Email!

Email sucks It really does, and yet we still need it. I’ve been hosting my own for over a decade now, although for the bulk of the time I outsourced most of the mail server smarts necessary to do so to the excellent Symbiosis virtual hosting package, although I switched to @tomav’s docker-mailserver about six months ago. Today, I finally switched to running my own mail server, directly on the server with no third-party configuration or any docker.

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New, New Blogging Platform

It’s just over a year since I last changed blogging software! The new model integrates blog into website and the whole thing is based on Hugo, a static site generator of some class. The theme is called grid-side and the big painted wall background is on someone else’s fine Creative Commons work. I’ve not been writing much recently, not even about PigDog, but I have been thinking and doing instead. Big changes are afoot, and I’ll write about what I can, when I can.

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Subsonic and licensing

Subsonic Subsonic is a reasonably neat “personal cloud” sort of thing for playing music. In many ways, it replicates the Owncloud Music application. I’m a fan of that too, but switched to Subsonic once it became clear that upgrading OC would always be a trial. Unfortunately, although Subsonic is open-source, it includes a bunch of money-making “premium” stuff backed by a licensing scheme. This includes nagware, etc. With an open-source project, you can just fork it and release a version with all that crap removed, of course, and that’s precisely what @EugeneKay has done.

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York Festival of Ideas 2015

Users vs. Techs This year, I learned about York’s Festival of Ideas. Started in 2011, this year’s theme was “Secrets and Discoveries”, which included a whole day (today) on Surveillance, Snowden and Security. Right up my alley, so off I went. This article is really about things that were brought up in a panel discussion, entitled The Future of Cyber-Security. I don’t know if these things are being recorded and uploaded, but I’ll link if it becomes available.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog: Expenditure: Debt

Nick Thomas Apologies It’s been a bit quiet recently because I’ve been collecting receipts all month. Once I’ve got a month’s worth, I can write a scintillating article about shopping expenditure; until then, I’ll just have to content myself with a short piece on debt expenditure. Time travel I’ve got quite a few debts; modern capitalist economies really are predicated on the notion that debt is good. Although this raises a lot of hackles, but it doesn’t bother me too much.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog: Income

Payday! I get paid at the end of each month, from my job at Bytemark. This is a typical employment contract, nothing special, but it bears thinking about anyway. Bytemark’s a pretty standard for-profit company; people hand over cash for hosting, some of that cash is handed over to me in exchange for labour. I never see some of the cash nominally handed over to me, because of taxes, which go to various things - some of which I like, some of which I don’t.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog: Starting Points

Beliefs and values My last post talked a bit about beliefs and sticking to them, but it shied away from discussing them in any detail. Words like “leftwing”, and the Political Compass graph, might have given a few hints away. If I’m going to be analysing and changing my behaviour according to these things, it’s important to get a decent grasp on what they are. Firstly, I don’t consider myself to be an ideologue.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog

Wat? I’m a sucker for catchy names (do say it out loud, at least once), but the premise might need some explanation for people who aren’t me. It’s worth noting at the outset that I’m primarily writing this for, and to, myself; but there’s no point in being unreasonably obtuse about it. “Capitalist pig-dog” is a wonderful insult I’ve heard in the past, usually issued by comical Communist caricatures at heroic Capitalist caricatures in pursuit of a cheap laugh or two.

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New Blogging Platform

Alive again So, back to blogging. I’ve tried to run a blog since the dawn of time, more or less, and it’s always been a bit of a failure, partly for lack of anything interesting to write about, and partly because blogging software is uniformly awful. Typo, Wordpress, Zotonic, various home-grown bits and pieces… always a hassle to install, maintain and publish to. The latest attempt is also slightly home-grown, but based on the go.

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DNSSEC + DANE: Part 2

Setting up DNSSEC + DANE ( + SSHFP ) Assuming you’ve been convinced that it’s a good idea to set up DNSSEC and DANE, the point of this article is to demonstrate how I did it for my own domain - the individual steps to get from nothing to valid DANE records weren’t very difficult; just not documented in a recipe-style guide anywhere. Hopefully, this will help you get set up.

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