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.

  • 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
  • If something can’t go wrong, it will anyway (7/4/2018) - About a year ago, the retired moocher decided it was time to retire a couple of elderly Drobo Gen 2 direct attached storage devices. After much research, the moocher undertook an orgie of parts ordering, skinned knuckles, and arcane incantations to produce a FreeNAS storage server with collateral duties for networking and media service. Then … Continue reading If something can’t go wrong, it will anyway
  • Roon Take 2 (3/21/2018) - Abstract Over the past several months, I fell in love with Roon, its ability to stream my digital music collection in pristine full definition audio, the Allmusic artist and album commentary, and Roon Radio, the ability to play other things from my library like what I had been listening too. Nothing offers this combination of … Continue reading Roon Take 2
  • Adios Facebook (3/20/2018) - The recent revelations centered around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica compel me to bring this relationship to an end. Yes, Facebook, it is you. Buggy iPad app Buggy iPad messnger app Only trolls are participating. Everyone I want to hear from is a lurker You aided a hostile foreign power’s information warfare campaign directed at the … Continue reading Adios Facebook
  • Thoughts on the new iPhone 8 and X (9/16/2017) - The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X are beautiful examples of Apple design and product build. But when to trade phones? I’m not there yet. I’ll explain my thinking.
  • The Moocher bakes a Raspberry Pi (8/9/2017) - In poking about audio sites, I discovered Roon Labs Roon music server product. Roon is the music server I’ve been looking for for 20 years. Roon Labs has its origins in the Meridian Audio Solooes product over in the UK. This is a highly regarded embed music server organized in proper client server fashion. This … Continue reading The Moocher bakes a Raspberry Pi
  • Introducing Roon Audio (7/22/2017) - I’ve been using Plex as my audio player for a while. Noodling around on the Internet looking Raspberry Pi stuff, I stumbled across HiFiBerry and from there Roon Audio. Roon Labs is a spinoff from Meridian of their multi-room digital audio player. These folks have done something right by starting with a client server open … Continue reading Introducing Roon Audio
  • Introducing “Trey” (7/22/2017) - I name my hosts after notable greyhounds. The new iMac is no exception. It’s Trey, named after Kiowa Sweet Trey, Nick’s sire and Crash’s sire. Crash is a friend’s hound pawcationing with us this week. References Apple’s iMac user guide at the iBook store describes the basics. David Pogue’s “MacOS Sierra, the Missing Manual” explains how … Continue reading Introducing “Trey”

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