Home: No response from all Apple Home devices and no Apple Home Invites showing

Okay, we have no less than 119 connections (most are burglar alarm points) and with Apple Home in the last week, they’ve all suddenly become unavailable. It could be because of iOS 16.5 The Airplay to our HomePod Mini’s work and the fixes are pretty draconian. Like, reset all your devices. I can’t tell you […]

tv: Dolby Atmos to Dolby PLIIz Height over DTS Neo:6 cinema in older Denon AVR2310CI

OK, the last question is that when you have a modern format like Apple Spatial Audio which appears as Dolby Atmos that is going to an old AVR that doesn’t have this format, at least on my Denon, we get two mysterious options, the first is Direct which just means you get stereo, all these […]

tv: MacBook Pro to LG B9 to Denon via Sound Flakiness need settings and wiring check

OK, this setup has actually worked pretty well for three years, but lately, with Ventura, I’ve been having this problem: The trick I was using that since the old Denon only supports HD input, I would normally route all the inputs for the system through the AVR and then to the LG, but instead, I […]

mem: Thanks Walt and Pandemic Memories

Thanks to the incredible Walt Mossberg, he’s on Thread and reminded me that I guess I’m a true Swiftie: My five favorite Taylor Swift albums: Favorite song: All Too Well (10 minute version) But there are excellent songs on every one of her albums, since she’s a truly great songwriter. Walt Mossberg, Thread.net, 2023-07-20 Since […]

Dev: kindle paper white not compatible and pdf zoom weirdness and can’t wait to try remarkable and kindle scribe

This week I’ve been trying to do reading in the Kindle Papetwhite which is a nice device but I basically never use it because I’ve zero time to read. But recently I joined a study group where there are no audiobooks for the readings. There is a kindle version or a pdf. Sort of a […]

Food: French press coffee needs 28 grams for 16 ounces

There are so many different variants of French press instructions but 28 grams for 16 ounces is nice and rich and there are some that are half that. Half that is way to yucky I think. And make sure the press is warm and the water is 200F and not at boiling.

PT6. AI Geeks and Happy Birthday France

Happy Birthday France! And a quick catchup on podcasting, the audio level seems better, there is less “breathing” but there is some clipping of the sound, so not all the way tuned. I also hear clicking as it comes in and out, this could be related to the Shure microphone to the Sony camera to […]

pod: Final Cut Pro needs time to make optimized media for the Apple Compressor to avoid RequestCVPixelBuffer failures

OK, I figured out that you can’t use the very fast Apple Compressor unless you don’t have the proxy and do have the optimized (eg ProRes 422) files, but what I didn’t realize is that if you import some clips and do a quick edit and then try to run Compressor it will fail with […]

cam: Screen Calibration with DisplayCal and Spyder 3

I was thinking about buying a Spyder X because the Spyder 3 software no longer works, but then I found DisplayCal which seemed to crash the last time, but since the Spyder X costs way more so I thought I would try this. This doesn’t help the print calibration, but good to try. DisplayCal has […]

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