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.

  • MacOS Catalina Stability? (7/26/2020) - MacOS Catalina is becoming increasingly colicky at Dismal Manor. Symptoms include kernel panics, application hard runs. User mail file corrupt or busy, etc. Most issues seem file system related. This post describes things we have tried to minimize issues.
  • Mister Fancy Pants (6/15/2020) - A quick Rocky update and some fun with Apple iOS 13 Clips App with Twitter friends
  • Alternative Twitter Apps (11/2/2019) - Development of the official Twitter mobile app has gone off into the weeds for many users. This article compares and contrasts two alternatives available in the Apple universe.
  • Schiit Pi? (10/3/2019) - What happens if you mash up a Raspberry Pi, Schiit Modi 3, and Schiit Magni, with some Sennheiser HD555 cans? Read to find out.
  • A house call goes wrong (7/2/2019) - How not to do a WiFi network update. What happened, the back story, and hot wash. Never ever manage a WiFi network from a WiFi only laptop!
  • Installing Unifi In-Wall Access points (6/11/2019) - The Moocher describes setup of UniFi WiFi at Dismal Manor. The Netgear Orbi was having random fades and was not graceful handling MDNS. UniFI SDN WiFi is. Read to learn about our home deployment.
  • 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 […]