Posted in 2019

Moving To Sphinx

I’ve made a few changes to this website. Well, not really a few changes, more like a complete overhaul. I was getting a bit bored of using Hugo/Markdown and decided to challenge myself to the following:

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Matrix is Here

And it’s finally here! After much head scratching, frustration, and eventually the building of an entirely new server, my Matrix server garappa.chat is up and running. This has been something I’ve talked about doing for a while as I try to get away from all bigger services in favour of hosting my own. While Mastodon and Funkwhale where considerably easier to set up, I have a feeling it will be worth it in the end.

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New Developments

Every time I have a blog I am always really bad at posting to it consistently. Actually, a lot has changed in recent months so I thought I’d do a little brain dump.

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Funkwhale work

I really like Markdown. I’ve sung its praises before and I stand by my decision to invest in using it at work, but since I started using reStructuredText on the Funkwhale Docs, I have started to realise how much more I enjoy it as a markup language. As such, I’m switching over to producing these posts in rst. What difference does this make to readers? None. What difference does it make to me? It just makes writing a bit more comfortable. That’s it. Let’s move on.

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Progress

It feels good to actually have a positive impact on something. One of my biggest gripes about working in support is that you are - as a support agent - inevitably the face of disappoinment and/or failure at some point. The job is time and attention demanding, and sometimes you simply have to tell someone that things they want are not possible.

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Bring Back My Internet

Okay, so I’m slightly reneging on my earlier post by writing about computers again, but trust me when I say this one is as much personal as it is technical.

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Goodbye, Guix

So for the last few weeks I’ve been exclusively using GuixSD on my X200s. It’s been an interesting experiment, and there are a good many things I really liked about the system. For now, though, I am going back to Parabola.

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Tanuki Tunes Update

After a little bit of frustration on my side due to not following the directions properly, Tanuki Tunes is now running Funkwhale 0.18.1. The changes in this version will be mostly invisible to end-users, but include important bugfixes such as one that prevented the editing of tracks in the Django admin panel. This update has also made me aware that the site was previously running an out-of-date version of Postgresql. This has now been rectified, so the site is completely up-to-date with suggested specs.

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More writing

I’ve been writing posts on this website for a little while now, mostly relating to my technological exploits and sysadmin misadventures. While this is a big part of my life at the moment, it’s not the only thing I do. I’m going to try and write a bit more about non-technology things just to try to encourage myself to focus on other things alongside computers.

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HKEP

This is a short EP I recorded back in 2015. It was inspired by my life in Hong Kong, where I had been studying at the time.

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Baku Social News

So it’s been a bit of a busy month for Baku Social. The server experienced some minor downtime at the end of December owing to high memory usage, however there doesn’t seem to have been anything breeching the limits since then so fingers crossed there is no need yet to upgrade the specs of the VPS itself. I’m continuing to monitor it to ensure that nothing goes overboard, but given the low traffic both it and Tanuki Tunes seem to be managing fine for the moment.

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