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Hobby Personal License

Making a note, the Autodesk Fusion 360 license only lasts a year, BUT with a little trouble you can re-apply and get another license. Which is a good thing, because at almost $500 a year, it”s a little more than I can afford. Especially since I haven”t been making anything to sell with it. So […]

Printing Pens

For a little while now I”ve been trying to come up with a replacement body and cap for my Pilot Parallel pens. The stock bodies are very thin and lightweight. I prefer my pens to be a little wider and to have a little more weight to them. Also, I get the historical precedent for […]

The little things

While our Snapmaker 2.0 has been wonderful to use, it need to under extrude just a little bit. I decided to bite the bullet and try to perform an Extruder Calibration. I followed the steps in this post on the Snapmaker forums, and it was pretty easy. About 15 min of marking, extruding and performing […]

Creative Upgrades

It”s finally here! For Christmas as a gift to ourselves, we decided to upgrade from our XYZ Davinci Jr. 2.0 Mix to a Snapmaker 2.0 A350. The original printer we have is good, but it”s got a very small build area for some of the things I wanted to design and print. The color mix […]

Conference Pi

Idea: Use a Pi hooked up to the living-room TV with a webcam to make family and group video calls easier to manage without having to frequently rearrange computer locations. Parts: Raspberry Pi 4B 8G Ubuntu arm64 w/Xubuntu Desktop HDMI to miniHDMI cable USB-C power adaptor Webcam USB Webcam Pi Cam Connectivity Options: External keyboard […]

TFW: 3D printing

That feeling when you look at your print and realize that the basement is too cold for printing from here on out, until spring. Will have to make a deal with the family to see about moving it upstairs to resume printing of ornaments.

Adventures in Ansible

Recently had some fun with the homelab and Ansible. While getting nrpe to work with Nagios, I found myself on one box, testing, and updating. After I got the nrpe.cfg set up just right, I started the daunting task of pushing the new file out to the rest of the Linux hosts. even over nfs, […]

Adventures in Nagios (Version 4.4.6)

So, for a while now I”ve been wanting to try out Nagios on my home lab. But until recently, I never had a real reason to dig any further than “yep, got it to install and see the localhost”, especially while I was riding hi on ESXi on a real server. Everything I could want […]

Migrations and Upgrades

Well, it’s only upgrades if you look at the power the web server now has. I have finally bitten the bullet and took steps to retire the ESXi server that had been hosting my web server and my windows VM. I will miss the compute power that I had at the ready, but anything that […]

BTT for MacOS

Today I’d like to sing the gospel of BTT(BetterTouchTool). I have seen the light and it is BTT. Upon hearing news that my favorite browser cut about 250 jobs, it left me in a bit of a panic. My favorite feature was a hidden feature that only worked on MacOS, which was a two-finger twist […]