Archive for the 'Technology' Category

namebench – Updated for 2015

Monday, May 25th, 2015

namebench is a fantastic piece of software created by Google and last updated in 2010. I’ve updated it for 2015, and download links are below. namebench promises to speed up almost any internet connection by testing DNS servers around you and recommending the fastest, most reliable option for you. Any webpage you visit may have […]

Mouse stopped working in Boot Camp recently?

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

I use Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro for gaming, so it irritated me to no end when for some reason my Apple Magic Mouse stopped working. The built-in keyboard and trackpad worked fine, but no dice on the wireless mouse. Not only that, but everything worked fine on the Mac side, so I knew it […]

Adding a USB 3.0 Expresscard/34 to your MacBook Pro

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

One of the best uses I found for the ExpressCard/34 slot on my Early 2011 17″ MacBook Pro is in the form of a USB 3.0 expansion card. My computer has three USB 2.0 ports and an empty ExpressCard slot (thank you Apple!). So with this Startech device I’ve added an extra USB 3.0 port, […]

Installing CGMiner 3.1.0 on Mac OS X 10.8

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Updated July 15, 2013:There are now much better options for running cgminer on a Mac than compiling it yourself. Take a look at Asteroid, an easy-to-use front-end to cgminer and super Mac-friendly. Or if you still like the command line, I’ve also released universal binaries precompiled and ready to run at The information below […]

Telus, how may I (not) help you?

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

UPDATE: I’ve updated this post a few times with ongoing issues. Almost every month I have had to call Telus to correct a billing or service issue, most of which is detailed below up until April 2011, with subsequent issues at the bottom of this post. We subscribe to a great new internet service here […]

Never miss a TV show

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I rarely will surf the TV to see what’s on. Instead, my wife and I both have specific shows we like to watch, and we like watching them when it’s convenient for us. To that end we use a PVR, some iPhone/iPad apps, and an occasional internet stream. Even with all that, we sometimes miss […]

Obsess much?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I find I always work faster when I’m organized, and with a 6 month old daughter, a beautiful wife and a 9 to 5 job, I have to do something to free up some time for video gaming! According to Steam at the time I wrote this, I barely logged 2 hours in the last […]

Putting the “smart” in SmartLinc

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

My previous post talked about my latest hobby, Insteon-based home automation. My first purchase in this regard was a set of light switches that I wired into our home, as well as a controller called “SmartLinc” that facilitates control over my setup. Basically it is a small box that plugs into the wall and also […]

Fun with Home Automation

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I found a new hobby last year that I’ve already sunk too much money into, but since the “cool factor” still persists for me and those around me, I figure that so far it must still be worth it! What is this new hobby? {en:Home automation} (aka {en:domotics}), and while it still seems to be […]