My Ambilight, My Obsession, My Curse

Introduction First let me say, I am not a software developer, nor am I hardware developer. If I were, I may not be writing this post. I am merely a hobbyist and I would be absolutely overjoyed if a well-seasoned veteran in either of those areas read this post and had a solution for me. With that out of the way, a disclaimer: this is going to be a very long, rambling, post. I have spent the better part of the last year with my mind subtlety occupied by this subject. I think about it for at least a few minutes every day. This post is going to be a sort of dump of my collective learning on the subject, mostly just as an attempt at getting it out of my brain, and secondarily as a hope that perhaps someone will stumble across it and offer me a solution I […]

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Crouching Slave, Hidden Master

For the past 15 years or so I have run my own authoritative DNS server for all of my domain names.  It started out because back when I was 18 or 19 I ran a small web design / web hosting business which was also a re-seller for a registrar.  At the time it made sense to run my own name servers.  After that business was dissolved, I consolidated my server farm down to one small un-managed VPS for my own personal projects, and just kept running my own DNS.  There was no real reason for me to keep it, but it worked, and I like hosting my own stuff. Recently I started toying with the idea of offloading my DNS to somewhere else.  There are a number of free options that I have access to, but the more I was thinking about it, the more I liked having complete […]

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Nanobox Hybrid Review and PAR Analysis

Introduction As mentioned in my previous post outlining my new reef tank build, the light was one of the things I stressed out over the most.  At the most basic level I knew I wanted to keep SPS primarily, and that I also wanted a hybrid LED/T-5 fixture.  I also knew I would be using a canopy above the tank so whatever light I chose would need to fit inside the canopy, which forced me to exclude most 36″ length fixtures as I did not want to have to squeeze something under the canopy and have it just barely fit.  Coming back into the hobby after over 5 years of not keeping up with the latest technologies forced me to do a lot of research regarding LED technology because when I was last involved in the hobby LED fixtures were not commonly being used.  After a lot of internal debate […]

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Reef Aquarium 3.0

Background It has been over 5 years since I last kept a reef aquarium, and as the title implies this will be the 3rd stab at it.  I want to mention, though, that the first two were not abandoned out of failure or frustration.  My first saltwater tank was a 30 gallon freshwater conversion that I had in an apartment.  When we decided to move, I set up a 65-gallon reef ready tank as its replacement so that I could move the existing livestock from one tank to the other.  Since the majority of the livestock didn’t survive the move, I consider them two different builds.  The 65-gallon was up for about a year when our house mates suddenly, and without warning, moved out, and we were forced to move again.  At that point since we had no idea what our future living situation was going to be, rather than […]

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Linux for the HTPC

I consider myself an avid linux user. I suppose I should qualify that by saying I love linux, and I enjoy using linux but I am by no means any sort of expert on the platform. With that said, I try to use it wherever I can being a big fan of the FOSS community and enjoying the ability to make something exactly how I want it. My home has always made heavy use of HTPC’s (Home Theater PC’s) and historically I have just taken whatever old hardware I had lying around and used it for this purpose. Up until about a month ago my two HTPC’s were both old Mac’s I had stopped using: A 2009 Mac Mini and a 2006 Macbook Pro. As such I left them running their native OSX and everything worked fine. I started having issues with the older Macbook Pro recently, though, where it […]

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