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Synology RT2600 + MR2200

Synology RT2600 + MR2200

When I wrote this blog about my AirPort Extreme Replacement I wasn’t expecting to be writing this one about a Synology RT2600 + MR2200 quite so soon. Oh, and the picture above has them the other way around (MR on the left)!

Raspberry Pi 400

Raspberry Pi 400

Where to start with this one? I’ve already blogged about my Raspberry Pi’s here, and given the Raspberry Pi 400 isn’t much different from a Raspberry Pi 4 from a compute perspective, there’s probably not much point going back over old ground. No, what’s special about the Raspberry Pi 400 is how it makes you feel and the memories it resurrects!

FreeNAS0 – HDD Failure

At the end of 2019, I built a new FreeNAS server, which was the subject of many blogs at the time. It’s been running well ever since until I received an e-mail notification earlier this week to say that FreeNAS0 had suffered a HDD failure!

Fire HD 8 and Google Play Store

Ok, who didn't buy something they didn't really need on Amazon Prime Day?  Just me?  Surely not!  But for just £44.99 I got an Amazon Fire HD 8 (10 Gen) and with a Mastercard promotion a 128GB micro SD card to bump up the storage for £8.45.  One of...

RetroPie

I'd mentioned Retropie briefly in another Raspberry Pi blogs here, but it really is worthy of its very own blog. I've always loved playing video games and grew up in the Pong, Atari, Spectrum/Commodore generation, so being able to go back and relive some of those...

AirPort Extreme Replacement

I feel as though I've been here before when I looked to resolve a problem I was having after updating my FreeNAS server. I blogged about it here and ended up trying a new Netgear router. This time it was a Linksys router as a possible AirPort Extreme Replacement,...

Rocket

This blog was drafted back in April after I'd bought a home rocket kit from Model Rockets. Due to the COVIC-19 pandemic, it had been sat in my office (prepped and ready to launch) until last weekend! In the meantime, SpaceX launched a manned rocket into space which...

Arduino + Wi-Fi

I've enjoyed playing around with my Arduino's (which I'd blogged about here) and was up-to-date with the Youtube series I'd been watching, so started looking for something new to try. Controlling things via Wi-Fi would be useful for lots of things, so I decided to buy...

Portable Monitor

I've been busy! This is the other 'lost blog' which is about a portable monitor I never even realised I needed, but now I've got one I'm surprised how I managed without! You might be surprised that the seeds of this idea didn't come from Youtube but from some...

Supercharged Firestick

This was one of the 'lost blogs' I wrote about here, so I'm not quite as motivated the second time! The idea was born from a Youtube video, and it got me thinking I might start using a supercharged Firestick more and my Apple TV 4 less, although only time will tell....

Lost Blogs

I'd drafted 2 blogs yesterday - one about a portable monitor and another about Firesticks. This morning I decided to be brave and update WordPress to 5.5 (I'd tested two other sites yesterday which both worked perfectly) but it failed and I've lost (the) blogs. To be...

More tenting

So after our camping adventures in the garden, which I blogged about here, we decided to step things up a little and take some baby steps to become more regular campers with some more tenting escapades! My daughter enjoyed all of the garden tenting and was keen to get...

Inflatable Kayak

We'd seen a similar inflatable kayak for sale at Lidl last week, but when we popped into the Bo'ness store to pick one up they'd sold. Someone told us Aldi were selling a very similar inflatable kayak on Sunday, so we popped into the Linlithgow store early on the way...

MacBook Decision

The new MacBook Air decision was pretty much made before the i3 and i5 arrived, with the i3 not leaving the box! I'm loving the upgrade from the 2016 MacBook, but here are some of the reasons why. Magic Keyboard I think my frustration at the old Butterfly Keyboard...

Update Week

Well, it seems like I've updated lots of things this week, so why not call it Update Week? A pretty successful one at that! FreeNAS 11.3-U4 I'm usually very conservative when it comes to updating my FreeNAS servers, but there was a replication bug that I had reported...

New MacBook Air

MacBook Air 2020 Ok, so I've bought a new MacBook Air, but I'm sure the big question you're asking is what's going to happen to 2016 MacBook, the 2013 MacBook Air and most importantly the 2010 MacBook Air I used at the very start of this blogging journey? I started my...

Arduino

I picked up my first Arduino as somewhat of an impulse purchase to avoid extortionate delivery costs when I was buying the Devastator Robot Platform which I blogged about here. I thought I might be able to use the Arduino to control the robot but ended up using a...

Camping (in the garden!)

Our Easter trip to Philadelphia and Mexico was cancelled due to COVID-19 and our summer holiday plans to France are in doubt, but after our Camping adventures in the back garden, we might be trying to find somewhere in Scotland we can get away for a few nights.  Not...

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