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
Time to upgrade to an SSD?

Time to upgrade to an SSD?

Hardware
Have you not yet upgraded to a SSD in your computer? Does it feel like your computer takes forever and a half to boot? Are you tired of staring at your computer screen waiting for it to load while trying to open a file or application? If so you're going to want to look at what upgrading your hard drive to a Solid State Drive can do. SSD: What is an SSD? SSD stands for Solid State Drive, which is similar to USB's or SD cards. There are zero moving parts inside a SSD but instead  microchips are used to store data. Typically they use NAND memory which is non-volatile, which just means when the drive loses power the data isn't erased and forgotten. When SSD first started to be used in consumer computers there were rumors about the stored data being worn off from use. This myth has been debu
Wireshark Filters: Display vs Capture

Wireshark Filters: Display vs Capture

Software
A common thought by beginners when it comes to Wireshark filters is that display and capture filters do the same thing. Well, they don't; they may seem to be doing the same thing to you but the difference is when the packets get filtered. Display filters don't stop Wireshark from capturing any packets, you still capture all packets but it only displays you the packets you asked for. While capture filters when used make it so Wireshark won't capture any packets that you have specified not to.