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Our Blog
Online since 2001, although in a variety of forms over the years, this site journals a good chunk of our adventures together. Scroll down for just the most popular posts
Family photograph drawn by our daughter
Family Photos
We store our family photo library on OneDrive.
The password is the short names of our kids, in the order they were born. All lowercase, no spaces.
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Geek Stuff
Projects I’ve built or contributed to, plus dead platforms and abandon-ware.
Picture of book cover from Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film (by Jon's Uncle -- find it on Amazon)
Other Media
Curated bits, home movies, and other stuff we’ve made or rescued.

Most Popular Posts

#1 – Installing MS Store Apps on Windows 10 LTSC (Nov 2020)
Switching my home computers to LTSC was the single best decision I’ve made for the health of my network — and for my sanity. If you don’t need all the latest bells and whistles — and more importantly, if you’re driven insane by the constant feature updates that are often more painful to install than they’re worth, give serious thought to getting a hold of LTSC…
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#2 – Installing NextStep 3.3 on VMWare (June 2008)
When Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple, he set out to create a new company that would deliver elite hardware, and a revolutionary operating system. NeXT was started to build powerful hardware and software that would leapfrog the Mac (and everyone else on the market.) They eventually had to kill off the hardware line (after making some very nice, uber-high-end machines) but the software they made changed the industry…
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#3 – On Protests and Conspiracy Theories (April 2020)
This virus has drawn some truly amazing behavior out of us as a society, hasn’t it? We’ve seen leaders step up and take decisive action to protect people. We’ve seen science and medical professionals rise to the challenge of treating patients and finding cures. We’ve seen people learn new ways to connect and stay in touch with their loved ones. There’s been a lot to commend us. But we’ve also seen a lot of really spiteful behavior…
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#4 – Ben’s Mac Classic II (October 2020)
Ben built an inventory of the through-hole capacitors on the analog board, which I double checked, and I identified most of the SMDs on the logic board. A trip to and a few days for shipping, and we had a box of new parts. It took the better part of two months, but after school every day Ben would de-solder 4 or 5 caps, then re-solder and mark the replacements. He did the whole analog board…
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#5 – Maintainers of Lightning (March 2021)
In an age where companies sue customers who attempt to repair their own products, there is something to be said for an old computer that still invites you to pop the top off and peer inside. It says that maybe the technology belongs to the user – and not the other way around. It says that maybe those objects that first inspired us to figure out how things works are worthwhile monuments that can remind us to keep learning…
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