A Diet Grounded in Substitution is Not a Diet

Not sure how stevia came up today, but it was over a lunch conversation with a friend.  We may have been talking about coffee habits beforehand, how I most often use the sweetener.  The conversation quickly evolved to “fake food” (or heavily processed – and yes – to the taste buds, stevia would be fake sugar) versus natural (to be taken with a grain of salt, as arsenic is natural as well).  While making supper tonight, I thought more about what I said and wanted to say about vegan food. Continue reading “A Diet Grounded in Substitution is Not a Diet”

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A Diet Grounded in Substitution is Not a Diet

Every Comment I Went to Facebook with is Dead

Brace yourself, I have a feeling this one will be long (again).

This post is about denial, social media isolation, anti-natalism, veganism, doomsday, intersectionality, and the absurdness of each. All brought forward because two of my comments were deleted today (I know, male tears, right?). The plus side is that I am not angry or surprised (even since I was not notified of the removal), just more creative toward my forthcoming echo chamber. I have chose this method of creativity as to not troll (even more) the one who removed the comments, since re-engaging personally is a scrot thing to do, in spite of my not liking social media silos. Continue reading “Every Comment I Went to Facebook with is Dead”

Every Comment I Went to Facebook with is Dead

A Critique Against Net Neutrality

Before I begin, I should note I am not an American, nor have I particularly noticed any form of throttling as a result of lack of Net Neutrality (often noted here as N/N – set as a fraction to supply the idea of balance). I have, experienced site blocking, particularly in the past two years (by either my internet service provider – ISP – or the parent company).

I would be remiss to mention as well, neither Title I nor Title II of the Communications Act is significantly better than the other for American ISP’s to be regulated under. My viewpoint is only that there are a lot of people spreading fear, uncertainty & doubt over this while forgetting the history of the internet (including the decades without N/N), for example. My hope is to take a critical look at the claims for N/N, and point out why the sky is not falling since the removal of Title II occourred. Continue reading “A Critique Against Net Neutrality”

A Critique Against Net Neutrality

Three if by Air

So I have not written here in a while.  Well, be prepared for a lengthy and unattractive one (all text, no hassle).

I mentioned in my last post that I had interest in consolidating PC’s.  Turns out, I moved my Cybaryme system up to the Lenovo M92 internals (Konor) for a small upgrade (from second to third-gen i5, as well as introduction of USB 3.0) all the while buying and installing the external enclosure.  Linux’s implementation of ZFS picked up the drives, and although I dropped the cache SSD and everything is transmitted through USB 3.0, the speed is quite respectable for what I need.

With access to all this local space, I wondered what to do with it all.  One of the things was being able to record television again (ages ago I had an ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder).  Given my ongoing predicament with Lenovo and their choice of PCI-Express slot placement, I had my Hauppauge WinTV-1250 tuner in the HTPC.  Because I wanted to consolidate (for example, to save power), I discovered the HDHomeRun Connect device.

HDHomeRun Connect is a standalone tuner that connects to your network and streams to a client (or a NAS) with their provided software.  It is also quite well supported in TvHeadEnd.  Since I did not want to go to Windows for the former, and was already familiar with the latter, I purchased a refurbished one off Amazon.  Set up was easy, but getting everything “right” was a huge hassle. Continue reading “Three if by Air”

Three if by Air

Musings of a NAS Server

Alternatively titled, the evolution of hobbies and fulfilling their needs.

This time last month (to the day) I started a blog entry, progressing for a week and a half about building a network-attached storage PC. I noted within the first few paragraphs that this would not be an inexpensive project, which now I am ready to talk about cost (what it takes), other options, and in general how hobbies (and their needs) develop over time. But lets start with an epilogue to the last entry. Continue reading “Musings of a NAS Server”

Musings of a NAS Server

A FreeNAS Adventure

I wanted a RAID setup ever since the 1990’s, back when I would get computer magazines from my neighbour.  One of the articles featured perfect setups, which included an external RAID array.  I soon learned that RAID (originally redundant array of inexpensive disks, now commonly redundant array of independent disks), particularly RAID 5, can provide a great balance of storage and redundancy (if a single drive fails in the array, no data is lost).

Along with this, I have a dangerous combination of being paranoid about losing data and rarely making backups (and I never learn, having lost a 60GB hard disk around 12 years ago with only the most crucial data available to be recovered).

Keep in mind a RAID is not a backup solution.  If the house burns down and if I did not have anything off-site, I would be very out of luck.  For many other scenarios however (usually less-catastrophic), it wouldn’t hurt to have. Continue reading “A FreeNAS Adventure”

A FreeNAS Adventure