I’m pretty excited for post-work VR today. Half-life Alyx is released today. While I haven’t sprung for the latest VR tech (yet) I’m pretty sure this is going to be a hell of an experience. I’m a little sad I don’t have the knuckles controllers as I’m sure that will add another level of excitement. Maybe I’ll sneak in a peek over lunchtime.
Most board games don’t take three years to finish, but I knew I was signing up for a long haul with Kingdom Death: Monster game when I agreed to start a campaign with my friends in Chicago. …more
Trying Out Hugo
Ghost has been a reasonably nice blogging platform, but I don’t really need the work of managing or maintaining it, or the cost of hosting. I do a lot of my work in text editors, so I’m going to try Hugo for a bit. I tried this about 2 years ago with a tool called Hexo. I’m not sure if this will go better or worse (they’re very similar tools).…more
Twenty plus years of Linux
Ok, it’s actually been longer than twenty years, but we seem to like base-10, so it’s a catchier headline. I can’t exactly claim that my early years were terribly productive, so maybe twenty years is more appropriate anyway. I feel like that’s a pretty long time and given how some technologies come and go it is pretty interesting that a lot of the fundamentals still hold true today (and are still good).…more
I’m going to attempt to have a very productive year, personally and professionally. I have a new role at work which means I get to spend more time designing, and less time building. It’s exciting but I really do feel like I have to do some training to keep up with everything that we’re looking at doing this year. That’s where I’ll be spending a lot of time trying out Kubernetes and related technologies.…more
Bye bye Dropbox
This week I did a bunch of work on cleaning up my digital life. Earlier this year I picked up a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device along with a battery backup to give myself highly reliable local storage. I’ve also take the time to set up multiple encrypted backup locations, with versioning, so I’ve got high data integrity and strong disaster recovery. I’ve slowly been organizing my decades old backups and I think I’ve got everything pulled together in one organized location.…more
Browser options are shrinking
uBlock Origin is an ad-block, web security, and privacy tool, one that I have recommended for a long time. I was dismayed to see this article today. I encourage you to read that, but here’s the first line: Very quick tl;dr: uBO will no longer with Safari, use Firefox or a new “content blocker” app (see below for good replacements). If you read the article you’ll notice that Chrome is also essentially disabling support for uBlock Origin.…more
Another reminder about MS and Privacy
Bleeping computer’s Lawrence Abrams writes about a good reminder about why I avoid Microsoft products. There are good reasons why they collect this data, but there are equally good reasons to resent them for doing so. I choose not to share my information with them. I choose to use Linux.
Dieter Bohn seems like a kindred spirit. You should read his article here about secure-by-default messaging.
Chrome is taking over
Here is a good article about what kind of shennanigans that Google has been up to with chrome. A couple of months back I moved back to using Firefox as my primary browser for reasons not mentioned in that article. Several good points have been made about the state of browsers, and it’s important to keep Firefox relevant at this time or there won’t be ANY meaningful competition in the browser market in the future.…more