Thu 26 March 2020 | tags: rants,

Coronavirus, COVID-19, etc. it goes by many names (some of which are borderline racist). It's hit us pretty hard and it's turning life upside down for a lot of people. This post is not going to be about how rough it has been for me, it's really been pretty great …


Thu 12 March 2020 | tags: career, linux, python, new_endeavor, thechurchonline, interworx,

So, as seemingly happens over and over again: it's been a while. A lot has occurred since I last posted nearly 9 months ago. Sheesh, I'm really bad at this blog-having thing.

New Job

I have left The Church Online after three years leading the IT team there. I enjoyed …


Sun 21 July 2019 | tags: software, linux, windows,

I have to admit it. Windows isn't that bad... provided that you use it sparingly, have Window's Subsystem for Linux installed, and can deal with awful desktop paradigms.

Use Sparingly

"How did Windows become the default for computers?"

I'm not sure I've ever been more proud than when one of …


Sat 20 July 2019 | tags: software, docker, linux,

A lot of people get stuck on Docker in the "what is it?" phase. Is it a virtual machine? Is it a sandbox? How does one get things into it (and out of it)? Lord knows I had these questions when I first started.

Beginners tend to misunderstand that containers …


Fri 19 July 2019 | tags: social_media, rants, books,

I just started listening to an audiobook by Jaron Lanier called "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now". It obviously has a provocative title and it's promise to dive into the hidden world of data collection and engineering really sold me on the book. (Notice that I …


Sun 22 July 2018 | tags: python, new_endeavor, apis,

So, I've been teaching myself Python lately. This is partly due to work and partly due to wanting to do this for a few years now. Pretty quickly after I moved to Linux full time many years ago, the whole concept of programming and scripting really excited me. I quickly …


Wed 07 February 2018 | tags: thechurchonline, commandline_vs_gui, jekyll, pelican, wordpress, joomla, contains_ideas_for_future_posts,

EDIT: Ignore this, I've moved back to Pelican because Python == 'amazing'.

I'm now using Jekyll to create my blog. Since I've started working at The Church Online, I've seen a lot of dynamic sites at work and I must admit there is a definite draw there. I'm just not into …


Sat 29 July 2017 | tags: fanboy, docker, wordpress, joomla, mysql, containers,

Docker has been on the scene for a while now. It's being used to simplify workflows all the way from the first steps of development through to launch and onward with support and upgrades. I've been messing with Docker for roughly a year or so now and I have to …


Sun 24 July 2016 | tags: ddclient, raspberry-pi,

The Raspberry Pi is anything but a powerhouse, but it excels in a lot of lightweight applications that rely on 24/7 uptime. Its power-sipping processor makes it amazing for simple things like acting as an ssh gateway for your home network or hosting any number of network applications from …


Fri 22 July 2016 | tags: syncthing, jessie,

Syncthing is a great tool for liberating your data from cloud storage providers. While Dropbox, SpiderOak, and Google Drive are great services, the trade-off for such a great and simple product is privacy and loss of control. As an example, Copy.com was a great service that had an excellent …


Thu 21 July 2016 | tags: wifi, jessie, ew-7711ulc,

A few months ago, I was having issues with my home network. Moving more than 10 feet away from the router would drop my connection percentage down to under 50%, which means I was connecting at less than half of the already slow 56Mb connection. I've grown used to Gb …