Monthly Archive: October 2011

Jon’s DSLR Buying Guide: Part 1 – The Camera 0

Jon’s DSLR Buying Guide: Part 1 – The Camera

Today, digital cameras are ubiquitous – everyone who has a cellphone has a camera. Even with this proliferation of cameras, if you want a camera that is a step above the rest, you need an SLR or more correctly a DSLR. Fortunately for intrepid amateur photographers, DSLRs can be had on the cheap (Nikon D3100s start under $600), but what features do you need? What lenses should you get? What...

Battlefield 3 is out tomorrow!! See you online! 0

Battlefield 3 is out tomorrow!! See you online!

In case you have forgotten, tomorrow is the release of Battlefield 3 and I am excited! I played the beta and while it was very limited (only one map, only online, no vehicles), I had a lot of fun with it. I wasn’t much of a fan of playing shooters in multiplayer until Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2 so I didn’t play the early generations that much. I...

(Re-)Introducing PDNSOps 9

(Re-)Introducing PDNSOps

For the last few years, my DNS server of choice (when I run my own) is PowerDNS. It is very simple to use, and the ability to run multiple “backends” makes it wonderfully configurable. My choice setup is PowerDNS running the MySQL backend. Of course the question is “How do I manage the MySQL backend?” and that is where PDNSOps comes in.

Goodbye US Bank 5

Goodbye US Bank

I opened my first checking account, by my parents guidance, before I was 18 years old. When it was time for me to get my first credit card, I went to US Bank. As a result, I’ve had both a checking account and credit card with them for quite some time. For my checking account that is something around 10 years of being a loyal customer. My credit card is...

Ride Friday: Why motorcyclists don’t honk 0

Ride Friday: Why motorcyclists don’t honk

If you drive a normal 4 wheeled vehicle (what we motorcyclists like to refer to as a “cager“) then you might not have noticed, but the motorcyclists on the road rarely honk at you – especially when you’re trying to kill us. I only mention this after a conversation I had with a coworker. I noted that the more grievous the attempt at bodily harm was by a cager, the...