Two Things

So, two big things happened in the last month: The Berberichs Moved Into a New House Fourteen months after selling our house in Thompson, Casey and I signed the mortgage papers on our new home in Grand Forks. Although spending over a year in an apartment was far from ideal, it gave us time to […]


Productive Email With Gmail

I’m a longtime Gmail user, but between my BlackBerry and the fact that I don’t get a ton of personal email, I’ve never spent a lot of time working in its web interface. That changed recently when I began piloting Google Apps Premier Edition for me and a couple of other colleague at work – […]


Tech Stuff I Love: 2010 Edition

I like to periodically take inventory of the hardware, software, and web-based tools I use on a daily basis and share the results. Because if a few of you find something new and useful as a result, it’ll be worth the write-up. Now, onto the list.


The Temptation of eBook Readers

Amazon’s announcement last night’s of the latest and greatest version of the Kindle brings back a bunch of conflicting feelings in me. Part of me is tempted by the promises of a limitless catalog and the ability to carry thousands of books with me, while a larger part of me is perfectly content to hang […]


My Impressions on Windows 7

I’ve been using a Lenovo ThinkPad T61 Widescreen as my primary work computer for going on 2.5 years, and I’ve been very happy with it. It’s no Macbook Pro, but it’s about as good as it gets for a non-Apple laptop: Fast, well-built, reliable, good technical support, and has a great keyboard. But in that […]


Lost: The End

As much confidence as we have in the story we’re telling, we are also comfortable saying, “But what do we know?” This is our best version of the story of Lost, and it’s the definitive one. The worst thing we could ever do is not end it, or go with some bullshitty ending like a […]

Grand Forks

Grand Forks: Welcome to UAV Central

It seems that the city of Grand Forks has succeeded in placing itself at the center of the unmanned aircraft business. This is great news for the region’s economy. MPR: Unmanned aircraft systems are becoming big business. It’s estimated the Department of Defense will spend as much as $80 billion on unmanned aircraft in the […]



I’ve been tinkering with my blog and online profiles1 – Twitter, Facebook, and the like – for years now, attempting to find balance in what gets posted where and how its shared, if at all. For a while, lifestreaming was The Future, so I experimented with it right here on my blog for about six […]


Extensions vs Bookmarklets

I’ve been using Google Chrome since the first beta was released back in the fall of 2008, and it quickly became the default browser on my laptop. For over a year, speed and an uncluttered interface were its main selling points, as it lacked the one big thing Firefox had over it: extensions. The ability […]


The Blues Brothers

Having decided that our boys don’t have enough things that induce parental annoyance, when I saw this kids harmonica being offered during last week’s Woot-Off, I just knew I had to snag one. Since I forgot about the thing immediately after ordering it, I was delighted to see that the mail lady delivered it yesterday […]