Today has been "a day" (noisy construction work outside all day), so I took a ten minute break from work this afternoon and did some internet searching, and turned up the correct incantations to have youtube-dl download things and save them to disk in a plex-friendly naming scheme.
Part of the incantations were some plex plugins to do what I can only assume is magic with the metadata and "suchlike".

This new skill, of course, comes with the added bonus of having to keep an eye on the available space on my NAS, because that is going to vanish, quicksharp, I reckon.

Why am I surprised that clicking through to link my trello account with Atlassian has resulted in me basically losing all of my trello boards...

As my 'long weekend followed by four days off work' plans to get away are obviously out of the window, so I have obviously started researching the current hardware market, because my gaming PC, which I built for a birthday a while back, is now pushing eleven years old, and I want something where the oculus software doesn't shout at me for having an unsupported CPU, or I can play Cities: Skylines and actually see things off on the horizon
This is getting pricey, and fast...

re: Bit of a rant about apple/dark sky, got longer than a short toot, so CW'd it 

Bit of a rant about apple/dark sky, got longer than a short toot, so CW'd it 

Yup, coping well with the UK's lockdown, not even slightly bored ;-)

re: looks like paid endorsement, it isn't, I just like my laptop 

If there's anything in particular that I'm learning about WFH with extensive video calls, it's that my ancient X220i laptop isn't quite machine enough for my green-screen adventures in making work video calls more entertaining.
And yes, I _am_ looking at small form factor/ultra small form factor refurb'd PCs on ebay, how did you guess?

OK, I'll admit it, the portable green-screen for the back of the chair has definitely made remote working more fun.
More than one colleague so far has been fooled for a moment by the youtube video of a coffee shop that I'm playing the the background, at least until they notice the green halo around me ;-)

@sungo Not so much concerned about all the shit behind me as I am looking forward to all of the exotic and interesting locations that my future google hangouts are going to come from 🌌​

@sungo I'm used to the UK being the poor relative when it comes to VoIP, so I'm definitely pleased to have found the one I did.
Also with the UK area codes, it allows me to _really_ mess with the heads of people who know I live in London 😖​

@sungo I have an account on Andrews & Arnold ( ) which costs me something like £1.20 a month, which is worth it to me for a non-changing, but not my mobile, number

Having had the "from Monday, it's mandatory WFH until further notice, please put your details on this spreadsheet so we can all contact each other if we need to" email, my current new number one priority is to get my VoIP number up and running again, so I don't have to give out my mobile number to $work

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of VPN endpoints suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced, followed by a shitload of sysadmins saying 'oh, sure, it's important *now*. Remember when we said it was? We told you so'"


@Anarkat At this point I'm fairly blasé about these things. If I want the shiny toys (which I do), then I have to choose my flavour of non-privacy-respecting device ;-)

It's probably just me, but the thought of a phone without any google apps is actually pretty appealing...

After a big tick against the weekend project of finally sorting out my nextcloud crons and news updater, I thought I'd have a look at seeing if I could make the social app work.
The answer is that "it is still very alpha", so I might come back to it at a later date ;-)

@DC7IA I use the plugin ( ) for weechat, so I have my IRC, slack, and facebook messenger in the same terminal.

I had totally forgotten about , so with thanks to @ryen and @felix for reminding me, and for for having their ready-to-roll images, I just spent under ten minutes and now have my photos directory syncing from the synology to both HC2s.
Tomorrow = set up the remainder of my "need to sync" directories, wait for "some time", and then take the designated "off-site" HC2 to $secretDestination

@felix I've used that in the past, and had totally forgotten about it, so good shout, thanks for the reminder 🙂
I can even take the lazy install method of using's docker build, because I'm lazy, and I'm already running a few of their containers.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.