Wed 21 April 2021
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Wed 10 March 2021
However, this only works as long as the other party actually internalizes the risk and liability. Since there are no consequences for mishandling data, operating IT services you’re not structurally competent to operate, and eventually having your crown jewels stolen - the contractor doesn’t really internalize risk, has no incentive to mitigate it.
Thu 18 February 2021
I will assume you have a working DNS server listening on the default port, 53, and that you have certbot or some other means of acquiring SSL certs.
Create a config file in
pid = /var/run/stunnel4/stunnel.pid [dns] accept = 853 accept = :::853 connect = 127.0.0.1:53 cert = /etc/letsencrypt/live/randomstring.org/fullchain.pem key = /etc/letsencrypt/live/randomstring.org/privkey.pem
Substitute the locations of an appropriate SSL cert and key.
- Start stunnel4.
Wed 17 February 2021
My work-issued MacBook Pro (Retina, late 2013) began to break down: the speakers fried, it was running out of memory (8GB), and then it started rebooting spontaneously. I mentioned this and work bought a replacement. Since I’m capable of working around exciting new bugs, they sent me the newest M1 MacBookPro, with an Apple-designed and -produced M1 8 core CPU.
Herewith, a micro-review.
Sun 17 January 2021
I don’t know about your mother, but my mother is not even a power user – Windows, hunt-and-peck typing – and she taught herself to use IRC because that’s what the other people in her social group were using.
I assume she didn’t use any /command except /join – maybe not even that, because if you’re only using one channel then you can have your client autojoin – but that was enough to get her in. Presumably she learned group etiquette on the fly, the way most people do.
Tue 12 January 2021
Sat 05 December 2020
Tue 01 December 2020
Pseudovalidation is a major goal of marketing and advertising. Actually validating a claim is expensive and often boring. Why not just make people feel like they’re important in some way?
But once you recognize it, pseudovalidation feels disrespectful: these people are lying to me and don’t even care if I know it:
Tue 17 November 2020
Sat 17 October 2020
I began an entry in July of 2018 with this:
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 (2017) is the high-end tablet of their line. The hardware is mediocre and the software is quite bad. I do not recommend you purchase this or any other Fire tablet… unless you have some very specific requirements.
I can now say this:
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 (2019) is the high-end tablet of their line. The hardware is mediocre and the software is quite bad. I can recommend that you purchase this tablet if you are comfortable with the use of
adb and command line tools. It is cheap ($95 on Prime Day) and capable of doing a number of useful things, such as…
Sun 04 October 2020
In the beginning of my experience, it wasn’t that computers had fonts so much as each computer had A Font, and that was how the computer talked to you. All of them were quite low resolution; blocky and bad.
Now I expect every character to be drawn in an appropriate, smooth, curved, and informatively differentiated typeface.
When did that change start, and when was it complete?
Sun 20 September 2020
How the RPG rules describe dice rolls:
this result on the dice is a critical success,
this range is a success,
that range is a failure,
this result is a critical failure.
How every RPG player feels about it:
this is a critical success,
this is nearly a critical success,
this is an excellent success,
these are very good successes,
this is a success,
that’s just a little failure,
that’s a failure,
these are failures too,
that result is a critical failure.
Fri 11 September 2020
Thu 10 September 2020
For every computer system, someone needs to know what they are doing, and check up on it when something goes wrong. That person is the sysadmin.
If you don’t know who the sysadmin is, it’s you.
It’s just like everything else in life: if you care about a thing, you are responsible for taking care of it. If nobody takes care of it, it decays and dies.
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