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The evolution of Apple mice

Magic Mouse 2: Why I Love It

We’re taking the Apple Magic Mouse 2 for a spin with a review from a mouse lover (not that kind!). Pointing devices have come a long way since the one- or two-button clunkers of the 1970s and 80s. Remember the trackball craze of the mid-90s? I’m still trying to forget that phase. In comparison, the […]

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Compaq 47XX

My First Computer: Compaq Presario 4784

It was almost Christmas. Back in 1996, all I wanted was my own computer. I was still pecking away at the keyboard, not yet able to type a full sentence without looking. What I thought was my first computer turned out to be a Brother Word Processor with a two- or three-color external screen. It wasn’t […]

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Time Machine & Windows

Use Your External Hard Drive for Time Machine and PC

External hard drives are dirt cheap, but what happens when you don’t want to carry multiple drives? Traditionally, the Time Machine drive on your Mac is formatted HFS+, something Windows doesn’t easily interact with unless you use third party software–and that can cost you. If you have a fairly large USB drive, such as 1TB […]

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Diamond Rio 300

My First MP3 Player: Diamond Rio PMP300

Back in the mid-to-late 90s, Diamond Multimedia was on top of its game. This hardware company produced some of the better graphics cards and sound cards of its day. It also produced one of the first portable digital music players that achieved mass production and popularity. It was also my first MP3 player, the Diamond Rio (PMP300). It came […]

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Cowsay Fortune

Spice Up Your MOTD With Fortune and Cowsay

Recently, I deployed a new Linux web server for a side project. There aren’t many shell users (ssh) on the server, so I thought I would have some fun with it. It’s running CentOS 7 with cPanel/WHM for the web side of things. To spice up my Message of The Day (MOTD), I figured I would install […]

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MacBook Pro Uptime

Understanding Your Server Load Average in Uptime

If you’ve ever run Linux, FreeBSD, or even Mac OS X, chances are at some point you’ve seen a bunch of crazy numbers attached to your server’s uptime. To explain how it works, we are going to use a cloud-based server running on two cores with 2GB of memory on a RAID 10. It hosts […]

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MacBook Screen Off

Turn Off Your Internal Screen on MacBooks

I recently purchased a larger Samsung external monitor for my Mid-2012 13″ MacBook Pro (non-Retina). My screen resolution isn’t the greatest compared to the new 24″ SyncMaster I have. The smaller 1280×800 resolution and lack of a taller stand means I’d rather turn off my Mac’s screen and just use my external one. With a keyboard, mouse, speakers, […]

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Setting Up An SSH Config File

  ssh config files are extremely useful for managing multiple servers that you need ssh access to.  Setting up an ssh config file is extremely simple, and if you have properly generated your ssh key pairs (and added them to your remote servers) it is a time saving way to ssh into remote machines.  An […]

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Famous Sites Powered By… WordPress?

When I hear the name WordPress, I think of a personal blog. The software enables users to leave their mark online, free of charge. It’s easy to install and maintain through plugins created by third party developers. Released in 2003, it would forever change how we communicate our thoughts to the web (and who doesn’t like […]

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Medical Marijuana, Why Is It Taking So Long?

I live in Los Angeles, where you can’t drive down a street without seeing a medical marijuana dispensary.  It is just a common feature of this city and cities in California.  It is completely non intrusive, and it has a positive effect on the California economy — it is desperately needed.  My question is this: […]

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