Lifestyle

How to Afford a Home and Get Out of Debt

There’s no denying that times have changes. Interest rates are high and the price of homes are even high. Astronomically high if you want to live in a major city. I’ve been a home owner for a few years now and as luck would have it I bought my house right before Covid at a very low price with a low interest rate. Since then my house has nearly doubled in value. I thank the…

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Travel

Liminal Spaces in Hot Springs Arkansas

My wife and I recently took a pleasant trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. The town was quite the trip and a fun enjoyable place to visit full of history and walkable streets. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was walking around in the world of Fallout. The town had this feel of something far past it’s prime the was once extraordinary… I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it though. But of particular note…

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Internet

Browse the Internet from Another Country

Today I’m going to teach you a way of using the internet that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Specifically how to view the internet in the same way as someone from another country. You may have seen articles online about changing your location to another country using a VPN or Proxy (And those things certainly help). However this isn’t exactly what I’m getting at. For general web searches the catch is that regardless of where…

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Software Windows

Agent Ransack – Grep for Windows

Agent Ransack is not malware. I know. It sounds like a virus. It’s name is reminiscent of a time where encryption was a novel concept and viruses popped up on your screen as a means to annoy you rather than steal your bank information. A fitting feel considering this software has been around a long time, since the year 2000 to be exact. For those that prefer politically correct language or for those that need…

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Docker Linux Software

Jellyfin – Host Your Own Streaming Service

Many people have heard of Plex over the years for hosting your own copies of movies you own or home videos, but Jellyfin is an up and coming player in the field of personal streaming services that has emerged in recent years. Jellyfin is an open-source fork of Emby as a response to the closing of some of the open source code used on the Emby project and thus Jellyfin was born. Availability Despite only…

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Docker Linux Software

Personal Search Engine with Searxng and Docker

Searxng For all the nerds out there that love self-hosting you may find a self-hosted search engine to be an appealing prospect. That’s where Searxng comes in handy. Searxng (which I assume is pernounced like searching) is an open source meta search engine that was forked from the popular Searx meta search engine. What makes it different than a traditional search engine is that instead of keeping your own search index and web crawlers, it…

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Lifestyle

An Antidote to Social Media

Social media is toxic. It shortens your attention spans and is linked with depression. We find ourselves impulsively doom-scrolling any brief moment of time we find ourselves insufficiently sedated with a constant stream of algorithm generated addictive content… or so I hear. While the truth is probably not as sensational as all of that, there’s no doubt that social media has become the opioid of the masses. Personally I find it dystopian to go into…

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Linux

My Steam Deck is my Desktop Now

The Year of the Linux Desktop It’s been about a year since the steam deck was released. At the time I was aware of it’s existence but my focus was elsewhere. For those that might now know I’m am absolute Linux fanatic. I started my journey on Ubuntu 8.04 and haven’t looked back. For years I lamented having to dual boot windows to play my favorite games or just choose to miss out. Years would…

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Docker

Painless HTTPS for Docker with NGINX

I forget when I started using docker, maybe around 2015 or so. Ever since then I would start these grand projects, take them 50% of the way and get stuck. A few months or even years would pass and I’d get a little further and get stuck again, rinse and repeat. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles I could never overcome was automating certificate installs and renewals for docker containers. Using the good ole’ certbot…

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Software

Installing DaVinci Resolve 18 on PopOS 22.04

Recently I switched from Nobara 36 Linux to PopOS just to test the waters. Nobara was my first positive experience with a distro based on Fedora. Things worked beautifully with a few caveats. One of the features that really impressed me out of the box for Nobara was that it natively supported DaVinci Resolve. It was as simple as downloading the RPM package and running an rpm -i on it. So after getting comfortable with…

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