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The traveling cooler

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We recently went to Disney World, and visited some family in Georgia. The entire trip, I had my trusty 68 Quart Igloo cube in the back, filled with ice and beer. I started out by filling it with Colorado beers that weren’t available in Georgia, those were given to relatives and friends. I then started filling it with beers that I haven’t seen here in Colorado. Pictured above are the ones that survived the journey back.

Although I’m a fan of tasting new beers, and can tell you what I like and don’t like, I don’t feel qualified to give a really thorough review. All of the beer I had there was very tasty, and I liked all of them. Here’s what I had to sample.

Orange Blossom Pilsner – Brewed by “Orange Blossom Pilsner LLC”. This was just plain delicious. I stopped in a large liquor store, and I could only find 2 beers from Florida, and the other one was Landshark which I’ve already had. Highly suggest this one.

Sea Dog Blue Paw – Wild Blueberry Ale – Brewed by Sea Dog Brewing – Strangly enough, I found this beer brewed in Maine in the Florida liquor store that I mentioned above. If you don’t like fruity beers then you may want to skip this one. As it turns out, I’m finding that I really enjoy a fruity beer, especially in hot weather.

The blueberry aroma and taste in Blue Paw is so strong that it’s almost like a blueberry soda. The weather was extremely hot, and I found this beer to be very nice and refreshing. I think I’m going to have to find a clone recipe before next summer.

Georgia BrownSweet Water Brewing, Atlanta Georgia – MMmmm Malty.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweet Water Brewing, Atlanta Georgia – Nice pale ale. I sampled this one at a restaurant.

Sweetwater BlueSweet Water Brewing, Atlanta Georgia – Another Blueberry beer, not nearly as strong as Blue Paw. Very tasty.

Golden AleTerrapin Beer CO, Athens Ga – Yummy

Rye Pale AleTerrapin Beer CO, Athens Ga – Very nice pale ale. I had made a Rye beer not too long ago which was similar.

Gaelic AleHighland Brewing Company, Asheville NC – Got a good laugh doing my Scottish impression saying that “All the other Gaelic Ales are crap!”. This was delicious, although I was a little confused that it’s described as a “amber American ale”, yet is named Gaelic Ale.

Laughing SkullRed Brick Brewing Company, Atlanta Ga – A very tasty and respectable Amber Ale.

Unfortunately, I took too long to write this post, and I didn’t take any notes about the beers I had. So my descriptions are lacking. I’ll have to remember that next time for sure.

After this trip, I realize how lucky I am to have the beer selection that I have here in Colorado. Although things are getting better in the south, selections from local brewers, as well as microbrew selection in general, is still pretty limited.

Remember folks, support your local brewers!

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eDoxs – Dealing with SPAM so that you don’t have to.

imageThe eDoxs service is an excellent way for companies to deal with SPAM. Once you sign up, you replace your domain mail server (MX) records with eDoxs servers, and they accept or deny the e-mail on your server’s behalf. Any valid mail gets forwarded on to your mail server.

eDoxs is the service that my company uses. This is not a pay for post, I was just reminded recently how much I love their service, and I wanted to post about it.

I’ll explain what reminded me a little later in this post. First, let me explain a little bit more about this service.

The SPAM and Nothing but the SPAM

There are a whole lot of anti-spam services and software out there, but eDoxs’ big selling point, for me at least, was that eDoxs has a 0% false positive for their SPAM scanning. In other words, not a single legitimate email is going to be labeled as spam.

I’ve had to deal with other companies blocking email from my company for really dumb reasons, and I didn’t want others to have to deal with that when they were sending email to my domain.

It isn’t a perfect system, but I prefer to know that I have some spam that gets through, rather than have valid email that get blocked.

Saving you Bandwidth and Server Space

Mail that is accepted is scanned for viruses and malware, compared to known black lists, and scanned to see if it matches any known SPAM. The virus definitions that are used get updated every 4 minutes, from Symantec, before the updates are available to the general public.

I signed my company up with eDoxs years ago, and have been a very happy customer ever since. As soon as I signed up, I saw a dramatic drop in my bandwidth utilization, and I think I would’ve  needed at least twice the bandwidth that I have now, if it wasn’t for eDoxs.

What brought this up

The reason this came up is that eDoxs called me a couple of days ago to let me know that for some reason, I have had a dramatic increase in the number of email coming into my company’s domain.

It looks like some bot net has singled my company’s domain out for a dictionary attack.

You see, lately we have been receiving about 3 Million emails a day.

Yes, that is a whole lot of email. About 2,083 emails a minute!

Thankfully only a fraction of them are sent down my Internet connection, and on to my mail server.

If you’re looking for a corporate email solution, I highly suggest eDoxs. The money saved in circuit costs, not to mention employee time, makes the service a bargain.

Thank you eDoxs!

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Find out What is Using up Your Hard Drive Space With WinDirStat

Have you ever looked at your hard disk free space, and wondered where it all went? I mean, when I bought that 250G drive, I thought I would never need more space.

WindirStat is a easy way to graphically see where all of that free space went to. I use it all the time, even on my networks, to see what is using up all of my drive space.

Of course, it doesn’t run instantly, after all, WinDirStat has to crawl through every directory on your hard drive. While directories are being updated, you are entertained with little packmen running back and forth next to the directories it is updating.

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The visual representation of the files is neat, but I really look for the top half of the screen, pictured below.

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Directories are listed with the largest on top, and you can continue to drill down into the subdirectories to find out what they are made up of.

This really is a great utility, and you can’t beat the price, which is free.

You can download WinDirStat from the Downloads page, also check out the WinDirStat Web Site.

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We’re always glad to answer questions, help people out, and help relate what we’ve learned. Get a new perspective on the tech topics and news that you’re interested in, come visit Two Guys Tech.com.

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Almost Done: Review of 7th Son Podcast Novel

imageI’ve been listening to the 7th Son Podcast since before I posted this review of the EarthCore Audio book by Scott Sigler. Now I seem to have some time on my hands, you see, I caught up with the author.

What does that mean? Well, like any other podcast, the books are released on a episode by episode basis. Depending on the release schedule, and the length of each episode, this can take awhile. When I listened to EarthCore, the podcast was finished already, so I was able to listen to it as much as I liked.

When I first started listening to 7th Son Book 1 Descent, and 7th Son Book 2 Deceit, they also were completed. Once again, I could listen to as much of the book as I had time to. Since 7th Son Book 3 Destruction is still being produced, I have to wait for the next episode.

JC, J.C. Hutchins that is, If you are reading this, stop! Go record some more of that book!

I’m just kidding. Everyone has to take a little bit of a break.

On with the Review (Contains general statements, but no plot specifics)

When I first heard the Promo for 7th Son, it didn’t really grab my attention. It mentioned cloning, and a 4 year old killing the President. Not sure why, but it didn’t really have me jumping over to get it.

The book is so much more than the promo can ever cover. Book 1 was very interesting, but it was all kind of setup, until the end.

Book 2 was where the fecal matter strikes the oscillating object. It was non-stop from the get go, and you really have to rethink what has been going on from the beginning.

Book 3 is still non-stop action. I finished Chapter 17, and I’m waiting for Chapter 18. Of course, I don’t know how many chapters are left. Book 1 and 2 were 27 chapters and 29 chapters respectively, so hopefully at least 10 more.

I’ll try and update this as soon as I finish the Podcast, but I wanted to get some more people turned on to this great book. You can subscribe at either JC Hutchins’ site, or at PodioBooks, the primary difference is that there is much more fan stuff on JC’s site, some of it is really cool, and it’s kind of neat to see all of these other people who are such big fans.

Technical Details

Files are in MP3 format, no DRM.

Bit rate is 128Kb.

Files are around 30 or 40M each.

Play time is about 30 – 50 minutes each.

Bonus content can be much longer, and file sizes vary.

 

If you know what’s good for you, go subscribe now!

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