How to setup Ubuntu

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Download Ubuntu and install with default settings. Optional – manually partition hard drive with a swap partition:   Installing an additional hard drive, you will need to set it up to auto mount and give it a friendly name:   To activate Desktop Sharing (aka VNC):  Once logged in, log out and […]

Windows 7 tweaks for gigabit ethernet speed

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Some universal tweaks which will help regardless of your nic/drivers: Disable RDC Go to “Programs and features” > “Turn Windows features on or off” > Uncheck Remote Differential Compression   Tune advanced card proprieties in device manager Make sure you have the most recent drivers for your network card.  Also verify you have the most […]

Ryan’s Sangria Recipe

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1 bottle Cortijo Rioja wine (from Spain) 1/4 cup of Brandy 1 Red Apple 1 Granny Smith Apple 1/2 Lime 1 Orange Fresh Pineapple chunks 1 liter of Ginger Ale Directions: Pour wine and Brandy into a large pitcher.  Cut fruit into wedges and add to mix to taste.  Let sit in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours. […]


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In an effort to upgrade my home, I’m running network cable.  I went with Cat6 over Cat5e and found a great deal on 1000′ at directron (one of my favorite ordering sites): Updated: I recieved the cable in.  The brand is Vertical Cable.  They pretty much just stuck a mailing label on the wire […]

Ryan’s Turkey Recipe

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Ingredients for the brine: 1 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 gallon vegetable stock or cold water 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries 1 gallon heavily iced water Ingredients for the turkey: 1 red apple, sliced 1/2 yellow onion, sliced 2 carrots Tops and bottoms of a bunch of celery 1 cinnamon stick […]

Candied Yams Recipe

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 can yams OR 4 Fresh yams 1/4 cup butter 1/2 bag miniature marshmallows 1/4 cup Brown sugar Preparation: Drain yams and discard liquid. Arrange in baking dish. Sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or […]

Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and quartered length-wise 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 Tbsp heavy cream (or milk) 2 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp milk Salt and Pepper A potato smasher Directions: Put potatoes into a saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 […]

Coax Cable

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Until my recent installation of FiOS, I didn’t really care much about coaxial cable.  However, having now discovered how much importance it plays in the high speed traffic and bandwith of both my Tv and internet, I have done a bit of research. To explain: the fiber line runs from the curb to the box […]