Made a bit of an effort to rewrite and update my amateur radio overview page on my website. iain.learmonth.me/ham/

Going to move some of the APRS station specific stuff over to dedicated pages but I think it's a good start.

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Is VeraCrypt still the best choice for creating encrypted backups when you have the following requirements?

- Works across operating systems
- Has a graphical user interface
- Is (halfway) easy to use

#AskFediverse

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Can you recommend a 64-bit ARM Single Board Computer to run #OpenBSD?

I'm going to use it with cwm and a set of lightweight Text User Interface programs: tmux, mc, etc.

#BSD

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We (Prosody project) just published a blog post with a range of advice and links to resources for dealing with the recent spam wave on #xmpp. Hopefully folks find it a useful and informative summary!

blog.prosody.im/simple-anti-sp

I wrote a blog post :flan_writing: "Matrix Synapse Certificates"

My eventual understanding of server discovery and certificate names for matrix federation

iain.learmonth.me/blog/2020/20 or
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there’s countless xeons in landfills with 10k+ CPUMark scores.

there’s warehouses full of unsold DDR3 ECC

you can look in dumpsters in any major city and find 5-10 year old dell precisions that still run fine

and we’re still manufacturing new, flawed consumer tech - and making extremely substantial compromises to keep it cheap.

Moore’s law has slowed down enough that we can just use the old shit. If it was good enough for businesses five years ago, it’s good enough for me today

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reject compromised consumer tech
embrace off-lease enterprise tech
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@Shufei This reminds me of a fun story.

Once upon a time it was illegal for US amateur stations to make contact with their Cuban counterparts.

One day a US station hears a Cuban station down on HF (I forget what band). US station says to his buddy "It's a real shame we're not allowed to talk to Cuba because I'm hearing <callsign> 59 here."

Cuban station then says to nobody in particular "It's a shame we cannot talk to the US because I hear <callsign> 59 here."

No regs were broken that day.

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Rare photo of mother wrench feeding her hatchlings in the wild. Breathtaking

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I love how it's a terrible idea to open Office documents from unknown sources

good thing you never want to open documents from people you don't know, what an outlandish usecase

Since moving back to the Fediverse, Twitter is starting to get jealous. In desperate attempts for my attention is now just making up notifications for things that don’t involve me at all. It’s pretty annoying. Probably going to have to dig into the settings and disable this “feature”.

Think I'm going to let spacerdf.org expire in a few weeks. It was a project to give a semantic web interface to hackerspace data, but never really went anywhere. The hackerspace has moved location twice since I started this project, so probably time to let it die.

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@irl I feel like this encapsulates why blog engines are depleted uranium ammunition for nerd sniping.

This evening's project is migrating a FreeNAS system to OpenBSD, but I still haven't written the IC-9700 terminal mode blog post I promised. :flan_writing:

If you have a static site generator blog, how do you manage images in your blog post? Right now I'm manually copying them into the static folder and then manually typing out the path to them in the posts. This seems like it's a source of friction that's preventing me from blogging.

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hackers.town

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.