Death by 1000 Cuts

The Blame Game – Deadly Cut 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you ever been stuck in whodunit limbo? Stuck in between two companies with no way out? One company says their product no longer works because another company broke theirs. These days it’s usually a large company that breaks the product you’re using due to an API policy change. In the old days, it was…


MagicMirror, the digital display platform

Reading Time: 3 minutes MagicMirror is an open-source project used to create a customizable fullscreen display. I recently read Scott Hanselman’s article about building a Wall Mounted display for your home. I’ve had a Raspberry PI lying around for a while so I bought a Sceptre E205W-16003R 20″ on Amazon for the display. I also bought a VideoSecu Tilt…

Death by 1000 Cuts

Software Reliability – Deadly Cut 2

Reading Time: 2 minutes Software reliability is supremely important. I told my wife that I would download something. I told her it would take 10 minutes. More than an hour later I’m still downloading the file due to software bugs. I only wanted to download a file, that’s it, but apparently asking for software reliability was too much to…


Lastpass to Bitwarden – Part 2

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lastpass went to the past In my last article, Lastpass to Bitwarden – Part 1, I wrote about my decision to switch password managers. I’ve been using Bitwarden the past several weeks and here are my experiences with it. The desktop client is a bit clunky. Moving an entry to a new folder doesn’t let…

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code and opening a file by file type

Reading Time: < 1 minute Visual Studio Code and opening the program that is associated with the file’s extension. This covers both Mac and Windows. Mac CMD-Shift-P Tasks: Configure Task Add this JSON to the task Windows Ctrl-Shift-P or F1 Tasks: Configure Task Add this JSON to the task file

Hyper Terminal

Hyper Automator

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve recently started using Hyper terminal because iTerm was giving me grief. One of my goals was to be able to open it within Finder on macOS to avoid wasting time. I found this article and proceeded to hack away, but proceed with caution. The Automator -> Services option does not exist in new versions…

Synology, Docker, Pihole

Pi-hole, Synology, Docker, and you

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you haven’t heard of pi-hole, you have a Synology NAS that supports Docker, and you hate ads you’re in the right place. Pi-hole is a network-level advertisement blocker that uses DNS to kill unsavory traffic. The main benefit of it being at this level, rather than the application level, is the ability to enable…


Lastpass to Bitwarden – Part 1

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bitwarden has given me a new hope when it comes to password management. Password management is high on my list of things I simply don’t want to think about. I want my passwords to be secure but I also don’t want to have to remember a slew of passwords. If you’re currently using the same…