Category: Computers

  • Zoom TV Interviews

    Feeding our Blackmagic ATEM Switcher with Zoom Participants A few weeks ago I had a blog post on my Zoom and Stream Deck configuration to support TV interviews. The setup continues to evolve and I wanted to take a moment to share an update. The biggest problem we have with Zoom is the Audio-Follow-Video auto-switching […]

  • Stream Deck for Zoom Meetings

    Stream Deck for Zoom Meetings

    UPDATE: My setup for Zoom has evolved and somewhat less dependent on StreamDeck now. You may want to check out my new Blog Post with our updated Zoom setup for TV interviews. This week I purchased a Stream Deck XL ($235) to help streamline our video productions with Zoom remote guests. Since the COVID-19 crisis […]

  • FIX: Greyed Out Folders on Mac OS

    Recently I had an issue with my Synology NAS Music folder that I use with Plex Media Server. Hundreds of folders were ghosted or greyed out an inaccessible. I was able to access the files through the Synology Disk Station web interface, not via Mac Finder and Plex could not access the files. Solution All […]

  • Late Night Repair

    In helping my son prepare and set up his Christmas light show this year we discovered half the channels on this controller stopped working. This is our second Light-O-Rama CTB16PC controller, both were purchased as a kit. Just in case another Light-O-Rama ower runs into this page here’s the troubleshooting we performed and the ultimate […]

  • LastPass Unlocked Event

    Last Thursday, October 3, 2019 I had an opportunity to attend LastPass’s Unlocked – Cybersecurity & Identity Trends event in Boston, MA. The panel of security experts included: Bill Cheswick, Computer Security and Networking Researcher Gerald Beuchelt, Chief Information Security Officer/Vice President for LogMeIn Steve Gibson, Software Engineer, Security Researcher, and Host of the Security […]

  • Hilton Hhonors Wifi vs. Verizon Hotspot

    Our family is on a short two-day ski trip in New Hampshire, staying at Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway. The hotel is great, extremely family friendly, and the staff are nice. There’s an amazing mini-water park  inside the hotel, bingo night, movie night complete with popcorn. Just a wonderful place. Unfortunately, I needed to sneak in […]

  • Upgrade MediaWiki, 5 Easy Steps Using FTP and Web Browser

    I run a relatively small wiki using MediaWiki hosted on a Dreamhost server. Generally, I like to stay on top of upgrades for the security patches, new features, and bug fixes but the manual upgrade process makes me nervous. I’ve been burned from nightmare Drupal CMS upgrades in the past. Losing hours of my life to troubleshooting […]

  • FreeNAS, Exposes Me to Anouther Great Tool

    Not sure why I’ve not heard about FreeNAS before, but this looks great! I’m definitely going to spend some time learning more. Wonder if this could be a good, low-cost solution for storing archived video files, raw footage, and other large production files.

  • How to Speed Up the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

    Here are two tips for speeding up a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD smartphone. If you’re like me and want the quick solution, scroll down to Tip #1 and get started. Little background, I purchased my Razr Maxx HD about two years now and I’ve become increasingly frustrated with it’s responsiveness. Everything about the phone […]

  • FIX: Neatgear WNDR4500 Firmware Source of Internet Connection Dropping

    5/7/15 UPDATE: The solution described in this blog post (from September 2013) may no longer be necessary.  I recently (April 2015) performed a firmware update and “reset the router to factory defaults” and life is good, no performance issues. The key “Revert to factory default settings.” step may have been the issue all along, something I don’t […]