Networking from home

As many other people around the country are experiencing, I am teleworking and my kids are teleschooling. This means that in between Microsoft Teams calls and teleconferences I get to play IT helpdesk and system administrator. Unfortunately my home only has one operating coaxial connection (no thank you splitters!) so I purchased the TP Link… Continue reading Networking from home


If you have a touchpad on your laptop and use Ubuntu, this is how you can disable the device. I keep bumping the trackpad and moving my cursor or paging up or down. No longer.


I recently had a discussion with another officer about the value of work and the hours we spend in the office. This is relevant now as we spend most of our time working from home and finding balance between the activities done at work, those done at home, and the driving in between. The main… Continue reading Work


Since most if not all of us have been working from home, here are several more working from home resources you might find helpful. Stimulus check calculator: Washington Post & Go Curry Cracker Plex Live TV Plex coloring book (it’s fun for adults too!) MITRE updates and a white paper NPR Kids comic Frugalwoods reader… Continue reading WFH


I am not expert on the coronavirus, but below is a list of articles and interviews I have found about this epidemic organized by category. I began this post on Sunday, 15 March and have continued to update as I find relevant news articles or blog posts, for the two people that read this. News… Continue reading COVID-19

Gear I use every day

I know this type of post has been done ad infinitum, ad nauseum, and ad myriadium, but here goes nonetheless. Coffee: I’ve been using my Aeropress almost daily for just under two years. The labels have worn off and sometimes I wonder if pouring boiling hot water in a plastic tube is the best for… Continue reading Gear I use every day


My first exposure to programming was, of course, using BASIC on my DOS 6.22 machine in 1995. Then I played around with C from a book my friend bought me. My last two years of high school found me learning the fundamentals of C++, but I didn’t get much further than simple if-else functions. This… Continue reading Python


Yesterday at my second Toastmasters meeting we discussed (surprise, surprise) COVID-19. The first table topic was if we should be worried about it and the second was fear. Not surprisingly, Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday talked about the corona virus and fear. To steal from Tim, here is the Bene Gesserit litany against fear “I must… Continue reading Fear