Tag: Technology

  • Cloning an ancient laptop to new hardware requires care

    Astute readers of the headline will realize that I failed to do that… There was a happy ending though (thankfully). The past few posts have had TL;DRs up front. This time is will be at the end, so if you don’t want to follow this saga (and who could blame you!), just skip […]

  • Wireguard, ZeroTier, ControlD and NextDNS

    This will be another soul-crushing length and techie laden post, so it definitely deserves a TL;DR to let most of you off the hook early. TL;DR When using two or more services, each of which is awesome on their own, sometimes, the interactions between them are unexpected and can cause headaches (followed by […]

  • Reaction vs Fail2Ban vs Crowdsec

    This is a highly technical post that will only interest people who host a server that’s open to the Internet. That excludes nearly everyone that typically reads my blog, so I’ll start with a TL;DR so you can bug out quickly. TL;DR reaction is a relatively new system that is capable of replacing […]

  • Trigger pulled on new PC, a UM790 Pro from Minisforum

    Even shorter than a TL;DR, you can tell what machine I bought right in the title above. But, do I like it? Perhaps that deserves a TL;DR so you don’t fall asleep reading the rest of the post… TL;DR I absolutely love this mini-PC. It’s the UM790 Pro from Minisforum. I bought it […]

  • Contmeplating a new PC

    My current laptop is 9+ years old. It’s still going very strong (which is crazy), but every once in a while exhibits a potential issue (which I’ve been able to fully mitigate or correct so far). I’ve been researching, thinking and planning for what I’d replace it with for well over 6 months […]

  • Matrix, Dendrite and Element

    A more accurate headline would have been, Dendrite and Even though I had intended to (and continue to intend to) blog regularly, for a number of reasons, I ended up not blogging in March at all. Don’t cry for me, it was a very good month in every other way, but […]

  • Welcome Me to Mastadon

    I mentioned in this post that my Twitter addiction had been broken. It still has. From the time of the great migration from Twitter to Mastodon, I had little interest in joining Mastodon. That’s ironic, because for many years, Mastodon has been on my to-do list of things to check out. My real […]

  • In Praise of the Intel Celeron N5105

    I mentioned a few times that I am in the midst of numerous technology projects. Many are interrelated and involve running virtual machines (VMs). In my post about Proxmox vs virt-manager I never mentioned the hardware that I’m currently using for some of these projects. In the past, 100% of my VM work […]

  • Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L Journey

    Two posts ago I mentioned that our goddaughter donated three older laptops for me to find good homes for. In that post, I had already found a good home for the better two of them (the very next day). The third laptop was the one in the title of this post, an Acer […]

  • One Bad Cable Spoils the Bunch

    Spoiler Alert!: well, the headline is the spoiler, so the alert is too late! But, there is a lengthy sub-plot here which has nothing to do with that cable, so aside from documenting the cable saga (which you know the ending of), there was more sleuthing necessary. I’ve been a Verizon FiOS customer […]