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webm encoding

I have a number of videos on my site, mostly in the webm format and encoded with VP9 for video and vorbis for audio. I thought I might share how I do my encoding in case it can be useful for someone.

Enigma Expedition, Part 2

The 13th meetup of the enigma expedition was on the 30th local time, and I missed both of them, and considering recent events, now seems like a good time to do some writing.

Laptops are like kicking dead whales down the beach

Laptops suck. That's rather hypocritical of me, as I'm writing this on my ThinkPad T420 running Haiku, but at present, you can't get a laptop that has a good display, is reasonably powerful, has a good keyboard, and doesn't have an x86 processor.

Enigma Expedition, Part 1

In the last Elite: Dangerous post I mentioned I was going to be participating in the Enigma Expedition. It's currently day 6, my Dolphin is landed in the Lagoon Nebula near Thor's Eye, and here's some more pretty pictures and videos.

Prehistoric webms

I've been collecting videos of old computer stuff for a while, and I converted a few to webm and thought I might share them:

20 days of Elite: Dangerous

On the 24th I bought my copy of Elite: Dangerous for about $20 in the Steam Winter sale. I've taken a lot of screenshots so here's what I think and what I've done, I guess. This isn't my usual sort of post, and there'll probably be plenty of pictures.

Happy Winter Sale, plus a surprise.

Tis the season, I guess. Have fun. Thought I'd share what I've been working on.

Setting up a WP8060U Graphics Tablet on Linux

Linux has wonderful Wacom graphics tablet support. They work almost entirely out of the box with no configuration, unless you want to do extra. However, the one I have is not a Wacom, and is in fact an off-brand one from 15 years ago or so. Setting it up on Linux isn't as easy. Here's how, I guess.

Max Comfy Embedded Windows 8.1

For a long time I used Windows 7 Pro, up until earlier this year. But With Windows 10 becoming more common (I think it hit 50% of Windows market share recently?) and me wanting more memory to use, I did the only same thing. I installed Windows 8.

The Discord user experience

Due to circumstances involving needing to contact someone and them only leaving a Discord invite link, I ended up trying it. It wasn't fun, or pretty.

Vosonic X'S-Drive Pro VP-300

I end up with a lot of weird electronics, and today was no exception: A Vosonic X'S-Drive Pro VP-300 has come into my posession. As to what exactly it is and what you're meant to use it for, I'm not entirely sure.

On Social Media

For a while, I've been considering setting up a GNU Social instance. Needless to say that most other forms of 'social media' are hostile, considering their data mining and restriction of freedoms, but rms has some wonderful pages on that so I won't get into that. However, I will write about why I'm not going to be setting up a GNU social instance. These are not technical reasons, just reasons it wouldn't be useful for me.

Customizing Windows installers

I felt a need to make a custom installer image of Windows 7 for my desktop. This means including the Intel USB 3 and Pro 1000 ethernet controllers. I had a lot of uh... fun... doing so.

More site updates

So I finally got fed up (during a meeting) and decided to rewrite my site to be entirely static except stuff that actually needs to be a CGI script, so that's what I'm doing as I write this.

Sanely building Cyanogenmod 13

Part 2 of why you should never try to do any form of Android development ever.

Remotely building Cyanogenmod 13

Part 1 of why you should never try to do any form of Android development ever.

Making Windows Sane to use

Whether you have to use Windows for work, or are still running Windows for games, if you have any form of income and work in IT you probably have to use Windows. Windows is generally known as a Bad Thing, but it's often not an individual's choice. As such, I present to you, a guide to making Windows Sane

An advertising company for the advertising age

I got bored a while ago, and came up with an idea to capitalize on people's brand-centricness.

Blog updates

So I rewrote the backend for the whole site, including this blog page.

Adventures in btrfs

btrfs is quite possibly the greatest filesystem ever. Okay, I can't really say that because I haven't tried zfs yet (one day...), but it has some really cool features.

Balance, and "if it works for you"

This is probably going to be a rant, so you may want to continue scrolling.

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