• Hackintosh as a home server

    The Intel NUC really is a remarkable little device. The NUC I have (NUC6i5SYK) contains a Core i5-6260U containing 2 physical cores supporting hyperthreading clocked at 1.8Ghz base frequency up to 2.8Ghz turbo. Into that little box I’ve recently packed 32GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SATA drive (I’d use PCIe, but macOS compatibility isn’t great for PCIe NVMe drives), turning my NUC into an excellent, power-sipping little home server and workstation.

    To that I’ve also added a Behringer UMC202HD U-Phoria USB audio interface and a DI box, which turns thing into a very nice little audio recording workstation. Of course, it looks a little funny because the NUC is actually smaller than the audio interface!

    Some things I’m planning to do with this:

    • Recording workstation. Nuff said.
    • Home backup server. I’ll expose the storage as a network drive that our Windows laptops can use as a backup storage location.
    • Torrent server. Transmission is an excellent, OSX native torrent client, and with 1TB of storage, my NUC is a perfect place to run it.

    And more generally, this could be a useful place to host VMs as needed, and… well, really anything else I could imagine using a home server for (custom DVR for my IP camera system? Hmm…).

    Is this all overkill? Maybe. But hey, that’s just how I roll…

  • Even more responsive!

    Boom! We have a mobile sidebar! Had to mix in a tiny bit of javascript (doing that CSS-only turns out to be basically impossible). And for that I pulled in jQuery. But otherwise it works like a charm.

    It’s official: We’re now responsive! Until I find bugs…