Category Archives: Technology

On editing (not really, it’s about Mastodon)

Don’t you hate blog posts or articles that start with the subject, “On [SOMETHING]”? I know I do! I was going to write a thing about how editing books is hard because you have to look at each thing and think about it. After a thousand of these things, I have begun to stare obliquely at a comma… Read More »

USB Overdrive, new life for abandoned hardware

This post is a note of appreciation for Alessandro Levi Montalcini‘s USB Overdrive for macOS. I put off buying this software for a couple of years, making due with sub-rate work-arounds and inadequate stop-gap drivers for a slew of random USB devices that have come and gone: The Xbox 360 controller that refused to work; An array of… Read More »

Syncing Playlists with the Fiio X3 (or X1 or X5)

Awhile back I wrote a review of my portable digital audio player, the Fiio X3 2nd generation (Amazon US, Canada). The summary of that review was that this is a bare bones audio player, with a simple UI, that is beautifully-built with an attention to sonic quality. It sounds fantastic but has a few UI quirks that take… Read More »

Biases

Biases. Preformed opinions. The conditioned response to feel a certain way about a specific stimulus. We all have them. We’ve been training our brains since birth to help us make sense of the world we live in. Many of them are innocuous. Some are not. “I don’t like tuna fish sandwiches.” “I like barbecued hamburgers.” “I don’t like… Read More »

Mars. Europa. Rosetta.

(featured image, Seasonal Streaks, Mars HiRISE, NASA/JPL/U.Arizona via Astronomy Picture of the Day) Sometimes it really does feel like we’re living in the future. As a kid, growing up, I remember reading Astronomy magazine back in the late 70s and early 80s. The eggheads at NASA and the JPL (mad hearts!) had our future all mapped-out for us. Mars… Read More »

Headphone Jacked

Right now, my twitter stream is full of people enthusing about the new Apple iPhone. Some are excited about the new camera. Others are lamenting the loss of the headphone jack. Come on @apple, be honest. Headphone jacks are just a standard you couldn’t control. — Dave Mason (@dcm) September 7, 2016 I’m finding it difficult to get… Read More »

Gear Review: Fiio X3 2nd Generation

There sure is a lot going on in the world right now. Twitter’s a mess of US election coverage, overthrown governments and localized horror shows. Oh, and the Olympics are starting soon. What better way to tune out the noise than with some headphones and a great little portable music player? Sit back, crank up some tunes, and I’ll tell… Read More »

Storage

I’ve been thinking about storage capacity lately. I had a couple of IO errors on my aging Synology NAS drive that caused a minor panic at the thought of losing all of my redundancy and archived media. At 6TB of RAID5 backing up all our photos, ripped DVDs and iTunes libraries, it’s a daunting prospect to imagine replacing… Read More »

Sub-surface broadcast

Hi. I thought I’d come up to periscope depth to drop a few words about what I’ve been up to. WordPress is a tricky vehicle to publish with and it usually devolves into extended configuration and Linux spelunking but I think I’m through the worst of it. If I can just ignore that blinking terminal window… Anyway, I’ve… Read More »