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Aaron Fisher

Developer from the UK, currently making cool stuff at The Outlook Creative Group.
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Hello 2005

Using Touch ID with sudo in Terminal

I’ve always found it slightly odd that when using any sudo command in Terminal on the Mac you would have to enter your password if your Mac has Touch ID. Well, after some Googling it looks like it’s super simple to allow your Mac to authenticate sudo commands with Touch ID (and I assume the Apple Watch if my experience testing is anything to go by).


sudo nano /private/etc/pam.d/sudo

At the top of this file add:

auth sufficient

Save and exit nano (ctrl + o, ctrl + x). That should be it! Now when you next need to use sudo, it should prompt you for Touch ID instead of your password!

Not sure if this has any downsides or long term affects yet, we’ll find out!

Little and large

My new favourite Safari extension

We all know that comment sections on some sites *cough* YouTube *cough* can end up being a toxic wasteland, well this aptly named plugin does a good job of, well, shutting them up!

Watch: The Social Dilemma

Wow, what an eye opening piece of television! I’ve just finished “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix and it really does open your eyes wide to what companies are doing with your data, and how we’re being influenced to think in certain/specific ways by hundreds of tiny little actions every day from these social networks.

We are all aware of the “If you don’t pay for the product, you are the product” saying and we all think we have an idea of what these companies do with our data, but boy oh boy does this documentary really up the “scare” factor on that!

Not Now – blink -182

I’ve recently started building up my blink-182 collection and managed to snag both part 1 and 2 of the “Not Now” single on vinyl, super stoked with them and can’t wait to get them framed!

Mounting Synology folders on a Raspberry Pi (for Plex)

I’ve recently moved my Plex server to run on a Raspberry Pi but I wanted to find a way where I could keep all of my data on the Synology. This is the way I mounted shared folders from my Synology to my Pi so I could use them in Plex.

Make sure NFS is enabled on your Synology

Control Panel > File Services > Enable NFS

Allow access to a shared folder on your Synology

Control Panel > Shared Folder > Edit

Create a new NFS rule

Once the edit panel is open, click “NFS Permissions” and then “Create”.

Hostname or IP: This should be the IP address of your Raspberry Pi (ideally a static address)
Privilege: What abilities do you want the Pi to have? I usually select “Read only”
Squash: Map all to admin

Tick “Allow users to access mounted subfolders”

Click “Ok”.

Make note of the mount path at the bottom

That should be it from the Syndology side, onto the Raspberry Pi side.

Set up the mounts on the Pi

First thing I do is create a new directory in the /media folder on the Pi, in this case I called it NAS (/media/NAS)

sudo mkdir -p /media/NAS

Next up we need to mount the network folder to this folder we’ve just created.

sudo mount -t nfs 10.0.synolgy.address:/volume1/video /media/NAS

Replace 10.0.synology.address with your Synology’s IP adress. Also replace /volume1/video with the mount path you made a note of earlier (found under each NFS rule).

Almost there! Sudo mount is not a permanent command, so we need to make sure it still works next time you reboot your Pi. To do this:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Then on a new line in there, paste the following (making sure to replace the same details as before):

10.0.synolgy.address:/volume1/video /media/NAS nfs defaults 0 0

Save and exit fstab and you should be ready to go!

In theory, you should be able to run “ls /media/NAS” and you should see the files/folders from your Syndology! This should also now mean you can add these folders to Plex on your Pi as libraries, simple!

Known issues

Not being mounted at boot

Sometimes I’ve noticed the mounts don’t always mount when the Pi boots. I’ve yet to find a permanent solution for this, for the meantime I just run:

sudo mount -a

Update 20/11/2021 – Some searching has suggested that adding “_netdev” to our fstab options may help, this should stop fstab trying to mount the drives until the network connection is set up.

In theory, the fstab command would become:

10.0.synolgy.address:/volume1/video /media/NAS nfs defaults,_netdev 0 0

A full list of fstab options can be found here.

Mounting but with no permissions

This is one I experienced recently, I could mount the folder from the Synology on the Pi but I was not able to do anything with it (not even list files in the directory using “ls”). I ended up noticing this was down to permissions on the Synology with the admin account.

Within the shared folder settings in the Synology control panel, make sure “admin” has access to read/write the folder you’re trying to share.

New plates!

…and its first wash in a loooooooooong time

SyndiFeed version 3 – It’s finally here! was one of the first real web projects I worked on all the way back in 2012. At the time, I wanted a nice and clean online RSS reader and the best around at that point was Google Reader (RIP!), so I did what all programmers do, I built a todo list app, wait no, an RSS app! It turned out that a good number of other people also wanted something similar and SyndiFeed became “popular” once Google announced the demise of Google Reader. Since then I’ve made multiple attempts to update and improve on a very simple product, yet none ended up seeing the light of day. Well, that changes today! Over the weekend I buttoned up the last of the code and shipped version 3, almost 8 years after shipping version 1.

It’s a big update, and by big, I mean literally everything has been rewritten and none of the original code was re-used in any way. I simplified a lot of it which on top of making maintaining it going forwards easy, it also has the added benefit of making it quick which is definitely not something that could be said for version 1. The new version will update your feeds in the background for you so there’s no more missing the latest post from that blog you love! I’ve removed a couple of the bulky, less used features and stripped it down to just what I wanted out of an RSS reader. There is a lot more to come (yes, dark mode is one) in the future and I’d like to open up integration into more RSS platforms as well. All featured suggestions are welcome!

If you were an existing user, there’s a small migration process that needs to happen when you first login. In theory, you shouldn’t notice a thing, but in the event that you do have any issues, please reach out to me or the @SyndiFeed account on Twitter and I’ll try to get everything sorted as quick as I can.

2020, the year of RSS?

Mark Hoppus Bass build is complete!


How it started life…