Desktop is King

Freeing up my lap at last

A big messy smartphone That’s what I see whenever I open a laptop in the hope of repairing it or pimping it up. My efforts inevitably result in resentful failures, and I either leave the thing broken or send it to a technician. Me, fixing a clumsy block of metal and plastic where every single piece is soldered up or goes inside of a chip? No, thanks. Before you think I give up too fast, let me tell you that, sure, I could learn how to fix my own laptops, but that’s not the point; the point is I don’t want to. [Read More]
diy  hardware  home  tools  web 

CaaC: ImageMagick

Dockerize ImageMagick

Don’t litter my path I’m not a germophobe, but I can’t stand a dirty $PATH. I like mine neat and clean, so that my tab completions are fast, sweet and within the realms of sanity. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go to the previous installment of this series and read the full thing. ImageMagick is an image manipulation tool that can “create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images” and is typically used from the command line. [Read More]

CaaC: Container as a Condom

Protect your operating system from unintended consequences

First and foremost, let’s get one thing straight: this is not a dull blog, and I’m not a dull blogger. You can tell that from the blog’s name alone. If, in spite of that, you still feel uncomfortable with the word condom, don’t let it distract you—just replace it with garbage bag, lab coat, rain boots, or whatever else makes sense to you. I like the word because it makes for a nice metaphor and a pleasing acronym. [Read More]

Paranoid's Guide to Bookmarking

Bookmark stuff and keep it private with Buku

Paranoid’s guide Welcome to Paranoid’s Guide, a series of articles where I’ll show you how to live your life in this hyper tech-centric world without letting the nosy types out there peek into your sacred privacy. Maybe you have a good reason not to let powerful, abusive corporations get ahold of you personal information and keep you on an emotional leash that makes you feel like a slave of crushing, invisible hands. [Read More]