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This blog is live again

It’s been a while since I had a running WordPress installation. I have a number of projects in the pipe that I want to talk about and I figure this blog is a good way to keep me honest.

Setting it up today was pretty easy. At some point I’ll spend some time on the theme but progress is what is important right now.

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Organizing my music library

I have a fair amount of music that I’ve acquired over the years and my strategy has always been to just throw it in a folder and forget about it. Living with other people and sharing that collection is similar to the problem software engineers who work alone face when they have to grow a project beyond themselves.

Luckily, I can just use a free and programmatic way to organize my music. MusicBrainz Picard is impressive in its feature set. It organized my music folder without any effort on my part.

I only had to go into the settings to enable moving music and directing the location the music should be moved to and I let its clustering and fingerprinting do all the work.

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My new security camera

I spent the day today installing a brand new 4K IP camera from Amcrest. My goal was to have information on who is at the door and a history of what has been going on in front of my home.

I went up in the attic and looked for a way to run some RJ-45 to the front of the house but settled on cutting and crimping some cheap UV resistant CAT-5e around the outside of the house. The area I want to run cable to would mean I would have to go through two double brick walls as my desired location is in an addition to my 1940s home. I settled running along the outside because running the cable in the attic would take way too much time and effort in a crawl space with only sheet rock as support.

I got a cheap switch from TP-Link that is POE to power the IP camera and it is also managed! So far I’ve been impressed. My only regret is that I should have purchased this TL-SG108PE for every project as I can do link aggregation, VLAN tagging, and various other enterprisey features for the low price of 50-60 bucks.