Author: Jack

On Getting the Bands Back Together

Recently, Google forced my family from Google Music onto YouTube Music. It wasn’t a huge deal, our playlists made it over, the selection seems the same. Aside from some housekeeping (clearing up the billing, switching apps etc.) it was almost painless. That said, my opinion of Google has been pretty low for a few years. […]

RIP Rupert

Yesterday, July 15th 2020, my tortoise Rupert died. He isn’t the first pet, or the first tortoise that has died in my care, but he was with us long enough that I feel a special affection for him and as such it doesn’t feel right to bury him without having put some thoughts about hm […]

On Blade Runner 2019

Here we are in November, 2019 – the starting date for the original Blade Runner. Blade Runner is a classic by any measure. The world is practically the definition of cyberpunk, even though it predates a lot of other works – specifically Neuromancer– that really set the foundation for the genre as separate from general […]

On A Sense of General Malaise and 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to update. Admittedly, most of my online activity has taken the form of Reddit comments and Goodreads reviews of my latest books. Lately I’ve been feeling quite depressed, in a weird global way. In my local bubble things are going well. My family is doing well, […]

Router Refresh: Netgear R7800 as a torrenting NAS and PXE server with LEDE

More than a few years ago, I invested in a Netgear WNDR 3800. I intentionally bought it because it was supported by OpenWRT, a Linux based firmware, similar to DD-WRT and capable of running a lot of extra services at the center of your network. Time marches on however, and despite the fact that the […]

On Mistborn

As with all of my book entries, this is intensely spoilerific. I had intended to follow up my super serious last post with more ruminating about corporate programming and my new digs at AMD, but writing about that requires a lot of effort now that I’m almost a year into the grind and it’s not […]

On Leaving IBM

After working with IBM for over 8 years, this week marks my last with Big Blue. Next week, I’ll start my new job with AMD. Since I’ve been spending a lot of time over the last month or so reflecting on my time at IBM, I figured I could use this post to collect some […]

Steam Link + Generic Gamepad + Linux Host

Like a lot of people this week, I picked up a Steam Link for $20 from Amazon and it arrived yesterday. Previously, I’ve used Steam home streaming to and from Linux hosts and I’ve been very pleased with its performance, especially over a wired connection. I streamed Skyrim from a Windows partition elsewhere to my […]

Trumpocalypse 2016

It happened. It actually happened. Trump is going to be the next President of the United States and I’m pretty sure the entire American public is sitting around looking at each other and feeling completely numb. Unless you voted for him, then you’re probably ecstatic that he overcame what appeared to be insurmountable odds. Personally, […]

On Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton – without talking about financing

It won’t come as any surprise to people that know me personally that I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter. I’m pretty far left and I have absolutely no problem looking toward Europe for examples of good government taking care of its people better than the US. I don’t think twice about labels like “socialist” because I […]