Author: neil

  • Home Assistant DOS’ed my NAS

    Posting this because I had a hard time finding it elsewhere, and wanted to boost the visibility. Tried to log in to my Synology NAS tonight and got a message that said “You can’t, the disk is full.” Seemed unlikely to me, I had just been logged in earlier and had a terabyte available. I […]

  • ★ The circle is complete: Commodore PET Android phone launches this week | ZDNet

    > [T]he phones will include two software emulators. These will run legacy apps and games originally designed for Commodore C-64 and Amiga computers. I’m pretty solidly in the Apple camp but this is kinda interesting. Not enough to make me switch, of course. But interesting nonetheless.

  • ★ Waze and Routing around traffic

    When I first started using Waze, it seemed to be very good at saying “hey, there’s a traffic jam ahead, try this other route.” Over the past few months, though, it’s felt like that’s no longer the case. Traffic needs to have built up for a while before Waze will consider other options. No matter […]

  • ★ Oh, Facebook

    Ohhh, Facebook. You keep giving me reasons to think about giving you up. This week, it’s this article from Ad Age the social network will not be honoring the do-not-track setting on web browsers. A Facebook spokesman said that’s “because currently there is no industry consensus.” So, let me get this straight… people set a […]

  • ★ Manilla Closing – or Let Me Pay For Your Service

    [Manilla is closing down as of July 1]( It was a good service, but I’m not entirely surprised. I tried it for a while before switching to [FileThis]( I think FileThis is better for two reasons. One is because it let me automagically download everything to Dropbox. While Dropbox could (theoretically) go away at any […]

  • ★ You keep using that word… I do not think it means what you think it means.

    A unique problem

  • ★ IFTTT iOS Photo recipes will upload ALL your photos

    IFTTT on iOS used 7.5GB of cellular data – iphone usage | Ask MetaFilter: An IFTTT user found that the IFTTT app used 7.5Gb of data… despite only having two recipes (a weather one and a photo screenshot one). When he inquired of them as there wasn’t any corresponding huge chunks of data he could […]

  • ★ Nomorobo Stops Annoying Robocalls and Telemarketers, Once and for All

    >Nomorobo stops those unwanted calls in their tracks, so you don’t have to put up with them any longer. Interesting approach to solving robocalls if your phone provider supports simultaneous rings. Vonage apparently does so I guess I’m going to give it a try. Via [Lifehacker](

  • ★ Quick Tracking for Quantified Self

    This one is nerdy, even for me. Consider yourself warned. I wanted to start tracking some data points. I was using FitBit for step and weight tracking, MyFitnessPal to track calories, and mood and environment using Reporter. But there were other things. What time does my daughter’s bus arrive in the morning? How often did I […]

  • ★ Scanned Automation with Hazel, Revisited

    You may recall I was scanning documents and using Applescript to extract a highlighted date from them. Since then, Hazel has started natively supported date matching in its rules, which has been great. Tell Hazel the date format and maybe some text just before or after it os it can tell start date from end […]