Ramblings of an IT geek

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!



A major FreeNAS upgrade to TrueNAS has been on the cards for most of 2020. TrueNAS 12.0 was released in October, but I’ve waited until the first U1 release before attempting my FreeNAS upgrade. How did it go? Well, there’s some good and bad…

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...


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,...


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...

July 2024