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read: Great Podcasts and books from 2022

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Well, 2022 was another “duck and cover” year and we spent a lot of time listening to Audible, Overdrive, Apple Podcast, and to a lesser extent Kindle books. It was a year of great book clubs (thank you Creative Destruction Labs) and even better curation as I was pretty aggressive about culling podcasts that I…

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mac: Keyboard shortcuts and navigation with Rectangle

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Ok, time once again for figuring out how to be productive to the max on the Mac, so first asking ChatCPT3, so straight from the collective mouth of the Internet and then culling to the most useful ones, but the ones that I use most often are ⌘-⌥- left and right arrow will move applications…

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photo: Open Source Camera Tools Darktable, RawTherapee and moving to AVIF

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OK, I saw a post on Mastodon about open-source tools for photo and video editing and it reminded me that I’ve been using DxO PhotoLab for more than 10 years and it is time to see if the open-source tools have caught up. I generally liked DxO over Lightroom because their defaults seem closer to…

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home: Broke HDHomeRun, Strange @ behavior with iMessages, Backblaze, and Homebrew

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Ok, this has to be in the department of infrastructure breaks too much, but I never log in to my MacBook Pro 2017 that I use for backups, and to review here is how I handle backups right now based on the 2022 strategy which has been working pretty well, but it’s a six-layered backup…

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av: Blu-ray Handbrake backup at RF18 and Naming conventions for Kodi movies and TV shows

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Most of the time when I get a reference quality Blu-ray, I will use Handbrake to make an archival copy. I find that with a 60GB Blu-ray if I set it for H.265 MKV 2160p60 as the default and make a custom one that matches the frame rate. For instance, NTSC is a really bizarre…

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net: To 1.4Gbps and Beyond (without Link Aggregation)

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Wow, who would ever have thought we would get to this, now this is Comcast territory so not symmetric, but I’m getting a 1.4Gbps download and a 40Mbps upload now. This required some significant changes to the network. I had been using an Arris SB8200 which is a 32×8 DOCSIS 3.1 modem that has two…