Everything is Amazing

Life is incredible. I started this blog as a creative outlet that I knew I needed. So far it’s been relatively successful. I’ve managed to share geeky parenting projects, super-nerdy internet infrastructure stories, and some personal moments via photography or just brief stories. But ultimately,

This commodity/consumer grade "server" has stood the test of time

Hardware: Sometimes You Get Lucky

There is a unique server in my rack at the data center that performs a very specific task. Being strictly firewalled, both internally and externally, and having shown no signs of impending failure, I reluctantly rebooted it today to apply updates to the OS and

Magic Guitar

A Failed Startup and a Magical Guitar

I recently came across this photo from late 2009 (below), right around the time I launched Easily my greatest business failure, Uvumi is a platform for musicians to share their work and connect with fans. At the time, we were gunning for something that


Custom Home Office File and Dev Server

I have built plenty of “servers” over the years. That is, home-built machines pieced together with consumer-grade hardware and packed with hard drives to serve files and other services across my home and small office networks. My first file server build was for a vast


On Choosing Entrepreneurship

I’ve been drawn to entrepreneurship since I was a child. When Costco first opened a warehouse in my home town of Boise, Idaho in the early ’90s, I couldn’t believe how inexpensive candy and chewing gum was when purchased in bulk – the very same

Charging Mobile Devices while Traveling

The Mobile Battery Life Crisis

I held out as long as I could, I really did. I stuck with smartphones that had removable batteries so I could field-swap a fresh, fully charged battery into my phone in a matter of seconds while traveling or just when away from my charger

Pebble Smartwatch weather watch face

Review: You Should Own a Pebble Smart Watch

Smart watches are starting to become popular, though the trend in this particular style of wearable technology hasn’t really caught on yet for a number of key reasons. Mostly, battery life is an issue, and this is largely because manufacturers have decided that consumers require