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Mumble as an ad-hoc Whole-House Intercom

So I strung up an improvised whole-house intercom with an old iPhone, an iPad, and my computer downstairs. Careful tuning on the voice activation and amplitude versus SNR settings will result in a pretty reliable whole-house speakerphone intercom system.

I’m running the standard Mumur service on a FreeBSD server. Seems to work well and compensates for the background noise of my daughter’s noise machine in her bedroom while still giving me a heads-up if she’s upset about her nightlight turning off or needing someone to tuck her in again.


Lightroom CC or GTFO

In late 2013, Lightroom 5 was $149, I paid ~$80 for Edu pricing.

Lightroom 6 will probably have similar Edu pricing (but I’ll be damned if I could find out how to buy it anywhere).

This time around, for Lightroom 6, I elected for a year of Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers, which includes Lr Cloud shenanigans for photos and Adobe Photoshop for $9/month. “You fool! You’re renting software!” says the dweeb in the corner with his Vic 20 and Mac LC III, “You should buy the software and own it!” but at this price point and the fact that I will either certainly upgrade to Lightroom 7 or switch to something else entirely, I’d be a fool not to leverage the Creative Cloud Photography tier and you probably would be too.

PS Flash still sucks.



Apr 1 21:35:43 anustart[1] (com.github.GitHub.ShipIt[94953]): Service exited with abnormal code: 1
Apr 1 21:35:43 anustart[1] (com.github.GitHub.ShipIt): Service only ran for 0 seconds. Pushing respawn out by 2 seconds.

Nice timeout before relaunch, GitHub. Just endlessly launch your crashing launchd job, that’s not completely stupid and obnoxious.

❯ gzcat /var/log/system.log*gz | grep com.github.GitHub.ShipIt | grep Service\ exited\ with\ abnormal\ code | wc -l

Huh. 73,627 crashes of your stupid launchd job.

In three days.


Octocat’s gonna need a new name, on account of I’m mercilessly beating the mutant mascot to death with one of those tentacles right now!