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Roon On NAS

Restrict directory access on Synology

If you run your own Synology NAS, you may want to run roon directly on your server for audio streaming. Roon on Nas provides a package to conveniently install on your Synology server. The issue with this option is that the Synology service runs without any restriction on what it can see.

I noticed this issue when configuring my client. While adding the location of my music, the roon client was able to browse the entire NAS. Though the roon app will only add music to its library, this was not something I wanted available to any roon client that was on my network.

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Feb 10, 2022 2 min read

Add cursive fonts to VS Code

Fira Code

I have recently got into caligraphy and thought it would be neat to see cursive in my code editor as well. A quick google and I found a monospaced cursive font with ligatures! (Ligatures are basically symbols that replace pieces of code like !== to single looking character.) It’s really nice and makes some things very easy to read on top of making the coding experience a little more fun.

To get started…

  • You’ll first need to download Fira Code fonts and install them.
  • Install and apply Dark++ Italic theme.
  • Open your VS Code settings.json file and add the following lines:
    "editor.fontFamily": "Fira Code iScript, Menlo, Monaco, 'Courier New', monospace",
    "editor.fontLigatures": true,
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Jun 14, 2020 2 min read

Upgrading Emacs to 24.5

on Ubuntu 12.04

Dump this in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install checkinstall
mkdir -p ~/src
cd ~/src
tar xf emacs-24.5.tar.gz
cd emacs-24.5
sudo checkinstall
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Apr 5, 2017 1 min read

Automate Your OS X App Installations

"To install, drag this icon..." no more!

I refined my original cask script for installing the software needed on multiple Mac workstations. The new version now allows you to configure parameters of the installation such as install path and which category of applications you wish to install.

The point of this tool is to help me configure (or reconfigure) workstations as needed by removing the manual work of finding the applications I always use online, unpacking, and copying to applications folder. That process becomes a tedious task when working with dozens of pieces of software.

Fork it for your own use on Github!

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Sep 20, 2015 3 min read

Configure iOS Mail App to respond with Gmail aliases

Assuming you have aliases setup in Gmail, it’s fairly easy to configure the Mail application on iOS to respond to the emails using the correct alias.

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Jan 8, 2015 1 min read

Configure Mac OS X Mail App to respond with Gmail aliases

Assuming you have aliases setup in Gmail, it’s fairly easy to configure the Mail application on OS X to respond to the emails using the appropriate alias.

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Jan 8, 2015 1 min read

Tidying up your security with a Password Manager

Using a password manager adds numerous of security benefits. The key feature being strong unique passwords for each application you use. Two of the most popular password managers are LastPass and 1Password. The main difference is LastPass syncs to all your devices by storing your vault on their servers. 1Password syncs to all your devices via Dropbox and does not save your vault to any other servers. They are both good and whichever you choose to use will be up to you.

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Nov 11, 2014 1 min read

My cask script!

Say goodbye to manual installations

Finally we get our own apt-get like tool for Mac! Check out cask if you haven’t already! Below is my personal script for my setup. Maybe I’ll move this to chef recipe for my mac one day? ;)

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Oct 26, 2014 1 min read

How to clean and optimize your Aperture Library

Cleanliness is the next to godliness

After time you will notice your Aperture Library growing ridiculously big. Here a are few tips to shrink it back down and keep it optimal.

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Jul 13, 2014 2 min read

IntelliJ IDEA Optimizations

Please post a comment if you have any additional tips to making IDEA faster. The first thing you want to do is disable all the plugins you are not using. Go to *Preferences& -> Plugins and un-check as many as possible. I unchecked about 80%. Give yourself more memory. I figure if Firefox allows itself to take a gig of my ram then I should treat my IDE a little better.
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May 6, 2014 1 min read