1. Migrating fscrypt directories to new drives.

    16 May 2024

    A couple of weeks back I wrote about migrating Windbringer to a new laptop, but something I didn't go into a lot of detail about was migrating the encrypted volumes over. There were a few reasons for this, chief among them that I didn't want to put more information than I already had in that post for the sake of organization. Web search is a clusterfuck these days and I wanted to make potentially helpful information as easy to track down as possible. Anyway.

    Surprising nobody who's known me for longer than an hour, the hard drives in all of …

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  2. Linux on the System76 Lemur Pro.

    02 May 2024

    A couple of weeks back I noticed that Windbringer was starting to act dodgy in the way that Dell laptops do when they're getting long in the tooth: USB trouble, wifi getting weird (he'd only connect to the legacy 802.11b network), power cell not charging fully and refusing to doo so... Dell is remarkbly consistent in this regard. Not too long after that a good friend of mine visited with one of their System76 laptops and let me tool around with it for a while. This started wheels turning in my head because I new that I was going …

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  3. Technomancer Tools: Bookstack

    03 April 2024

    I mentioned not too far back that I'd finished migrating my wiki over to a new piece of software, but it was a little outside of what I'd been trying to accomplish in that post. It seemed a good idea to circle back and explain what I meant by that.

    Don't get me wrong, I quite like Pepperminty Wiki. It's a fine piece of software - lightweight, configurable, it uses flat files for storage, and it's nice and snappy. Especially in situations where the web hosting provider is badly over-provisioned and moderately complex web applications tend to bog down. But after …

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  4. Getting my feet under me again.

    21 March 2024

    I'm still around and kicking, just taking it easy (or as easy as feasible right now). As I write this, we're well into March and I'm trying to be gentle with myself - not forcing writing if I can't string words together (which is annoying when ideas come in the shower), not really looking for anything specific to do, just letting things unfold for a while. I don't have any big projects lined up, nor am I looking for any (I do, actually, but it's going to be one of those "pick at it off and on for a while" kind …

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  5. How did I make it this far?

    15 February 2024

    I find myself asking that question a lot these days.

    Another question I've been asking myself a lot is, what the hell am I going to write in this post? I've tried a few things in the days leading up to this (timed) post, and to be honest they all, upon rereading, sound like I'm some combination of coming apart at the seams, in dire need of a vacation in which I do not get sick, in need of therapy (which, to be fair, I am), and sleeping like I did in high school (which is to say, not sleeping …

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  6. Flipping switches here and there.

    22 January 2024

    I guess I'm as back on my game as I'm likely to be for the forseeable future. I finished the run of paxlovid a couple of weeks back and things only recently stopped tasting like soap. I still get tired pretty quickly. It's not unusual for me to fall asleep around 2300 hours local time, give or take, but I wake up feeling fairly decent. My lungs are still pretty irritated, which has necessitated adding a hit of advair from an inhaler twice daily. Said advair was prescribed because I was using my rescue inhaler to get asthma attacks under …

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  7. I guess my luck finally ran out.

    04 January 2024

    As I write this, it's just shy of the end of 2023.ev. I'm now up and around and functional enough actually think about writing. Not because of any New Year's festivities, unfortunately.

    If you guessed that I caught covid-19 in December, you'd be right.

    I went on travel for a week for work in December, which is probably when I was exposed. It might've been at work, it might've been at the hotel (where, during that week, two wedding receptions and four holiday parties were held), for all I know it might've been at the airport when the TSA …

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  8. Maybe we should start over.

    28 December 2023

    There is a conspiracy theory online called the Dead Internet Theory. So the story goes, some years ago people - actual, organic people sitting at keyboards or holding phones - stopped posting anything, anywhere online. Depending on who you talk to (and this includes credentialed folks who study various aspects of the Net, not just denizens of image boards or random users on forums), the proliferation of spambots, botnets, folks who use bots to age Twitter accounts to sell (link anonymized) for various purposes (like astroturfing) and SEO shenanagains effectively pushed organics out through sheer numbers. One person can use custom software …

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  9. We're going on the end of 2023.

    22 December 2023

    Welp, we're going on the end of 2023.ev, and... I'm tired. So fucking tired.

    I've got some writing going on (and have for a few weeks) but it's not going as well as I had hoped. I've had to rewrite it a few times already.

    I was on travel for work for about a week. Between jet lag, wrapping up the year, and the inherent stress of flying coast to coast during the holidays, to say that it was anything but restful is putting it mildly.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, all I've got left in …

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