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”

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”

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”

Watch Uncivilized Movies with VidAngel

My friend Dave told me about a service called VidAngel. I had forgotten all about it. But with the recent death of Sean Connery, I remembered one of my favorite movies was the Hunt for Red October. So I thought we’d watch it for our family movie night. When you haven’t seen a movie in … Continue reading “Watch Uncivilized Movies with VidAngel”

StorJ | Rent your NAS Storage

I found a project called StorJ. With it, you can “be the cloud” by renting out your spare NAS or hard drive storage. The consumer side is Tardigrade which allows people to store their data. It seems to be targeted at people looking for a decentralized version of Amazon AWS S3. About Tardigrade A few … Continue reading “StorJ | Rent your NAS Storage”

56TB Zpool Upgrade

My Proxmox server was at 85% capacity. The daily email from Proxmox reminded me of two drives throwing SMART errors. It was time to replace the array. I like to think hard drives can last 5-years so it’s best to proactively replace drives around that age before the failure rate starts to increase. I ask … Continue reading “56TB Zpool Upgrade”