Tech πŸ“±

  • πŸ”— Bartender has a new owner – Six Colors // Jason Snell //

    Software companies don’t owe their users complete transparency, and it’s possible that there were extenuating circumstances in the transaction (from either side) that led to the lack of communication. But the inverse is also true: customers don’t owe software companies their loyalty.

    Using this as a good opportunity to try a new (to me, at least) menu bar utility. 🀣

  • Wow, that’s rather detailed…

    I affirm that I will not use the Software for nuclear. missile, chemical biological weaponry. or other weapons of mass destruction, (For more information on the U.S. export laws, see the Bureau of Industry and Security's home page.)

    I’m sure I’ve agreed to this before, in other TOS that no one reads but that’s oddly specific. 🧐

    (Downloading…or rather, attempting to download, a copy of VMware Fusion Pro.)

  • πŸ”— German state gov. ditching Windows for Linux, 30K workers migrating | Ars Technica

    Schleswig-Holstein looks to succeed where Munich failed.

    It’s funny, I remember reading about Munich’s effort to move away from Windows back in the day; it’s funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same. 🀣

  • πŸ”— “So violated”: Wyze cameras leak footage to strangers for 2nd time in 5 months

    It seemed neat at first, when it was a random coffee machine or vending machine hooked up just to prove it could be done. But between then and now, we've learned that the Internet is full of relentless a$$holes (at best) who will take advantage of any little crack in security.

    IMO, stop trying. Accept that the Internet is a dangerous place. Have fun with all the smart home tech you want, but keep it local.

    I love the Ars comment section, it’s always a delight. Also, this is why I have no cameras @ home. 🀣

  • Finally got around to installing an “extender” SATA card into my media server, to add more drives…and of course, it doesn’t work. 😀 πŸ’Ύ πŸ“·

    An open computer case displays components and wiring. A spinning fan is visible on a motherboard lit by blue LEDs.
  • Maybe I’m in the minority but I really don’t care about Apple Vision Pro… πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

  • Just used an Apple Shortcut created by @jarrod to use OpenIA to generate image descriptions for alt text. 😁 Very cool and will be using it on conjunction with another Shortcut (for uploading) in the future. I keep forgetting I can use Shortcuts for scripting instead of C#. 🀣

  • Migrated 18TB of data from one server to another and even though the β€œnew” server has redundancy, I’m still hesitating to click ”delete” on the old server… 🀣

  • So, I did a thing last night…I finally moved to a new server case. πŸŽ‰πŸ“·

    Photo of a tech mess: two computer cases (one horizontal on the floor with open wires exposed and the other vertical with wires poking out), parts on the floor, three computer fan boxes, screws everywhere...on top of a grey/white carpet (the carpet is on top of a hard-wood floor), with a Christmas tree in the background (presents under it), and a couch on the edge of the upper-right side of the photo.

    It took far longer to get started than I though it would and I ended up with a bloody hand (it’s a very nice case but that metal is sharp 🀣)…and I haven’t installed case fans yet but…the server is back online and running!

  • I was going to spend my lunch break working on creating a single-page app, to bulk-upload photos to but…I ended up throwing in the towel and just wrote a C# script instead. It still makes me happy Microsoft open sourced .Net and it runs natively on the Mac. πŸ€“πŸ˜€ #HappyGeek

  • Follow-Up (Part 2): I was trying to listen to some Holiday music this morning, only to realize none of my Sonos speakers worked with AirPlay. After digging online, it turns out the only way to get a Sonos speaker back into HomeKit after the home is deleted is to factory reset the Sonos. πŸ˜±πŸ˜…

  • Follow-Up: I think my HomeKit set up is mostly back to normal. I was a little stupid and didn’t take backups / exports…so I lost some historical data (mostly temperature / humidity / air quality) but at least my Holiday automations are working again. πŸŽ„πŸ˜…

  • My HomeKit set up has been rock-solid for years but the minute I added a Matter plug (the “Meross Matter Smart Plug Mini”), everything breaks…and as it’s Apple land, where everything works perfectly until it doesn’t, fixing it is going to be…unpleasant. 😱😭

  • Follow-Up: The IKEA Sonos speaker is working perfectly (which is more than I could ever say of the HomePod Mini stereo set up) this morning; holiday music is flooding the room whilst I’m debugging some legacy Java code. πŸ€“πŸŽ„ (Yes, I had a spare speaker lying around… 🀣) πŸ“·

    Christmas tree with lights and one ornament at the top (a photo frame with no photo for privacy purposes), in front of a record player, with the end of a lamp on the right side of the photo. An IKEA Sonos speaker is on top of the record player, with an 'Ella' record in the middle and a series of objects is on the left side of the record player: three Nintendo amiibo figures (Link, Bowser, and Bokoblin), a Lego penguin, a Jesus stature, and a N64 Lego cube. On top of the cube is a HomePod mini, along with two of the amiibo, and a dried pink rose.
  • Default Apps and Services of 2023

    It seems like a lot of folks have been writing about the default apps / services they use and while I’m late to the game, here is my list…at least for 2023. 🀣 I did a little tweak to the format everyone seems to be using: I split up my home and work life, as I do my best to keep things … read more