Plex, Synology, and the dreaded “Video Unavailable”

Going to skip the usual stuff at the top here and get straight to it1: Plex is a super-cool, easy-to-use, everywhere media server. Lots of people use it, and lots of people like it. We recently moved our library from an old home-built NAS running FreeNAS to a Synology DSM box. It broke.
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The 2013 Portland Mini MakerFaire

Last year (you may have read), I participated in the Portland Mini MakerFaire. It was great. I absolutely loved sharing and teaching people. This year, I definitely wanted to participate again. In my typical fashion, I put it all off until the night before…

2013-09-14 16 Aaron Portland Mini Maker Faire

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10 minutes with Cory Doctorow

This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go see Cory Doctorow (arguably my favorite author) on the local stop of his tour for his new book Homeland. He had been generous enough to give some local makergroups/hackerspaces a chance to say hello and drum up membership. I volunteered to talk about DorkbotPDX and found myself a spokesman. While we were waiting to get started, I got a chance to stand and talk to him for a few minutes before and after his talk.

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Thoughts on Libraries

My wife works at our local public Library. We started visiting there more recently and I was once again struck at the accessibility and amount of information there. For a time, I had thought that the Internet was a good replacement for the library. Vast amounts of information, easily accessible at lightning speed (literally, electrons move at the speed of light.) I’ve come to appreciate what the library is though, and why it’s important.

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It’s a Trap!

2012-12-26 04 Admiral Ackbar Trap BoxFor the past few years, my brother and I have been pranking As Seen on Adafruit's Show & Telleach other a bit when it comes to gifts. It took on a rather peculiar theme a couple of years ago when my brother gave me a copy of Starcraft II. He had cleverly hidden it in a Warcraft III box and when I opened it. I did my best to express gratitude. Before I could get very far, he exclaimed in his best Admiral Ackbar “It’s a Trap!” Ever since then successive gifts have been “Traps” and I wanted to do something really cool this year. … 

Bread

Sometime before Thanksgiving we (Hykel and I) agreed to bring bread to Thanksgiving Dinner. Rolls, specifically. I figured when we’d agreed to it that we would probably just be buying something at the store and taking them like we usually did. That week however, I got it in my head that making them at home would be better.
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Star Trek!

I was going to say that this is the nerdiest thing I’ve done in public in a while. But I was presenting at MakerFaire just a couple of months ago, so I guess not. I digress.

Hi-definition TVs have been around for long enough that they’ve actually become pretty affordable. You can find most of your favorite shows on Blu-Ray, and most any broadcast or cable channel provides an HD version for viewing. A suspicious missing entrant was Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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My Perfect Phone

I got my first cell phone in 2005. It was a Nokia candybar identified by some 4 digit number. At the time I carried it along with a Handspring Edge Palm handheld and an iPod color (remember those?) It felt like the best I could get at the time. As a Mac user, there wasn’t much promise in the way of integrated devices. The Mac was still a bit of an after-thought. This all changed when the iPhone showed up. Integration of full-screen capacitive touch and an interface that really changed the industry brought about a new class of device. Where Microsoft and Palm had tried for years to find the right combination, Apple got really close on their 1.0 release. In the following year, they continued to hit all the right points sending manufacturers and developers scrambling to bring competing products to market.

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Attached to a steel cable 30 feet above the ground.

A week ago was Hykel’s birthday. After seeing a billboard on the highway (yes, sadly they actually work), she expressed some interest in taking on what is termed as an “Aerial Obstacle Course.” Not one to disappoint, I took us there for an afternoon.

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The Aaron Eiche Podcast, Episode 8

Sometime before my computer had a complete and total meltdown, I made episode 8 of The Aaron Eiche Podcast. My backup routine fortunately saved it for me, and I thought I’d take a little bit of time this evening and put it up for all to see hear.

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