Ethan Banks

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Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite ERLite-3 Board Detail

I ran a Ubiquiti Edge Router Lite as my home firewall for a couple of years. The box had a nice GUI with CLI option, and had no problem keeping up with my > 100Mbps Internet connection. The box died after a lengthy power failure that drained the large UPS buffering electrons in my basement equipment rack. Here's a look at its mainboard.

Stumbling And Fumbling Into Video Blogging

My first video was a good bit of work, taking roughly eight hours to write, shoot, produce, and publish a ten minute video covering some tech industry news. That's not scalable, but it was a learning experience. Here was my process.

After Two Years, Do I Find Self-Employment Worthwhile?

In March 2015, I started working for myself exclusively. That is to say, I went from working for someone else full-time while also operating my own company full-time to working strictly for my own company. How am I feeling after nearly two years of self-employment?

How To Wade Through 100s Of Articles Weekly

The writing¬†masses in addition to professional media generate tons of articles each week. What’s the best way to keep up? My strategy is multi-pronged. TL;DR. Filter quickly and mercilessly. Read only the most interesting articles. Know why you read. Ignore content that doesn’t align with your personal consumption goals. Ignore¬†content with clickbait titles. These articles are...

Auto-Adding Routes When Mac PPTP Connection Comes Up

When successfully making a PPTP connection to a remote VPN server with the built-in Mac OS X client, you find that you can't connect to hosts on the other side of the VPN tunnel. You can still connect to the Internet and LAN hosts. The root issue is that, by default, OS X has no reason to send traffic across the VPN tunnel. A reason must be provided. I discuss 3 ways to handle this issue...

Managing Digital Racket

The more I tune out, the less I miss it. But that has presented me with some complex choices for a nuanced approach to curb social media addiction.

Ethan Banks On productivity.

Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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