Abolition of the Prison Planet

This is going to be a terrible topic. Not so much for my views (although I am considering posting this anonymously or not at all), rather it may be traumatically up-ending for the doctrine of those who consider themselves so progressive they don’t call themselves by that word. Also, because speculations that probably tell more of what I have been exposed to, and history tends to repeat itself. Part of this somewhat contradicts my “one size fits all” mentality (or, my stance against intersectionality), assuming my solution here is to have different outcomes in the face of non-violent vs. violent crimes. Which I am still not sure if I should entertain enough of that thought.

You (the reader) my be confused by now, since I did not fully mention context yet. So, before I get much further, I should mention that this is about the resurfacing of and outcry around a media article from last summer about convicted and time-served, high-risk sex offender that moved to the city I reside in. Continue reading “Abolition of the Prison Planet”

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Abolition of the Prison Planet

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

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

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

The Christmas Special – HTPC Mk II

I meant to post this over a month ago … life has a tendency to be busy.

I started the HTPC craze over a decade ago with an ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon card.  At that point I did not have much of a theatre, mostly watching media on a 15″ (later a 17″) CRT monitor.  After I moved into the house years later, I picked up a TV tuner card and installed it for the PC in my office but never used it to the full potential, or at least nearly as much as when I was still recording shows in the apartment.

At one point, when I started investing in $10 PC’s (hospital surplus systems), I ran into a problem.  The new motherboard was positioned in a way not to accommodate my video card and my TV Tuner.  I had to make a choice.  Knowing a HTPC was back in the works (I must have talked about this before), I saved it for that.

Well, things did not work out as planned. Continue reading “The Christmas Special – HTPC Mk II”

The Christmas Special – HTPC Mk II

Window Brushing

I suppose home improvement season has begun.  The snow has disappeared, the thermometer is rising, and the flowers are starting to show.

A week or so ago, I repaired the front porch planter box which had the bottom start to fall out of the past winter (or possibly, two).  Took out all the soil, and added screws where I could.  It should hold for another five years, not much longer though.

Soil is back in, waiting for new flowers.

Continue reading “Window Brushing”

Window Brushing