Intro to Federated Social Networks

Not very long ago there was an opportunity at the local LUG to volunteer to do lightning talks on some subject, and as a lightning talk is easier than a full-blown talk I decided to sign up and evangalize a bit on federated social networking.

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moved to pelican

I've recently decided to move from octopress to pelican, mostly because I'm much more familiar with Python than with Ruby. This is good because if I want to hack the source a bit, I can do that much easier.

Otherwise, they are very similar -- they both run and ...

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Hosting some more services

I have had a vps for some time now, and I use it for hosting my pump.io node and website mainly. Then, I fired up a minecraft server that I play on occasionally, and it runs there also.

I've grown tired of depending on SMS, facebook, or gTalk ...

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mongodb problem with x86

Very recently Dr. Sekula had posted on pumpio that his mongodb pumpio backend needed to be upgraded because of a crash. Turns out, once db size becomes large enough, the x86 mongodb doesn't support it and will just crash -- and apparently this was a design choice.

Maybe a day ...

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RasPi Pump

So I'd written before and even did an HPR episode with @nybill about the Raspberry Pi that I was using as a pump.io server. It was running well, aside from being a little bit slow--and I did have a few reservations about memory consumption, which I had planned ...

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Raspberry Pi Pump Server

My favorite and most-used social network right now is Pump.io, which is created by e14n. Or, mostly it is by Evan. Evan is the creator of famed StatusNet software which identi.ca used to run before its pump conversion, and sites like quitter.se still run.

Raspberry Pi Pump (with LCD screen)

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My Irssi setup

I've never been much of a chat person, even IRC. Typically I would just pop in when I'm having problems. Lately I've been getting on IRC a bit more, initially to chat with people about pump.io bugs and problems, and then just to chat because there ...

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my to do list today

  1. add my pump.io account as a destination in brdcst.it
  2. drink lots of coffee
  3. test if this blog post goes out to the remote destinations
  4. listen to TDTRS Ep 22
  5. lunch w/ the family over at my parents' place (belatedly for my birthday)
  6. build my wife's new computer ...
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busy day with the family

Today was a very busy day with the family: first thing this morning we left around 8:30am and went to a small zoo where we rode through on a horse drawn wagon. When riding through the driver would stop frequently so everyone could get to feed the animals and ...

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VPS hackeraging

About 3 weeks ago my VPS was hacked and the culprit decided for some reason to wipe data from the VPS nodes. Who knows why, but it happened. As a result, my server was wiped out and I've only just now been able to log back in and start ...

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Minecrafting Ordeals

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Not again.

Another ogre--it busted all up in my house and blasted all of my things. As a little backstory, this is probably the 6th or 7th time that this has happened on this server in the last 2 weeks. The Ogre is part of the Mo' Creatures mod ...

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Google Reader Replacement

As was announced not too long ago, Google Reader is going away, but luckily there are many alternatives. There are even many free & open source alternatives for RSS readers--and I think this number will greatly increase now. In my opinion, the Goog closing down this project will spur innovation in ...

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I got a VPS

I've been using NearlyFreeSpeech.net for nearly 3 years now for my webhosting needs. This has worked out very well--the hosting is reasonably priced (cheap), and is based on what is actually used. In my case this is very little, and amounted to a few bucks a month. The ...

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Inside StatusNet

I found this interesting, even though this is kind of an old video, by Evan Prodromou from fosdem back in 2010. Especially interesting is the DB structure, I've also found pure normalized tables to be very slow-- even though that is what they teach you in school.

Also, PHP ...

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Oldish computer hardware for FREEDOM

I've got quite a few computers and parts and things that I have acrued that I no longer need, and as such they are just taking up space. Space that my wife is wanting me to free up.

I hate throwing away technology when it works perfectly (or maybe ...

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octopress test

testy test test test

website is under construction, testing for a move from Jekyll to Octopress.

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Almost Christmas

Apparently we survived the supposed end of the world with little ado. Life goes on, and all of the crazy along with it. So, I've basically forgotten that I have a blog...again. Then again, I also thing blogs are rapidly going out of fashion in a big way--social ...

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Since July

I just realized that I haven't posted anything on here in a few months. Time really flies by too quickly.

First off, since my last post I bought a beaglebone and set it up using Arch Linux ARM. I then installed the basic stuff (openssh, mysql, php, etc) as ...

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Cash for Laptops.com is a Ripoff

I had a couple of laptops laying around that I was not really using-- Most of my computing these days is on my phone, tablet, or desktop. The one is an older model Toshiba Satellite A205, and the other was an Acer AspireOne netbook (in really good shape).
So I ...

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Jekyll

I had found out about Jekyll a year or two ago, but for some reason I had never implemented it. I think I had originally asked @bkuhn about his website, and he pointed me towards Jekyll.

So now, I've actually gotten started using it, and I love it.
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