Star Trek: Picard


Throughout the past decade, in 2013, 2015, and 2018, I've written about what I believe to be the core of Star Trek and how a new series should carry on this important legacy. I am thrilled to report that Star Trek: Picard has fulfilled and surpassed these expectations. Let's explore …

Using OpenCL with Darktable and ROCm


I recently purchased an AMD Raedon RX 570 GPU in order to accelerate Darktable processing operations using OpenCL. It looks like ROCm, AMD's open-source OpenCL implementation, should work. However, the process to install ROCm and enable image support on Arch Linux was not intuitive, so I'm documenting it here.

Before …

Web Launcher 1.3 Released

Web Launcher

A new version of Web Launcher, 1.3.x, is out now with the following major improvements:

  • support for Lubuntu 18.04
  • Wake-on-LAN capabilities to wake up Viewers from sleep (or even better manage Viewers which don't support WOL)
  • improved auto-discovery of viewers, especially for the mouse
  • support for automatically …

Down The Road Wherever

Down The Road Wherever

Mark Knopfler's latest solo album, Down The Road Wherever (YouTube), is perhaps his best work since Shangri-La. His other recent albums (even including Get Lucky, which I reviewed here), have felt too folky for my taste and lacked hints of Dire Straits rock. Down The Road Wherever reduces the folk …

A Royal Conclusion

I've really enjoyed watching Royal Pains over the last eight years, but it took seeing the finale to be able to really articulate why I like it so much: all of the characters give, and through their giving they receive what they need. For example, Hank helped so many people …

Ansible - Templating Config Files

Ansible is a fantastic technology that allows you to deploy and manage servers easily and in a repeatable fashion. One thing that can be tricky is using templates to create complex configuration files. In this example, I'll demonstrate how to use nested variables to create a sample Sanoid config file …

A Successful New Star Trek Series

Title image captured by NASA


As you have probably heard, CBS announced that a new Star Trek series will premiere in January 2017! This is very exciting news for Star Trek fans, as Enterprise has been off the air for 10 years now. However, with this opportunity comes great …