Michael Singletary's microblog

Redundant backups: I wanted to find a solution to securely store my Time Machine backups in an off-site location, so that they were backed up redundantly. I currently back up to a home server with a RAID setup, just for backups, and decided to sync these backups to a cloud storage provider. Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage is cheap ($0.005/GB/m) and was easy to get set up with rclone, so I decided to give that a shot. A simple script and crontab entry later, and I’ve fully automated my redundant remote backup solution. Excited to see how this works out!

My Apple product wish list: Feels like a good time to be an Apple user. Current lineup extremely impressive. Here’s what I want:

  • AirPods for use in bed
  • iPad Pro 10.5 for the pencil, really
  • New non-7S iPhone for the camera and wireless charging
  • HomePod since I’m obsessed w/ smart home speakers

More brief thoughts on why over the next week.

Second generation Eero: This WiFi mesh system looks great. Didn’t buy first gen. due to the many reviews and reports of slow speeds on satellite units. Backhaul in 2nd gen. should resolve this. Tempted to give it a try.

Inconsistency with NETGEAR Orbi: I recently purchased and returned an Orbi system in search of WiFi to get the most of my gigabit FiOS. Unfortunately the Orbi suffered from frequent disconnects, and full signal but no real connection. Disappointing from a highly rated system.

My WWDC17 wish list: Hoping for a few changes to Apple software this year at #WWDC. I’ve compiled a short list. What do you think? What’s on your list?

Looking forward to #WWDC tomorrow, especially since Apple seems to be clearing out “show opening” news early - making room for bigger announcements? Always love seeing iOS evolve, and possibility of Siri home speaker is exciting. As always, wish I would be there.

Just some normal Monday night shopping.

A wonderful spring day in the District for bourbon, BBQ, and bluegrass music at President Lincoln’s old summer cottage.

I’ve been waiting for one of these Amazon Bookstores to pop up in DC for a while. Although I exclusively read books on my Kindle Oasis, I love browsing bookstores.

Absolute max for real world speeds over Wi-Fi on Verizon Gigabit Internet are much slower than direct to router. Partly due to WAP hardware limitations. Still incredibly impressive speeds to an iPhone 7 Plus.

FiOS Gigabit Internet: Crazy speeds from Verizon to my router, but realistic down/up speeds on consumer Wi-Fi hardware is generally below 500/500Mbps. Tempted to upgrade to a mesh system with more radios, since gigabit internet clearly exceeds AirPort Extreme capabilities.