Home Network Improvements

I’ve had a problem with my home router for a long time - the LAN side of the set up has been falling over with frustrating regularity. For me, it means my Audio Streaming setup stops playing Spotify. For my housemates, it means lost time on Overwatch! It’s happening just enough now to be a frustrating lost 5 minutes a few times a day, so it’s time to fix. My home network has always been a pretty simple affair (apart from when I’m borrowing BTOpenzone) - just the ISP provided modem/router. …

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Riot Desktop Install

I installed the Riot desktop app (for matrix) tonight on Debian Stretch (my current laptop). It’s an electron app, so it’s more or less a packaged webapp. Here’s how it went wget -qO - https://riot.im/packages/debian/repo-key.asc | sudo apt-key add - sudo vim EOF /etc/apt/sources.list.d/riot.list # Riot deb https://riot.im/packages/debian/ stretch main deb-src https://riot.im/packages/debian/ stretch main sudo apt update && sudo apt install riot-web Simple. Unfortunately, because I did SSL things tonight I don’t have access to my testbed home server, so I can’t test it. …

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2016 Music Review #1: Artists

It’s no secret I like music. I get pretty excited about my favourite tunes and take great pleasure in finding new stuff to listen to. I’ve been using last.fm since 2005, when it was known as audioscrobbler. I’ve got a lovely long history of stuff built up there, tracking my music taste over the years from Flogging Molly to Sigur Ros to James Blunt and to whatever kind of a mess it is now. …

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YADM

I’ve started using YADM, which has been entertaining. In theory, I really like the idea of managing my dotfiles in git. In practise, it’s more difficult than I figured. YADM is pretty simple software - it’s packaged for Debian and is a just a script - it’s available for FreeBSD through the mystical power of wget or curl. It’s packaged for a range of other distributions/OSes too, but they’re pretenders so I don’t care about them …

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Talking and DVB

So I ran a self organised session at 33C3 - DVB-S:Pirate or Amateur Digital TV Stations I figured there wouldn’t be that much interest, so I organised to keep it around the Scottish Consulate / milliways area. I was very wrong… I had way more people than I expected, who were much more interested than I expected. I had clues of this all day, with the regular traffic of people coming and asking at the Consulate about it. …

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