blog // ~ben

a blog about tildes and other things

networking nonsense

February 11, 2019 — ~ben

i've recently been working on setting up drone ci on the machine. however, there's been something strange going on with the networking on there.


January 15, 2019 — ~ben

raid nonsense

January 13, 2019 — ~ben

last week i did some maintenance on the box. probably should have written about it sooner but i didn't make time for it until now.


weechat setup

November 16, 2018 — ~ben

so you decided to switch from irssi to weechat?

what options do you need to set? what plugins? what scripts?

i'll go over some of the most essential of these, and share my full configs.


proactive redundancy

November 15, 2018 — ~ben

after the fiasco earlier this week, i've been taking steps to minimize the impact if were to go down. it's still a large spof (single-point-of-failure), but i'm reasonably certain that at least the irc net will remain up and functional in the event of another outage.


november 13 post mortem

November 13, 2018 — ~ben

we had something of an outage on november 13, 2018 on

i awoke, not suspecting anything to be amiss. as soon as i logged in to check my email and irc mentions, it became clear. was at the least inaccessible, and at the worst, down completely. according the message in my inbox, there hade been an attempted "attack" from my IP.



September 20, 2018 — ~ben

i just got back from a 10-day backpacking trip to italy and i'd like to share some of the photos i took!

the travel plan was rome -> venice -> florence -> naples -> pompei/vesuvius -> capri -> amalfi

this is the roman forum (with colosseum in the background) as seen from the palatine.



September 05, 2018 — ~ben

i somehow stumbled upon utterances today at lunch. (i think someone had it forked on their github page).

no matter how i found it, i still decided to add it to my blog here with bashblog. utterances is a commenting system that leverages github issues. so, for example a comment on a post shows up on github like this.

now we just need to figure out if it can be pointed at a gitea instance like tildegit. might be time for a PR!

tags: blog

no more google

August 14, 2018 — ~ben

not sure if this is appropriately tagged, but i didn't feel like making a new one.

i figured i should probably get some notes down about moving off google.

to start, i'll get a list of the things i was able to easily replace:

i'm still using:

  • gplay music/youtube
  • google maps (open streetmap isn't good enough to replace it)
  • google photos - but this is going to be replaced long-term with syncthing

tags: linux, net-neutrality

upsides of new dns nameservers

August 14, 2018 — ~ben
  • no more google
  • no more google
  • automated certbot validation for letsencrypt wildcard certs!! no more manual TXT records every three months!

tags: dns, linux, tilde