Brent Saltzman


Interested in all things technology with a passion for analog, design, audio, and anything that sparks creativity and imagination.


  1. Monitoring your Sump Pump with Home Assistant

    (If you are visiting this page on a mobile device and having an issue seeing the pictures, click here to visit the non-amp version) With thunderstorm season upon us, I thought it would be fitting to talk about monitoring sump pumps. When I purchased my house one of the first…

    on Home Assistant, Home Automation, SmartHome, Alerts, DIY

  2. Don't get Zoom Bombed! Change these settings in Zoom now!

    With the coronavirus forcing all of us to practice social distancing and forcing us to work from home and learn from home more and more companies are flocking to services like Zoom to stay connected and keep operations and learning going without needing to gather in places together. Unfortunately, bad…

    on How-To, Work From Home, Working From Home, Zoom, Web Conferencing, ZoomBombing, Zoom-Bombing

  3. How to Survive Working from Home: Web Conferencing and Collaboration

    Throughout my career working with professional audio and video as well as IT, I've worn a few different hats including being a web conferencing administrator. I've worked in both higher education (online learning, etc) as well as corporate and my best practices and advice are both the same no matter…

    on COVID-19, Coronavirus, How-To, Getting Started, Troubleshooting, Working From Home, Work From Home, Web Conferencing, Zoom, WebEx, Collaboration, UC

  4. How to Survive Working from Home: Your Environment

    With the on-going pandemic situation due to Coronavirus COVID-19 many schools and businesses are shutting their doors requiring many employees to work from home (where possible). Obviously not everyone is fortunate to have a profession that can allow a work from home situation and many people working individuals have never…

    on How-To, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Working From Home, Work From Home

  5. Factory Reset a Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch

    If you're wanting a reliable backbone to your home network an obvious choice is a used enterprise level Cisco Catalyst 3750 series switch. These can be found on eBay anywhere from ~$50-$100 which is dirt cheap compared to consumer options and nowhere near as reliable. If you need to…

    on Technology, Troubleshooting, How-To, Networking

  6. Control the Shure MXA910 and MXA310 Microphones with PowerShell

    If you don't know about Shure's MicroFlex Advance series of microphones, they have taken the AV and conferencing industries by storm creating the best in-class ceiling and table top microphone technology along with asthetics that fit into nearly any space. Even with on-going litigation by ClearOne, Shure is still creating…

    on Audio, AV, Code, Scripting

  7. Sous Vide 102: Equipment for Getting Started

    If you went on Amazon and searched for Sous Vide and found all sorts of devices and gadgets and didn't know where to begin you're in the right place. I'll help explain the basic and bare minimum equipment you'll need to get started. Make sure to check out my post…

    on Food, How-To, Cooking, Sous Vide

  8. Sous Vide 101: Getting Started for Regular People

    This post is about something that has changed the way I cook specific dishes and the best part about it, is that you can replicate perfect results every. single. time. with very minimal effort. You might be thinking that this sounds too good to be true, but I would not…

    on How-To, Cooking, Food, Sous Vide

  9. Set the Default Microphone and Adjust the Input Volume in Windows 10

    This guide will show you how set the default recording device and adjust the input volume to achieve the best sound when using any microphone (internal or external) in Microsoft Windows 10. This guide was created using screenshots from Windows 10 1903, so your screen may look a little different,…

    on Windows, Technology, Audio, Getting Started, Video Conferencing, Troubleshooting, How-To

  10. Understanding Delayed Delivery in Microsoft Outlook

    Delayed delivery of email in Outlook can be immensely useful, but it is one of the most non-intuitive feature. This guide will help demystify delayed delivery in Outlook and help you master the feature. First thing we need to figure out is if your Outlook is running in Cached mode…

    on How-To, Troubleshooting, Windows, Outlook

  11. Set the Default Microphone and Adjust the Input Volume in Windows 7

    This guide will show you how set the default recording device and adjust the input volume to achieve the best sound when using any microphone (internal or external) in Microsoft Windows 7. If you are looking for directions for Windows 10, click here. To get started, first right-click on the…

    on Windows, technology, Audio, Getting Started, Video Conferencing, Troubleshooting, How-To

  12. Make the best Grilled Cheese ever - Truffled Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Now to start off here, I am not a food blogger, and this is not a food blog. That being said, when I'm not dabbling with technology, amateur radio or home automation, I enjoy throwing a chef's hat on in the kitchen and cooking. I love food and I love…

    on Food, Cooking