Key Bracelet

Last Christmas I made Paracord Bracelets for my friends, in my first and to date only attempt at any sort of jewelry making. I’ve worn mine ever since, pretty much daily. I’m a big believer in only wearing jewelry that means something to me, so with an absence of other…

Two Factor Authentication Tip

Here’s a tip if you use Two-factor authentication and want more than just 1 ‘authenticator’ device: Take a screenshot of the QR code you’re given from Google (or elsewhere). Keep it somewhere safe and when you need a new authenticator device, just scan that QR code with the app! (P.S.…

Naming your Devices To Protect Your Privacy

About 2 months ago I realized that my computer-naming scheme was horribly bland. My Macbook Air, for example, was named “JWMBA”. The Macbook Pro? “JWMBP”. Worse yet were the phones and tablets. “Jon Westfall’s iPhone” was a mouthful to say and write. And despite the vague nature of some of…

Jon Rants About eBay Feedback

I’ve been on eBay for over 10 years, so forgive me if I rant like an old man here… I received an email today from the seller of an item I recently won on eBay. It read… Hey I saw the stylus was delivered today so I thought I’d see…

Jon’s “Broken” Day

So I should start this post by noting that as of 7:24 AM this morning, Saturday, “Broken” day has been resolved. Amazingly. So however horrific this ‘bad day’ story sounds, at least I believe it has a happy ending. Yesterday started out like any other Friday. Little did I know…

Welcome New Students!

It’s the first day of the fall semester, and this post is for any of my new students who decide to wander over to my website or my Twitter feed. My message on here is pretty short and to the point: Welcome to my class! If I haven’t made it abundantly clear…

What Are “Natural Highs”?

A friend of mine is an engineer, who, in addition to making and blogging about tasty meals, also often posts about her technological triumphs at work. She uses the term “nerd-boner” to describe that exhilarating feeling one gets when they are able to overcome a technological problem or challenge. As someone who…

#97 Text To Speech

Sam never claimed that she was the most ‘girlish’ of girls. If prompted, she could act extremely feminine, however her natural state was more tempered, less stereotypical. One area where she seemed similar and different to her peers came in her use of a cell phone. While most 20-year-olds are…

#96 What’s Next?

“Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!”, the brain of the author thought as he sat down to pen his Sunday night prose. “4 Left! And so much more I could say”, the brain continued. It was true. There was so much uncharted territory. Why not write a poem about polar bears, or a story about…