Web Launcher 1.3 Released

Web Launcher

A new version of Web Launcher, 1.3.x, is out now with the following major improvements:

  • support for Lubuntu 18.04
  • Wake-on-LAN capabilities to wake up Viewers from sleep (or even better manage Viewers which don't support WOL)
  • improved auto-discovery of viewers, especially for the mouse
  • support for automatically …

Down The Road Wherever

Down The Road Wherever

Mark Knopfler's latest solo album, Down The Road Wherever (YouTube), is perhaps his best work since Shangri-La. His other recent albums (even including Get Lucky, which I reviewed here), have felt too folky for my taste and lacked hints of Dire Straits rock. Down The Road Wherever reduces the folk …

A Royal Conclusion

I've really enjoyed watching Royal Pains over the last eight years, but it took seeing the finale to be able to really articulate why I like it so much: all of the characters give, and through their giving they receive what they need. For example, Hank helped so many people …

Ansible - Templating Config Files

Ansible is a fantastic technology that allows you to deploy and manage servers easily and in a repeatable fashion. One thing that can be tricky is using templates to create complex configuration files. In this example, I'll demonstrate how to use nested variables to create a sample Sanoid config file …

A Successful New Star Trek Series

Title image captured by NASA


As you have probably heard, CBS announced that a new Star Trek series will premiere in January 2017! This is very exciting news for Star Trek fans, as Enterprise has been off the air for 10 years now. However, with this opportunity comes great …

The Fantastic Star Trek Lit Universe


Ever since Star Trek Enterprise went off the air, there has been a void, a lack of new Star Trek TV or movies available to fans. The NuTrek films (the 2009 Star Trek reboot and subsequent movies set in an alternate universe) do not count, because although they are …

Understanding NFS Caching

Filesystem caching is a great tool for improving performance, but it is important to balance performance with data safety. Caching over NFS involves caches at several different levels, so it is not immediately obvious which combination of options ensures a good compromise between performance and safety.

Client-side caching

the NFS …