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.

  • 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.
  • SOHO Storage (6/1/2022) - Need small office or home data storage? What capabilities should it have? What matters five years on when disks begin to fail? Here's what I've learned.
  • Updating TrueNAS from V12 to V13 (5/17/2022) - If something can go wrong, it will. If something just can't go wrong it will anyway. That's why TrueNAS creates new boot environments for each update. Reverting to an earlier version is as easy as activating a known good environment and restarting.
  • Mastodon, the New Kid in Town (4/29/2022) - Dismal Manor Gang has set up an outpost at to test the waters. Here, we introduce Mastodon to our readers.
  • On Computer Access Security (3/4/2022) - Remember "Crimson Tide" where XO gives the young radioman the keys to the submarine? Where are the keys to your online kingdom? Here we explore one approach
  • A Tale of Two Password Managers (2/27/2022) - Dismal Manor uses unique passwords for all log-ins, keeps passwords in an independent password manager, and to use 2 factor authentication, preferably a physical key where we can. This article describes the Dismal Manor practices.
  • Peabody is in the house (2/17/2022) - Dismal Wizard commissions Peabody, our new TrueNAS Core storage server. Peabody is a TrueNAS MiniX 5 slot system configured for file service and Roon Core service. This posts contrasts Peabody's comissioning with that of our home brew server.