Category Archives: Technology

Mars. Europa. Rosetta.

(featured image, Seasonal Streaks, Mars HiRISE, NASA/JPL/U.Arizona via Astronomy Picture of the Day) Sometimes it really does feel like we’re living in the future. As a kid, growing up, I remember reading Astronomy magazine back in the late 70s and early 80s. The eggheads at NASA and the JPL (mad hearts!) had our future all mapped-out for us. Mars… Read More »

Headphone Jacked

Right now, my twitter stream is full of people enthusing about the new Apple iPhone. Some are excited about the new camera. Others are lamenting the loss of the headphone jack. Come on @apple, be honest. Headphone jacks are just a standard you couldn’t control. — Dave Mason (@dcm) September 7, 2016 I’m finding it difficult to get… Read More »

Gear Review: Fiio X3 2nd Generation

There sure is a lot going on in the world right now. Twitter’s a mess of US election coverage, overthrown governments and localized horror shows. Oh, and the Olympics are starting soon. What better way to tune out the noise than with some headphones and a great little portable music player? Sit back, crank up some tunes, and I’ll tell… Read More »


I’ve been thinking about storage capacity lately. I had a couple of IO errors on my aging Synology NAS drive that caused a minor panic at the thought of losing all of my redundancy and archived media. At 6TB of RAID5 backing up all our photos, ripped DVDs and iTunes libraries, it’s a daunting prospect to imagine replacing… Read More »

Sub-surface broadcast

Hi. I thought I’d come up to periscope depth to drop a few words about what I’ve been up to. WordPress is a tricky vehicle to publish with and it usually devolves into extended configuration and Linux spelunking but I think I’m through the worst of it. If I can just ignore that blinking terminal window… Anyway, I’ve… Read More »


(This post is not really Mozilla-related, so if you’re not interested in open source flight-controllers and software, you can stop reading here. There are some parallels though and I draw a connection later on, so I did decide to push this to A few weeks ago, a friend said, “hey, 3D Robotics has a sale on two… Read More »