True Blade Blog

  • Why True Blade uses the ZFS filesystem

    Several years ago, True Blade started using ZFS for the filesystem on some of our Linux systems. I'll explain why we think ZFS...
  • Rebuilding a Bosch 1618 D-Handled Router

    D-handled routers are very useful woodworking tools. I find D-handles much easier to control than your normal, run-of-the-mill fixed base router with two knobs. One key feature is that...
  • Wi-Fi or Wired? - The Wall Street Journal Concurs with True Blade: Use Wired Ethernet Connections Whenever Possible

    Wi-Fi or Wired? - The Wall Street Journal Concurs with True Blade: Use Wired Ethernet Connections Whenever Possible
  • Using an Intel NUC in a Video Management System

    The compact size of Intel's small form factor PC, the NUC, is packed with robust engineering, making it well suited for a variety of tasks.

    Read how we're using the NUC as a client hardware platform for our Open Source Video Management System.

    Photo of an Intel NUC courtesy B&H Photo
  • Using the Python 'click' library's parser as a simple function

    Using 'click' as more than just a command line entry point

  • Fall Photography in New England

    The final days and weeks of fall in New England bring joy and beauty, with an earthy, rain-misted burst of yellows and reds.

  • QR Codes - Useful, but here's why "free" may sacrifice privacy

    How easy is it to make your own QR Code?

    Will your QR Code be "clean" and send the user directly to your website, or will your QR code first send the user to a "redirection" website?

  • Portable File Storage and Backups: 5TB for ~$120

    Avoid losing your data or getting locked out of your data from a cloud provider.

    Consider saving a copy of your files on local, USB connected storage. If you need to save more than 1-2 TB of data, you might try the Seagate Backup Plus Portable Storage - 5TB STHP5000402. It's compact and works well.

  • Excellence in New Business Cards

    Why not get some new business cards? You'll become more excited to meet new people when you have a great new business card to hand out.
  • Python 3.10: new dataclass features

    Dataclasses is a feature of the Python programming language which I designed and implemented in Python 3.7. It allows you to easily add a number of useful features to any Python class that you write.
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones - 80 Ohm

    Enjoying the crystal clear audio quality from the German made DT 770 requires a bit of preparation.

    You will be well rewarded for your effort.

    This is a studio quality set of classic headphones, Made in Germany.

  • Dell Vostro 7500 Laptop

    The Dell Vostro 7500 is a pleasant surprise - easily the best Dell Laptop I've ever used.

    Tell others that this is the best Dell laptop you've ever used, and they will walk over to have a look and likely tell you...