1. Working around another Android misfeature.

    20 April 2022

    I've been using Android phones for probably ten years now. Not because I have any particular loyalty to Google or the platform, but just because I can afford the phones. The last time I tried to text on a candybar phone using T9 I about went out of my mind because it was so different from what I'd been using for years. Additionally, my fingertips are just too damned big to use that form factor of keypad reliably anymore. I don't have any particular beef against Apple and the iDoohickey product lines, I just can't particularly afford them. I can …

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  2. Two in a month.

    22 March 2022

    This might be a record. Two posts in a month.

    Things seem to have calmed down a little so I've had more compute cycles free to do stuff. The last week at work was uncommonly... I don't want to say "uneventful," but "less eventful." This left me a little time to work on some projects that have been hanging fire for the last month or two.

    Mom's estate is still in a holding pattern, more or less. I'm still trying to get through to her tax preparer, with no success. I've also reached out to the estate attorney I'm working …

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  3. Okay, fine. I'm generation X.

    08 March 2022

    This blog post best read while listening to this playlist.

    I keep trying to figure out how to start this blog post. I've started, stopped, pondered, and taken a shower while thinking about it off and on ever since my last post went live back in February. Unfortunately, life in the twenty-first century is.. well, being life in the twenty-first century. The laundry list of things that have taken up most of my time is unfortunately way too long: Java and log4j have cost me more nights of sleep and almost-but-not-quite migraines in the last month or so than I …

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  4. Using Recoll to index my hoard.

    08 February 2022

    Long time readers are probably familar with two things: Horror stories about my dental work, and my endless quest to find search software that'll let me make sense of my data hoard (because I never delete anything). Thankfully, the former's been fairly good lately so I don't have any real complaints there. Things have improved on the latter front, remarkably.

    I've experimented off and on with a personal search engine called Recoll, which was designed to work alongside Linux desktop environments initially but later it was ported to Mac OS X and Windows. It is noteworthy in that it tries …

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  5. What's on my desk?

    03 February 2022

    In the last couple of weeks, a meme has been going around the blogging community where people talk about the stuff they use on an everyday basis. So, I figured, why not. I write about everything else, right?

    Hardware-wise you're probably already familiar with Windbringer's specs because I document all of my laptops. It's also no surprise that I run Arch Linux everywhere I can get away with it. Not a whole lot has changed on that front. I'm running the MATE Desktop Environment as my daily user interface, I'm trying to get used to neoVIM as my go-to text …

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  6. Searching for a bourbon replacement.

    27 January 2022

    Disclaimer: I'm not getting anything for these reviews. I haven't been asked to write them, I'm not being compensated for them, and I don't have an in with any of these companies. My Amazon links are affiliate links but I rarely get anything from them (and you are, of course, free to look at the affiliate link, do your own search on Amazon, and buy it on your own). I'll also probably update this post once in a while as I try new products. Also, none of what I'm writing is medical advice. Some of the stuff I tried may …

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  7. My .plan file has broken the one megabyte barrier.

    12 January 2022

    As the title implies, my .plan file has broken the one megabyte barrier at long last:

    {12:10:40 @ Thu Jan 06}
    [drwho @ windbringer ~] () $ ls -alF .plan
    .rw-r--r-- drwho drwho 1.0 MB Thu Jan  6 12:03:39 2022  .plan
    
    {12:10:43 @ Thu Jan 06}
    [drwho @ windbringer ~] () $ du -sh .plan
    1.1M    .plan
    

    I've also updated it, the first for this year. All the usual warnings apply.

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  8. Heroic IT measures on an HP Pavilion x360 Convertible.

    04 January 2022

    Note: The purpose of this post is mostly to document how to reconfigure laptops like my mom's to boot from a flash drive. The actual imaging process is only parenthetically laid out. If you're in a position where this is something you find yourself doing chances are you're already a competant sysadmin and know how to use dd anyway. However, I can't just leave it unfinished.

    Due to how many things are now inextricably tied to one's computers these days, from banking to paying bills, it seemed a good idea to back up my mom's laptop while I was in …

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  9. Pain.

    31 December 2021

    "Sometimes I think this whole 'growing up' thing is just pain management."

    --The Maxx

    Seems like a pretty cynical take on life, doesn't it? In a sense, it is; it comes across as somewhat defeatist, as a way to write off much of the experience of life. Or at least as a dismissive and macho way of ignoring parts of reality. However, if you dig into it a little bit there is also more truth to it than it would seem at a cursory glance.

    I've already written quite a bit lately on the topics of death and grief so …

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