Alex Laird

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Name: Alex Laird
Date registered: May 3, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Django Dropzone Uploader — November 20, 2014
  2. DD-WRT NAT Loopback Issue — April 23, 2013
  3. DD-WRT Guest Wireless — March 22, 2013
  4. Geocentral Location; Addresses to Coordinates — August 4, 2012
  5. A Correction for the WSJ: So, Who Did Invent the Internet? — July 28, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. Email is a Misguided Effort — 81 comments
  2. Secure PHP Login — 55 comments
  3. DD-WRT Guest Wireless — 42 comments
  4. DD-WRT NAT Loopback Issue — 12 comments
  5. Paying Off Your Loans — 11 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 30

Paying Off Your Loans

    Everybody has debt.  And, I assume, we all want to pay it off.  But how quickly should we pay it off?  Did you know that on a $100,000 home mortgage at 12.0% interest, increasing your monthly payment by only $100 (from $1,100 to $1,200) will save you nearly $50,000 of interest paid over …

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Jul 17

Ernie’s Adventure

What … Is This? If you’re like my brother and me, you love old-timey computer games almost more than the latest and greatest shoot-em-up.  For as long as I can remember, my brother and I have loved playing classic puzzle games like King’s Quest, Commander Keen (yah, I realize that’s not really a puzzle game), …

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Jul 08

The End of an Era for NASA

STS-135: The Final (Shuttle) Launch This morning marked the beginning of the end of an era.  I say the beginning of the end because the era does not conclusively close until next week, when the Space Shuttle Atlantis returns safely the Earth. The beginning of the end happened at 11:29 A.M. EST as Atlantis’ rocket …

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Jun 25

How Well Do You Know Jess and Alex?

Well, the wedding quiz results are in!  First off, we’d like to offer our congratulations to Jacob Waid and Sarah Anderson for earning the highest score of anyone who took the quiz (including family): 106%! There prize has yet to be determined, but when we do think of it, we’ll give it to them over …

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Jun 11

McDonnel Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

The Fighter/Attack series is one most people are familiar with, and probably the most well-know set of aircraft the Unites States Navy and Air Force produce.  Unfortunately, the understood distinctions between each aircraft are not that well known.  Most commonly, all fighter aircraft are referred to as an F-16.  If you don’t believe me, just …

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Jun 05

Boeing AH-64 Apache

Has there ever been a moment in your life in which you’ve seen something and your thought has been, “This is it … I’m about to die.”  Perhaps you’ve been out hiking and you’ve seen some form of wildlife.  Maybe it’s been when you stood on the edge of a massive cliff (I felt this …

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Jun 03

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

My brother and I have always had an obsession with airplanes, spacecraft, and NASA that borders on the unhealthy.  Our obsessive endeavors have taken us annually to the Quad City Air Show, where we have drooled at our magnificent dreams hovering just before our eyes. This year’s edition of the Quad City Air Show is …

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May 14

Once Upon a Cotton Ball, Epilogue

We said … Today is the day. In just a few short hours, Jess will put on a beautiful white dress and Alex will suit up. With friends, family, and loved ones gathered together from all over the country, we will stand in front of Jess’ home church and commit our to each other. What …

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May 13

Once Upon a Cotton Ball, Part 13

He said … “And that’s the last one,” my Dad said, tossing the final bag from the van into the living room. “Sweet! Thanks for all your help, guys.” Dad pulled me into a hug and smacked me on the back. “No problem. That’s what parents are here for, right?” I sunk down to the …

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May 10

Once Upon a Cotton Ball, Part 12

She said … With one more deep breath, the final balloon was inflated.  I tossed it off of my bed and looked around my room at the balloon-covered floor.  I had blown up one balloon for every day separating me from my trip to Iowa—and from Alex.  I sighed and flopped back on the floor, …

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