Room Air Conditioners

Been a while since I’ve shopped for one of these. I remember the one from my childhood like it was yesterday. So amazing to have a cool room in humid climates. Now we need another one and Consumer Reports (Subscription required) is a good resource as it a quick check of Amazon ratings which shows people liking ...

Yet another data breech

Life seems to be filled with the monthly data breach. In this case it is Home Depot soy can get protection by clicking on https://homedepot.allclearid.com so you can data monitor. In this day and age, you really should have every credit card transaction appear in your email. It is a lot, but with these monthly occurrences ...

Harmon Karden Aura

This is a pretty nice looking speaker and shows you how hard it is to make all this work, but the long and short answer is: You can put the speaker on your own wifi network, it then become an Airplay source, so any iOS device will see it and can audio to it On ...

Scanning in old photos and videos

I’ve been laboriously going through old negatives and while you can use services like ScanCafe to do this, I find that it isn’t the scanning time, but the time spent looking through the negatives and getting clues from the photos themselves (like when the prints were made) that is the real value. Today, we never have ...

Does anyone make ringtones anymore?

This used to be a small obsession of mine, making ring tones. I used to use audacity to find a 40 second clip and then make an AAC version and rename it to m4r and it would just work with an iPhone. Lately though I found a kind of hack way to do it with ...

Notes on using Python

Well, Rich’s Excellent Adventures in learning the last 20 years of computing continues. This time with learning how to use Python the right way. Here are some notes: Python versions. There are two major ones, the 2.7 which was frozen back in 2010 and the new Python 3.x. Most systems (like Scons) haven’t updated to ...

Mac VMWare Fusion File not foudn

What a terrible error message. When you install it, you get file not found and you think the application has crashed. No it hasn’t, it is just that if you have it set for automatic install and then you accidentally deleted the virtual machine, then it will say “not found” The fix is to go ...

Unifi Controller on Yosemite

A long running problem with build 3.2.7 for Unifi controllers on Mac is that it seems like it needs Java 6. But the real problem has to do with pointers to locations. This one liner gets it to run properly with hard links with the latest Java 8 from Oracle: “` /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/bin/java -jar /Applications/UniFi.app/Contents/Resources/lib/ace.jar ...

Getting Private internet access to work on Yosemite with firewall on

Wow their tech support is good, but they don’t document what to do with the Mac Firewall on. It is pretty simple if arcane (and maybe this is why tunnelblick has been such a problem): Download Private Internet Access Choose settings and select TCP and port 443 That’s it and it is confusing because the ...

Ethernet cables cheapest from Monoprice

These days it really doesn’t pay to get anything less than Cat 6 (so you are ready for 1GB) and the prices are really amazing if you shop, so here: Amazon.com. As usual this is the benchmark. With Cablematters 5×5 feet at $11 ($2.20 a cable), 5×10 feet for $17 ($3.40 a cable) and 5×14 ...
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