Running the Juan de Fuca Trail

Introduction The Juan de Fuca trail is a 47 km long wilderness trail on the southwestern side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This short blog provides hints and ideas for trail runners who are considering running this trail in one day. Normally the trail distance is completed by serious backpackers in 3-4 days. Reasonably […]

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Check out the powerful Tarsnap Backup System

Between my wife and I we have 5 computing devices, 4 of which require a backup plan. There are 2 ArchLinux desktops, 1 Archlinux laptop and 1 Chromebook with an ArchLinux distro on its SD card. We also own a Google Nexus 7 tablet, but we never keep files on that device to worry about […]

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ArchLinux on a Samsung 303 Chromebook

My purchase of a Chromebook two years ago was mostly just to see what the fuss was with ChromeOS, but also to have an inexpensive small light netbook as a keyboarded portable device to complement our Nexus 7 tablet. I enjoy the tablet but have never liked the fact it does not have a keyboard. […]

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The Google Chromebook: Intermediate user’s guide

User’s Guide here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14TsUggintkeSS1H8dm6QOaDDcf45SHOZUI4V-GgzBuM/edit# My latest new toy is a Samsung 303C Chromebook. For those who don’t know what these devices are they essentially are very secure, inexpensive netbooks that are Wi-Fi only cloud-based computing devices. In a nutshell they are really just a browser and not much else. All apps and data that the […]

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In Praise of LightWeight Linux Desktop/Laptop Software Applications

I suspect that the vast majority of desktop/laptop users do not realize the great wealth of wonderfully fast and lightweight software applications that exist today. If you are like the majority of people under the age of forty years old you probably were raised in a Microsoft Windows era, possibly switching to Apple if you […]

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Latest, most “secure” USN vessel does NOT use MS Windows

As expected the newest and most high-tech USN vessel ever launched will be running Linux, not OSX and most certainly not Microsoft Windows. If you are someone who is fed up with the insecurity, cost and slowness of MS Windows now is a great time to switch to Linux. If you need justification, do you […]

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Amateur Astronomy as a new hobby for you?

Introduction The idea behind this blog is to present my initial impressions as a newcomer to the hobby of observational amateur astronomy – and present some suggestions as to why you might or might not be interested in adding a fantastic hobby to your life. I should point out my experience level so you know […]

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