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.

  • 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.
  • Apple Silicon? (11/11/2020) - What's the buzz about Apple Silicon? An everyday user's take on the new Apple System on a Chip systems announced 2020.11.10.
  • Dismal Manor Dog Doorbell (10/30/2020) - Dismal Manor has a dog doorbell built from Apple HomeKit and Anker Eufy Cam2 video cameras. This article describes how to assemble one from parts.
  • HomePodOS 14.1 (10/30/2020) - A quick update on HomePodOS 14.1, where to find HomePodOS release notes, and where to find the rescue procedure.
  • I thought Apple left Infinite Loop? (10/27/2020) - An Apple Id is the keys to your iCloud kingdom. It should have a really good password that is also easily entered. So why is it so hard to change an Apple Id password? Why so much friction?
  • Introducing Fantastical Calendar (10/10/2020) - Dismal Wizard auditioned another calendar. He likes this one enough to open his wallet. Find out what he didn't like about Apple's calendar and how Fantastical closes the gap
  • New Apple Calendar? (10/3/2020) - Do you like the new iOS 14 Apple Calendar's event creation UI? Well, there is a competent alternative, OneCalendar from a small Dutch company that provides the essentials in a smooth way.
  • TrueNAS Core 12.0 RC1 Arrives (9/19/2020) - TrueNAS Core 12.0 RC1 Arrives On Friday, DW updated the FreeNAS server to TrueNAS Core 12.0 RC1. Our use cases are simple so risk was low. The post describes what we encountered -- TrueNAS is the same but different. Mostly UI reorganization and User Guide rewrite. We're up and alive and well.
  • 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.