Netgear AC1900

How to bypass the FiOS router entirely.

The best way to start this is probably with a little background about my home network …

I’ve had FiOS for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been using the craptastic Actiontec sad-excuse-for-a-router for about the same amount of time.  About 6 months or so ago, I began to realize that with the proliferation of Kindles, laptops, phones and iPods in my house that my network was simply at full capacity.  So, I upgraded my service to one of their super fast plans and emptied out my wallet at the same time.

A few days after that, I installed a TP-Link TL-WA801ND Wireless N AccessPoint to segregate some of the devices off of the Actiontec wifi – primarily all the wireless devices my kids use to watch Minecraft videos 24/7 on their Kindle’s.  This worked to a certain extent.

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Ducky Shine 3

Review: Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard

A few weeks ago I posted some rambling commentary about choosing your input devices.  That post then spiraled into an overview and my thoughts on the EC Technology High Quality 8200 DPI Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse … yes, really.  That’s the name they gave that thing.  Regardless of the obnoxious name, the mouse is excellent and has continued to function perfectly well and provide a great experience since I reviewed it.

Now, let us consider the companion product – a good mechanical keyboard.  This one has a far simpler name, the Ducky Shine 3.

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Windows-10

Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 to much fanfare and then opened up the Technical Preview to the general public to take the new operating system for a spin.  This is great news for geeks like me that are always looking for a shiny new toy to play with.  In this article, I’ll explain how you can get a copy of the preview for yourself.  I’m also including a companion video to walk you through the installation process using Oracle’s VM VirtualBox.

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What's in the box?!

What the hell did I just buy?

If you’ve been following my Loot Crate videos, you’ll know that I recently renovated my home office. My wife and I now have our own desks and little areas of the office. So far, it’s working out pretty well. Part of that whole transition was replacing our massive “L” shaped desk with two new desks; one for each of us. The desk I picked up has a pretty nice keyboard tray that I’ve been using without a mouse pad, but not using a mouse pad on a laminate wood desk is just a bad idea in general. Not only will it ruin the finish on the desk over time, it is less accurate for gaming. To remedy that, I set out to buy a mouse pad.

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