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.

  • NextCloud (1/15/2023) - Dismal Wizard has been looking for a way to keep all the lame user notes organized. I'm pretty much in the Apple galaxy but what if we moved to Linux? How would I bring along notes and calendars and stuff? ActivityPub can help with that.
  • Apple Time Machine SaveSets on TrueNAS (1/11/2023) - Back in 2017 I posted a FreeNAS forum post about using FreeNAS shares as Time Machine spool volumes. Continuing product development at IX Systems has made the post obsolete. Things are much easier in 2023!
  • Introducing Channels DVR (1/5/2023) - This article explains the ATSC 3 network DVR rig set up to replace our original TabloTV ATSC 1 DVR. Why DIY with HDHomeRun and Channels DVR? Because we could. And Channels is getting better marks than TabloTV.
  • Home Bridge Update (11/26/2022) - Home Bridge UniFi Protect is a slick piece of kit. Like all DIY home automation, it needs some occasional care and feeding. This post covers updating of Raspbian, core HomeBridge, plugins and node.js.
  • Is There A Pachyderm in Your Future? (11/13/2022) - Are you a Twitter Refugee in search of another home? Could Mastodon be it?
  • EV Voyage Management for the Rest of Us (10/19/2022) - Those of us not blessed with Telsa vehicles are unable to take advantage of Tesla's voyage management tools and navigation. We have to make do with third party tools that are not quite as smoothly integrated but perfectly adequate.
  • Volkswagen ID.Software Updates (8/11/2022) - Been watching European VW ID.Software videos? Finding they tell you nothing about how the update actually happens. Join the crowd! Finally, straight info from
  • Luminar Neo HDR (8/6/2022) - Skylum has developed an HDR image processor as a Luminar Neo HDR plugin. It's magical. It can render Rocky correctly. It finds detail in low contrast images. And produces natural results!
  • Apple Photos Gripe (7/9/2022) - Who would ever think that Photos App should abandon an edit in progress to import photos from a device using iCloud Photo library with Keep originals on MacOS? Somebody did. Edits were lost and had to be recreated.
  • Mylio Photos (6/26/2022) - Photo storage reimagined. Mylio offers photo management as a service solving a number of mixed environment and multi-camera problems. Do you know where your originals are? Are they safe? With Mylio, yes.