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Saturday, March 28th, 2020, 10:05am

Freddy Render

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

Freddy Render

Hello friends!

If you use the 3D program Blender to create and render animations, you may have found yourself often thinking:
I really wish I could get multiple computers to team up and render this animation all at the same time, so it finishes faster!

I've thought this a lot myself and didn't like other renderfarm solutions for Blender. Some didn't work very well, some cost a lot of money, and others were too cumbersome to setup and run.

As a solution to this problem, I wrote my own software. Freddy Render is free render farm software for Blender. It's pretty simple, works well, and has a slick web interface to help you manage your projects. It's also written in pure Java, so you should be able to run it on just about every major operating system out there (i.e., Windows, Linux, Mac, OpenBSD, whatever). [...]

Friday, July 10th, 2015, 5:03am

How to Fix Hum / Radio / Inteference in the MXL 770 Condenser Microphone

Categories: Journal | Tech / Nerdery

Hey peeps; just another nerd post. I'm going to attempt to explain the cause of, and provide a solution for, a problem I had with my microphone awhile back, where it was picking up the radio and interference.

MXL 770
One of the microphones I frequently use for my music is the MXL 770. It's a consumer level cardioid condenser microphone with an XLR output; really great for home recording on a tight budget. Dollar for dollar it's a huge value. I plug it into my little usb audio interface and make tracks for iTunes or youtube. [...]

Friday, June 12th, 2015, 6:02am

How to use a Lightroom Catalog on a Network Drive

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

I think I just had a "Eureka!" moment with Adobe Lightroom. Basically, there's this thing where Lightroom prevents you from using a Catalog over a network, presumably because it's too slow and/or could be destroyed if more than one person accesses it at a time.

Well damn it! I want to use a catalog over the network! It's more convenient, more centralized, more... blah, adobe. Blah. Plus, I'm the only one using my catalog, but I want to be able to use it from more than one computer at different times.

Anyway, it just occurred to me that Lightroom might not be smart enough to detect something called a "Symlink", which is sort of like a shortcut that behaves like it's a normal directory. I tried it ... and Eureka! It works! [...]

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 5:32am

I'm doing Music Lessons!

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

Happy Chihuahua
-Smiling happy Chihuahua! :)
Image By: Happy Cooper | Source
So here's a question: How many of you would love to play the guitar, or sing, or write music, or produce music, or get more followers on your social networks, or any of the things you regularly see me doing?

You're in luck! I've finally decided to start giving private lessons!

What am I talking about? Well imagine you want to learn to play the guitar, so you go to a music shop for lessons, or to a teacher's house, or a teacher comes to your house or something. It's like that, only it doesn't matter how far away we are from each other, because we can use the internet to video chat our sessions. [...]

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 6:23am

Severe Security Warning for All OpenSSL Users (Heartbleed Bug)

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

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Quick update for you tech nerds out there. I've just come across several sites mentioning some new huge bug called the "Heartbleed Bug" for semi-recent versions of OpenSSL. If you have you have a machine regularly using OpenSSL (ie: SSL or TSL for web servers, encrypted FTP, etc) then your machine is extremely vulnerable right now.

According to the main website I just found, ALL your encryption keys and encryption certificates are now VULNERABLE!!!!

If this sounds too insane to be true... I felt the same way. I had to sit here and think about it for awhile before I realized that almost the entire internet is vulnerable, including websites you use to make purchases and important transactions on. Shit is seriously hitting the fan. [...]

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, 7:23pm (3 Comments)

Access BIOS on a Gateway NV76R Series Windows 8 Laptop

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

Computer Monkey
-Stuffed monkey on a computer
Image By: Blnguyen | Source
Yeah I admit, this is nerdier than my usual nerdy stuff.... but I was having trouble getting into the BIOS on my Gateway Laptop, apparently because Windows 8 or the manufacturer had the BIOS set up to be totally skipped.

The user manual / guide stated to push F1 or F2. Some forum users said one or the other should be pushed repeatedly. Others said to hold it down. One dude even said use a morse code SOS pattern.

Eventually I got in touch with tech support, and found a video that included working steps, but they had nothing to do with what I expected up until this point. I think I need to start learning Windows 8. [...]

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Friday, January 11th, 2013, 10:55am

How to Recover / Undelete Files

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

File Warning
-File Deletion Warning
Image By: Juhko | Source
Yo dudes ... just a friendly tip from me to you, since I just went through this ish a few minutes ago.

If you've accidentally deleted a file from your hard drive, camera, SD memory card, etc, you might be able to recover it.

Basically when you delete a file, you're usually not actually deleting the file - you're just deleting the database entry that describes your file. When you hit that delete button, you're usually just removing that database entry, not writing over the whole file, so your operating system (Windows, Linux, etc) won't see the file anymore. However, the actual file data might still be sitting there, undetected. Think about it for a second. You can delete a 100 gigabyte file in a blink of an eye, but to make a copy of that same file takes minutes. [...]

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