Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Farewell, LastPass!

I have been using the free tier of Lastpass for some time now, but in their infinite wisdom, they have decided to restrict the free tier to a single type of device. This means I can either use it in a browser on my desktop, or on my Android phone, but not both. Ability to easily sync across devices and browsers is what gave LastPass a leg up, and what made me settle on it in the first place. It looks like Bitwarden is the new winner of that contest. Installed it in Chrome and on my phone, and working well so far.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Back to Blogger

Due to some backend database issues on my server which seem to keep recurring, I have moved the site back to Blogger for now. A lot of posts haven't been imported because of the change, and the address is currently https://blog.nitemarecafe.com. The feed is still provided by feedburner, so that remains unchanged. I also have a bashblog at http://tilde.club/~wintermute/blog, but I'm more likely to post here, since it is still part of my own domain.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

New site

I've been working on move over to a self-hosted site using MediaWiki. The only issues I've having are that there's no easy way to move this content over there, and it's self-hosted off of my home Internet connection so it may experience downtime whenever I experience an outage. But it's about ready to go, so I thought I'd post a note here. I'll point the Feedburner RSS feeds to the new site in a week or so...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tandy on the Internet

I did it! I got my Tandy 1000SX on the internet! This is an XT-class machine with 640K RAM and the CPU replaced with an NEC V20. The only thing not era-specific is the modern XT-IDE controller with 2 gig CF card in it. I found an old Intel Etherexpress 8/16 on eBay for a lot cheaper than the 3com 8-bit NICs with twisted pair, and it's still easy to find the dos drivers. I started with mTCP and the packet driver from e16disk. After I got that going, I grabbed the later doslynx, which was just as simple to get working. Only thing that sucks is the https support is missing, and, with the push to https everywhere, this really breaks web browsing from doslynx.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Clean install

And, less than two weeks later, the file system is completely hosed. Can't boot my Linux install. Can't boot my old Windows install. Can't mount the drive in another machine. Fresh install of Linux Mint. :/

Friday, February 8, 2019

Ubuntu strikes again

Over the years, I have installed various Linux distributions, starting with Slackware way back in '96 or so. Over the years, Ubuntu has come to prominence, so on several occasions, I have installed either Ubuntu or one of its derivatives. Every time, when updating or upgrading one package or another, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong, causing a major OS crash. Most recently, I installed Linux Mint because I got fed up with issues with Windows, and ran it fine for quite some time. Then the graphical update program could no longer fetch updates and I couldn't edit software sources or preferences, and then I noticed that I was disconnected from everything in pidgen, and couldn't reconnect no matter what I did. So I did something you should never have to do in Linux, I did a reboot. And it wouldn't complete a normal boot. So I got it to boot to a cli, did some messing around, and finally managed to get it to boot into a GUI, but I had to change desktop managers in order to do so, and everything is borked. I'm not sure if I should try to fix the issues with gdm, or if I should just install a different distro and regain my sanity...

Friday, January 11, 2019

Software Defined Radio

A short while back, I picked up an RTL-SDR [affiliate link] from Adafruit to get into software defined radio. It can tune frequencies from 24MHz to 1850MHz, but you may want to pick up some MCX male to various connectors [affiliate link] in order to attach a different antenna, as the included antenna is a bit limited.