Night before last was the heights of ecstasy, the depths of despair, and this morning I need to start cleaning up after the party/riot. Digitally speaking, it looks like a disaster area. All the pis are shut down; what exists is running on the back-up hardware. Continue reading “Crash and burn”
The Fairphone[O] is a super-cool device which conscientiously sources its parts to avoid human exploitation and conflict minerals. But apparently this social consciousness in the supply chain cannot scale.
Which is really sad. Because the company’s inability to source enough material to even approach the public interest and demand suggests no other business should follow their practice – they will be in competition with Fairphone for what is clearly a very limited supply.
The first release was met with disappointment everywhere not in Europe—the product would not be sold elsewhere. When planning version 2 there was talk about a non-EU release. But at release Fairphone said not this time, but next time.
#FP3 is in pre-order, releasing ‘soon’. Fairphone will not be selling this one outside Europe either.
So a good idea runs aground on the reef of reality; despite massive demand, particularly in North America, the economies of scale invert.
I could not help but be a bit saddened and appalled by this month’s news letter. Not one of the highlighted topics addressed it from a Minnesota DFL point of view, but solely with a Washington DC point of view. Continue reading “Open letter to Senator Smith”
I am beginning to just bounce with the never-ending stream of challenges and puzzles. It is rather fun, actually, to solve one puzzle only to have it reveal another, even more obscure (or terrifying!) technical gaffe. No wonder it seems there is so much overlap between the gamer and the sysadmin communities. Continue reading “Oh dear, something else broke…”
An aphorism ascribed to Benjamin Franklin goes
Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
This does not apply to website maintainers. Continue reading “Middle of the night sysadmining”
Trying to work behind the reverse proxy means using the /etc/hosts file to short-circuit DNS to get to the correct domain on the correct IP address before updating the reverse proxy server.
But all my sites have lived on SSL/TLS for years, and all used 301 redirects to teach browsers to never ask the non-encrypted schema, only the encrypted one. The servers behind the reverse proxy do not have the certificates, so the browser refuses to connect with them. Continue reading “Thank you Ameh Emeke Jnr!”
It is just not the kind of thing one wants to see when logging in as the Admin. Just sayin’.
…and it is slower!
So, the website (and everything which is currently working) is now hidden behind, or within, my tiny toy server rack. Which is slightly bigger, in volume but not height, than a tall-boy beer can, but less than a normal wine bottle. Continue reading “Look! it’s a brand new site!”
>>>>--------------- Original Message --------------- >>>>*From:* Me >>>>*Sent:* 13/09/2019 4:49 PM >>>>*To:* translinklistens.ca >>>>*Subject:* 'Member Hub' >>>>The new member hub is not accessible due to its >>>>reliance on 3rd party cookies. It is not >>>>possible to log in without allowing these >>>>cookies, which are by definition a tracking >>>>cookie. Continue reading "TransLink Listens: Email exchange"