Category Archives: Other Stuff

Home Structured (re-)Wiring

Here was my problem. I love my home, and this is definitely a first world problem. When we bought the house, it had an alarm system (tan box) and a white On-Q (Legrand) 14″x14″ box where all the ethernet, phone, and cable (DirecTV dish) cabling terminated. I added my own 16-port switch below and AT&T… Read More »

Plein’s Laws of Social Dynamics

While observing poor self-moderation in a Slack channel, I came up with the following observations, that I am coining “Plein’s Laws of Social Dynamics” due to their forced similarity to the Laws of Thermodynamics.   First Law of Social Dynamics “A vibrant and well focused forum/channel/page tends to stay vibrant and well focused.” In other… Read More »

Nest Learning Thermostat: First thoughts

I got my Nest Learning Thermostat yesterday, and have had a chance to play around with it and the web app for remotely monitoring and controlling the settings.  I’ll probably do a product review later. But I’d like to post an open letter to Nest with one comment or request. Make it Social! Now, I can’t… Read More »

Why is one drive faster than the other?

I’m adding in an older Hitachi 1TB desktop drive to my FreeBSD ZFS server. I want to get it paired up with another Hitachi drive that’s in use on the system. Since I want both of the Hitachi drives to be my mirrored drives for my “backup” pool and filesystem (where our home laptops drop… Read More »