Technology Happens

Techno Helping Hand
Technology can complicate, it's not supposed to, but IT occasionally does.  Techno-complexities tend to accumulate over time, some are unavoidable or mandated, others may be self-inflicted - rarely anticipated.

Unfortunate but ... IT Happens!

This site/practice is an experiment, devoted to sharing technology interests, knowledge, experiences and skills.  The mission is to unravel some of the complexities and help others leverage technology to simplify work or play.

The site will evolve as research and projects are chronicled.  Topics are expected to range from extremely basic to complex or even bleeding-edge due to personal interests and needs of friends or clients.   

Feb 1 2023 Test Edit

December 2022 final update:  This site is now frozen/un-editable according to this Google Workspace Blog post.  

  Hopefully anything/everything worth advancing has been moved to

IT was fun while it lasted!


// December 2021 update:  Slowly moving some of this to
(But it hasn't been easy!) //
// December 2020 update:  This site/practice has run it's course and may not be actively maintained in 2021 (except for Raspberry Pi projects/fumbling, of course!)
... twas a fun decade!  //

Simplified Technology

  • Raspberry Pi Benchmarks: V4B, V3B+, V3B, V2B, V1B & Pi Zero I recently re-ran a series of benchmarks on my collection of Raspberry Pi's to see what I had to work with for upcoming projects.  CPU, I/O, network ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 2:56 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • Putting RaspberryPi Monitor to Sleep (DPMS) I recently stumbled upon a fix for a longstanding Raspberry PI annoyance - getting the monitor into powersave mode after a period of idle time.  Here's a quick tweak that ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2022, 4:42 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • IoT in the Home: Part 2 - IoT Containment Finally organizing my notes to share network tactics and practices used to throw a fence around smart devices in our home. These smart things are becoming unavoidable, yet most lack ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 3:55 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • Business Planning Google Doc Collection An updated collection of business planning Google Docs & templates.   Current collection includes Google Doc versions of MS Office templates from US Small Business Administration,, and ...
    Posted May 8, 2019, 5:02 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • RaspberryPi Zero, v1, v2, v3 & v3B+ Benchmarks  This post has been replaced by:  Raspberry Pi Benchmarks: V4B, V3B+, V3B, V2B, V1B & Pi Zero 
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 8:12 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • DIY Apple AirPlay/Print and HomeKit on RaspberryPI I cobbled together a Raspberry Pi to stand-in as an Apple HomeKit and AirPlay/Print server as an experiment. The little gizmo allows us to control smart devices, print ...
    Posted May 3, 2021, 7:53 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • Online Privacy Checkup Reviewing privacy settings and personal information collected/maintained online was a great way to celebrate Data Privacy Day.  Totally amazing to see how much personal information is collected and spread ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:53 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • VirtualBox Windows 10 Upgrade Error C1900101-20017 A quick note to share the tweaks I used to upgrade a VirtualBox Windows 7 VM to Windows 10 after many attempts to get around update error C1900101-20017.  Simply ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 8:16 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • IoT in the Home: Part 1 - Traffic Analysis Hardware & Tools Part 1 of a series [hopefully] of notes relating to managing traffic on modern home networks, a project inspired by the Internet of Things (IoT) and a growing number of ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2017, 4:56 AM by Tom Pedersen
  • Garmin eTrex 10: How to Add Coordinates to Compass Display Here's a quick Garmin eTrex 10 techno adjustment that seems to reduce aimless wandering when elementary students tackle GPS activities like Hide-N-Seek.  In a nutshell:   Add current ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 5:53 AM by Tom Pedersen
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