Random thoughts

Another month, another post.

Life is going. School is back in session, and the crazy has started. The commute still sucks, and not getting as much done in the personal world sucks, too.

And, to top it all off, the weather turned to Fall (Yeah!), but my motorcycle has a short in a switch (Boo!)

Need to fix it.

But, on the plus side, the firewall is back up and running.

And the Firewall goes POP

For some reason, we have had a bit of power issues around the house recently. No big deal, just enough to cause non-UPS computers to reboot. Well, one of them was the firewall (the UPS on it pop a while back, and I just have not gotten around to replacing it). But, it would not come back the last time. Drag a it over to a monitor and have a look at the console. No HD. Nuts. On a backup solution until the new SSD to replace the dead (non)spinning rust shows up.

Another Month, Another Post

Wow...September already?  Where does the time go?

With the time given to the commute and the lack of access at the office (since I do work for a firm which does have pretty tight internet access policies), I have decided that I cannot do the photo-a-day thing, so I am not going to be updating my photo website on a regular basis.  Sorry about that, but then since I started back this summer, the traffic was not there.

On the topic of my last post, I have decided to keep most things in house for now.  Calendaring is the biggest issue to crack.

I hope to be able to spend some time here documenting things, if nothing else for me.  Maybe someone else will find them useful.


Do I Stay, Or Do I Go?

No, this is not about my job.

This is about my web sites, email, and my digital life.  For years, I have had my domain (duckland.org) and my email address there (duck), and I am not going to give those up.  I have collected a few others domains over the years, and the family has started asking for their own as well.  

Now, if you know me at all, you know that for most of my professional career, I have been in Unix operations, specifically Linux.  It is what I do.  But, I am wondering if it is time for me to 'outsource' one of the more difficult parts of keeping my own domain: email.  Recently, I have gone back to not hosting my email due to various reasons, and went back to GMail.  In the years since I left it, it has gotten much better UI for someone who likes keyboards over mice, and the Android clients are very nice.  Plus, the addition of Google Now in the Chrome browser has been very handy. 

Add to the fact I still cannot find a good calendar solution which I can host which will work seamlessly across my computers (home and work), tablets, and cell phones, as well as let the family share besides Google, and it makes GMail very attractive.

But, on the other side, Google makes their money on ads, and they make no secret that they analyze your email (GMail), your appointments (Google Calendar), and your web browsing (Google Chrome) to try to market to you better.  I am still undecided if I want to keep swimming up-stream or just give in and use the Google services, because they will be better than anything I can set up on my own.


However, I have finally made another change to the blogging solution, and I should be able to start writing more.  I do have some ideas in a back log to talk about.