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this is now officially the most network ports I've ever had on a single computer

it will be the fanciest router ever

once I get it to boot some kind of routery fanciness

:P

first steps with FreeBSD!

(... well, um, this is exactly how far I've got :P)

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A really quick and (hopefully) practical explanation of why self-signed certificates are called "self-signed" (and how to make one in 3 lines with openssl).

, episode 8.

simonsafar.com/2021/self_signe

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What's your favorite thing you can do with your PinePhone that you can't do with Android or iOS? Please boost.

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I wrote... yet another thing 🙂

It prints "Hello, Hurd!" and exits. Without linking to glibc.

It's 700-something lines of C — there are Mach trap bindings and hand-rolled RPC routines in there. It's as terrible as you imagine, and then some.

github.com/bugaevc/hello-hurd

#hurd

"Installation: we recommend that you use Docker."

what I'm supposed to see: "hey, it's a simple one-liner! Such clean install, much wow."

what I actually see: "we couldn't figure out how to install this thing on anything but our own machine, but hey, here is a well-compressed image of our entire disk, use this instead so that we can stop trying"

half a year ago, I had a raspberry pi that I thought I knew the password for; it was routing VPN nicely, too

as of a month ago, ssh no longer let me in... maybe I forgot the password? (surely I'm just stupid)

now it no longer pings or routes

it also randomly stopped booting a year ago, with a different SD card

(minor issue: it's 10k miles away)

moral of the story: raspis are finicky and you shouldn't trust far away ones?

... what should I get for a router / VPN server?

Kinda eyeing pfSense on... something; I read somewhere that "raspi with second USB ethernet port" is not a good idea, so... maybe something more fancy than that?

@jbauer do I remember correctly that you just obtained some SFF PCs?

... on the Unix Philosophy & how it's not a reason but a consequence.

, episode 7.

simonsafar.com/2021/unix_philo

it's also a demo of how you can kinda look like Medium with a 1.5 kB stylesheet instead of truckloads of JS.

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YOU: so the A in RAID stands for "Array"?
US: Yes.
YOU: doesn't that mean saying "RAID array" is redundant?
US: Of course. That's what the R is for.

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untrunc is the ****BEST**** software ever. it just saved my ass. everyone: please disregard what I said. I managed to unfuck this MP4 file. see: github.com/anthwlock/untrunc

it takes another file as reference, with moov atom intact, and uses that to fix your broken mp4 file.

Anyone who started making regular backups _not_ as a consequence of just having lost something?

(sounds like "only after at least mildly catastrophic outcomes" is the regular trajectory of things; for me it was a precious 30GB hard drive, plus @sotolf just provided a few data points from more people :))

Here is a short snippet on how binary formats are not as evil and unapproachable as it might seem.

, episode 6.

simonsafar.com/2021/binary/

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Retro nostalgia and why my new website looks like Window 9x (2019)
ash.ms/2019-10-02/retro-websit

(submitted by cardamomo)

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Before going away for a week I decide to risk it and do preliminary testing of my 8Bit version of the #RTL8019 #ISA #networkcard card (github.com/Manawyrm/ISA8019).
The results are promising: lucky me, otherwise I would have had it in my mind for a whole week, gnawing at my sanity. #homebrewcomputing #retrocomputing

... even though it is surely evil and unholy to install a non-free binary driver for this ethernet card...

... it was a package from SiS, from 2001.

And it actually works, 20 years later, on a system that is open source, and is _not_ windows.

I don't even. This is amazing. Congrats to all the ReactOS devs!!!

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