18 Oct 2015

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My friend Karoli wrote an excellent article on all this fooflah. She has more reach than I do, so hopefully this information will eventually work its way around to the original publications.

There's enough BS about the Clinton emails without additional false associations.

Because we're all damn tired of hearing about the Clinton emails.

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Confirmed. The documents were issued by the State Department in 2014, in response to a FOIA request by The Telegraph's Philip Sherwell. They have absolutely nothing to do with Clinton, and were not on Clinton's email server.


15 Oct 2015

I am very interested in Internet of Things, DIY, and smart home gadgets. I recently created a new web site, Hack Your Home, both because I wanted to grab a .space domain, and because I wanted to record my new home ownership experiences in one place.

My most recent writing, SmartThings Hub and Samsung SmartCam for Security (with a little Google OnHub action thrown in) covers the set up I have to secure our basement entrance. Let's just say if anyone enters our home via the basement door or window, they won't do so unnoticed.

I'm also fascinated by the new microcomputers and microcontrollers such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Over time, I plan on incorporating them into the fun, and providing associated how-tos.

2 Sep 2015

Thanks to a little quick action, I was able to snag one of the extremely rare Nikon Coolpix P900.

I have a couple of Nikon DSLRs, but I was attracted to the concept of one camera for all purposes. Changing lens in the field gets tedious, and I've missed photos because I have the wrong lens on my camera.

I'll have a more detailed review later, but I wanted to post my own set of "zoom" photos. These are from my backyard.

leaves in a distant tree from my deck

closer to the bunch of leaves

closer to the bunch

When I zoomed in, I was in for a surprise:

there's a bug on one of the leaves

27 Aug 2015

Moving to a new VPN (Virtual Private Network) was as simple as signing up for a second Linode instance, and then building it to my specs. Eliminating half the cruft I had on my old system saved about 40GB of space. Now I have room for all new cruft.

I decided to stay with Drupal for this site. Frankly, I just don't want to muck with content systems anymore. I have a couple of new sites on Wordpress, this on Drupal, and that gives me a foot in two worlds. I was reading that the Drupal 8 upgrade should be button-press easy, especially if you haven't customized your site. Sure sounds simpler than fighting to get it into Wordpress.

Linode's new billing system made the move a whole lot easier, and cheaper. I was only charged for the double VPN until I dropped the original once the move was finished. I think I'll take this approach the next time there's a major Ubuntu upgrade. Not only can I cleanly upgrade, this approach gives me a chance to clean my system.


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