Category Archives: Technology

Goodbye old laser and inkjet printers. Hello big honking new color laser printer.

I’ve been complaining about our printers for a while now. We all  have been complaining about our printers. They’re old. They’re wonky. They don’t respond when you send print requests. They weren’t good relationships for us.  We bought the black & … Continue reading

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I’m building a new Plex / media server using a Synology DS918+ and Seagate IronWolf NAS drives

We have a primary media / backup storage model, but I don’t like it. If I had a million bucks, I’d structure things differently. Wouldn’t we all? When you have needs but finite resources… what to do? [Trigger warning – … Continue reading

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We renewed our contract with Verizon and upgraded to the FiOS Gigabit plan

We’ve been out of contract with Verizon for their FiOS service for maybe two years now. Every time I went online to check their plans, any renewal would require me to increase my monthly spend for TV-internet-phone service another $30 … Continue reading

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Landscape lighting refresh project – Phase 2

Phase 2 is halfway done. The kids and I went out in the hear this afternoon to add a new line of landscape lights to the side of the house. We added two wall wash lights and a spotlight on … Continue reading

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Landscape lighting refresh project – Phase 1

For four years, I have been vexed by landscape lighting. The original owner had this mix of older style lights dotting the front and back yard. Some worked, a bunch didn’t, and there no lights where I wanted them. I … Continue reading

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I’m liking my new Polar A370 – it’s useful and helping me to reach my goals

My wife was kind and thoughtful enough to give me an activity tracker for Father’s Day. Truth be told, I’ve been looking into the benefits of finally purchasing one. It’s taken a long time for me to come around, but … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! It was a busy weekend to be sure. I was home Friday (sick/working) but after I wrapped up my last call around 5:15 PM, I went out for a solo bike ride. I was tired after a … Continue reading

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Everyone gets a new phone! We purchased two new Galaxy S9+ phones this week

Let’s talk about irony. Irony laced with suspicion. Let’s also talk about the state of phones in the Ipe household. It’s been 2 years and 2 months since we purchased our dueling Galaxy S7 phones back in March 2016 during … Continue reading

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We bought Lily a new bike for her birthday

Lily has been riding a 20″ bicycle for a few years now. Late last year, I noticed that she was either looking really big, or the bicycle was looking awfully small. At the time, we agreed that she needs a … Continue reading

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Ha! Swapped out old hard drive for new SANDISK SSD and it’s so much faster

A few weeks ago, we had a random power outage, and it seemed to have corrupted our kitchen PC. Not sure what happened exactly, but the hard drive came down with some serious drive errors. Even with a repair, it … Continue reading

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