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Mail In a Box on EC2 with S3 backup script

I wanted to break free and set up my own email server on Amazon’s AWS cloud. After signing up for a one year free trial, creating my mailinabox server on a T2 Micro instance with Ubunut 14.04LTS, getting the externally hosted DNS settings up and running, and testing OK, it was now time to focus my attention on backing up our email. Amazon’s free tier provides you with 5GB of free S3 storage, which is more than enough to keep and restore the emails on the server i wish to…

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How Much Bandwidth does a new Apple TV (and Netflix) Take?

Boy, It’s a good thing i tacked on the extra 10 dollars for unlimited bandwidth usage from my ISP  – Rogers!! I was previously told that there would be an initial surge of data while the AppleTV downloaded it’s settings and set it’s caches.  I see no evidence of this, but I do see a “first few days” usage of about 17GB a day due to the “wow” factor and the “new toy” factor. Now we’re settling down into our daily routine and watching 3 or 4 HD shows and…

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The Apple Value Myth – Part 2 – Maybe Worth The Price

It’s Upgrade Time About one and a half years ago, I bought my wife a mid-2012 MacBook Pro.  I chose carefully.  I got her the 2.5GHz i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 120GB SSD drive.  I’ve really glad I did.  The speed to boot and load is outstanding.  I knew that after  a year’s worth of photos and iphone backups she’d be ready for an upgrade in storage.  Sure enough, those warnings she ignored about the drive getting full finally brought the laptop to it’s knees.  The latest automated batch…

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How Long Would a Raspberry Pi Last on AA Batteries?

UPDATE !   I have recently redone the testing with a new method that proved succesful.  Please go to the my new posting How to Test a Raspberry Pi Powered by Alkaline AA Batteries   I really love the Raspberry Pi.  It’s a great platform for someone with limited electronics experience, but much PC experience. When I start to wonder about what kind of invention i would like to make with the RPi, I gravitate to autonomy.  That is, designing a device with the Raspberry Pi centrally, and some peripherals that…

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DropBox Customer Feedback – A Waste of Time and Bad Customer Support

I’m almost sorry to even give DropBox a plug here.  Personally, I don’t believe that a corporate culture is ready for a $2 Billion IPO when they “can’t get back to you this time”. Ouch, they could have been a ten out of ten product for me.   My suggestion was positive and i let them know i had an overwhelming positive experience with their product!   Here’s How DropBox Values it’s Customer’s Feedback: Dropbox Support, Nov 19 07:02 am (PST):Hi,Thanks for writing in. While we’d love to answer every…

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