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.

  • Roon Take 2 (3/21/2018) - Abstract Over the past several months, I fell in love with Roon, its ability to stream my digital music collection in pristine full definition audio, the Allmusic artist and album commentary, and Roon Radio, the ability to play other things from my library like what I had been listening too. Nothing offers this combination of … Continue reading Roon Take 2
  • Adios Facebook (3/20/2018) - The recent revelations centered around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica compel me to bring this relationship to an end. Yes, Facebook, it is you. Buggy iPad app Buggy iPad messnger app Only trolls are participating. Everyone I want to hear from is a lurker You aided a hostile foreign power’s information warfare campaign directed at the … Continue reading Adios Facebook
  • Thoughts on the new iPhone 8 and X (9/16/2017) - The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X are beautiful examples of Apple design and product build. But when to trade phones? I’m not there yet. I’ll explain my thinking.
  • The Moocher bakes a Raspberry Pi (8/9/2017) - In poking about audio sites, I discovered Roon Labs Roon music server product. Roon is the music server I’ve been looking for for 20 years. Roon Labs has its origins in the Meridian Audio Solooes product over in the UK. This is a highly regarded embed music server organized in proper client server fashion. This … Continue reading The Moocher bakes a Raspberry Pi
  • Introducing Roon Audio (7/22/2017) - I’ve been using Plex as my audio player for a while. Noodling around on the Internet looking Raspberry Pi stuff, I stumbled across HiFiBerry and from there Roon Audio. Roon Labs is a spinoff from Meridian of their multi-room digital audio player. These folks have done something right by starting with a client server open … Continue reading Introducing Roon Audio
  • Introducing “Trey” (7/22/2017) - I name my hosts after notable greyhounds. The new iMac is no exception. It’s Trey, named after Kiowa Sweet Trey, Nick’s sire and Crash’s sire. Crash is a friend’s hound pawcationing with us this week. References Apple’s iMac user guide at the iBook store describes the basics. David Pogue’s “MacOS Sierra, the Missing Manual” explains how … Continue reading Introducing “Trey”
  • A New iMac On Its Way (7/6/2017) - Today was a bit pricy. I ordered a new adjustable height desk to put under a new 27 inch 2017 iMac. My ancient trestle dining table desk is always at the wrong height for work so I decided to treat myself to an adjustable desk from The Human Solution in Austin, Texas. The desk I … Continue reading A New iMac On Its Way
  • The Moocher Builds a New Server (5/30/2017) - Last week, I took the plunge and ordered bits and pieces to make a new FreeBSD based FreeNAS file server. This server consolidates Plex, my iTunes library, and Time Machine backups on a new ZFS ZRAID2 volume. I made this move for several reasons. I was double maintaining my media library, once in iTunes and … Continue reading The Moocher Builds a New Server
  • New WiFi for Chaos Manor (3/14/2017) - Apple has left the home WiFi market. Airport Express and Airport Extreme products are discontinued and the work group that was maintaining the device firmware was dispersed to other Apple work groups. One of the attractions of Apple Airport is that Apple announced device firmware updates in the same way as other software updates. The … Continue reading New WiFi for Chaos Manor
  • Network Attached Storage (12/22/2016) - The Moocher operated his home network with host attached storage for a number of years. Two Drobo storage arrays provide storage for media and serve as a Time Machine spool volume. These machines have served well but are running into age-related limitations. It is time to consider replacing them in the near future. Revision History … Continue reading Network Attached Storage

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