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Second Life, Web Hacking Edition

To keep busy, I’ve been doing web sites for two non-profits, my church and the local Road Scholar Lifetime Learning Institute Network affiliate sponsored by Old Dominion University. ┬áBoth web sites were in need of updates for the brave new world of iPhone and iPad. Neither site was responsive and both had become disorganized as […]

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New Life for an Old (early 2009) Mac Mini

My beloved Oswald (named after Nick’s grand sire) was getting as slow as his deceased name sake. The internal disk was failing, boot and shutdown times were long, and the machine was getting unstable. Time for a new iMac? Being a retired moocher, the thought of parting with $2500 while totally out of pocket was […]

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New Windows, SOS

Retired life is a zero sum game for now. For the first five years, I’ve chosen to live completely out of pocket by delaying the start of Social Security payments until age 70. To keep my retirement finances on track, I use ESPlanner to estimate my annual discretionary spending, See Finance to track expenses, and […]

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Mavericks, Drobo, and More

For the past several months, I’d had a full volume on my Gen 2 Drobo. What’s a Drobo? It is a Firewire/USB external disk drive designed for use by small offices and professionals. Drobo is popular with photographers, musicians, video editors and such as an external storage device because it has some interesting properties. It […]

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Pogoplug Cloud and Disk Backup

Introduction This article is about disk backup as much as it is about Pogoplug and Pogoplug Cloud. Disk backup is the computing system operations practices that protect a computer system’s file system from hardware, software, and user failures like dos> format c:. So disk backup is a combination of things A saved image of the […]

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Mountain Lion Arrives

After yesterday evening’s fireworks wound down, I installed Apple OS X Mountain Lion on Oswald Cobblepot, my middle-aged Mac Mini that does photo, movie, and music chores. Mountain Lion installs in two steps, purchase of the installer from the Mac App Store and running of the installer. The installation process takes a couple of hours […]