How to build a MoCA bridge

A MoCA network bridge that is, so you can link multiple wireless access points using coaxial wiring to form one humongous home network streaming videos and games everywhere around the house. You might wonder why I ask since the problem has long been solved. Well, the reason is I find the conventional solution a bit […]

Tiananmen, Twenty Five Years Ago

Here are things of which I may not speak; There are dreams that cannot die; There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak, And bring a pallor into the cheek, And a mist before the eye. And the words of that fatal song Come over me like a chill: “A boy’s will is the […]

Installing Cassandra in OS X Mavericks

A step by step guide to installing Apache Cassandra database on OS X Mavericks, the hard way, as I just spent a couple of hours doing it. Hopefully, you won’t have to. First, you need Java 7 JDK, not to be confused with JRE. Cassandra won’t run without it. So run a java -version command […]

Happy 2014

Featured photo above: Aspara dancers in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A look back at the travels of 2013. Wishing you a happy 2014! [videojs mp4=”″ ogg=”” webm=”” poster=”” preload=”auto” autoplay=”false” id=”video-2003-greeting” class=”alignleft” controls=”true”][/videojs] This video was made possible with services from Google+, for content creation; Zencoder, for cloud based encoding; and Amazon S3, for hosting. The […]

Trips45 WordPress Theme Released

This site is built on a customized WordPress theme designed by me, and released under the Open Source GNU license. Find it on Gitbub trips45-worldpress-theme. trips45-worldpress-theme is a free worldpress theme based on Inkness, a responsive theme with 3-column grid based homepage layout. I created this theme because I wanted a blog site to look […]

Git-s3 on Windows

Git-s3 is a cool tool for deploying a git repo to a S3 bucket.  The tool depends on php and a program called composer. Since I couldn’t find composer installation instructions for Windows, I decided to jot down the following: Composer Installation on Windows Install php (if it’s not installed already) I recommend using Chocolatey: […]

Summer in Luang Prabang

We spent a summer month in SE Asia in 2013, during which we visited Luang Prabang, Laos. Luang Prabang is a former French enclave situated in the remote Northern Lao mountains with a breathtaking Karst and Mekong river vista. We flew from Bangkok on Lao Airlines. Luang Prabang is as reachable from BKK (2 hours) […]