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How About a Raspberry Pi 2 as a Desktop PC Replacement?

I recently replaced my last remaining desktop PC with a $50 Raspberry Pi 2, a $25 USB DVD drive, and a $90 USB hard drive. So far, I’m very pleased with the results. The Raspberry Pi (RPi) is a series of small, single-board computers developed in the UK by a charitable organization supported by the…

Book Fight! Wild vs. Eat, Pray, Love

In September, Lovely Spouse and I visited Portland, Oregon. During the flight there, I found myself reading over my traveling companion’s shoulder. She was whipping through Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. She’d been advised by a friend to read the book because we were visiting Strayed’s…

Movie Literacy Project: First Anniversary

I just wanted to acknowledge that my initial blog post about my Movie Literacy Project went up about a year ago. I’ve watched 52 movies since I started in June 2014. This is amazing for me, since in my life up to that point, I averaged five films per year on video or in the…

17 Facebook Rules I Try (and Often Fail) to Follow

These are the main Facebook rules I began using when I starting thinking of it as a platform for growing my writing career. There are probably some I’ve omitted by accident, but I think I got most of the key ones. Some of these are basic Internet etiquette and therefore kind of obvious. Others are…

Please Please Please — Set Up Off-Site Data Backup, Like Yesterday!

If my informal polling of friends and coworkers is any indication, the odds are good that you either have no backup system for your computer or your backup system is woefully inadequate. Remember that “data” doesn’t just mean spreadsheets, databases, PowerPoint presentations, and word processor documents; I’m also talking about your vacation pictures, your music…

A book made entirely of chrome? Astounding!

I struggle with distraction when I try to do pretty much anything that takes more than five minutes. In the case of writing, it’s wonderful that modern computers are capable of accessing so much useful and interesting information relative to my projects on the Internet; however, those same resources can turn into a neverending parade…

My Inappropriate Use of the Word “My”

One of the more awkward kinds of language misuse I run across on a regular basis is the way people put the word “My” in places it shouldn’t ought to be. I first noticed this years ago when Microsoft started sticking “My” in front of the names of the assortment of prefab special folders that…