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Upgrading My iPad Pro

A few years ago, I purchased my first iPad, a 10.5” iPad Pro. I use it just about every day. With the release of the newest 2021 iPad Pro, I decided it was finally time to trade mine in for an upgrade. Here’s why.


Leaving Notion

After using Notion for my notes and daily planning over the last year, there are a few issues with it that have worn on me. Over time, my uneasiness with the application has built up to the point where I have decided to switch away Notion completely. Here’s why.


Using kid3 Audio Tag Editor

A few months ago, I set out to finally clean up and organize my music library. My goal was to get rid of all the random files, and ensure that every item was properly tagged so that it would accurately self-organize in the music players I use. This would not have been possible without the open source tool, kid3.


Setting up NFS

Thanks to VFIO passthrough, I find myself sitting in front for a virtualized Linux system on a daily basis. While this setup is unbelievable, it does come with a few complications. One such hurdle is sharing files located on the host system with the VMs. After trying a few methods, I determined that nfs was the simplest to get up and running. Here’s how.


Using Remote VSCode

I mostly work on my desktop, but usually from another computer, like my laptop. Historically, the most common method I use for this has been combining neovim and tmux (with tmuxp, for ease). However, more often than not, I now find myself using VS Code with it’s remote development plugin. Here’s how.


Jenkins Parallel Stashing

I recently hit a snag while developing a Jenkins pipeline at work. I was having difficulty preserving files across the entire pipeline run. In the end, my solution was to use the stash feature. However, I found little support for my specific type of issue online, so I figured I might as well write a short post about my experience.


2020 M1 Macbook Air Initial Thoughts

As discussed in my previous post, I decided to trade-in my 2019 16” MacBook Pro and replace it with a new 2020 M1 MacBook Air. So far, I think making the swap was a terrific idea. Here are my initial thoughts…


Traded my 2019 16" MacBook Pro for a M1 MacBook Air

Over a year has passed since I purchased a base model 2019 16” MacBook Pro. My first Mac. With it’s large “retina” display, resurrected magic keyboard, and truly amazing speakers, it might be the most pleasurable laptop I have ever owned. However, I decided to trade it in… for a new MacBook air. Here’s why.


Automatically Create and Run a Podman Container Using Systemd

No, this is not the same as my last post, but is a continuation of it. While the basic podman generate systemd generated file works for many cases… it wasn’t a good long-term solution for my jellyfin container. So, I made a small tweak.


Create Podman Systemd Services

On my Linux workstation, I have started to host a jellyfin server using podman. I have also started to shutdown my computer when I go to bed, as all of our important services (ex: home automation) are hosted on my home server. With that said, there is one remaining problem with this configuration. When I boot up my computer the next morning, my containers do not automatically start… and I always forget to start them up myself. Let’s fix that, using systemd.