The world of Ready Player One

So, just to be clear: this is not intended to be a review of the book.  There are plenty of them, and as this book (and its sequel, even) are no longer in the zeitgeist,  so if you're looking for a more review-y article, you might want to…

Backing up self-hosted Docker environments

Like many geeks, I've got a small home server setup that I use to host various services and information that I'd rather not farm out to a random company because the data is sensitive (password manager), expensive (file sharing), or just plain not something that'…

Oracle Cloud (OCI) site-to-site VPN and Unifi

Oracle Cloud offers a pretty great free tier, which is super useful for hosting hobby and other projects.  I wanted to set up a site-to-site VPN from home to the OCI resources so I could make pretty graphs and integrate them with some services I'm hosting from home…

WotC, MTG, and OGL changes

Edit Jan 27, 2023: It looks like WotC has decided to scrap this entire poorly thought-out plan (at least for now, while people are watching). Still, while this one looks like it has been resolved without any real pain other than the loss of trust Wizards rightfully deserves, most of…

Stop stealing Wordpress add-ons

WordPress is the most popular CRM in current use, and while I believe that most people don't need the vast majority of functionality that you get from WordPress and would be happier with both the ease of use of a static site generator and the much-reduced hosting requirements…

Installing OS/2 on an IBM Netfinity

Back in the late 90s, I ran a BBS on a lovely Pentium 133 I was given by a friend after they upgraded, and used Telegard/2 on OS/2 Warp 3 to do so. I've fiddled on and off with rebuilding from partial backups and probably dusty…

Dell Dimension 4100 Retro Gaming

I've been looking for a decent late Windows 98/Early XP era gaming build for a while, and it's been a bit of an issue finding decent hardware. The primary issue is that all of the motherboards from this era are prone to the capacitor plague…

Using SATA SSDs in retro hardware

One of the major problems I have when doing a project with retro hardware has become mass storage. There are many options available, ranging from the original drive to Compact Flash to IDE adapters and their close cousin SD card to IDE (and SCSI) adapters, however, they all have a…