Ramblings of an IT geek

TrueNAS 2022

This has now become a regular annual update, but I really didn't think after the crazy year of 2020 (blogged about here), that we'd be in a very similar situation at the end of 2021. I've spent the whole of 2021 working from home, working for the same customer, which...

Apple MacBook Pro 14″ M1 Pro

I started typing this on my new Apple MacBook Pro 14 M1 Pro shortly after it arrived, but didn't get beyond the first paragraph, part of the reason for which I blogged about here. I'm actually finishing it now on my new Apple MacBook Pro 14 M1 Pro, but not the same...

Still Here?

It's been over 2 months since my last blog about our trip to Skye in the Tesla, and probably the longest gap between blogs since I started on this rambling journey, exactly 5 years ago yesterday!  But yes, I am still here, just sometimes life gets in the way! Things...

Tesla trip to Skye

It's been almost a month since our first Tesla trip to Skye, and while I had good intentions of blogging about the experience while I was there, I really didn't have the time or inclination. So this is going to be a kind of flashback, with some of the highs and lows...

Painless Upgrades

Well, almost! It's been a little while since I blogged about upgrading PHP here, and while I think I've done one update (from 7.4.4 to .13) I haven't kept things all that up to date. I thought it was about time to change that, and overall they were pretty painless...

Tesla for a month

Right, after the gushing posts about my new Tesla Model 3 here and here and I thought it was time to bring some balance now I've used the Tesla for almost a month. Before I begin though, I probably need to add a disclaimer that I'm still really happy with the car. In...

Printing – Brother DCP-J1100DW

I created this blog with just the title of 'Printing' back in March when I bought the Brother DCP-J1100DW. I thought I better make an attempt to finish it off now I've been using it for the past few months... I should probably start with a brief printing history,...

More Remote Controlled

It wasn't that long ago that I wrote my Remote Controlled blog, but I've been having lots of fun with them and have added a few more remote controlled vehicles to my collection! Let's start with the additions! I'd ordered a selection of spare parts for my WL Toys...

Luno Review

You've probably never heard of Luno, and to be honest I wish I hadn't! If you're thinking about buying any cryptocurrency, looks elsewhere and save yourself a horrendous customer service experience. It started innocently with this promotional flyer, which I think came...

New Tesla

I really didn't imagine when I wrote this blog last month that I'd be sitting in my own brand new Tesla just over a month later! It only arrived on Saturday afternoon, so I've really not had much chance to play with it yet, although we've been out on a few short trips...

Tesla Test Drive

We've been talking about buying a new electric car ever since my 2008 Ford Mondeo broke down on the way to my Grandma's funeral. Everything worked out in the end, but we spent a long journey home from Washington Service on the back of a flat loader which was the spark...

V1CE Review

When I saved this blog as a draft, I was waiting for my V1CE card to arrive and was expecting my V1CE review to be somewhat different. A month on and my experience hasn't lived up to the hype on the website which seduced me into ordering a card. Before we get into the...

Restarting TrueNAS and Portainer

Restarting TrueNAS and Portainer probably isn't a great title for this blog, but it will pop-up as a reminder for me to simply restart the NFS service after I've done this and hopefully avoid a few wasted hours trying to work out the problem! The reason for restarting...

Remote Controlled

My partner bought me a small remote controlled boat for Christmas (well, I bought it and she paid for it!) which I almost blogged about it at the time. It didn’t really seem worthy, even though it was great fun, but I’ve just bought 2 more remote controlled cars so now have plenty to say!

Home Assistant SSD

One of the things I like about blogging to myself is that the process tends to motivate me to do other things. This is one good example! I blogged a little about moving my Home Assistant server from a FreeBSD jail in my New Year blog here. In that I also mentioned upgrading the OS from the micro SD card to a more robust Solid State Drive (SSD). This is about how I created my Home Assistant SSD.

More Pi HQ Camera

More Pi HQ Camera might be a little bit of a stretch, as I’ve only made brief reference to it before in this blog here. This is more about using the Pi HQ Camera as a camera, rather than a webcam, with some surprising results.

Random Update

I’ve often finished a blog staying I’ll come back with an update after some use and experience, but I’m conscious that I rarely do, so thought I’d try and do a random update blog which touched on a few previous blogs with some more detailed thoughts!

Blogs that never made it

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I’ll often create blogs with just a title, with the good intention of coming back to write and publish a blog post. Some times I don’t and end up deleting the draft, so here’s just a quick paragraph or two on some of those blogs that never made it in 2020…

2020 Advent Calendar

I didn’t blog about my Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar last year, although I did still get one!  I’m not going to post individual pictures this year, but here are a few collages!  I’ll add the others once I’ve opened them, but you can relive the previous ones here!

May 2022