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Raspberry Pi Setup – First Steps

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:01:56 +0000

Change the default password–simply run sudo raspi-config and select the option from the menu Update all your packages: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade Give your raspberry pi a network name (hostname.local as per raspi-config), using Apple’s zeroconf/bonjour protocol: sudo apt-get install avahi-daemon sudo insserv avahi-daemon Install airplay using shairport (if you want it) Setup […]

The 2013 Mac Pro is Cheaper to Build as Windows PC

Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:21:00 +0000

This should be a non-controversial opinion, but I’ve already received in an informal forum comments like: the Mac is a workstation not a gaming rig. If you try building it, you will end up paying more. For the money and given workloads it’s a good machine. For a workstation, a prebuilt is the way to […]

Outlook 2007 / 2010 HTML/CSS Foreground Background Colors on Span Elements

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:33:05 +0000

Say for example you wanted to have a span in an Outlook email (using Word’s terrible HTML renderer) with a unique foreground/background color: Your Text This would be supposed to render as: Your Text, but it actually renders as Your Text. Ironically enough, you can style a table cell with foreground/background colors and all […]

I-751 (Petition to Remove Greencard Conditions) Tips

Wed, 15 May 2013 01:50:50 +0000

I recently went through the successful application to remove conditions on residence (I-751) with my wife, and found there were a few things I could have done better with my initial submission. We unfortunately received (and responded to) an RFE (Request for Evidence) due to insufficient documentation for the petition. I had included standard items, […]

Is Homebrewing Cheaper than Buying Beer?

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:59:14 +0000

My brother bought me a Brew in a Bag (BIAB) grains IPA kit for Christmas, and I had a lot of fun making and fermenting the beer, which I tweaked a little with a fresh mint twist. We have yet to see how well it comes out, as it’s currently sitting on its yeast for […]