Setup pfSense as an OpenVPN client for specific devices

One of the most powerful features of pfSense is it's ability to direct your data requests through different end-points using NAT rules. In my case, I like to be able to access the content in Netflix US. In comparison, Netflix Canada's content is somewhat anemic, although we do get such gems as Community and the Good Wife here. There are many ways to access Netflix US content (and BBC iPlayer content) outside of the geo-fence territories. I prefer to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). pfSense is amazing as an OpenVPN client because I can selectively route any device on my network through the VPN service (i.e., my tablets and TV go through US servers, while my smartphone, VoIP, computers go my local ISP).

Apple Pay: Addressing a customer problem

A lot of people think that Apple is about selling more hardware, creating lust for their products, but deep down, I feel that they are trying to address real problems and pain points for their customers. It’s remarkably simple, but often times, the tension between business needs and customer needs leads to a blurred product vision.  I’ve seen multiple instances where innovation often lead to more internal friction and customer confusion than addressing Read More...

HP T610 thin client: low-powered, low-cost XBMC box

While the media player still plays all my content, the usability is absolutely atrocious.  It also doesn’t stream Netflix.  Options included getting a Mac Mini for Plex or take a look at XBMC also has the advantage of being a live TV front-end for my HDhomerun and OTA system. I’ve fooled around with XBMC for a bit and I still find the usability not to my liking, but it is Read More...

Engineering is not rated by success alone; it is, in fact, scored most viciously by failure.

Happy Anniversary

Jen and I celebrated our 8-year anniversary this past Tuesday at a wonderful dinner at L’Avenue, a neighborhood restaurant. My wife wrote a very heart felt post about the love that we share between each other and the relative value of that love to our two kids.  Given that I was involved in the conversation, I feel pretty much the same way: While my heart is also filled with my Read More...

Oculus Connect 2014 Keynote: Frank comments from John Carmack

This is a great keynote from John Carmack. It was like he said, I don’t have any slides, so fuck it, let’s have a good chat. He goes through some of the issues and proposed solutions for the keynote. Road to VR has a great write up on the salient points, but I encourage those interested in VR, image processing to watch the full 1 and 1/2 hour discussion.

Old blog posts added

[UPDATE 09/20/2014] I have completed Drupal migration. [UPDATE 09/28/2014] I’ve added my old Movable Type posts.  Still a lot of cleansing that has to happen and relinking of images. [UPDATE 09/30/2014] I have cleansed and reformatted posts to Jan 2003. Still trying to figure out if I should bring in the comments. I have finally begun the arduous process of importing posts from 4 different platforms: Octopress: November 2011 – July 2013 (completed) This was easy–everything Read More...