Personal Computing

The Moocher has messed around with computers since college when he learned Fortran programming and messed around with the school’s IBM 360/50 and hacked code for an Interdata Model 4 in graduate school. Other computers I’ve sued include the CDC 600o and 7000 families, the Amiga, and various Macs. Posts about my recent experiences with Macs and iThings appear below.

  • HomeBridge (4/3/2021) - Do you have HomeKit Secure Video Cameras? Do you have some others? Do you wish you could see them all in Home App. Well you can using HomeBridge and the proper plugin.
  • UniFiOS, The Missing Manual (3/31/2021) - It initially appeared that Ubiquity had overlooked UniFi controller access during an Internet fade. In working a ticket with Ubiquity support, the missing capability is indeed there but undocumented.
  • UniFi OS Login Issue (3/23/2021) - The good folks at Ubiquity overlooked Murphy and his Laws when they designed the new UniFiOS authentication system. The change has system integrators up in arms and looking for alternatives. What did Ubiquity do and what are the consequences?
  • Roon Core Saga (3/7/2021) - Roon Core Saga Our Roon Core guest OS had not been updated in 2 years. This turned out to be a bit of extra work the guest OS was not a long term support version.
  • Roon Core on a NAS??? (2/28/2021) - This post describes an couple of alternatives to shoehorning Roon Core into a NAS virtual environment. The advent of the 2021 Mac Mini offers a new and attractive alternative.
  • TrueNAS Encryption (2/19/2021) - This post explains how to create TrueNAS encrypted storage resources suitable for use by Apple Big Sur Time Machine. It's easy with TrueNAS 12.
  • TrueNAS 12 Replication (2/9/2021) - This post introduces the reader to the TrueNAS 12 replication facility operational concept and describes how to use local replication for main pool backups and remote replications to initialize a server or for off-site backups
  • Roon with TrueNAS (2/1/2021) - A quick guide to setting up Roon in TrueNAS Virtual Machine and why one might want to do this.
  • Got Mandolin Shred? (11/16/2020) - A brief review of the Mandolin.com service as experienced during a Punch Brothers show. Top marks to Mandolin. Apple and Google got muddy.
  • It’s a New Dawn? (11/13/2020) - It's a new dawn in Apple Land. Apple Silicon and MacOS 11 Big Sur have arrived. All in all, convergence of iPadOS and MacOS and continuous refinement.