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Thanks for stopping by! This is where I write about my experiences with the technology and tech techniques I use, my hobbies & pasttimes, and my life in Japan.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
—Robert A. Heinlein

I've been helping businesses and visitors in Japan since 1987, and am the co-founder and CEO of eSolia Inc, my IT management firm. I like to create, manage, negotiate, drum, run, cycle and pay attention to the details. More oversharing on my , if you're so inclined.

I hope you'll find something informative in my content.

The Latest, & Freshest


By Rick Cogley,
on 6-Feb-2017

Still Fresh

Run a TFTP Server for Network Device Setups

If you’re working with networking devices such as switches, routers or firewalls, to upgrade their firmware, you often need a TFTP server. Here’s how to use the one included with Mac OS X.

By Rick Cogley,
on 6-Feb-2017

U-Can Japan New Words and Buzzwords for 2016

Autumn in Japan is lovely for many reasons, crisp cool weather, excellent food, a year winding down, but most of all new words and buzzwords!

By Rick Cogley,
on 6-Dec-2016

So, What's a Text Editor?

Have you just become aware of text editors and are starting to understand why you’d need one? This article is intended for readers who need a text editor, and a helpful basic overview about them to get started.

By Rick Cogley,
on 1-Nov-2016

Fix Apple OS X Mail Crashing and Hanging

Have you been frustrated by Mac OS X Mail.app crashing or hanging? This happens to me from time to time, even though I keep OS X updated to the latest version. Well, I found a fix that works for me anyway, and you might try it.

By Rick Cogley,
on 28-Oct-2016

Pick Me Up in Yamanashi?

Our oldest daughter Kylie jokingly asked if we could pick her up in Yamanashi after her concert, so we made a day trip out of it.

By Rick Cogley,
on 22-Sep-2016

Github Pricing Change

Github recently updated their pricing structure to a model that allows unlimited private repositories, but is based on a per-person pricing model. This increases some users’ bills significantly.

By Rick Cogley,
on 16-May-2016