100DaysToOffload (100)

The whole point of #100DaysToOffload is to challenge you to publish 100 posts on your personal blog in a year.

Exorcising distraction

Last year when I was evaluating my smartphone needs, I was aiming to go for a Pinephone by the end of this year. I still want to although I am…

Irul

Soubin Shahir, Darshana Rajendran, Fahadh Faasil. These names were enough to draw me in to watch the movie Irul on Netflix. The movie trailer had already piqued my interest and…

Yet another dotfile post

I know I sound like an idiot when I say I had no idea people used dotfile managers to manage.. well the dotfiles. Before reading this my belief was that…

My Jekyll Workflow

Cumbersome. That’s how I would describe my previous workflow to write a post. It involved going to my blog post folder, copying the latest markdown file to make a new…

Cachebuster

I have been mucking around in my stylesheet a lot. Though Firefox has been kind enough to load the new style after two or three refresh, Webkit based Qutebrowser/Nyxt aren’t…

A dicey situation

Last week daughter dearest sought me out and handed over 3 dice from the board game Wingspan. A second of utter bewilderment passed over and then I gathered myself and…

Relationships are hard

Two of my friends are going through a rough patch and its really heartbreaking to see everything unraveling. They are more than a friend to me.. they are family and…

Book cover bling

Scratching this totally unnecessary itch in the middle of the night - Book cover bling. Added a section in Books to display book covers. Initially this books page was written…

Being on Fosstodon

The alternative title of this post is Why am I on Fosstodon when the instance is about FOSS. I am more of a consumer of FOSS than a contributor. My…

Macro shot

This was taken last year in June but never posted it anywhere. I found this tiny weed flower in our yard while mowing the lawn and kept it alive for…

Access Jekyll local server remotely

Yesterday I found myself in need of checking out how this blog renders on a Kindle browser while running some tests for eink.link on the Paperwhite. A quick search on…

The Oreo Manifesto

I was cleaning up my notes and found this which I wrote for my friends when they took upon baby sitting our boys back in 2018. They knew how to…

Adding DuckDuckGo search

As my post count increase (since many posts are tagged under the 100DaysToOffload challenge), the archive is getting harder to sift through to find posts of interest. The tags might…

Kitty Letter

Think of battle royale with cats and scrabble. That’s Kitty Letter. When Matthew Inman released this game 3 weeks back I was all over it and had tons of fun…

Makeover

I guess if you are reading this in your feed or the gemini version, it doesn’t matter but the blog got a makeover. I kinda wanted to play around with…

Living in simulation

Earlier this week I was thinking back to how haunting the soundtrack of DEVS is. Then last night @urusan posted this It reminded me of DEVS which you will connect…

Disaster Readiness - Zero

The way we were cut off from the outside world was worrying. Power, internet, cell network - everything was down. An always on electricity and water is something we take…

Back Home

I was busy sanding down the planks all evening last Sunday in that unbearable cold in the garage and just nearly got done when it started snowing. My wife had…

Baby Shower Bingo

I had never played bingo before yesterday. Not even a normal bingo. Yesterday I got to play both the normal and baby shower bingo 😅️. It was a baby shower…

Cutting down fat apps

I blame it all on Fractal. Had not this abomination of an application activated a wind tunnel in the innards of my laptop whenever it gained focus, I wouldn’t have…

Making roti

Today marks my 8th attempt to make proper Roti since the pandemic started. I have been trying to make a soft Roti since last year 😅. The previous 7 attempts…

MS Repo on Pi

Woke up to the news of how Microsoft got their VSCode repo added in Raspberry Pi images. I run DietPi on one of my Pi and it is based on…

January epilogue

Learned the hard way why Arch Linux might not be the best choice for a server. PHP updated to version 8 on Arch and broke NextCloud and I basically had…

Thunderbird to Evolution

Thunderbird has always been a favorite on my machine for connecting to my email accounts but last night I switched to Evolution just because Evolution looked a better fit on…

Web comics

I consume a lot of webcomics in my RSS reader. Sometime last year I came across a sci-fi series on Webtoons called Seed. It was about an AI that’s manipulating…

Changing DNS provider

My domain is with Porkbun and up until now I have used them to manage my DNS. I also used the built in Dynamic DNS service on my tplink router…

Prosody (XMPP) on Pi

I saw at least 3 posts on Mastodon where people were asking how easy it is to install an XMPP server or what their choices are. Perhaps this might help…

Roll Blogroll

self pat and pity for shortening the title ‘rolling out blogroll’ as ‘roll blogroll’ just to sound cool and make it harder to say it out loud repeatedly. here’s a…

NextCloud on Arch Linux arm

update: Fixed weird indentation issues and added more details The easiest way to install NextCloud would be to use the NextCloudPi image which is based on Raspbian. I am quite…

Safeguarding against bots

I host this blog on a Pi and try to ensure that the server doesn’t choke serving up pages. I have taken great care to ensure that the pages are…

The WhatsApp Problem

Come February 8th, WhatsApp will require you to accept its terms and conditions to use the app. Facebook is going to make sweeping changes to its product that was somewhat…

Tags in Archive

The Archive section now has posts sorted by month and tags. I was wary of adding tags because of how often I shit post and most of the posts from…

Classless

So yesterday Kev released his latest project, simple.css, and I have been all over it trying to steal ideas to fit into my blog. simple.css aims to get a webpage…

Tidying up

Apologies to anyone who is subscribed to my feed and saw old posts loading up multiple times. It should stop with this new post. Browsing the local timeline on Fosstodon…

Less friction, not more

Optimize your productivity spending towards the things you want to get done, not the systems which manage the things you want to get done. Reading Ben Brooks and he echoes…

Jabber Tales

I still don’t know what happened with my ejabberd setup but the thing broke a week ago and I didn’t even notice 🤦‍♂️️. I tried messaging my book club group…

Gemini update

A while ago I sought to solve this mystery - https://fosstodon.org/@thumb/105390819690644320. https://portal.mozz.us/gemini/simbly.me/ -> 👎 https://proxy.vulpes.one/gemini/simbly.me -> 👍️ https://fn.gkbrk.com/proxy/gemini/simbly.me -> 👎 Amfora and Lagrange -> 👍️ Rocketeer iOS -> 👎 Namely,…

A short reflection

We are almost a week away to officially end this year but the coming days will be spent in a whirlwind of christmas celebrations, cooking, baking, partying at home with…

Cache it if you can

Forgive the cheesy title. I have been experimenting with how to make my static site perform better in terms of load time by using a CDN and I have arrived…

Optimization Prime

This blog is hosted on a Raspberry Pi and one of my aims is to keep it as light as possible. That involves keeping a clean HTML and CSS without…

Gemini

Its been a while that I have wanted to set up my own geminiverse1 but being a master procrastinator, the plans were always put on hold. Until yesterday. My gemini…

Xmas Pups

Took some photos of my babies with the C9 lights. What they are looking at is the treat in my left hand held just above the lens while I am…

Furnace Panic

I am currently in the process of selling my house and have been showing the house to potential buyers. The house doesn’t have much repair work thankfully but there are…

Static ecstatic

I am away from home currently with no means to log in to my home server to publish this. That was intentional. I am wary of exposing the home server…

Image optimization

Yesterday there was a whole thread on Mastodon about image optimization and a lot of people pitched in with their techniques. I am intimidated by the options offered by imagemagick…

Holiday decorations

We never did much decoration usually for Christmas apart from a wreath on the door and a tree in the house. This year however we decided to do some decoration…

Simple tools

I came across this little ‘awfice’ tool while learning about Takahashi method as it popped up on my mastodon timeline. It’s brilliant in its simplicity and ease. It doesn’t claim…

Fediverse Book Club

I joined a book club! I didn’t finish any of the books I started this year just like last year and the year before that and.. you get the drift.

The 'film' look

Strange as it may sound, I edit most of the photos I take on my iPhone. Even from my Olympus camera. I use the three apps Darkroom, Polarr and Snapseed…

Added a router to the network

The AT&T gateway device is shitty as hell. It did not like to work with the WiFi extender I had. Repeatedly kicked devices out of the network. Slow to boot…

Diwali and long exposure experiments

Happy Diwali! Those of who celebrated Diwali or Deepavali, I hope you enjoyed, had fun and pigged out on food like I did. I regret nothing! So back home Diwali…

My desktop

I have been thinking of making this list of the applications I use on a daily basis for quite some time but I got the motivation to finish it up…

Evaluating my smartphone needs

I switched to iPhone from Android about 7 years ago. Back then Android devices were woefully underpowered. Not to mention a lack of updates forcing me to try out different…

Mind the slash

The way I have my terminal setup, it just shows the $ prompt and no other information about which current directory I am working in. I like it that way…

Self-hosted apps

There are the applications I currently self-host on my Raspberry Pi 3B+. It runs on DietPi because it provides a repository of applications to choose from which makes installation very…

Maintaining Friendship

Reading this article and trying to remember the friendships I have lost with time. I have uprooted my life over and over in the past and lost touch with good…

Firefox add-ons

I use Firefox all the time (since 2005) and have come to rely on certain add-ons to make the Internet more bearable. I wish we didn’t have to but such…

Lagrange and Amfora

Almost wrote the title as Lagrange vs. Amfora but then I realized I like them both and there’s no real downside to any of these. I also use them alternately…

Resolving resolv.conf

I still haven’t decided on which router to go with the AT&T gateway (holding out for black friday. sort of. I am cash strapped.) and have been forced to enter…

Aey Ajnabi

This song was on the radio in the evening. The movie ‘Dil Se’ came out in 1998 and the songs are still a favorite of mine. A thorough A R…

Privacy Jerk

This toot by @viv@toot.site triggered this post. I used to be a relentless mouthpiece for Ubuntu. Talking about how everything just works. That one can make do with free as…

Installing Arch on Pi

The last time I tried installing Arch on the Pi, it wasn’t booting up. I would install, connect it to the router, check the ethernet activity and wait for the…

Election 2020

As I write this Michigan is with Biden and it looks like Joe Biden will become the next President. I never imagined the race to be this close. Neither COVID…

How a microwave appliance works

I found asciiflow today and took fancy to it. Used it for generating an ascii graph for my last blog post instead of making a colorful graph in Libreoffice. It…

Cooking musings

No, I am not cooking musings. That would be terrible. This is me musing about cooking. I suck at cooking. When Shen describes his cooking in this episode and here,…

A housewarming party

Last month I went to the housewarming party of a close friend. The Indian housewarming ‘party’ has three phases. The first phase is where the priest from the local religious…

Halloween, Game of Thrones, and BST

This is going to be something of a weeknote. With a good 3 month absence, I am not going to hit the 100 posts by December. I might stop the…

Moved to fiber

It sucks that the choice of internet providers fall to one or two major companies here. I had been on Spectrum for over 4 years and even opted for Spectrum…

Daylight stupid time

Next week we ‘fall back’ 1 hour to return to standard time. Only to resume the madness of ‘springing forward’ an hour next year. I would feel glad to have…

Tootle

I gravitated towards toot tui for its simplicity and have been on it mostly even on Elementary and Artix. Toot is great if your timeline is slow. There are times…

Earworm

This will be a short post. I have to kill this earworm. When I have a song in my head, it typically runs for a week at least. I will…

Being my own support

In the past I have always found that writing down my thoughts help me gain clarity. Writing about my turmoil usually helps me reduce it. I can’t write about certain…

Serious Men

There’s a healthy collection of Indian TV series / webseries and movies on Netflix and Amazon nowadays. Some Malayalam film makers even release their movie on Prime Video. Serious Men,…

3 months later

Back after a 3 month hiatus. I don’t know if I am really back but I do feel like writing tonight. Might as well file it under 100 days to…

toot

I currently have 56 tabs open in Firefox and Pinafore kept getting lost in between these tabs. As much as I like Pinafore, once in a while, the lack of…

Not in a good place

I am not in a good place mentally for the past couple of weeks. Slightest of things set me down a spiral and I have this self-loathing and anger which…

Miniflux on Pi

I chose to go with DietPi as the OS on my Pi 3B+ for two reasons. One for the software repo and second because it was lighter than Raspbian AND…

The trap is set

As the summer rages on, we have had unexpected visitors at home. Flies. The god damn flies that get into the house the minute I open the back door to…

Verifying SD card capacity

I have been on a self-hosting adventure lately. I was successful in setting up Pi-hole, Gitea, Linkding and Komga to some extent on my Pi 3B but kept running into…

Test driving Algo

After a week of reading up on VPNs and why I don’t need one, I decided to set up Algo. I know right? Not a good time to go out…

Bark twice for eggs

Going in to this challenge of 100 days to offload, I knew I cannot keep up with a post everyday and it felt good to take a day or two…

Privacy and Convenience

This Reddit post hits the nail on the head when it comes to privacy and the effort it takes to secure my privacy. I am in the same boat. Trying…

Why I switched to Migadu from Zoho

I had been a Zoho mail user since 2014. The free tier. Their free tier is convenient enough to use it for personal use. Although it doesn’t provide IMAP access…

And on the 5th day I opened my laptop

Feeling a little better to open up the laptop and read stuff that happened this week. The blog posts that kept on coming. News items and articles kept popping all…

Writing for self

As I try to write on my blog each day, penning down my thoughts comes with two challenges. I suppose I am writing for myself. At least I think I…

Crash of Cars

As recently as January I used to have over 36 games on my iPhone. After the great culling in February, its down to 4 and there’s only one game I…

Apostrophe

Apostrophe, the prince of markdown editors I found Apostrophe from the homepage of the AppCenter on Elementary OS. The markdown editor of my choice to compose my blog posts in.

Revival?

MSN Spaces. That’s where I started blogging first. Not sure if anybody even remembers Microsoft had that. I have had my fair share of moving my blog around - MSN…