Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Hahaha! Go Me.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022

Somewhere in 2011, a patent t… excuse me, a “non-practicing entity,” sued Apple. Apple counter-sued to invalidate the patent. I just found out that Apple entered my mashup book from 2007 as an exhibit in the case. Awesome.

I Made the Front Page of HN

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

Some friends and I were talking about civil litigation earlier this week, which made me wonder if anyone at HN would be curious about my experience with arbitration as a civilian. Right before I went to sleep, I submitted a link to last month’s post to HN and went to bed. The timing would have […]

Galapagos Photography Tips

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The photos are Here. The Galapagos is often a once-in-a-lifetime trip. So, in preparation, I wanted to get it right for photography. I did a bunch of research beforehand, and found some good tips and not good tips. The bad ones will show up in google searches, so be careful. You have no control over […]

I was in the Galapagos for a week.

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

And spent almost two weeks total with Kali Linux on an old MacBook Air as my only computer. People are often warned that Kali should not be considered as a normal everyday laptop due to hardware compatibility issues, so I was curious how true that was. Why Linux and Why Kali? I wanted a laptop […]

Adventures with Python’s Asyncio

Friday, June 11th, 2021

I finally got the chance to work with Python’s Asyncio package in a semi-real world project recently. I’ve had a scraping program that scrapes investment fund data and inserts it into a database. As the number of funds grew, the number of investment vehicles grew. In revisiting the app, I decided it was a good […]

Stop Recommending Home Assistant for Home Automation

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

This post expands and refines on a comment I made in response to a blog post by Rob Dodson in which he explains why he ripped out a $9,000 automated home lighting system. His post centers around the Z-Wave device protocol, but touches upon Home Assistant, a popular open source control center for home automation […]

Google and Apple Have Been Screwing Around With Email Security and it Doesn’t Actually Help Security

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

TL;DR – Two-factor authentication (2FA) with Gmail, Apple’s native mail clients, and an email forwarding service is much harder to set up than it needs to be due to poor communication by both Google and Apple. The end result is that it’s just much easier, if people can’t sacrifice Gmail/Apple/Forwarding, to just turn off 2FA […]

Raspberry Pi-Powered Time Machine Backups – No Really, Do It This Way. The Other Ways Are Wrong.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

TL;DR – If you want to set up a Raspberry Pi and a hard drive to act as a network Time Machine server, use Samba and ext4. If you find a post on some site that tells you to install netatalk and hfsprogs, flip off your monitor, close the tab, and Google again. A long, […]