King Oil | 3D Printing

King Oil is a unique game. The board has holes in which players drill for oil. But nobody knows how deep (expensive) the wells are—or if they’ll hit oil at all. The deeper the oil well, the more costly it is–you can go bankrupt if you’re not careful. But if you don’t take a risk, … Continue reading “King Oil | 3D Printing”

AnyTone AT-D878UVII Plus Review | DMR Radio

This is the best DMR ham radio handheld transceiver (HT) on the market. It’s also the only HT I’ve come across that implements Bluetooth correctly. It’s not compact, but it’s also not overly bulky for what it does. Here’s my review of the AnyTone AT-D878UVII Plus. This is the latest model (released in April 2021) … Continue reading “AnyTone AT-D878UVII Plus Review | DMR Radio”

Browsers & Search Engines | My Thoughts

So, I’m not one to boycott companies I disagree with, but it’s getting hard to use services where I’m more product than customer. And even more difficult when those companies put their opinions, political agenda, and iniquity in front of my face. Browsers and Search Engines these days are more about maximizing revenue than providing … Continue reading “Browsers & Search Engines | My Thoughts”

Protecting Against Inflation

The hamburger to dollar ratio is getting smaller. While one can never know the future, it appears inflation is upon us. Here are some quick ideas to protect the number of future burgers you can purchase. How Not to Beat Inflation First, some things that won’t help. Whine about inflation. It’s sort of like the … Continue reading “Protecting Against Inflation”

Fixing Recording Disabled | UDM Pro | UniFi Protect

So, we got a puppy and wanted a way to keep an eye on him when we left the house to make sure he behaved. So I thought I’d try out UniFi Protect since we already have a UniFi Dream Machine Pro. The G3 Instant Camera is $30, has infrared night vision, two-way audio, and … Continue reading “Fixing Recording Disabled | UDM Pro | UniFi Protect”

Gigabit Wireless – WiFi 6 – UniFi 6-LR

I replaced the UniFi AP AC Pro in my homelab with the UniFi 6 Long Range (U6-LR) WiFi AP. How fast is it? From the living room (one wall between my laptop and the AP), running an iPerf test on the 5GHz band 80MHz channel width: (my previous AP) UniFi UAP-AC-Pro: 474/402 Mbps UniFi 6-LR … Continue reading “Gigabit Wireless – WiFi 6 – UniFi 6-LR”

Best Gigabit Routers

So, you are getting Gigabit Internet, and you need a faster router? Here are your best firewall/router options. With all the ISPs starting to roll out fiber many folks have asked which Firewall or Router to get for Gigabit Internet. Instead of answering the same question over and over, I made this post to link … Continue reading “Best Gigabit Routers”

2020 In Retrospect

On being focused I’ve been too scattered on tasks and projects and ongoing commitments. In 2020 I overcommitted (actually, in 2019, I overcommitted, which affected me in 2020) and found myself doing too many things and none of them well and not doing important things I needed to do but had no time for. By … Continue reading “2020 In Retrospect”

My 3D Printable Shelf Bracket Mark 8

The bed collapsed. Moments earlier, Eli and I had been playing tag on a rainy day inside the house. I leaped onto the bed to get him. The bed is not designed to withstand a lateral load. Most of it was cheap particle board and not worth saving… but I salvaged some wood slats! I … Continue reading “My 3D Printable Shelf Bracket Mark 8”

WireGuard VPN

Have you heard about WireGuard? I was looking at OpenVPN and other VPN options recently and came across WireGuard. WireGuard is built into the Linux kernel and is now available for just about every platform: Windows, Mac, FreeBSD, Android, iOS. I would just run WireGuard in a VM but if you wanted to it can … Continue reading “WireGuard VPN”