an updating issue.  As I was downloading PuTTY I thought: there has got to be something better than PuTTY.   PuTTY is a good program, but it doesn’t do four things for … Continue reading “MobaXterm Professional Review”