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still mucking around with the ol'computer

Moving From Wordpress to Static S3 Site

Using AWS s3 to host a web site is easy, and rather inexpensive. Also using S3, there is no code or database required, so not only is security better, but there is a lot less complexity than using Wordpress. If you have your own domain name, you can either use Nginx or Cloud Front with Route 53 to front end it. I chose the former as I didn’t want to give up control of my domain to AWS.

You’ll also need a static site generator, unless you want to write the HTML yourself. I started with Pelican, but switched to Hugo. Pelican just didn’t work the way I wanted it to. So far, except for a few minor issues, Hugo is working just fine.


Goblin The Horror Original Soundtracks Review

Here we have a collection of Goblin’s Horror soundtracks on vinyl LPs. This is the first Goblin boxset on vinyl and has many titles that haven’t been available in a long time. The is for LITA 20th Anniversary and is limited to 1000 copies. The albums are on a blood red transparent colored vinyl that look particularly cool. It comes in a nice box and has an 8 page book featuring liner notes on each soundtrack by Fabio Capuzzo.


Setting up a usable Python environment in macOS

So having recently gone back to the Mac after a 7 year hiatus to try out using Linux as a desktop environment meant getting 7 years worth of code working. Any Perl code I had would have been originally written on macOS, so it worked just fine. 3/4 of my C code was written on macOS originally as well. But Just installing some packages with Brew and it all compiled just fine. And of course, all the BASH and awk code was no issues either.

And that brings us to Python. For some inexplicable reason, the system python is still 2.7. As you’d guess, all my code is Python 3. But, you should never use the system python anyway.


That Time When I Learned My First Lesson for a SysAdm.

In the early ‘90’s I had a student job that gave me my first taste of working as a System Administrator. I was working for the Law School’s library where I was taking EE in college. The Library had the only student computer lab for the law school. It was a mixture of DOS boxes and a few Macs. The workers in the library had either NeXT workstations, DOS PCs, and a few Macs.

For servers there were a couple of Netware Servers, a UNIX server, and a NeXT server and a Mac SE with a network card in it that was acting as the Mac server.


A Grandchild's guide to using Grandpa's computer, an Ode to Dr. Seuss

There is this old by internet standards, originally written in 1994 poem inspired by Dr. Seuss . Originally written by Gene Ziegler, a professor at Cornell University at the time, has been edited, shortened, and distributed millions of times. I first encountered the shortened version of this poem in the mid ‘90’s. Probably either on Usenet someplace, or in the many TEXT files I use to trade with friends on BBS systems around that time.


That time when everyone thought the world was going to end.

It was the 1990’s, and we were heading toward a disaster of biblical proportions, or so they claimed. For decades a known bug lurked deep in the heart of all the computers that ran everything. A time-bomb, no, nuclear explosion just waiting to go off. It was set to explode on 12:00:01 on January 1st, 2000. A new year, a new decade, and new century and a new millennium. The second coming surely has be be nigh.


Using a Linux Desktop to Flash the Ender 3 Firmware With the TH3D Unified Marlin Firmware

On Trending Tech’s You Tube video explaining how to update the firmware, Most of what they cover is useful. But at one point in the video, they use a pre-canned version of the firmware all set up to run Arduino in Windows. Well, that will not work very well in Linux.

TH3D has an installer for Mac OS X, but they support is highly lacking. The directions are 1/2 backed at best. And they even say if you have issues, don't call us, this is unsupported, so just use Windows! Don’t get me wrong, I'm glad they released their code, but really, what it is up with that kind of attitude from a company that is suppose to be all about Open Source?

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