Nextcloud VM, and Open Source Software in general

I have been using Nextcloud (specifically Nextcloud VM) for a couple of years now, and it worked great for some time. I had switched from Nextcloudpi, as I wanted something more robust for my storage needs. The problems started this past weekend, where I realized that I wasn't running the latest version. I took a look at what I was running, and saw that there was a recent, highly concerning CVE … [Read more...]

Ideal Window Manufacturing Review

This is a review about Ideal Window Manufacturing Company Info: Ideal Window Mfg. Inc.100 West 7th StreetBayonne NJ 07002 For most of the windows in my house, I would probably leave a very favorable review. The problem is the two windows that have had their seal break. The windows were bought in 2005. We noticed the seal broken, and it's been on the list of forever to try and … [Read more...]

Auvik is garbage for IT and should be avoided

I want to tell you of my experience and review with Auvik (aka Auvik Networks). How did I hear about Auvik? A Reddit advertisement, which promised a free Unifi Access point for activating an Auvik trial. A few examples of the advertisements posted on Reddit are below. I clicked through one of the advertisements and set up an account with Auvik. Great! A few days later, I downloaded and … [Read more...]

SiriusXM lost me as a customer to Spotify, and how to get the best deal on SiriusXM

SiriusXM (SIRI) was one of the ways that I listed to music when purchasing my 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited. I was just starting to use Spotify, and Pandora was unreliable over 4g. But SiriusXM lost me as a customer, mostly due to information here on the internet. And SiriusXM wants to gain subscribers to keep investors happy, so all you have to do is wait them out. The phrase I started … [Read more...]

The Chimney Story- How Ridgway Chimney Service NJ ruined our Chimney

We just bought our first house. Our first house ever. We were really good about everything. We had a Home Inspection, and discovered some issues. Many of the issues were known about- a damaged masonry stoop on the guest entrance, settling sidewalk, a fence that has seen better days. Our building inspector did advise us to get some professionals in- one was for a Chimney Service, and the other for … [Read more...]

Las Vegas Casino Reviews/ Things to do in Las Vegas

My family and I recently went on a trip to Las Vegas during what was my winter break from teaching.  The vacation was fun, despite our frustrations of actually getting to Las Vegas due to annoyances with Southwest Airlines.  I will be talking about what you can do on your vacation and what we frustrations we ran into while vacationing.  This list is in no particular order. The … [Read more...]

Vacation to Las Vegas- Day 1

Today has looked a lot like the picture I posted above- we’ve been in the airport for most of it.  Our originally plane was set to leave Manchester, NH at 6:20 am this morning, and we had planned to wake up around 3 am to drive to the airport.  We were again using Southwest Airlines Vacations, which we had luck with when we went to Disney World last year.  The phone rang this … [Read more...]

Bought 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited

After doing all of my research last weekend and trying to get my best price on Hyundai Elantras from different dealerships here in Western Massachusetts, I finally decided to buy a car.  If you remember, I was looking for a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited in Red Allure with the technology package.  I had been dealing with Brian Houser at Balise Hyundai in West Springfield, who ended up … [Read more...]

You won’t do better at Balise

I’ve been looking at Hyundai Elantras and getting an idea of what I’m looking for and what I’m willing to pay.  The most interesting part so far has been feeling out the dealerships to see who has the best people.   I’ve contacted multiple dealerships and had some really great experiences over the past couple of days.  I’ve had positive interactions with many dealerships from … [Read more...]

SpiderOak, a superior alternative to Dropbox

I've been using Dropbox for a couple of years, and had generally liked the experience.  In fact, I started using Dropbox as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst when writing my thesis, because of the ability to keep the document synced and work on it wherever I was.  Recently (as in a couple months ago), I haven't been as pleased with Dropbox, and decided to look at … [Read more...]