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lmao no rly we gettin geocities up in here
If the site is a work in progress, but you haven’t actually continued to
construct it, is it still under construction?
Hi, I’m hime, you can shout at me on twitter, or send me an e-mail to
drbawb+blog [at] [this-domain]. You can also see what I’m up to on github or sourcehut. You can find my general-purpose public encryption key at sourcehut as well.
We have a public mumble server which you can check out at
metallia.fatalsyntax.com port 64738. Mubmle is an open-source VOIP client which you can download from mumble.info. We are a small community that is currently playing games such as: “the critically acclaimed MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, which now has a free-trial that includes up to the first expansion: Heavensward.”, Stardew Valley, Hades, The Division 2, Overwatch, Diablo III, and many more.
Though I rarely ever complete it, I like to do some of the challenges put forth for Advent of Code from time to time: https://adventofcode.com/2023 . I didn’t really expect to get stuck on the first day, but I sure did!
Spoilers below. I apologize for nothing. Turn back now.
The problem At first glance you are given some very simple input (ASCII, alpha-numeric, line-oriented) and expected to memorize the first and last digit for each line....
I’m never building a new PC again [without a retailer warranty.]
— Me, literally 2 months ago
I helped Maus spec a new high-end AM5 rig, consisting of:
ASUS ProArt Creator AMD Ryzen 7950X3D G.Skill 4x16GB DDR5 @ 6400MHz Samsung 990 Pro (main drive) WD SN850X 4TB (backup/Steam drive) We were going to reuse:
Old Corsair full-tower case (Ancestor of the Obsidian 800D.) EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 power supply EVGA RTX 2080 Super We were going to retire:...
The Parts The time has come to reflect on my misadventures in PC building. Last christmas I bought copmonents to build my sister a midrange AM4 PC, which included the following:
MB : ASUS ROG STRIX Gaming II (WiFi) CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G RAM: 4x8GB G.SKILL Trident Z SSD: Samsung 980 Pro 1TB Samsung 980 Pro 2TB Total spend, including some odds and ends (e.g. thermal paste, cooler, etc) was $589....
Lately on my new laptop I’ve noticed that after a reboot, or after waking from suspend, I will often have a “Software Reporter Tool” task running on CPU. There is one from MS, presumably part of Windows Defender, and one from Chrome which is part of chrome://settings/cleanup.
Believe it or not this rant is not about “cloud enabled” antivirus protection being enabled by default. Instead this rant is about how fucking pathologically poorly these tools perform....
Introduction Somehow, it has come to be that I upgrade my computer every four years. It is purely coincidence that I happened to start that trend on a leap year, and so for the forseeable future I build a new computer roughly once per leap year.
Though if I’m being honest hardware is getting to be so ridiculously fast that I have very little need for another upgrade. Of course PCIe and DDR5 are compelling updates, but I can’t say that it feels like I’m running into I/O or memory bottlenecks these days....
aqua is the stupid goddess in charge of managing my photo library. She’s a bit of an idiot, but she gets the job done:
In general aqua is a codename for a suite of projects that aim to organize my files more efficiently. The unifying concept behind all the software is that: storing files (leaves) hierarchically sucks because in general there is rarely a single “path” to retrieving that knowledge....
Today I woke up and was immediately subjected to the following video:
This is your one spoiler warning: I will be discussing this video below this imaginary line.
Now I didn’t find this particularly funny, although it certainly has its moments, but I do patently disagree with the notion of this being “zoomer humor.” You see I recall being similarly inane as a child, as were my friends. This style of humor doesn’t “belong” to any one generation, it’s just the result of immaturity....
Following the cable misadventures I was in need of the ability to route at gigabit speeds on my home network. I had a venerable PCEngine APU2 that was able to do about 550-650 Mbit/s firewalled, but that’s just not enough. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that currently my main workstation has VMs that straddle multiple subnets, so bulk file-transfer traffic that should be switched (L2) is instead moving through the router (L3)....
The rich and powerful route packets however they want. We steal them back for you.
I was contacted by a friend who was struggling with internet drop-outs at one of their business sites. Their router no longer had a functional WAN backup, mostly because Sprint ceased to exist, so internet outages led to an inability to take payments.
Z was getting nowhere with support for this firewall appliance; however he was particularly confused by the guy saying there were “multiple ARP entries” on the WAN interface....
In May I decided to address some internet connectivity problems. For a bit of context: I play a lot of Final Fantasy 14 which uses TCP for its netcode. This basically means lost packets quickly turn the game into an unplayable mess. (Things like the client being completely unresponsive for 10s of seconds, and then quickly fast-forwarding to “catch-up” to the current state of the world.) Due to these quirks in my primary entertainment: I started to dive into some packet loss between my router and its default gateway....