Life Linux Networking

Monday Tech Implosion.

One of my colleagues showed me his new very smart watch. Measures his oxygen saturatation. Monitors his sleep. Notes his illnesses, and he likes the data. This all feels very controlling: and I’d worry about where the data is going. Far better to stick to something analogue. Further on open source. Nothing is pure. If […]

Administration Analogue Linux

Monday technical.

We are in the process of simplification. Not minimalism: that is too complicated. But being deliberate about what we keep, and what gets recycled — to the kids, to tinkerers in the family, and to the Salvation Army. It means you change habits. Most authors want a review on goodreads: that account is closed. I […]

Hardware Life Linux Wokeness

On the joys of the commeteriat and administration.

About every second day I have to empty the spam bucket around here. I have bad behaviour and Akismet up and running, and crap still gets through. Some people think that blogs are about the comments, which normally means that they think the blog is about them. Vox Popoli, which has the best set of […]

Administration Hardware Linux

Monday Technical (and monthly stats)

One of the useful things about Ghost BSD (which is really a freeBSD thing) is that it is semi-rolling. Updates come about every fortnight, are curated, and when you install them things don’t break. (this is different from Debian testing, where the changes come a lot faster). You reboot and get on with it. This […]

Analogue Life Linux Networking Writing

Monday technical

Getting rid of Google as much as possible is a good thing. The following is a critique of a hardware hacker who produced a phone analogue running FreeBSD (all good) but then used google services. I would add this: every time people try to get me to join a facebook group I cringe. Facebook is […]

Hardware Life Linux Theology

Day book Memes.

There is more spam coming through at present, but it’s being quietly dealt with. Did a lot of text yesterday, so a fair number of memes tonight. The Son says I should crop the image…. which I did. The woke left are doing what they always do when they can’t win arguments: they injure, hurt […]

Analogue Hardware Life Linux Social Change Theology


Adam Piggott notes that the middle kingdom is treating Australia as a client state. The British used to practice gunboat diplomacy: it is now the turn of the Peoples Liberation Navy. The implication is that China considers Canberra to be as weak as the Ming Dynasty. Probably correctly. The Chinese are using an economic wedge […]

Administration Hardware Linux The Decline


Adam Piggot (whose biography I’m reading, and it sticks to the classic rules for a bildungsroman) watched a couple of episodes of game of thrones so you don’t have to. It was awful when I stopped reading the books (the first novel is OK: stop then). It is worse now. Martin cannot finish the book, […]

Hardware Linux Social Change The Decline

The worm turns the daybook.

The use of tragedies for political gain is reprehensible. The most recent school shooting (which does not fit the current narrative that well) was still used by activists. But the kids saw through this, and walked out. A day after two students shot up a school, survivors walked out of a vigil organized by gun […]

Administration Diet Hardware Life Linux New Zealand The Decline


I eat basically anything that is not sugar. Low sugar makes me cranky, high sugars make me sleepy and inattentive. However, my beloved has a pile of things that he reacts to, and is getting more worried, to the point of following Dr Gundry. He irritates the hell out of me: Too much pseudoscience and […]