Why the iPhone is the worst invention ever.

Think of a piece of technology, and much of the time you can also think of a drawback. Sometimes it’s significant, sometimes it’s minor. For example, the car. Sure, it’s fun to drive, it gets us from point A to point B. But it pollutes. It can be the catalyst of much destruction. It’s expensive. […]

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The Problem with Facebook

Here’s what I struggle with on Facebook. I have 194 friends, from different generations, different walks of life, different religious and political backgrounds/preferences. With occasional exception, I don’t have issues or arguments with people. I don’t always agree, but it remains pretty cool. What I do get sucked into are debates with friends of friends. […]

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What’s up with Apple?

Apple just announced a new product, the HomePod, which apparently will be a competitor to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. As typical with Apple, it’s locked tightly to their products and services, and also typical with Apple, it’s a lot more money than the others, priced at $350. The problem is, unless they get […]

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How to install Webmin on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Managing a Linux server through command line isn’t difficult, if you’re used to the command line. But sometimes a nice GUI makes things easier and faster, and is especially nice when you’re working from smaller devices like a phone or tablet. Webmin has been around for quite a long time; I remember using it in […]

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How to Install Webmin on Ubuntu 16.04LTS

So, everyone loves a good Linux tutorial, right? Especially when it’s missing a small but crucial detail! Look, I get it. No one means to make a mistake or typo. But it happens. And it’s more common in Linux stuff, because generally speaking, Linux is more convoluted, or at least more involved, than Windows. So […]

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Apple is still missing the boat for corporate iPad use

Apple’s iPad has been around for 7 years now, and while an imperfect device, has made inroads into business to a great extent. However, I think they’re still missing the boat for true corporate usage, namely as a fantastic thin client device. With the release of the $329 iPad, we now have an extremely capable […]

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Owncloud: How to Install on Ubuntu 16.04LTS with Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate

This is an update of a previous post I did on ownCloud, at that point with Ubuntu 14.04LTS. This changes a few things, particularly the version of PHP, and some other things that can be ignored now. As of this writing, you will have Ubuntu Server 16.04.2 running ownCloud 9.1.4. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.com, […]

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I’m done with Apple Music…..and streaming music services in general

So, like many Apple users, I signed up for the trial for Apple Music in July. For a time, it was awesome. Yes, it’s really no different than Spotify, Rdio, etc. but it had all my music and everything else in one app. Pretty convenient. However, over time, I found two things: I really only […]

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How to Install and Implement Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.com, and soon iCloud Drive…….These services all have one basic common feature: they run a service on your computer, and allow you to sync anything in a given folder (or folders) to a server(s) in the “cloud”, and other computers. Sure, there are various differences. Google Drive and OneDrive allow you […]

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Arctic Blast keeping you home? No problem.

As has been all over the news, the midwest is being hit once again with an Arctic cold spell, and it’s now succeeded in closing my office. Does that stop me? Nope. Granted, being in IT, I am pretty well versed in working remotely. But these days, it goes further than just VPN connections. My […]

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