Lazy Man Joe's Ramblings


May 2016

Installing Plex Server on a Raspberry Pi

I’m in the process of setting up a little media server to use in my car (for when we go on holiday) and I found a great resource for setting up Plex on a Raspberry Pi.

Have a look at the HTPCGuides guide on setting up a Plex Server on a Raspberry Pi.

They have a great installer which works on the Minibian image (which they supply) or you can use other base images and install the installer manually.

More info here


Have fun !


Apple Mac, Raspberry Pi and the ApplePi-Baker – a match made in heaven !

I recently stumbled on a utility called “ApplePi-Baker” which is the IDEAL little tool to write your Raspberry Pi IMG files to an SD card.

This cool utility allows you to format your SD card, write images to the SD card AND lets you make a back-up of your working Pi SD card.

Very cool tool ! πŸ™‚

I can certainly recommend this to any Raspberry Pi enthusiast using a Mac πŸ™‚

Download here

Like always – Have fun !



Affinity Photo better than Adobe Photoshop ?

We’ve been using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for years and although we’re not professional photographers, we’ve enjoyed using the software.

Truth be told – I mainly used Lightroom to import and manage my photo catalogue & doing the odd “enhancement” (colour adjustments, etc.)

Looking at the pricing for the subscription model, it’s not that expensive per month but it does add up over the years.

The nice thing is that you do get continuous upgrades to the software (not all of them great – when you think of the Lightroom “mess” Adobe created a while ago).

Recently however, Heidi had a look at Affinity PhotoΒ and she’s well impressed !

For a once-off fee of $49.99, you get the software and support for 2 years !

Compare that with $9.99/month for Lightroom & Photoshop.

So we’ve decided to cancel our Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer bundle (Lightroom and Photoshop) and will now be using Affinity Photo instead.

There are a couple of things missing – it doesn’t handle the import and management of your photos as well as Lightroom, but it’s something I can probably work around.

Affinity Photo won the Apple Mac App of the year 2015 – which says something πŸ™‚

We’ll update you on our experiences as we go along, but for now it’s “Bye-Bye Adobe!”

More info and review of Affinity Photo on TechRadar



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