Multiboot without USB or DVD and GRUB recovery

Finding myself stuck with some outdated Linux distributions on an older Toshiba tablet hybrid (without DVD or CD-ROM drive), I decided to upgrade it to a more modern and useful distribution. Read more »

Cable Modem Router combo default passwords

I recently had difficulties connecting to a cable modem / router combination and since it took me a while to find its default username and password, I decided to share it here. Read more »

Best Mobile Data Provider for Smartphones in Canada

You're traveling to a new country and either because you have a prepaid in your home country without roaming privileges, or because roaming is too expensive, you want to get a local SIM card to send and receive text messages (SMS), check your email and use Google Maps for directions. Where do you go and what do you get? In this series, we’ll have an answer (or more) for you for the countries we are travelling to most often. Today, Canada. Read more »

Solving the Hostel Router Problem

I once stayed at a hostel that had terrible Internet connectivity. This contrasted harshly with the superior customer service provided by the staff and the otherwise modern, cutting edge amenities. Let’s see how this problem could be solved. Read more »

My Twinkies Memories

There are people who mourn the imminent disappearance of Twinkies. I am not one of them, but I've had something to do with their advertising. Read more »

Hi-tech Tomatoes

This morning, while cutting a tomato, I went through a rather strange experience, which prompted me to look at the business of growing tomatoes. Read more »

Song Recognition Software and Services

Not long ago, identifying a song involved a rather complicated process. Today, finding that song stuck in your head is an app install away.

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Linux Tor Relay on Pentium 75

For a long time I’ve been toying with the idea of running a TOR relay for my own privacy reasons and to give back to the community as well. Though my router and NAS (and possibly even my WD Live box) have enough chutzpah to run it, I prefer to use a very old computer instead for reasons of separation (security). For a while, I even considered buying a Raspberry Pi or some other similar cheap gizmo, then I remember I have a bunch of old computers I've never used.. Read more »

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