Christmas CoffeeThose of you who know me have realized by now that I’m not the type to send Christmas cards. It’s not that I don’t celebrate or enjoy Christmas it’s just that it’s one more thing to do when I barely have enough time to get my Christmas shopping done. That and having to keep track of everyone’s address, make sure I don’t forget anyone, and worse yet, there’s the challenge of finding a card I like.

Well, all that aside, consider this my Christmas card to you, whether you’re a close friend (you know who you are) an acquaintance, or a regular reader of Life After Coffee. It may not be addressed to you, but it also didn’t use any paper and no mailman had to deliver it.


So from me, Kirsten, and Gwen the cat (see below) have a happy and safe holiday and save some eggnog for me.

Gwen the cat under the tree

My book Easy Linux Commands: Working Examples of Linux Command Syntax is now on shelves, as seen in this picture from Borders Book and Music right down the street from my home in Concord, NH.

Easy Linux Commands at Borders Concord


Written by me and Terry Clark this book is part reference and part tutorial encompasing everything from basic file manipulation to administrative commands.

From an Amazon review by Kurt:

New users to Linux and old-school Unix engineers alike will find value in this book. The author did a tremendous service representing this rapidly growing technology in an easy to read, easy to follow humorous format. Page to page there are examples of basic Unix commands and obscure Linux features available to most builds. Having built my career in deploying “Enterprise Class” Unix based solutions for today’s high availability needs, it is refreshing to learn some new tricks and be reacquainted with old tools built discussed in this book. I recommend it to entry level and veterans alike.

The book is available in major bookstores (although any bookstore should be able to order it for you) and can also be ordered from the publisher for just $19.95. That’s 30% off the cover price!

Thanks to Zach for snapping the pic and sending it on to me.

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Yes, proving that just because you can doesn’t mean you should someone went out of their way to come up with this little novelty:


Yes, for $20 for the single or $55 for a set of three you too can put USB power to use in a way you never imagined with your very own USB powered humping dog.

Green Mountain Coffee RoasterGreen Mountain Coffee Roaster is a New England icon. Their coffee is served in everything from restaurant to gas station here in New England. Founded in 1981, today Green Mountain is the nation’s largest seller of double-certified Fair Trade organic coffee. Recently I had the opportunity to try two of Green Mountain’s Fair Trade Organic offerings.

Green Mountain’s Organic Sumatran Reserve is an appealing coffee with an earthy richness you could expect of an organic coffee from the beverage’s birthplace. This is a pleasant, medium bodied coffee which, while it doesn’t disappoint in the cup somehow left me wanting more. A decent floral nose is the highlight of this coffee and, though the flavor is somewhat earthy the aftertaste is clean and smooth.

The roaster’s PBS Blend is a Mexican coffee with an interesting story (see their site for details.) I found this coffee rather disappointing. While the coffee was smooth with very little acid and no bitterness it also lacked any defining flavor. A hint of caramel was all I could discern from what was otherwise a surprisingly ordinary cup of coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a large catalog of coffees. Through the gourmet coffee revolution they have become ubiquitous in New England and, while I was not impressed with the PBS Blend, the Organic Sumatran Reserve is a good coffee for those shopping for a Fair Trade organic coffee.

Unfortunately Green Mountain has adopted the all too common industry trend of cutting back their bag size. Currently their coffees are offered in 10oz bags, both of these being between $7 and $8 per bag on their website. This equates to around $12/lb which, while not unreasonable, is a premium price for coffee. Part of this is undoubtedly due to the coffee being Fair Trade, the end result of which is the farmer seeing more of this money.

Conclusions: Despite the premium price, those looking for a good organic coffee should enjoy the Organic Sumatran Reserve but a lack of richness or any defining flavor left me disappointed with the PBS blend.

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Think you can follow directions? Here’s a challenge for you.

The Idiot Test from Browser Arcade is a fun way to test your attention to detail. I remember tests like this on paper.

It’s lots of fun, but not particularly friendly to the colorblind.

Thanks to Don Burleson for sending this to me.

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