Computers and Electronics

How to fix common problems with your PC, server, or software packages.

Controlling WS2812b LEDs with a Raspberry Pi

In our last article we discussed how to wire WS2812b addressable LEDs to a Raspberry Pi.  Of course, just wiring them up doesn't really do much.  Not even a single LED on a WS2812b strip will light until you se...

Disable Auto Start-Stop Permanently Ford F-150

Back in May I bought a brand new Ford F-150 Platinum.  This truck is hands down the best vehicle I have ever owned. I replaced the worst one, a new Toyota Tacoma with constant transmission problems. The new F-1...

How to Write a Change Management Policy

Every IT department has had to deal with changes to applications, networks, and systems. Most mature IT departments have a well oiled change management process. I'm often surprised when I meet people from small...

Are Smart Locks Safe?

It is probably one of the most common questions I get when I tell people I have a fully enabled smart home. People are really insecure when it comes to the security of internet connected devices, especially whe...

pfSense Hangs at Booting

pfSense is literally one of the top open source (free as in beer) firewall packages you get get. Depending on who you ask it might be the very best. pfSense is not without its faults however, and in the most re...

Sense HAT Clock for the Raspberry Pi

I recently purchased a Sense HAT for the Raspberry Pi.  It's something I have had my eye on for quite some time.  The Sense HAT has many features including gyros, accelerometers, environmental sensors (temperat...

Raspberry Pi Commodore 64

I've built a lot of arcades and packed them with Raspberry Pi goodness over the years, but today's project is going to be quite a bit different!  We're going to pack a Raspberry Pi running Retropie into a Commo...

How Retrobright Works!

Retrobighting (stylized Retr0bright) is a way of restoring aged plastics from the 1980s to their original color and/or appearance. Plastics from the early days of computing were all made from ABS plastic. ABS w...