May - 03 2016

My previous web hosting lacked security, and gradually my site became a party zone for script kiddies. Not only littered with unwelcome files, it was impossible to clean up because file permissions had become unchangeable. Support ticket? Forget it. So, last night I grabbed some recent logfiles and torched the whole thing. Well, scorched it, […]

Feb - 27 2016

Why Your Computer Is Slow–The Real Reasons (A Slightly Tongue-in-Cheek Look at the Fine Art of Maintenance) 1. It was made that way. You wanted cheap, you got cheap. Manufacturers like to sell quantity, not quality, because they can turn over more stock faster. Walmart employees are paid to sell you stuff, not to know […]

Jan - 19 2014

…Or, Why I Kicked Windows into the Bitbucket and Started Living. My computing life began with Windows; I “grew up” in it. Sometimes I dual-booted one or another Linux distro, but Windows, whatever version, was my main workspace since early 2001. From 95 to Vista (and 7 at work), I slogged through Microsoft’s increasingly baroque […]

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