• Organizing music with Musicbrainz Picard

    I’ve spent some time playing with a couple of different tools for organizing my MP3 collection. If you have a large music collection, you probably have some old songs in there you ripped from CDs, and they might have some metadata that’s not quite up-to-snuff. There’s probably some spelling mistakes in there, and maybe you have some files where the artist is “Blink 182” and some are “blink-182” - things like this. What we want is some automated way of fixing all this metadata, and sorting files into the correct folder based on their metadata. Beets is very popular program for this, but it’s not being actively maintained. MusicBrainz Picard has a nice UI and is pretty easy to use.

  • Setting up HTTPS on a Synology with Let's Encrypt and Route 53

    The Synology now comes with a built in “Let’s Encrypt” client, but unforunately it only supports HTTP-01 challenge, which means if you want to use it you need to open up your Synology to the Internet. The Internet is a scary place, so we’re going to use the DNS-01 challenge to validate we own our domain name.

  • Ubuntu - Wake from bluetooth keyboard

    I recently installed Ubuntu on an old Mac Mini, and I ran into a problem where I couldn’t get a bluetooth keyboard to wake the device (actually a Harmony Hub remote, but it presents itself as a bluetooth keyboard). I did some digging and found this offline page which describes a method for enabling wake-from-suspend for USB devices. This is an attempt at slightly simplifying this.

  • Setting up Jest unit tests in a React + Typescript project

    Here’s what I do when I want to set up a Jest on a React project.

  • Setting up a Raspberry Pi as a Pi-Hole Server

    There’s lots of various writeups out there on how to do this, but this one is mine. In this article, we’re going to explore setting up Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi, and tunnel all our DNS queries to CIRA’s “Canadian Shield” DNS service using cloudflared. Since I’m using CIRA as my DNS provider, I thought I’d also set this up in an official CIRA Raspberry Pi case:

    Raspberry Pi

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