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Free Education For All!

Recently there have been more and more of these online free education websites popping up. I love the idea, because it's great that anyone in the world has access to free education now. Granted, they will need a computer and internet connection, but  that is slowly becoming available even in developing countries. Five years ago you would have never thought you could take a free online course in cryptography from Stanford! Read more »


Drupal - How to apply Module Patches

Are you a Drupal programmer or someone just starting out with Drupal? You may have come across modules that have issues with their code and you will see the maintainers or someone post up a "patch" for the problem you are experiencing. But how does one apply these Drupal patches?

Even someone that has been playing around with Drupal for some time, may not know how to do this. I came across this guy on Youtube and he makes awesome video tutorials. It's such a treat when you come across tutorials like this. Youtube has no shortage of videos, but videos with value, well that's another story. Enjoy! Read more »


My Consulting Services

Perhaps you need help with protecting your data from unwanted eyes. Perhaps you would like to secure your communication so that all of your web activity is COMPLETELY private and secure. Or perhaps you would like to ensure that those years and years of precious photos and videos on your computer stay safe and sound for future generations to come. I can help with that, and much more. Check out the new section on my website...Consulting Services!

Keepass - Open Source Password Manager

An awesome FREE open source password manager that I highly recommend!

Keepass has been around for many years and is a great little utility to help you manage all of your various passwords that you use for the hundreds of online accounts you have. You can even secure the keepass db file in a truecrypt volume so that your data is encrypted. This way you will only have to memorize one password, which will be the gate keeper to all your other passwords.

I think some will agree it's much easier to remember one very complicated password as opposed to several less complicated and easy to crack passwords for the dozens of websites you access regularly. Read more »


Using Electronic Devices Brought from Another Country

If you are an international worker, expat, or frequent traveler like me, you will no doubt at some point be bringing your electronic devices with you. I thought I would write a quick write up on things you should be aware of when bringing devices from one country to another. It seems this is one of those things that is misunderstood by a majority of people. It's actually quite simple to understand and you can easily get your devices to work in pretty much any country you are visiting with little to no cost.

The common misunderstanding is that you need a step-up or step-down transformer to use your devices. I can't believe how many people spend upwards of 50-100 dollars to buy a transformer to use with their electronic devices which is absolutely unnecessary. Read more »


Where it all started...the IBM 5150 PC

I have to start by thanking my mom for getting me into computers. It was back when I was 9 years old and my mother brought home this thing called a PC from work. I guess they were upgrading all of their machines and gave some of the machines away to their senior level staff. This so called PC was the IBM 5150. It ran on a floopy disk drive (a 5.25 size floopy disk) and it was one of the first personal computers that you would find in American homes at the time.

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My Top Picks for Infant/Baby iPad Apps

The iPad has been and continues to be a truly useful consumption device. Sure, most users use it to simply play games and watch movies/TV shows, but it can do so much more. It's a great educational device. Seeing that I have recently become a father, I have been researching some good apps for my son. I'm not sure if I want to get him hooked on electronics right away, as they can be extremely addicting, but they can also be an amazing learning tool. Who am I to keep him away from computers and electronics, I have been playing around with them since I was 9 years old when my mother gave me her work computer.

I will quickly list some of my favorite apps that I have tested out and recommend spending money on. I will update this posting later with photos and my reviews: Read more »


Never lose anything EVER AGAIN with Bluetooth technology!

The day of losing things in your house is over! Check out this new company Stick-N-Find. They sell little bluetooth stickers not bigger than a US quarter. Stick it to items that seem to go missing easily around your house. When you can't find it, open up this cool iphone app to track down your item using bluetooth technology.

Read the full article here.


The Chinese Great Firewall Starts to Crack Down on VPN Connections

Well, I'm not very surprised about this one. For those that have been to China, you probably know that most of the websites you use on a day to day basis in the US are either BLOCKED completely by the Chinese government or blocked occasionally (whenever the Chinese government feels the need). So sites like Youtube, Facebook, Google Docs, Gmail. Pretty much all the sites we love and enjoy are blocked by the Chinese government. Read more »


iherb.com - The Best Online Vitamin, Supplement, and Organic Foods Store!!

Use this discount code for first time users: DIR792 and get $10 OFF your first purchase at iherb.com in addition to enroll in their rewards program!

I shared one of my favorite online sites a while back, but I thought I would do a quick write up again. About 3 years ago, a friend of mine in Japan, recommended this online supplement and vitamin store, iherb.com. I have been an extremely happy customer for the past 3 years and I would like to share this website with you! You wont be disappointed!


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