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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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

Android is braindead

Or rather, whoever designed it is. postmarketOS can’t come soon enough.

Hi from Haiku

I complain about things a lot, so let’s talk about something I actually like, for a change: the Haiku operating system.

Elite: Dangerous VR with a Google Cardboard clone

I recently ended up with a Google Cardboard clone - namely, a Samsung GearVR headset. I’m not sure whether the electronics inside are broken or just too snobby to interact with my trusty Moto G3, but either way, it functions like a plain Google Cardboard clone to me. So anyway, as Minetest wouldn’t run happily in side-by-side 3D mode on my phone, I set my sights on heavier VR stuff - namely Elite: Dangerous, the most solid VR game I’ve seen.

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.

Blog updates

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

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.

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

Remotely building Cyanogenmod 13

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

Sanely building Cyanogenmod 13

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

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.

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.

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.

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