What Kind of Weirdo Uses Gopher?

October 11th, 2014

Me. I do.

At least, I do since yesterday. Not for any good reason, I just thought it would be a fun thing to do. It turns out to actually be a lot easier than setting up an HTTP server, so I thought I'd share the process here in case anybody else is interested in playing with web protocols developed at the University of Minnesota in the early '90's. Also, shout-out to all my Minnesota friends.

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Updating CyanogenMod on an Encrypted Device

October 2nd, 2014

The CyanogenMod Logo

So, I went to upgrade my phone to the latest CM snapshot and every time I tried to install it my phone would just reboot. I think this must be related to the fact that I recently enabled encryption on the device since I can't think of anything else that I've changed since the last time I updated it. I googled around a little bit and found a process that works on my Nexus 5, so I thought I'd document it here in case anybody else (including future me) needs to know how to do it.

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I am a Data Hoarder or: How to Create a Btrfs RAID on Multiple Encrypted Disks

June 7th, 2014

A car full of luggage.

This is what my computer must feel like.
Original image from Alan Denney on Flickr. Some rights reserved: by-nc-sa.

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Cheap Power Supplies Are Cheap

March 16th, 2014

When the power supply for my old laptop died a few months ago, I didn't want to spend the $70 that Dell wanted for a new one so I bought a cheap $20 one off Amazon. This promptly broke after a couple of months of use. It stopped charging my laptop but the battery didn't discharge while it was plugged in, so I wasn't bothered that much since I mostly use the computer when it's plugged in anyway.

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Installing Arch on an Encrypted Hard Drive

February 24th, 2014

The Arch logo.

I got a new laptop last week and I thought I'd try out Arch since I've been getting a little bored with the Debian universe lately. My old laptop had CrunchBang on it, which was fun to play around with and very fast but I thought I'd challenge myself and try something that wasn't based on Debian.

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