What happens when you mix two old, broken things together? In the case of my Mac SE and iPad mini, the result was pretty cool! Meet my desktop videoconferencing system! I spend a lot of time on conference calls, often using one of the too-plentiful slide and video sharing applications. I've found that the iPad version of these apps is typically more stable, quicker to … [Read more...] about The Biggest, Clunkiest iPad Mini Case Ever: My Old Mac SE!
3D printing is stuck firmly in the hobbyist world: It's overly expensive, not at all practical, produces items of limited utility, and requires far too much time and effort. Yet it's also so utterly transformative that the experience is other-worldly. Other-timely, really, since it's obvious that this is how many daily objects will be produced in just a few years. My 3D … [Read more...] about Thoughts on the Modern Miracle of 3D Printing
As I mentioned in my previous post about Raspberry Pi power monitoring, I recently built a VMware vSphere "datacenter" from three Intel NUC mini PC's. One limit of the NUC is that it has just one Ethernet port. But there's a Mini PCIe slot inside the fourth-generation NUC that can be used to add a second Ethernet NIC! Here's my story. A Bit About the Intel NUC … [Read more...] about Adding a Second Ethernet Port to an Intel NUC via Mini PCIe
I have a lot of storage. No surprise, given my background, but all those storage devices sure can heat things up, especially when you keep them in a closed cabinet like I do! That's why I'm pleased by the new fan setup I just installed and thought I would share it with you. The Problem With Heat Computers need protection from overheating, especially mechanical bits like … [Read more...] about Having Trouble Keeping Your Cool? You Need Some AC Infinity Fans!
The Seagate Free Agent GoFlex Docks were an excellent product, allowing interchange of hard disk drives and connectivity protocols. They made USB 3, FireWire, and even NAS docks for these hard disk drives. But the connector is standard SATA and could be used with any drive. So I created a 3D printable adapter and released it on Thingiverse! Use this adapter to connect … [Read more...] about 3D Print a Seagate GoFlex Dock Adapter for 2.5″ Hard Disk Drives