Finally installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on Asus ZenBook UX501VW

By | December 1, 2018

I’ve had this laptop for a few years now, and it’s still quite the nice machine.  About a month ago, I decided to do the distribution upgrade and upgrade it from 16.04 to 18.04.  It worked, mostly, sort of.  I spent a bit of time having to tweak things and after a few weeks, the machine was once… Read More »


Dead Synology DS1515+

By | November 27, 2017

So last March I purchased a Synology DS1515+ and wrote about it in one of my posts “Who Shall Control My Media? Part 4 – Backend Storage” and up until this weekend, it had been performing very well. On Saturday we went to watch a video and after hitting “Play”, the indicator that it was loading just spun.  Since… Read More »


Paid Memberships Pro Require CVV/CVC When Using Stripe

By | March 28, 2017

Paid Memberships Pro is a great WordPress plugin that allows paid subscriptions to your WordPress site.  It has tons of features and is incredibly flexible with handling subscriptions. One of my company’s clients uses it for managing all of their memberships and uses Stripe as the payment gateway.  Stripe is also a great company — I use it for my… Read More »


Sony DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter Controller Pairing

By | March 19, 2017

It took me way too long to figure this out, but there is no documentation at all on Sony’s store website, and google kept referring me to Windows 10 setups.  We’re running a Windows 7 gaming setup, so things are quite a bit different.  I’m putting there here so others might have something so search for. To pair a… Read More »


Google WiFi Review

By | January 7, 2017

Google WiFi promises an attractive, easy to setup, easy to manage, and relatively inexpensive home router that is mesh capable. Mesh networks help to eliminate “dead spots” in larger homes or homes with too many obstacles for strong WiFi coverage from a single router. It also promises simple parental control and the ability to easily disable kids internet access.… Read More »


HexBug Vex Robotics Spider Review

By | January 1, 2017

Our oldest son has been wanting one of these since he first saw them.  We’ve got several of the HexBugs already, including HexBug nanos, beetles, spiders, larvae, fish and tarantulas.  He also loves Lego and K’nex toys.  Imagine how excited he was when his sister got him the Vex Robotics Spider for Christmas.  It was the first thing he… Read More »


Elementary School Homework Studies

By | December 28, 2016

Jessica informed me that I rambled quite a bit on my last post about homework and wasn’t coherant enough.  She’s right.  I did ramble quite a bit but that’s only because this is an emotional subject for me.  I’m quite impassioned about it and its proving to be very difficult to be impartial and just look at the studies.… Read More »


Great Northern Popcorn Lincoln Popper Review

By | December 23, 2016

I love popcorn.  Always have.  Its one of those things from childhood that provides fond memories and an overall sense of happiness to me.  My boys also love popcorn.  About once a month we do a “movie night” where we spend a Saturday afternoon watching a movie, having a “carpet picnic” and all watch a movie together.  Our… Read More »


Asus ZenPad S 8 Review

By | December 18, 2016

After using an Nvidia Shield tablet for a year or so, and dealing with a battery recall and then an RMA because it would no longer hold a charge after only 3 months, I decided to try something different.  The Shield is an impressive tablet, and the original version even more so.  I would still recommend it for… Read More »


D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Review

By | December 13, 2016

For the last few months, I’ve had a D-Link DSP-W110 sitting in a drawer.  I bought it when it was on sale, and have been meaning to compare it to the TP-Link HS100 smart plugs.  Having put up our Christmas tree yesterday, I thought that now was the perfect time to pull it out of the drawer, set… Read More »