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Windows 10 and remembering the reasons I switched to a Mac

a rando astro shot with the milky way and jupiter

sleep issues Searching the web for “why did my computer wake from sleep” is a fun pass time that I enjoy repeating every so often. Eventually, I get bored with the repeated thousands or so websites telling me to run powercfg /lastwake and powercfg /waketimers in an administrator command prompt and give up. It’s like […]

My Life During The Pandemic, Day 60

Hi! I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been chewing on writing something like this for over a month now. A small textual recording of what life has been like for me, living through the COVID-19 pandemic in rural New Brunswick while underemployed. I posted my initial reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak back in March. At […]

Ripping CDs with foobar2000 in Windows 10

(non-existent third party commentator) Hold up. Are you really going to spin 2000 words on ripping CD music? In 2020? In the middle of a global pandemic? me: yes. Yes I am. NETPC: Dude, just use iTunes/Windows Media Player/whatever. me: Those apps use dithering and error correction on the music you’re ripping. They’re not bit […]

Y2K but a coronavirus

New Years Eve, 1999-2000, Times Square, NYC

Humans are not very good at dealing with uncertainty. Who can blame them? One day, you’re living your life, shopping for groceries, paying the bills, meeting friends, picking up the kids, … whatever it is you do on any normal day during the year, then suddenly, something happens. A big event, that nobody* saw coming […]

Switching back to Windows

interior image with all the glowy bits

It’s been a good run, but nearing the end of 2019, I’ve decided to make the switch back to Windows after nearly two decades of being primarily a Mac user. Don’t get me wrong, since 2002 when I got my first IBM PowerPC-based Mac Pro, I’ve always had a PC running alongside it. At the […]

Audirvana 3.5

This weekend I took the plunge and sought out the newest version of Audirvana, my preferred, nay, favorite audio playback software. I’ve been using it exclusively for listening to my local collection of music on my computers for nigh 4 years now and I love it. But will I love 3.5? With a completely overhauled […]

Quitting Facebook, an Open Letter to my Friends

Hey friends, For Christmas this year, I’ve decided to give you the present of less me in your timeline. This year, I’ll be quitting Facebook, again, deactivating my account and letting it lie dormant and unused until such time as I decide to return to it. This will actually be the second time I’ve quit […]

Multi-room audio with the HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro and Volumio

The old amplifier's faceplate.

After my kitchen stereo project, I’d been thinking about the next stage in my multi-room, RaspberryPi-based audio setup: The Living Room! I had, in a box, unused for probably ten years, an old NAD C272 stereo amplifier. A pair of Paradigm Atom bookshelf speakers were gathering dust down in the basement that used to belong […]

HiFiBerry Amp 2, Vintage Koss Speakers and Volumio

I’ve been a Sonos user for probably five years now. Initially, they were something of a marvel of integration and software polish, providing ease of setup and room filling sound for … they are not cheap. Their closed ecosystem was another sour note for me, but I pushed past that in favor of convenience. The […]