Drobo update: 6 month after

It has been about six months with the Drobo’s and here is my Drobo update as I promised in my blog post I Replaced My FreeNAS Server With A Drobo where I also explain why I came to use Drobo. While the Drobo’s I have is an older model (Drobo-FS) most of the information in this post should apply…

News | What I Use

I Replaced My FreeNAS Server With A Drobo

Edit: I recently replaced the Drobos with at FreeNAS server. You can read about it in my article I Replaced My FreeNAS Server With A Drobo I build my FreeNAS Server in 2008 with an Intel D945GCLF2 Atom 330 Dual-Core motherboard and CPU and six 1TB WD green drives. This server has been running 24/7 since…

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Convert Docx To Markdown With Pandoc

I prefer to use Microsoft Word for most of my writing. I prefer Word because its spell and grammar checker is superior to every other word processor or text editor I have tried. In addition, word has text to speech build in. I use text to speech to have my text spoken to me in…


Note Taking Workflow Update

Back in August, I wrote this post where I explained why I moved back to OneNote after trying to move my note-taking to plain text with markdown syntax. Well, it did not happen. For me to go back to OneNote was simply not possible and here is why. In the time, I have used markdown…


Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

The Dell Venue 8 Pro is an 8-inch tablet running Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro. The “Pro” version of Windows indicates that it is the full version of Windows capable of running modern apps as well as normal Windows programs. How useful it is to run legacy applications on an 8-inch screen is questionable. However, the…


Whisker Menu Dark Theme

The Whisker Menu has become the default menu in Xubuntu 14.04. I really like the Whisker menu. The Whiskers menu is one of the first things I installed on a XFCE desktop and has been since I discovered it a couple of years ago. However, the default look of the menu is not that exciting….


Kingston Datatraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 First Impressions

After the developers of TrueCrypt declared the encryption suite insecure and recommended users of TrueCrypt to find other solutions. I have been doing just that. It turns out TrueCrypt was a unique product. No other encryption program has the same functionality and is cross platform. After a failed attempt to find a replacement to TrueCrypt,…