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Technology

Phone System Makeover

Phone System Makeover

Changes at wireless carrier and at Google Voice prompted a makeover of the Dismal Manor phone system to correct voice mail systems that were trying to take messages from each other. An amusing dance that was annoying my healthcare providers. So we set out to fix it.

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Personal Computing Technology Video

Got Mandolin Shred?

A brief review of the Mandolin.com service as experienced during a Punch Brothers show. Top marks to Mandolin. Apple and Google got muddy.

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Personal finances Technology

A 21st Century Credit Card

A 21st Century Credit Card

A brief introduction to the things that make Apple Card unique and valuable. No, you won’t find this on YouTube.

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Technology

Adios Ring Door Bell

Ring’s prominence in the news prompted me to look for an alternative to replace the Ring doorbell with its security issues, limited battery life, and less than satisfactory image quality. While I was at it, I also wanted a couple of cameras to look in on the area where the dogs hang out. Because of […]

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Technology

A new iPhone –Things they don’t tell you

The Moocher finally decided to replace his iPhone 6 while keeping its little buddy. That turned out to be a frustrating evolution because Apple does not cue you to look at the checklist for this evolution. The watch has to be unpaired from the old phone before it is retired and paired to the new […]

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Personal Computing Technology Web hacking

Moving to Unifi USG Router

This article describes migration of the Dismal Manor network to a new gateway and access point. The article focuses on the motivations and benefits of the change rather than the switchology.

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Audio Music Technology

Music Discovery in the 21st Century

Use streaming music as a music discovery tool. Roon Radio with Roon integrated streaming services is a great way to discover new artists, new music, and who’s playing near you. Learn how Dismal Manor uses Roon, Qobuz, and Tidal to guide live and recorded music purchases.

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Personal Computing Technology

UniFi Updates

A new switch, cloud key, and updated network video recorder joined the Dismal Manor UniFi stable this October. The Moocher checked firmware to discover that updating the core POE switch to the latest firmware required updating UniFi Controller. At that time, UniFi controller ran in a FreeNAS jail. So, the cheap intrepid Moocher tried to […]

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Audio Technology

Furman Power Elite 15i Impressions

Background Although the house has full-house surge protection in the panel, I elect to use a second line of defense for the computers, network electronics, and audio and video systems. In the past, I had used APC power conditioners for this task but another 5 years had passed and it was time for battery replacement. […]

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Home automation Personal Computing Technology

GDS3710 Part 4: Opening the door

This is the 4th post in a series chronicling a small church’s experience with the Grandstream GDS3710 Door System. We like the product but the deployment has been like solving Rubik’s Cube. We found we had to do a lot of tinkering to get things working, something that shouldn’t happen with such a sophisticated product. […]