## (Hardware) Best Inexpensive Monitor Ever

Last year I searched for a monitor with these attributes:

• 23-inch
• Great color and bright from all angles easy for all-day viewing
• Cables: HDMI, DVI, and VGA
• Inexpensive because of the obvious and also the possibility of building a 2×2 monitor grid

The ASUS VS239H-P 23-Inch Full HD 1920×1080 IPS HDMI DVI VGA Back-lit LED Monitor is my winner: it meets all of the criteria.

It is easy to use and looks great. One year old it still is selling well. It is an easy purchase because 8,299 owners ranked it a 4.5/5 so I’m not alone here.

Now join the club.

## How To Build A USB Puzzle Box?

It would be fun to build a USB puzzle box. Here is how it would work after you plug it in:

• It would illuminate it’s buttons in an entertaining pattern
• If you punch in the secret code it would unlock it’s storage drive
• If you punch in the wrong code it would reboot your computer

It is supposed to be fun. I haven’t thought too deeply about this, but it is supposed to be fun no encryption or anything. The security comes from the device simply not even showing up as a storage device until you “unlock” it.

Since I’m on OS X, this seemed like a good place to start.

## Yes, Why You Do Need A Blu-Ray Writer

Today’s Blu-Ray write-once 128 GB BDXL disks

cost only $10USD/disc and the writer costs only$50USD.

Why do I care?

• Vagrant, Docker, and VMWare images are ginormous
• Thrifty portable hard drives are too slow in time
• Performant portable hard drives are too expensive in dollars
• 4x drive is 1997 level too slow