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Allowing Keybase Finder file access on macOS Catalina

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macOS Catalina has a number of security features that prevent the running of malicious code. However, it can inadvertently block useful software too. In this case, it’s blocking the FUSE kext that Keybase uses to access the encrypted files stored in the cloud. Normally, you can go into System Preferences / Security and allow usage but in this case, the GUI would not allow access. The first...

Home Made Temperature Sensors

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Using a NodeMCU and DHT-22 temperature sensor I was able to leverage the ESPHome project to make some temperature sensors to keep an eye on garage freezer temperatures. The wiring of the DHT-22 from left-right corresponds to the following on the NodeMCU: VIN, Gnd, D2. A basic configuration for the sensor is: esphome: name: garage_freezer1 platform: ESP8266 board: nodemcu wifi: ssid: "SSID here"...

Upgrading a RAID-5 Arrary

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I’m in the beginning stages of upgrading my Linux software RAID-5 array that’s used to store all kinds of content.  I’ve currently got a 4 drive array (320G drives in a 3 drive array with a hot-spare) set up in my home server.  One of the drive finally died the other day (4 years old or so) and as expected, the hot-spare kicked into service.  I could lose another...

“Integrating” WordPress and Zen Cart (and PHPList and Sphider)

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I’d been toying around with the idea of re-doing An Afternoon to Remember’s web site with a real shopping cart instead of the PayPal freebie one that I had been using. Since the main site’s content was already built using WordPress I checked on some shopping carts that were WordPress plugins. Unfortunately, none of them really met my needs. I eventually settled on Zen Cart as it...

XBox 360

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!(floatLeft)1!:2 !(floatRight)4!:5 I am buying a used XBox 360 tonight from somebody local. It’s got a modified firmware in the DVD drive. Of course, today is the day that Microsoft began banning users with modified firmware. Perfect timing. 🙂 I don’t have any copied games and I don’t know if I care to. Hopefully I’ll be able to flash the DVD-ROM firmware back to the...

New Motherboard on the Way

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Well, it’s a *new to me* motherboard… 🙂 I picked up a D945GNTLR that came with a 3Ghz P4 and 512M of memory off ebay for around $100 shipped. Not a bad deal assuming it works 100%. I guess I’ll need to pick up a new power supply and probably some more memory for it. I’m curious how well the on board graphics will perform. Should be fun to play with for things like MacOS X...

Windows Vista

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I installed Windows Vista on my spare X86-64 box. The interface changes seem nice but unfortunately, I have a GeForce3 Ti200 in that box and it’s not a DirectX 9 part. It turns out that only DX9 and higher video cards are supported as anything better than “Standard VGA” video card. Too bad, since I was looking forward to checking out the “Aero” interface with all of...

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