[Guide] Budget Home Server Upgrade (Pt. 3): NAS Follow Up

Time for an update – It’s been more than 3 years now since I set up my Dell T5500 home server in it’s current form and in short, it’s been running like a dream. Just one of the RAID drives failed over time, which I’ll outline below, I will also go into detail about the current hardware setup and VM services running, the addition of … Continue reading [Guide] Budget Home Server Upgrade (Pt. 3): NAS Follow Up

[Thoughts] Improving Screen Reading Efficiency

Reading in the modern age has changed. I can’t remember the last book I read that was printed on actual paper. Not too long ago, I once again aspirationally purchased an 8.4″ tablet, the unlucky 13th tablet in a string spanning back five years, with the intention of making a dent in my reading list, which had been accumulating for a while. The screen is … Continue reading [Thoughts] Improving Screen Reading Efficiency

[Thoughts] Apple Content Blocker in iOS/Safari 9

Privacy is hitting the mainstream, the cows are smelling hamburgers and asking questions (Update: I’ve tested some benchmarks on ad-blocking in various configurations here). Apple is finally rolling out an ad-blocking feature in Safari 9, with the following official description: “The new Safari release brings Content Blocking Safari Extensions to iOS. Content Blocking gives your extensions a fast and efficient way to block cookies, images, … Continue reading [Thoughts] Apple Content Blocker in iOS/Safari 9

[Thoughts] Why I Use a Vertical Monitor

Around a year or so ago, I discovered that my desktop monitor at home could be rotated into a vertical orientation and it was revolutionary. For most of us, we’ve spent forever working on landscape oriented monitors (usually in a 16:10 aspect ratio), for no good reason other than tradition. But I’m here to tell you, vertical monitors are a life changer. My productivity has … Continue reading [Thoughts] Why I Use a Vertical Monitor

[Thoughts] Microsoft, Windows 10 and Private Data

UPDATE: Not content to hoover up your personal data, inundate you with ads on your desktop and provide backdoors for the NSA, Microsoft now provides Windows DVD Player, previously freely included with WIndows, for $15 for purchase. Bravo. Stallman was right. I won’t delve too deeply here since I ditched Windows years ago, bar for occasional testing, but this is definitely worth a quick mention. … Continue reading [Thoughts] Microsoft, Windows 10 and Private Data