Like everyone else in the world, my household has been stuck at home for the past few months. All that working from home traffic, streaming, gaming, etc hasn’t been easy on my aging wifi access point (not technically a router in my case), and a week or two ago my wifi finally died. Woe.
In normal times, a quick trip to Best Buy for a new one would’ve been the end of it- but alas, the shelves were empty, and delays from Amazon meant the Earl household was looking at nearly five days without wifi before a replacement could arrive. Five, miserable days of being tethered by ethernet cables, of hearing a dystopian chorus of every Alexa screaming in unison about their lack of an internet connection, of smart lights stubbornly refusing to turn themselves off… in short, hell on earth.
For my latest RetroPie build, I wanted to go with a synthwave style, so I made this 80’s inspired theme for EmulationStation. Introducing Retrowave: plenty of laser grids, neon lights, and pixel test makes for a perfect match for RetroPie!
Today’s tutorial from the “things-that-should-have-easy-answers-but-for-some-reason-don’t department”, here’s how to to fix the 3.3v power “issue” with some SATA hard drives (HDD) .
If you’re reading this, you probably already know what I’m talking about, but if not, Tom’s Hardware covers it in detail. If you’re too lazy to read that, the short summary is that some newer hard drives align to the SATA 3.2+ or SATA 3.3 spec, which means that the 3.3v power supplied by the 1st-3rd rails is used as a shutdown signal.
The problem is that older power supplies don’t know this, and will happily supply continuous 3.3v power the way they were designed to, no questions asked. This triggers the shutdown signal, and keeps the HDD locked in a powered off state. Super frustrating if you’re not aware of what’s going on.
I was having some fun learning Adobe After Effects and put together this fun, 80’s style video splashscreen for RetroPie. Plenty of neon, laser grids, and glitchy VHS artifacts for a truly authentic synthwave experience!
Sorting Tautulli Newsletter Items with a Custom Template
If you’ve been running a Plex server for more than a couple weeks, odds are you’re also using Tautulli for server monitoring and notifications. With the recent release of Tautulli’s email newsletters feature, it’s never been easier to send your users a beautifully formatted email each week with all the exciting new content that’s been added. That said, the default options for customizing newsletters in the Tautulli UI are pretty limited, but never fear- we can fix that with a custom newsletter template and some simple Python code! Continue reading “Sort Movies and Shows in Tautulli Newsletters with a Custom Template”
I recently set up Pi-Hole, the awesome network-wide ad blocker that runs on a Raspberry Pi. But, I wanted an easy way to enable/disable it using physical buttons attached to the device itself. No problem- thanks to a Pimoroni Button Shim and some Python scripting, I can now control my Pi-Hole with the press of a button!
Read on for full instructions and the script I used.