1. On my LXMini Speakers

    Not that long ago, I stumbled upon Siegfried Linkwitz's web site when I was doing some research on speaker designs, and particularly open baffle systems. I was fascinated by his designs and ideas. His approach is different from the mainstream in the sense he goes down to basics, and ...


  2. How Offensive!

    How many people have you offended today? None? How do you know?

    In the overly politically correct environment we live in these days, it’s virtually impossible not to offend someone for some reason without ever intending to do so. All we can do is try, but chances are you ...


  3. I've Got Issues With Christmas. So What?

    The holidays are always a complicated time of the year, when one need to be extra cautious navigating the different cultural contexts for each and every person you care about, and much of society where we live our lives.

    It can be really stressful and sometimes overwhelming to walk the ...


  4. I’m so happy I crashed my phone in a thousand pieces

    Yes, my really nice Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with an excellent camera, perfect size, and bright screen...

    Coming out of an Uber in front of my house at night, fell on a second curb that was put there for protection. I was about to give 5 stars to my driver ...


  5. Putting Together a Software-Centric Home Entertainment System

    I've been building home entertainment systems for more years I care to admit. It's always been a hobby of mine and I find it extremely fun when things finally work as a whole, resulting in a complete operational system. I've never done it for money, but I ...


  6. Selecting the Right VPN Service

    I first published this in 2013 but since I've been asked recently by several friends, I figured I update it with more current information.

    For the record, I’m a CISSP, and as such, computer security is always in the top of my mind. For me, that also extends ...


  7. Installing DNSCrypt in OPNsense

    I don't think it takes a lot of brainpower to realize why Internet users need to proactively make every effort to protect their online privacy.

    Every piece of data that can be extracted with regards to our behavior, will be harvested and sold, with various purposes, from behavioral modeling ...


  8. Mid-term Elections

    I grew up in Chile during the time of Pinochet, where 'politics' was a bad word, and 'politicians' were equivalent to 'thugs'. Even after all these years and multiple iterations of democratically elected governments, people's involvement in democracy is just limited to general elections every 5 years. Very little ...


  9. Going Static

    One reason why I had stopped posting anything in my blog for a while was my frustration on how slow the Wordpress back-end for Dreamhost “economy users” is, you know, the ones with the most basic plans.

    I guess they must have realized that, since they are starting a new ...


  10. Facebook No More

    I resisted joining Facebook for quite some time, not because I’m a Luddite or an old timer, but rather because I know better than most people what goes on underneath the surface of such type of platforms. I also know well what happens to companies that become public and ...


  11. Why I Don't Use Gmail

    I’ve never been very fond of keeping something as sensitive as my personal email in a service provider. I used to run my own email server at home based on Zimbra a few years back, but like everything else, it became cumbersome. Updates, backups and having to deal with ...


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