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Ticket Booked! I’m Going to Mars, Sorta.

Well, I am excited. Just added my name to the list of “digital-passengers” for the the Mars Rover trip, which is scheduled for July 2020. Quick Note: Today is the last day to sign up. What will you get by signing up? Absolutely nothing! Still, seems like a novel idea. If there is, by some very small chance, some hidden and intelligent life on Mars, I want them to know who I am. Hence, my name is now on the list in some obscure database (that will probably be included on an even more obscure USB flash drive or something …

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VPN Gate Review – Free Instant VPN Access

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of research and checking into possibly changing out my Pritunl VPN server I created nearly three years ago. I mean, it’s still performing really well. However, since it’s hosted on a Digital Ocean server, I can’t use it for Netflix and the like (since I am usually abroad for work.) Netflix and other streaming services have pretty much mapped all Digital Ocean IP addresses by now and just block access from them all. Still, the VPN works great for many other purposes, and as far as performance, reliability, and security are concerned, is totally …

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One thing that you might notice about my site is that there is absolutely no advertising. Why? Well, I just don’t like it. I think that bloggers should write because they like to write, not because they are trying to ride the Google Gravy Train. I do, however, like free DigitalOcean credit that I can use to host this site and other projects I work on. So…. If you don’t already have one, I encourage you to use my referral link to sign up for a free DigitalOcean account now. If you do use my referral link to sign up, …

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Create an Amazon Lightsail Server in 5 Minutes

If you follow my posts (even a little,) you know I’m a big fan of quick and easy virtual private servers, such as the virtual “droplets” over at Digital Ocean. I also use other virtual server hosts such as Vultr and Linode as well. All three services do a great job of allowing you to spin up virtual servers in a matter of minutes, and do so at very reasonable prices. In the past, I have kind of steered away from Amazon AWS, as I found their EC2 platform convoluted, a mess to navigate, and (more importantly) expensive. Not to …

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