New KODI server build

SPEC-01 case that holds our KODI server

Our current living room KODI server is getting a bit old. We currently have 8TB of storage between 2 x 3TB and a 2TB hard drive. Media is spread across the drives and is starting to get a bit disorganized. Part of the disorganization is because of the age of some of the data. Back when I first started ripping media for what was then called XBMC I used the command line interface program transcode to do a lot of work.

LED Strip Lighting Soldering Lessons Learned

Blue and red wires soldered to LED strip lighting

When it comes to soldering I have very little experience. Over the past few years I've picked up a tip or two listening to friends with experience, but I've done very little hands-on soldering. Here's what I learned trying to solder together LED strip lighting to light up the back of our television.

Kanban project organization via Google Docs and Kanbanachi

My Kanbanachi board for home projects

This article is a bit of a work in progress. I've used Kanbanachi a little bit for organizing projects at work and personal organization, but I'm a newbie both when it comes to Kanban and the Kanbanachi Google add-on. In other words: I could be doing it wrong. This article covers what I'm using Kanbanachi for with an emphasis on the work I'm doing at home.

Annual Packt Publishing $5 ebook/video sale - title's I bought

Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook

Every year around Christmas/Boxing day Packt Publishing runs a $5.00 sale. For $5 USD you can pick up any ebook or video in the Packt Publishing library. The past couple of years I've picked up books each time they've run the sale. The sale ends soon (January 9th). This year I picked up the following titles:

Hakko FX-888D soldering station

Santa was good and brought me this Hakko FX-888D soldering station

Electronics-related skills seem more important now than ever, especially with the number of maker spaces opening up. When I was in high school I always wanted to take an electronics course, but we had none in the "Advanced" stream at our school. Oddly enough we had an advanced typing course. At the time there were three streams in high school, Basic, General, and Advanced. My impression (which was mistaken) was that in order to go to University you had to only take Advanced courses. So I never ended up learning any soldering or basic electronics skills.

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