loose associations

managing Let’s Encrypt wildcard certificates

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….

cognitive behavioral therapy

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…

TidBITS

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…

Everything Changes

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….

3D Printing

Edit 13June2018: also check out our 3D print projects on risley.net. First Attempt Neither Josh nor Matthew are particularly materialistic, and coming up with Christmas and birthday gifts can be challenging. When I…

Making Linux Bootable Clones

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. Why Bootable Clones…

Eggnog Summer

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. Summer began with eggnog. Oh, I…

Beyond the Storm

Rough waters, stormy skies, I saw her leave the gale, Sails white against a copper sunset sky. Alone in comical dress against the storm, I followed for a time; She flagged, but did…

Summer 2013

We define summer three ways. There’s the celestial season: from the summer solstice on June 21st to the autumnal equinox on September 22nd. There’s the traditional vacation season, from Memorial Day on May…

One. More. Block.

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 They’re currently out of date and no longer work.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…

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