Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Retirees: A Kinda-But-Not-Really-Facetious Question About Subscription Services

Saturday, March 16th, 2024

I have a JetBrains All Products license. It currently costs $173 per year. I love their products, and I am fortunate enough to afford it. Lightroom+Photoshop is $240 per year. My cloud compute bill is about $50 a month ($600 a year), which I use for various convenience things like file transfers, an offsite NVR […]

Ansible Playbook to Create an IMAP Server Hosting Multiple Domains

Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Here is an Ansible playbook to set up a server as an IMAP server hosting email for multiple domains. Just bring your own server! Features: 1. Host email for multiple domains on one single server. 2. Emails and Domains are managed by MariaDB/MySQL. 3. Uses Ansible Vault to secure sensitive information. 4. Uses Let’s […] on macOS is Really Freakin’ Buggy

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

I’ve been on a mission to replace all MP3 with lossless and have been culling my collection, stored in and before that, iTunes. I’ve been an iTunes user since Day 1. There’s always been complaints about this and that, but I’ve never paid attention to them since it “works for me!” Sure, the cloud […]

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 […]