Synology DSM 6.2 + Let’s Encrypt + DNS Challenge + Route53

I’m attempting to build upon Markus Lippert’s article ( with a newer DSM (DiskStation Manager) version (6.2.3). Some of the instructions from that post were slightly different from what my experience was. I don’t have my Synology device accessible on the internet, so using a DNS challenge was the best option available. The built-in Synology … Read more

Firefox – Black Background on New (blank) Tab Page

Opening a new tab in Firefox in a dark room can be a blinding experience.  Luckily, there’s an easy way to make the ‘New Tab’ page background black (or any color you want, really). To start, click on the Firefox menu button, go to ‘Help’, and then click on ‘Troubleshooting Information’.  You should get a … Read more

MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Artifacts When Overclocking

This post pertains to the 09SB version of the MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G video card, but may also apply to other models. You can find your model on the video card’s box as part of the serial number. I don’t think I had my GTX 970 installed for more than 5 minutes before I … Read more

So you want to stop receiving mail from Dish Network?

Occasional junk mail can be a minor annoyance, but when you receive 1-2 letters a week from a service provider, it’s ridiculous and wasteful. This was my case with Dish Network.  I previously had – and canceled – their service at an old address, but the disease that is Dish promotional mail followed me to … Read more

No accepted shares with your Gridseed 5 chip ASIC miner?

Are you the proud owner of one of these little Gridseed 5-chip ASIC miners?  They sure are neat and seem fairly efficient, but you might’ve run into a problem where it looks like they’re getting work but shares are not getting accepted.  One thing to keep in mind is that even though you might have … Read more

Idiot’s Guide to a Raspberry Pi Garage Door Opener

Update 4/22/15: It has become apparent that WebIOPi is not yet compatible with the Raspberry Pi v2.  If you are following this tutorial, you must be using the first-generation Pi.  The link below for the B+ model is still valid, and this model will still work for this project. Updated 11/17/2014: I’ve updated the Amazon … Read more

Samsung 225BW LCD & Windows 7 & Windows 8 – How to get 75Hz refresh rate at 1680×1050

UPDATE: There’s a much easier method to accomplish this, and the method works for virtually any monitor. – Download the Custom Resolution Utility (CRU) from this thread. – Once downloaded, run the application CRU.exe – Underneath the ‘Detailed resolutions’ header, click the ‘Add…’ button – For the ‘Timing’ drop-down box, I selected ‘Automatic – LCD … Read more