Author: redshift

  • Bolt-action Pen Review: The Right Choice Painting Company

  • A Survey of Bolt-Action Pens

    The Pens Top Five (for me) Summary

  • Trackball Reviews and Ergonomics

    I’m a programmer and a gamer, so I spend most of my day using a keyboard and mouse.  I haven’t had serious issues with repetitive strain injury, but my hands and forearms do get tired and uncomfortable after a long day on the computer or a number of days without a break.  I’ve tried a […]

  • New Server redux

    In an effort to simplify, I’ve moved the site yet again, this time to the much simpler hosted version of WordPress run by Automattic. I had been maintaining the site on a Linode for years (sorry I never posted about that) and they’re great, but I need more time to focus. So far, WordPress.com has […]

  • Exciting and unexciting

    Things that have excited me lately: WakeMate – $50 and you might sleep better. It tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you between REM periods. It seems most useful for heavy sleepers, like me. My wife sleeps very lightly and wakes up often. I don’t think she’d need additional jarring. Samsung’s Galaxy S phones – […]

  • Clash of the Titans 3D

    Clash of the Titans really doesn’t deserve the bad reviews it’s getting. If you like mythology at all, you’ll probably like it. They did take a few liberties with the story, but all movies do. The 3D effects were understated and didn’t detract from the movie like so many are claiming. Overall, good effort, and […]

  • Linux Wake On Keyboard

    Quick tip – Not all Linux-based operating systems wake from suspend mode when you use your keyboard. To enable that feature, do this: echo USB0 > /proc/acpi/wakeup You can add that line to /etc/rc.d/rc.local (on Fedora, similar elsewhere) to make sure the setting is enabled on startup.

  • Intel 4965 wireless, Linux, and Afterburners

    Important note if you have Intel 4965 wireless (the card used in the Dell XPS m1330, for example) – the Linux drivers for this card do not work well with “Afterburner” mode in Linksys routers. I assume it’s the same for “Super-G” and modes from other brands. Turn off that feature and you may save […]

  • How To Fix a Fedora Bug, Plus Free Mini-Review

    In the spirit of my previous Exherbo review and guide to fixing an Ubuntu crash, let’s do the same for Fedora! I was growing a bit tired of the development lag in Crunchbang Linux and needed a new distribution. I want a well-built system that doesn’t take too much administration so I can focus on […]