Tech, food, family, rants…

  • Improved Coffee Station
    My lovely wife bought me a Breville Duo Temp Pro BES810BSS. I was using some other simpler devices. Here’s the old gear I used: They worked OK. The grinder was not the best, but I got it at Kohls for like $30 with a pile of discounts. When I first got the espresso maker I […]
  • Add Persistent Storage Using GlusterFS
    I was interested in setting up persistent storage for some containers like WordPress, NextcloudPi, Pihole, and UnFi. My research lead me to GlusterFS using replicas. I borrowed from these sources: Gluster’s docs describes their product as “a scalable, distributed file system that aggregates disk storage resources from multiple servers into a single global namespace.” What […]
  • Raspberry Pi4 4GB and Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS ARM64
    I was trying to see if there was better OS for Pi4. I’ve been using RaspberryOS, they have a beta 64 bit version with a pretty long bug list. So I thought I’d give Ubuntu a try and see if it would be good for day to day use. My initial impression is it’s soooo […]
  • FrankenPi Lives!
    I was using a couple of Raspberry Pi4 4GBs and one Pi3+ single board computers for various tasks within our home network: A NAS running SMB, NFS with Apple Time Machine and Bittorrent support Ubiquiti UniFi Network management Pihole DNS server Foldforcovid instance It occurred to me that I wasn’t fully utilizing the hardware. So […]
  • YouTube TV
    I finally decided on a replacement for Frontier Cable TV. I’ve been using YouTube TV for about 2 1/2 months. It’s pretty responsive compared to Hulu TV. It’s fairly flexible in recording content. It supports multiple profiles with separate recording of programs. It’s still slow compared to cable TV in starting up, changing channels, or […]
  • My Take on the Instant Pot
    I am absolutely in love with the Instant Pot! Great soups and stews using one of the pressure cooking settings, Perfect rice automatically. Slow cooker settings with a delayed start, timed cook, switches to warm then auto shut off in an intelligent way. I’ll prepare the ingredients for a stew or soup in the pot, […]
  • Hulu Live TV
    I’ve been looking for an alternative to cable TV for some time. I want to be a cord cutter. I have no desire to rent cable boxes and pay for their overpriced DVR service indefinitely. I don’t want to pay for 300 channels of crap I never watch anyway. I want access to local TV, […]
  • Blow your face off Chimichurri
    1 bell pepper 1/2 a medium onion 1 clove garlic 2 Thai chilis, or until you can no longer feel your face 1 1/2 tsp oil 1 tbsp chimichurri sauce (hot) 3 Weight Watcher points. Marinate the chicken in the Chimichurri sauce for a few hours or overnight. Stir-fry the garlic and hot peppers with the […]
  • Review: Aeropress Coffee Maker
    Left to right, Aeropress gear, my cheap grinder and electric kettle.   I’ve gone thru a bunch of coffee making methods. I’ve killed 2 espresso makers and tossed out 3 more drip coffee makers. I got disgusted with spending a ton of money on equipment and went with a simple cold brew maker, coupled with […]
  • Grilled Tuna Salad
    A bed of arugula, garden fresh peppers and tomatoes. The tuna was about a 6 once portion and an inch thick. It’s seasoned with a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, grated ginger, garlic powder and onion powder. I cooked in a hot non-stick pan for just 2-3 minutes per side. I use a little […]