Shadow

Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast
How to be a Minimalistic Tech

How to be a Minimalistic Tech

Hardware
Tech Fundamentals: Well, let's get right down to what you need to get some work done in this modern age of computer technology and social media. The answer is simple, you  need some functional hardware such as Laptop Smartphone Tablet You don't necessarily need the fastest, the most powerful, the latest release, or the most expensive. Just something that works for you. Your budget will be a major factor in choosing your "workhorse". Mobility: If you're planning on mobility, a lightweight laptop, tablet, or smartphone could be all you need. You can do a lot with an Android or iPhone. My iPhone is the one device I use the most, followed by my laptop. There are a lot of people who do everything on their iPhone, it functions as their Music Studio Photography Workshop (camera/c...
Have laptop, will work remotely

Have laptop, will work remotely

Tech Tips
"Have laptop, will work remotely" Does anyone still remember  Have Gun, Will Travel? from 1957 - 1963? Starring Richard Boone as Paladin? It was basically a show about a good guy gunfighter for hire - paid by those who could afford his services, and often working for free for those who could not. (but needed someone to help when no one else could or would). Do you find yourself helping some people for free with their network or computer system problems, - spending time advising and or troubleshooting over the phone, or remotely across the Internet? I know time is money, and sometimes we forget that. Is it wrong? No, sometimes it's worth it. If you like to help people out because you can, maybe that's reward enough. If you plan on consulting or contracting your services, working for fr...
Quest for Distro

Quest for Distro

Software
We may never find the one "perfect" laptop/OS combination that works best for everyone, but sometimes I think I get close. Yes, I reluctantly dual boot Windows 10 and a Linux distro, but it's because it's sometimes practical to have both operating systems on one machine. Trying out different Linux distros on underpowered laptops is very therapeutic in away. Yes, it takes a little time, and may often seem bewildering to the uninitiated, but it's sort of a hobby of mine. Of course, there are many I haven't tried, and some that I knew immediately was a waste of time. I've tried many of the "Standard Distros" and found the majority useful, but the perfect one still eludes me. Over the years I've learned to appreciate the work of the developers and most of the Linux community. Admittedly, I s...
Content is King

Content is King

Hardware
Content is king, but creating content – especially audio/music production continues to evolve and become more accessible than ever. Those who have ever worked with the early 4 track Fostex or Tascams back when home studios were still a new thing for many musicians can probably attest to that. The cost was a big barrier for some, although it was often more cost-effective than paying for studio time. The Korg M1 workstation was a great tool for songwriters who wanted to sequence midi tracks and layer sampled waveforms to create a more complex sound. Personal Studio Evolution As personal desktop computers and later laptops became more useful with better software and better-operating systems, many musicians started creating incredible projects all on their laptops. The Digital Audio Workstatio...
Wireshark – For those who choose to do more with less

Wireshark – For those who choose to do more with less

Software
The philosophy of doing more with less sounds good, but it is not always practical. It takes effort and lots of practice to get to this methodology. I used to carry a “multi-tool” with me. It was like having a mini toolkit I could fold it up and carry in my pocket. It was great, but over time I started to think it was a little heavy and opted to leave it in my actual tool bag and went back to carrying a small Swiss Army knife. It was smaller and lighter. I learned to get the most out of it and found that I didn't miss the larger, heavier multi-tool as much as I originally thought. In fact, I learned a few tricks over the years that I probably would not have discovered if I hadn’t forced myself to do more with less. This is the philosophy I try to adhere to for troubleshooting communica...