Passion for…. Anything? Everything? Something!?

Passion, desire, enthusiasm, excitement, zeal, and fervor…… These words describe more than just a passing interest or modest caring for something. They describe a level of devotion and dedication that surpasses the “normal”. They so poignantly portray an artist lost in her instrument, an athlete at his peak output during an event, an evangelical preacher … Continue Reading

Consultant….is not a bad word…busting the myth

Hello, my name is Ben and I am a consultant. I feel like sometimes that’s my introduction to clients. Like it’s a bad thing that I’m there helping them out. There are a few reasons why you’d bring in a consultant: It’s free! A lot of the time, a vendor will throw in free service when … Continue Reading

Surveys! 5 reasons to take them!

I complain a lot… I mean a TON! I’ve always been picky. When I was a kid, I couldn’t live if my green beans touched my mashed potatoes, or my jeans were the wrong shade of blue. And now as a frequent flyer and someone who spends more time away from home than at home, … Continue Reading

Help Stop CISPA! #takeaction #blackout

                    This is my CISPA blackout… I’m a huge fan of whitespace and minimalism, so you don’t get a black/blank page. 🙂                       The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a version of the CISPA (Cyber … Continue Reading

Breaking Habits – Help Me!

This post really isn’t a how-to like most of my posts. It’s actually a call for help…. I have plenty of habits, some good, some bad, and I’d like to know everyone’s tools they use to break them. I recently got what I consider the best backpack ever (a LowePro Fastpack 250) It has a … Continue Reading

Update your RSS Feeds! New URL!

Hey everyone, update your RSS feeds, I’ve moved my blog from my house to my dedicated server out in the wild! My new URL is  

How To View Others’ Achievements

I’m reading Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and finding a lot of disturbing similarities between her fictitious world and the one we live in today. One of the quotes struck me as relevant in today’s workplace: Miss Taggart, do you know the hallmark of the second – rater? It’s resentment of another man’s achievement. Those touchy … Continue Reading

Why I don’t like Apple Stores…

I love most Apple products. I love the company culture of innovation and progress. I’m a big Apple fan. I’m not sure I’d call myself a “fanboy”, but I like the company and their products. When it comes to their retail stores, I love the design, look, and feel….but hate the store… To be fair, … Continue Reading

Set or Change the Date and Time on FreeBSD

If you ever need to set or change the time on a FreeBSD (JUNOS) box, here’s how: Show the current date Command:


Set the date to the desired time Command: (yymmddhhmmss)

Date Output Afterward: