Of Plex and hardlinks

For a long time, I always thought iTunes was Apple’s best feature up until relatively recently. It, plus a few other things Apple with the user experience that I am not a fan of, has caused me to no longer think that. And, in fact, I’m now running Linux a …

Finally Gave RouterBoard a Try

I’ve been wanting to try out a RouterBoard for a long while. I ran into them many moons ago in Linux Journal and just could never quite justify it until now. RouterBoards are, as the name implies, routers which run a variant of Linux (RouterOS which is also available on …

Fully online RAID1 to RAID10 migration using Btrfs

I have actually been running Btrfs on our home NAS for a while. At first I was sort of turned off by the name and a bit by the folks behind if. But a nice article over at Ars Technica convinced me to give it a go. Previously, I was …

First Impressions of Django

I have wanted to have an excuse to try Django for a long while and decided to give it a go. I have been thinking about expanding on my Aquariduino controller idea and adding to it a web-based application that can track additional information aside from what I will pull …

Digging Deeper Into Arduino

I have used the Arduino for a few things now – most notably, for the ShieldBoy and ArduinoBoy Advance (sorry I haven’t made a build doc for that yet). The fun part of those was designing custom boards and, in fact, I’m rather proud of the ArduinoBoy Advance as it …

So my subwoofer exploded last night…

…and freaked out Camden as we think he was standing by it (and next to our couch) so he could have some privacy while he pooped. The sub let out a series of growls, then POP! Nothing. It probably didn’t help Camden’s fear factor that I was playing Borderlands on …

A couple weeks of SSD goodness on my MacBook Pro and…

…it’s amazing! Mac or PC, doesn’t matter – for a system drive SSDs are where it’s at. My boot times have gone down to less than 10 seconds and OS X is fluid and fast again. The drive I ended up going with was the Crucial M4 128GB. I would …

First Impressions of USB3

Lately I have realized my M-Audio 2496 cards are starting to show their age. Among other things, they don’t really play nice together on Windows 7, do not sound as good as my Audio 4 DJ USB sound-device, and do not work on my laptop given that they are PCI …

Time Machine FTW

Let me preface this by saying that this is not intended as an OS war post. It is an automatic, frequent, OS-supported backups are the bomb post. For a long while I fought having to use Time Machine on my Mac. Not because it wasn’t awesome but because I really …