New Silhouette Cameo 4!

Quick update – We recently purchased a Cameo 4 by Silhouette. Expect some great ideas and designs coming soon! Jessica and I are currently creating some new content regarding using the Cameo and creating/using designs! Check back soon to learn more!

Cleaning up the boot partition on Linux

I recently began receiving messages from one of our Cpanel servers that said DISKCRITICAL blocks: Mount Point “/boot…”., Basically, this means your boot partition has filled up. I’ve been burned in the past by CPanel’s default recommended partitions being too small after a while so I thought “oh great, here we go again”. But it Read More…

How to make a 2 meter antenna for Ham Radio

This video does a pretty good job showing how to make your own 5/8 wave 2 meter antenna for your car. At the heart of Amateur radio is experimentation. Here is an easy project you might want to try. From watching the video and listening, I came up with a list of materials. If you Read More…

Better formula for calculating age in spreadsheet

I came across a formula for calculating age based on date of birth (DOB) in Excel (or Google Docs, Libre Office, Open Office, etc). The formula is posted all over the place on the internet. It works great, but has one fatal flaw… If the date of birth is blank in the spreadsheet, the math Read More…

Creating a live disk on Ubuntu – Troubleshooting

Today I attempted to create a live USB disk using a tool called unetbootin. Usually, it works great. But this time, I began to get boot errors when using the disk. It turns out, you may need to add extra files to the root folder of the usb drive after setting up the drive. So Read More…

Coding for kids

I just ran across code.org. Wow, this is amazing. They use graphical utilities to teach logic to kids and to help them learn to program. Lessons can be completed for children as young as four! I would completely recommend this. I tested out the Disney Frozen programming tutorials with my oldest daughter and she loved Read More…

DynDns and no-ip alternative

Ever wanted to access your computer from anywhere? Many years ago I discovered a service called dyndns.org. Later, a friend introduced me to no-ip.org. Eventually, dyndns closed up their free services and while no-ip.org is great, they require you to login and renew it every 30 days just to keep it active. So, I went Read More…

Quick Privacy Tip – Remove your records from PeopleFinders

Ever see ads for peoplefinders.com? You know, the site that gives information about relatives, etc, and then offers to provide additional info for $50? To remove yourself from their database, go to http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage/default.aspx and enter your information. Then choose to opt out. It is that simple. Also, there is additional information about removing youself from Read More…

Growing greens in water (no pumps)

Some of you may have heard of hydroponics. It is a system of gardening where plants are grown in a water and nutrient solution. In my home state of Minnesota, we have a lot of winter months where it is not possible to grow outdoors. So I decided to take this as an opportunity to Read More…

How to fix CPanel Server Error due to file permissions

I’ve run into a problem a couple times that maybe you have seen too. ¬†After uploading a website that is maintained by a CPanel backend, you run into a “403 Forbidden” and “500 Internal Server Error” problems. Unfortunately, a CPanel installation is not usually helpful in this matter. It turns out, the problem is usually Read More…