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Effects of the 2010 US Health Care Bill Explained – Gulf Stream Blues

// March 29th, 2010 // No Comments » // Health, Learning, Sign of the times

So, we’re pretty much at the beginning of this health care reform thing here in the United States.
Here’s an incredibly well written, layman’s explanation from a person that seems to have a solid bead on the ways of the world…

The US healthcare bill explained – Gulf Stream Blues

Snake oil?

// March 26th, 2010 // No Comments » // Health, Learning, Science

Does fish oil really offer tangible health benefits?  Does aloe vera have powers beyond the skin?  You can learn the answers to these questions, and more, with the interactive wonders at Information is Beautiful.

Click here to visit the “Snake Oil?” interactive exhibit

Is Windows Home Server any good?

// February 14th, 2010 // No Comments » // Computers, Server, Windows

Update (March 22, 2017): This article is very outdated and is being preserved as an example of my writing. I do not recommend using the software or hardware referenced in the article as it has been discontinued.

Simple answer

Why? Windows Home Server (WHS) has a pretty strong value proposition.  Over the past holiday season (December 2009), HP MediaSmart Servers were available for $199 (USD).  That’s a complete computer system to store your files, and do some amazing things…

  • Remote computer and file access
  • Automatic backup of computers on your network
  • Third-party add-ons (free) to enable web serving capabilities, BitTorrent client, and more
  • Place to run MagicJack without being bothered
  • …only limited by your imagination

How? If you want more performance than a nettop-style HP MediaSmart server, you can do that too.
My own WHS is made of spare parts leftover from upgrades to other computers, but still far outclasses the HP MediaSmart servers.

If you go the DIY route, target your hardware to the Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) platform. SBS 2003 (Small Business Server) is at the core of WHS.  I gather this is just for the limitations of SBS, as you won’t find Exchange 2003 hiding anywhere.

Where? If you want an HP MediaSmart server, I’d keep an eye on  For the DIYer, an OEM license of WHS is available for about $100 (USD) from

MIT For Free

// February 5th, 2010 // No Comments » // Learning, Science

If you’re the type of person that likes to soak up knowledge, then this is for you.  MIT offers course materials online at no cost (you don’t earn college credits either) through their OpenCourseWare program.  At 1900+ courses (and growing), the breadth of course material is astounding.

Techno Jeep (Original)

// December 16th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cars

Another Cave House

// December 3rd, 2009 // No Comments » // Architecture

Another cave house

Simply Awesome (Part II)

// November 6th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cars

How-to: Make Pumpkin Spice Coffee

// October 31st, 2009 // No Comments » // Cooking

Brew this:

  • 8 tablespoons of medium-dark roast ground coffee
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 cups water
Add & mix this:
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar or 4 packets artificial sweetener

Simply Awesome

// October 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cars