The tweet where I announced my intention to dedicate 25% of household compute to cancer research through Folding@Home

Folding for Lucy

If you’ve known me for a while or followed me on social media long enough, you know I have a niece. She died of an aggressive cancer at four and a half months old in April 2022. Finding out your only niece has cancer is terrible. Lucy’s passing was profoundly saddening. No parent expects their newborn to have cancer. It was nature at its absolute cruelest. Nevertheless, Lucy gave science an enormous boost....

May 15, 2024 · 4 min · Chris Short
The Nintendo Switch lineup

The Weary Parents Guide to Buying a Nintendo Switch

Note: This post is one of those things that I started writing up for a family member, then realized very quickly I should share this with the broader world. If you feel like something is missing, please feel free to suggest it. Also, I may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.* Someone in your life wants a Nintendo Switch, and you don’t know what to do....

December 13, 2023 · 8 min · Chris Short

Desk Setup, January 2021

There’s a metaphor out there that you should write about it if you say, are asked, or explain something more than three times. Since we’ve started, I cannot count how many times folks ask about my setup. I’ve wanted to write this article since last October. But, things hadn’t stabilized. For example, I’ve broken about half a dozen mic arms since May 2020 (of ALL price ranges). I also knew I would be moving operations from our unfinished basement up two stories to our guest bedroom (now my office)....

January 31, 2021 · 8 min · Chris Short
Be helpful. But, this isn't your day job.

'Tis the Season of Family Tech Support

It’s the most wonderful time of year! When everyone gets together with family or friends they haven’t seen in who knows how long. Of course, the topic of Trump, social media, and burnt gravy stories will come up. But, my personal favorite topic is, “I have this issue with PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY XYZ. Please help me!” Luckily, despite having not worked on anything other than Mac and Linux the past seven years, I don’t get too many wild questions from family....

November 20, 2018 · 7 min · Chris Short

T-Mobile Sidekick II Review

This is a comprehensive review of the T-Mobile Sidekick II. I wanted to push this review out a lot quicker but I figured that a thorough testing and experience with the Sidekick II was necessary. After spending a year with the original color Sidekick I think I’ll be able to write up a very good review. On Tuesday, my Sidekick II came and like a gleeful school boy I dropped my SIM card in it and plugged in it to charge....

September 23, 2004 · 12 min · Chris Short