Home office renovation

August 1, 2020

It’s been a month since my last post and I wanted to write about something but I haven’t really tinkered with any new technology in the last month other than buying a Raspberry Pi 4 kit off Amazon. It’s touted as a $35 computer but when you buy a kit with 8GB RAM, a case/fan, a preformatted SD-card, etc. etc. you end up spending more like $135. For most simple web-based tasks, it’s probably enough procesing power. I think you’d probably want a network-based hard drive for storing real files. I ended up putting this in my fstab to connect to my NAS:

//<ip.address>/scratch /mnt/scratch cifs user=timmy,uid=1000,gid=1000,rw,dir_mode=0775,file_mode=0775 0 0

Anyways the point of this post was to follow up on my Audio 101 post–I bought some speakers but to get the most out of them I needed some room treatment. My home office had a pretty strong echo because there wasn’t anything on the walls or floor. I bought some bass traps ($60-ish) and acoustic foam ($100) and nailed it into the wall with T-Pins (you’d get these at a craft store for like $4). I was looking at glue also, but this seemed better. Removable glue options seemed like more labor and more difficult to keep the foam attached to the wall. I put some on the ceiling also. I understand the way I covered the walls might not be the best for sound, but I ended up going more for form over function. It’s a little tacky, but much more interesting than the white walls that were there before.

Home office picture

Maybe I should clean up the wires next.