Just bough a "tower" style power strip, in the hopes that it would reduce the problem of large power plugs blocking neighbouring sockets.
It worked partially, at least now a big power plug only blocks a single neighbouring socket instead of (potentially) two on a long horizontal power strip.

Still, not entirely happy with the solution.

What are you guys all doing for power strips when you've got a lot of large power plugs?

I'm still getting mails from my single user Mastodon server about new trending hashtags to approve. I don't care about those, as this is a single user instance.

But: It is a very nice way to know that the mail sending setup in my homelab still works. 😂

The final post of the Netbooting a Raspberry Pi series: blog.mei-home.net/posts/rpi-ne

Note especially the point at the end: Does anybody have a good book on technical blogging/writing, especially style, which goes a bit beyond "Here are the 12 points every blogger should keep in mind"?

And another post from my "Netbooting a Raspberry Pi" series:

I'm rather proud of my productivity this fine weekend.

Okay, this was a fun 10 minutes. The hashtag chinacoup was in my Twitter trendings and tweets were saying that Xi Jinping was arrested. I was muttering a lot of "ah fuck" under my breath. Until I realized that it was only Indian twitter accounts and nobody else.

Twitter is really weird sometimes.

Finished the next installment of my ""Netbooting a Raspberry Pi" series:

This time, I'm explaining how to create a Raspberry Pi image with Hashicorp Packer using the very cool binfmt_misc kernel feature and chroots.


While writing the article, I realized how long it had gotten. So I decided to move the Ansible playbook and the final deployment to later articles.

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I just found out about prose.sh/

Publishing blog content with scp and ssh. I love the simplicity of it!

I need to go on Amazon more often. I completely missed that Rebecca Gable published a new Waringham novel. 😍

Difficult decision: Repurpose my testing/experimenting Raspberry Pi 4 as my DMZ host?

Pi 4 4GB are pretty hard to come by at the moment, and I would like to have a dedicated "Bastion Host" Pi.

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When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:

* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched

- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
And more...

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.

And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.

Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.

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This was (hopefully obviously) sarcastic.

If you enjoy a creator who is giving away their time and energy, and suddenly you see them adding a sponsor, maybe chill out?

It takes me 10 hours to do a 10 minute video, and I don't have much to do in the way of animation or set management. You can bet I'd be open to getting compensation for those 10+ hours each video.

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I did of course mean that I'm getting used to the "advances" of tool UX in recent years. Basic things like scary prompts before potentially destructive operations.

Nomad, for example, asked me whether I was sure that I want to remove drain the node.

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I think I'm slowly getting used to the advantages of Linux tool's UX. I just found out that LXD's "delete", removing a Virtual Machine in my case, does not have any sort of scary prompt asking me whether I'm really sure I want to remove the machine.
That was a bit scary for a moment or two.

Just ran a little stress test on my Udoo board. It has a 2.5 GHz Intel Pentium N3710, passively cooled with a heat sink which looks a bit small to me.

But with stress -c 4, it was still able to deliver 2.5 GHz on all 4 cores for about 5 minutes before it started throttling.

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On the tendency for short term software design decisions to impact thousands of people for years:


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🚑 Let's Encrypt change went live yesterday the stopped accepting cert requests using outdated encryption tech.

Update any ancient ACME clients or your next renewal might fail


Successfully set up the Netbooting with syslinux/pxelinux for my newest cluster host. This needed a (partially) new setup, because my previous Raspberry Pi netboot setup did not need syslinux, due to the fact that the Pis already come with a netboot bootloader able to load kernel and initrd.
Last step remaining is to put it all into Ansible.

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