New year, new nerdery

Posted on Thu 11 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, aws, funtoo, gentoo, linux, personal, vps • 5 min read

It’s the January of 2018, and the sickness is upon me again. Sometimes you can feel it coming, like that first head fog that warns of a coming cold, or the klaxon of a stomach churn that alerts you to an impending flu. Other times, it comes out of …


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Review: Linode

Posted on Tue 07 December 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, hosting, linode, linux, reviews, webfaction • 4 min read

Well, after many years of posting my nonsense on the internets, I have finally made the transition from shared hosting to a VPS. This last week, I migrated this site over to a Linode VPS, and I must say that the whole experience has been pretty painless.

A Little History …


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Strong passwords no panacea as SSH brute-force attacks rise

Posted on Thu 15 May 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with apple, linux, security, ssh, sshd • 1 min read

Okay, if you still have your box configured to allow remote logins as “root”, then you deserve anything you get. Otherwise, start using strong passphrases (not a password, those are too easy), or if you can swing it with your work flow, use an ssh key rather than a text-based …


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I Am In Fact Alive

Posted on Thu 03 August 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with announcements, assorted geekery, linux, personal, tech • 2 min read

Wow, where the hell have I been?!

It’s two days shy of a month since I last posted, which is an eternity online. As is probably obvious, I’ve been really busy with work and all the other interesting things that life can throw at you. :)

My software for …


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Skype 1.3 Beta for Linux

Posted on Wed 05 July 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, linux, tech • 1 min read

Skype has released a new version for Linux with ALSA support built-in, which allows it to run even with other sound applications. Hurray!

Get it here!

However, it is important to note that the original HOWTO I wrote on recording Skype conversations won’t work with the new version. So …


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HOWTO: Access Your Desktop Remotely In Linux

Posted on Thu 09 March 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, linux, tech • 4 min read

Not everyone has use for this kind of feature, but I use it almost every day for a wide variety of uses. For example, I can check on a lengthy compilation process, test a theory using a one of the applications native to my Linux system, or to bypass a …


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I Can’t Help It

Posted on Wed 08 March 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, linux, screenshots • 1 min read

What can I say? I’m in love.

Gentoo Screenshot

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The Things We Do For Love

Posted on Wed 08 March 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, linux, personal, reviews, tech • 4 min read

I haven’t posted in a few days, in part because I’ve been pretty busy, and partly because I’ve been overhauling my system with a brand new Linux distribution.

I’m now running Gentoo and I absolutely love it. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Gentoo is …


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HOWTO: Record Skype Conversations In Linux

Posted on Fri 17 February 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, linux, tech • 4 min read

The purpose of this guide is to show you how to record your Skype conversations for legitimate purposes. Remember to respect your local laws regarding the recording of telephone calls, and to respect your local copyright laws in any recording endeavor.

UPDATE: If you are using Skype 1.3 beta …


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Review: DRM-less Online Media Store Offers Hope To Consumers

Posted on Wed 02 November 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with linux, movies, music, reviews, tech • 4 min read

I recently came upon a Boing Boing post regarding a new online store serving up digital media for the public. The store is Common Media, which has been supplying free fair-use media for a while now, but as a commerce site it comes in two flavors: Common Tunes and Common …


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