Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Stop Recommending Home Assistant for Home Automation

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

This post expands and refines on a comment I made in response to a blog post by Rob Dodson in which he explains why he ripped out a $9,000 automated home lighting system. His post centers around the Z-Wave device protocol, but touches upon Home Assistant, a popular open source control center for home automation […]

Google and Apple Have Been Screwing Around With Email Security and it Doesn’t Actually Help Security

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

TL;DR – Two-factor authentication (2FA) with Gmail, Apple’s native mail clients, and an email forwarding service is much harder to set up than it needs to be due to poor communication by both Google and Apple. The end result is that it’s just much easier, if people can’t sacrifice Gmail/Apple/Forwarding, to just turn off 2FA […]

Raspberry Pi-Powered Time Machine Backups – No Really, Do It This Way. The Other Ways Are Wrong.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

TL;DR – If you want to set up a Raspberry Pi and a hard drive to act as a network Time Machine server, use Samba and ext4. If you find a post on some site that tells you to install netatalk and hfsprogs, flip off your monitor, close the tab, and Google again. A long, […]