Religion-Lite

I have a hypothesis about religious people I would like to present in this blog and I summarize it succinctly by suggesting that many people who call themselves “religious” are not really so. They claim a religious faith not based so much on faith in those specific beliefs but rather more of their perception of […]

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Fear Mongering and Public WiFi Security

For the past few years, and it seems to have heated up, there has been a considerable amount of media fear mongering concerning the lack of security with public WiFi systems. A few hours of research into the issue can be summed up in the following: “assuming you have no reason to assume that you […]

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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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