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.

  • Moving to Unifi USG Router (5/10/2019) - 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.
  • Allo Digione gets a Face (4/4/2019) - Give your Raspberry Pi Roon endpoint a pretty face and some skills. This article describes the additional tricks needed to add a display to a Allo DigiOne Signature Roon Endpoint.
  • MacOS Software Defined Radio with GQRX and RTL-SDR (3/30/2019) - You too can replace a $50 weather radio with a $2000 computer and a $25 USB TV tuner. This article chronicles the Moocher's first attempts to answer this question. Warning, some of it gets a bit geeky talking about FFT window functions.
  • Roon in a BHYVE (2/13/2019) - FreeNAS 11.2 has been out for a few weeks. After some time running Roon on a Ubuntu equipped 2009 Mac Mini, I decided I’d give Roon a try in a BHYVE VM on the new FreeNAS build. This note recounts the experience so far. As usual, both FreeNAS and Roon have their secrets and they … Continue reading Roon in a BHYVE
  • Home Networks for Streaming Audio (12/27/2018) - I’ve not written on audio and networking in a while but over the holiday I read Jason Stoddard’s Schiit Happens about his return to the high fidelity equipment industry as co-founder of Schiit, a maker of personal audio and value oriented high end audio. I found the book after I had ordered my Schiit Gungnir … Continue reading Home Networks for Streaming Audio
  • UniFi Updates (11/2/2018) - 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 … Continue reading UniFi Updates
  • The Moocher’s New Printer (10/13/2018) - The moocher's thoughts on selecting a new home printer.
  • Transferring CDs to FLAC on MacOS moocher style (9/18/2018) - The Moocher is a music collector with a growing CD and record collection. In this article, the moocher describes how he transfers CD to FLAC to play using Roon Labs Roon Player. We’ll look at the motivation behind FLAC, the tools used to turn a CD into FLAC encoded tracks, and how to get the … Continue reading Transferring CDs to FLAC on MacOS moocher style
  • GDS3710 Part 4: Opening the door (8/2/2018) - 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. … Continue reading GDS3710 Part 4: Opening the door
  • Further thoughts on the GDS3710 (7/10/2018) - The Grandstream 3710 Door System provides a video intercom, security camera (its recordable using compatible NVRS), RFID reader, and door unlock control relay. The device has a contact input that can be used for an inside exit demand input and a second that can be used as a door status sensor input. And all of … Continue reading Further thoughts on the GDS3710

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