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Exhaling on YouTube

I've created a YouTube channel separate from my private account and branded it “BigSmoke”. The channel's purpose is to breathe some fresh air into the online discussions. Actually, the content is the sort of content that I used to want to put more of on BigSmoke, but which I now found to be better suited for long-form discussions than for laying down my views from some ivory tower. Read More »

Icinga 2 dependencies, downtimes and host/service unreachability

There are a few gotchas you have to be aware of when working with Icinga 2 dependencies and downtimes. Read More »

Speed up xsltproc xhml – install DTDs

I keep forgetting which package to install in Ubuntu to get the DTDs for html, to stop xsltproc from hanging forever. So, for posterity: w3c-sgml-lib. I think it was w3c-dtd-xhtml in Ubuntu 16 and older. Read More »

Setting up a Zimbra authenticated proxy

On March 18th, Synacor posted about a critical Zimbra security vulnerability (CVE 2019 9670), which was quick to be exploited in the wild, and subsequently evolved to be harder to erradicate. Read More »

Programming my friend’s remote

I built a sound system for a friend, and programmed Philips RC5 remote control into the microcontroller. I recently ordered this remote: Read More »

Git and Tig config base

Here's just a quick .gitconfig: [core] commentchar = % [tig "color"] date = cyan black bold diff-header = cyan black [tig] ignore-case = yes Read More »

Attempt to repair short on motherbord

At work, we had a small embedded PC that had a short in the mainboard. I attempted a fix, mostly for educational purposes. It wasn't successful, but I wanted to post the method and result anyway. The method I used is elaborately explained on Youtube, so go hunt there for more details. Read More »

Garbled screen in tmux on Ubuntu 18.04 in Konsole

There is a bug in Konsole with tmux: lines often aren't cleared properly. To fix, put this in tmux.conf: Read More »

Nginx maintenance page

Just some example code for an nginx maintenance page: server { listen 80; listen 443 ssl; server_name www.example.com; Read More »

Softstarter (ballast start) relay charred after years of use

This is an interesting case. I made a sound system for a friend in 2012. In it is a soft-starter, that engages the heavy transformer through a ballast, so that the fuse doesn't trip. This is it: Read More »