As Comcast (and now Verizon) start charging Netflix for the “privilege of sending data to their customers in a timely fashion”, Netflix should start adding a “Comcast peering fee” to the bills of their Comcast customers and a “Verizon peering fee” for their Verizon customers, etc.  This would at least make the general public more aware of the charges.  It would also avoid charging people extra at ISPs that are actually doing what their customers pay them to do.

Sand storm….ssssssaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnd stooooorrrrrmmm

Author: Nathan | Date: April 13, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, outdoors

Sean and I decided to bike to a new rock trail and tunnel near Unser and Rainbow.  I wisely chose a day with 30 mph winds to do it.  I had Kai in the bike trailer behind me.  At one point, I saw a sandstorm coming in from the west and though, “We’re going to be in trouble if we get caught in that.”  One minute later, we were in it.  I blocked the wind for Sean and the stinging sand blew all around us.  (Kai was fortunately fast asleep through it.)  We couldn’t see but a few feet and sandstorms are apparently full of static electricity, so we were getting little electric shocks all round.

wake timers and magic packets

Author: Nathan | Date: April 13, 2014 | Category: Windows

Sean’s PC kept waking up from sleep during the night no matter what I did.  I think I finally found the causes.  The network card in Windows was set to wake for magic packets on the network and scheduled task were allowed to wake the PC with wake timers.  I disabled both of these and it’s fast asleep!  Sssshhhhhhhh.

Pita Taza

Author: Nathan | Date: February 18, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, food

We ate at Pita Taza…a Middle Eastern fast food place on Paseo and Wyoming.  We got the meat and veggie combo plates…quite tasty!  Only thing missing to me was whatever that spicy shawarma sauce is that they have at Yasmine’s.

The secret to depositing checks with the Bank of America app

Author: Nathan | Date: February 14, 2014 | Category: technology

A little while back, I downloaded the Bank of America app for my phone so that I could deposit checks with it.  A neat idea, but it only seemed to work about 1 out of 7 times.  You’d keep having to re-take the picture.  I’ve finally figured out the secret…take the check outside and take the picture in direct sunlight.  It’s just that easy!  :)

How your relatives end up with 5 browser toolbars

Author: Nathan | Date: February 12, 2014 | Category: the web

Ever wonder how your relatives end up with 5 browser toolbars?  Here’s a pretty good explanation.

Eyepets and Friends

Author: Nathan | Date: February 5, 2014 | Category: videogames

Here’s my review of Eyepets and Friends…a game we recently found on sale for about $5.  You might think from the name that this game is about virtual pets or something.  Surprisingly, this game is actually all about helping the game find the floor.  You start up the game and place your PlayStation Move controller on the floor to help the system figure out where the floor is.  We played the game last night and were unsuccessful in getting past this “level”.  I’m guessing that the game is best played 3 inches from the sun so that it has enough light to actually get past the calibration phase.


Sean having some floor-finding fun

Ice balloon candle

Author: Nathan | Date: January 25, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized


Yoga 2 Pro Netflix spacebar pause

Author: Nathan | Date: January 16, 2014 | Category: hardware

Why won’t the spacebar pause the Netflix app on a Yoga 2 Pro?  Works on my son’s Windows 8 desktop.

MotionInJoy interferes with XBox wireless controllers

Author: Nathan | Date: January 7, 2014 | Category: hardware

In case you had ever installed MotionInJoy to play Steam games with your PS3 controller and you later get an Xbox 360 Wireless controller and wonder why it won’t connect, you need to carefully uninstall MotionInJoy…and I mean exactly as their instructions describe.