Ryan Flowers

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Chewed up and Spit out: Slashdot and SourceForge up for sale

Yep, that’s right folks. After Slashdot.org decided to inflict its Beta system on everyone (and recently changing the front page so that it doesn’t even resemble its former self), and after SourceForge started adding crapware to downloads, DHI Group (Formerly Dice Holdings, Inc.) has seen fit to put them up for sale. To quote: “DHI …

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Do you remember the Amiga computer?

When I was a kid in the mid 80’s, I had a friend named Gerald. He was a couple of years older than me, and therefore much cooler by default. We had two major things in common: Legos and Computers. We both had legos, but he had a much cooler computer. I had a┬áTRS-80 Color …

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So I built an AC Welder from Microwave Oven Transformers.

When I tell people that I built my own welder, I usually get mixed responses. Some people say “Wow, COOL!” and others look at me and probably wonder where the bodies are hidden. Truthfully, my quest to build my own welder started when I didn’t have the money to buy one and desired to learn …

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This is why you should run your own DNS

It would seem that for a couple of major west coast cities (Seattle, San Francisco), things weren’t so Comcastic, as hardware failure caused Comcast’s DNS services to fail. This overloaded the remaining DNS servers, causing DNS resolution failure. This means that any DNS lookups failed or just timed out, and that nobody could get to …

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Slashdot is officially Dead to me.

To my friends over at SoylentNews.com, Slashdot.org has been dead for a long time. But, I admit, for over a year I’ve frequented both sites. Today, that ended. The level of stories has sunk to new lows and new levels of idiocy. But that’s not what did it. Yes, I have more junk to sort …

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