The Mind of FERG is back thanks to Amazon Web Services

After a several month hiatus, is back up and running.  I had some hardware issues while I was away on vacation, and some of the drives on my storage server were lost.  
Fortunately, I had the site backed up (yes, I practice what I preach !).  However, my mini-datacenter at home continued to be down due to some UPS issues.  I was hesitant to put the servers online without it, so it sat idle while I dealt with other projects.

Thoughts on the last shuttle flight

With the last launch of the Space Shuttle today we are entering another period where the US lacks its own manned spaceflight capability.  We are relying on the Russians for transport to the International Space Station.  In my opinion this is a dangerous situation.

Backup - Not just for business anymore

It's estimated that 1/3 of all computer users don't do any backup on their computer systems, and that of those that do 3/4 only do it once a month or less. 

With more and more of our important data (pictures, videos, etc) stored digitally, backup for the home user is as important as it is for the business user.

Let's explore some of the options available for backup.

Roku - Netflix and much more

If you have a high speed internet connection and are looking for a way to watch internet video on your TV, take a look at the Roku Streaming Player (


One remote to rule them all - The Logitech Harmony Remote

How many remotes do you have? How many "universal" remotes have you tried? Isn't looking at that little book and finding the codes for your device (which might not work) so much fun. Let me introduce you to the Logitech Harmony remote. All of the Harmony remotes are programmed via your PC. You plug it into your USB port and using the included software enter in your various devices. After setting up the devices you set up various tasks on the remote.


What to do with old technology

So you've got a new cell phone, computer, or other new piece of swell new technology. What do you do with the old one? Here's some ideas. Repurpose Computer (Desktop or laptop) * Turn it into a home file server - There are several ways to do this. You can leave it running Windows and setup file sharing and use it as a place to store backup files. * Run Linux. If you've had an urge to do some tinkering around with something different, try installing the open source operating system, Linux. There are plenty of easy to install distributions that can bring new life back to old computers.

Welcome to the mind of FERG

Welcome all to the re-launch of my blog, The mind of FERG. I'll be sharing my thoughts and reviews of technology, news commentary, and any quirky items that I may find that are of interest. Please feel free to suggest any ideas you would like to hear about or questions that you may have. I hope you'll find the content here entertaining and informative. FERG


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