For a long time, TLS (née SSL) certificates were out of reach for the low-budget network admin. They got cheaper and easier to get, but it was still a hassle and an expense. Then came Let’s Encrypt, which offered no-cost certificates that you could obtain using fully automated tools.
Journalist Sydney J. Harris said “Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a ‘necessary evil,’ it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.” I think that may be where we’re at with psychotropic medications for depression.
I just renewed my membership to TidBITS. If you’ve never heard of TidBITS, you should check them out. They have been publishing continuously online for 28 years, and their content is second to none. They also host an amazing online discussion list, TidBITS-Talk. The site’s content is focused on Apple news and technology, but the quality of the journalism is so high and the coverage is broad enough that there is likely something there for everyone.
Membership is completely optional, so check it out. It is not hyperbole to say that TidBITS has improved the quality of my life every week for the past quarter century.
I’ve been using the TWiki collaboration platform since at least 2004. It has always been a bit of a trial—it doesn’t create terribly pretty sites, and it has been a bear to maintain. Its real strength is collaboration, but I used it mostly as a site-creation tool.
A bootable clone is a disk that holds a complete copy of a running system that’s ready to boot. Bootable clones can be a critical part of your backup strategy.
Labor day was last week; it traditionally marks the end retail summer. Our summer goes on, but there is now no denying that the season is ending.
— Ron Risley – 2014-03-24
Note: be sure to read to the end before you start implementing any of the scripts. They're currently out of date and no longer work.
Our little family has undergone something of a revolution of late: it’s called Minecraft. Matthew started playing it, and watching YouTube videos about it, a few months ago. I’ve never been a gamer, despite rumors to the contrary, but Minecraft captured my attention. It’s a sandbox game, where you gather materials and use them to craft new materials and make tools and build structures and create an entire world. It’s addictive and amazing, and the story behind it is a classic indie-game David vs. entertainment industry Goliath tale.