Basic Theory for Home Content Filtering

So I promised a good friend I’d get back on the blogging horse and finally cover this topic.  I must confess, Pooky and I were on a roll in blogging.  Then the holidays kicked in, and with it little flu germies ran rampant through the home like cloaked nerds at a Star Wars convention.  Let’s … Continue reading Basic Theory for Home Content Filtering

KeePass Saves the Password World

KeePass Password Safe for you and me What is KeePass?  It is an encrypted database for passwords.  Or to over simplify, it's a super duper hiding place for your secret stuff.  It is a database, or a list of stored information (in this case, your passwords).  It is encrypted, meaning that if someone gets the … Continue reading KeePass Saves the Password World

On Routers, Hagrid, and Deadbeat Dragon Dads

I haven't introduced meself. Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Thus far I’ve done a passable job at explaining what a network is, and how devices talk to one another.  What I’d like to do today is tie those two pieces together and introduce you to the most important member of your … Continue reading On Routers, Hagrid, and Deadbeat Dragon Dads

Geotagging and the Downfall of the Entire Galaxy

I'll try to boil this down, but first some background.  When you take a digital photo, very specific information about that photo is stored in that photo's properties.  This information is called EXIF information, which is short for EXchangable Image File format, and can tell you what exact date and time the photo was taken … Continue reading Geotagging and the Downfall of the Entire Galaxy

A Brief Litany on Password Security

  Sometimes we do or say some things that live on in the minds and hearts of others  in spite of our best efforts to eradicate them.  The number of times I’ve personally had to shove my foot in my mouth, eat humble pie, or wish for a Men In Black-style memory erasing flashlight are … Continue reading A Brief Litany on Password Security

Wolfmen, Raspberry Pi, and the Many Sounds of Homeschool

What’s That Sound? Homeschool Has Arrived I had the privilege of taking an online Cisco course from my home this week. And as a teacher droned on and on about Enterprise Call Routing and Interactive Voice Response, I was also treated to the background sounds of home. Not just any home, either – this week … Continue reading Wolfmen, Raspberry Pi, and the Many Sounds of Homeschool

Secret Confessions of a Home School Dad

Secret Confessions of a Home School Dad News flash: It is August.  And I’ll confess that I’m one of those calendar-challenged individuals, who expects something mystical to happen when a calendar is flipped upwards and a new month arrives.  So when I awaken on the first of the month and discover that the birds are … Continue reading Secret Confessions of a Home School Dad