The down side of a NAS

Recently, I almost lost a bunch of ripped blu-rays, DVDs and downloaded movies and TV series. I thought a RAID5 would preserve that reasonably well, but I didn’t consider carefully enough recovery scenarios in case the whole NAS dies. I learned how a NAS can be expensive and paint myself in a corner, but I… Continue reading The down side of a NAS

A dying laptop

My Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 15 is dying. It happened the second time today, and that’s quite concerning. Suddenly, the machine freezes, keyboard is not responding, the mouse is moving but clicking does nothing. There is no way out other than rebooting, and when I did it, the screen became black with an error message displayed… Continue reading A dying laptop

Ubuntu 18.10: a silent release

Usually, upgrading Ubuntu goes well. I run the Upgrade tool which downloads new packages, installs them and then asks me to reboot. Some new versions had minor issues, for example Wayland not fully compatible with my NVIDIA card or an old version of MATE preventing the dist-upgrade, but nothing major, nothing that couldn’t be worked… Continue reading Ubuntu 18.10: a silent release

Unsolvable and annoying VirtualBox slowdown

Since end of December 2016, I was using my personal computer to work from home. All my development environment was living in a VirtualBox CentOS virtual machine. That was working very nicely until March 13th. All of a sudden, the virtual machine became annoying slow. Starting the virtual machine took twice the time as before… Continue reading Unsolvable and annoying VirtualBox slowdown

Bumpy Ableton Live session

Yesterday, I tried upgrading to latest Ableton’s Live, the 9.7.1 version. Everything went well, but I got other issues, not related to Live, that made my work session quite bad and frustrating. S/PDIF not working great A month ago, I got a new audio interface: the Focusrite’s Scarlett 18i20. This amazing device provides eight analog… Continue reading Bumpy Ableton Live session

An intricate audio puzzle

Since I moved to Windows 8, I am having multiple and increasingly annoying issues with my audio setup for computer-assisted music creation. I am slowly reaching a dead end that will force me to give up on creating music. At best, I will only be able to play some beats for fun with hardware synthesizers:… Continue reading An intricate audio puzzle