Richmond driver crossing red light

For context, when the left turn lane (the lane I’m in) has the green left-turn light on, the opposing through traffic has a red light. For some reason the driver of the small grey hatchback has missed that (they probably looked at the green light of their left turn lane, although they should have also seen three red lights for the through traffic. As a result, they started driving into the intersection almost colliding with the car in the dual lane to my left.

The traffic lights from the perspective of the driver who ran the red light (opposite my direction)

Always double check the proper traffic light for your lane. And scan the intersection for any unexpected traffic.

Streaming audio from a Mac to another computer using VLC

VLC is a very popular program for playing pretty much any type of media under the sun. However, it has a lot of advanced functionality that many people may not know about. One of these is that VLC can send audio as a stream.

My particular case is that I have a wireless headphone set plugged in to my desktop computer in my living room. However, sometimes I would like to play some audio from my Mac laptop (which could be anywhere in my apartment).

I was already familiar with Icecast, a free audio streaming server, so I gave that a try first, but it was not a great experience with a delay of a few to several seconds. Instead, I found that VLC could get me down to just under 1 second of latency, which still isn’t great but is workable; at least the server setup wouldn’t be required simplifying things a bit.

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Respecting dual left turn lanes

Dual left turn lanes increase the left turn flow for busy roads, however also increases the chance of people doing unpredictable things.

This isn’t the first time I’ve captured issues with dual left turn lanes. Last year I also captured someone cutting me off from the inside to outside lane at the same intersection. (coincidentally they are both dark coloured Range Rovers. Hmm.)

When making a dual left turn lane, especially if you are the first person in line, please follow the guiding lane markers. And as a general learning point, always be aware of the other drivers around you in the dual lane in case they make erratic movements or lane changes.

Upgrading memory on a Synology ds415+

I’ve had my Synology Diskstation ds415+ network attached storage device since late 2015, replacing my custom FreeNAS box. It came with 2GB of RAM, which is fine for basic file serving, but limited when running multiple applications, including Docker containers. Once applications start swapping onto the hard disks, everything starts grinding to a halt. I finally reached the breaking point on this last night when I had to reboot the NAS once more.

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