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a blog about tildes and stuff


Update Adventures

here’s the longer version about the outage on august 24, 2021: after finishing the package upgrades on my proxmox hosts for the new release (proxmox 7.0, corresponding to debian 11/bullseye), i typed reboot and pressed enter, crossing my fingers that it would come back up as expected.

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hugo blog rewrite

i finally got sick of some outstanding bashblog bugs and decided to rewrite my blog with hugo why fix something that ain’t broken? there are several major bugs in bashblog that i haven’t had the time or interest to fix.

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mastodon postgres upgrade fun

howdy friends! if you’re a mastodon user on tilde.zone (the tildeverse mastodon instance), you might’ve noticed some downtime recently. here’s a quick recap of what went down during the upgrade process.

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default branch name

changing git’s default branch name has come up recently as an easy action we can take to update our language and remove harmful ideas from our daily usage. i’m concerned that this effort to change the language used is ultimately a symbolic gesture to avoid scrutiny into actual change (notably github’s push for this change and continued contracts with ICE).

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tools and services

inspired by tomasino‘s recent post, i’d like to detail some of the stuff that i rent and use. recurring costs some of these are monthly, others are annual server rental $135/month, 64gb model, 2yr contract discount proxmox - my preferred hypervisor.

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general update

it’s been quite a long time since i posted anything here on this blog. i’ve been playing with gruvbox-css, decided to switch my blog to use it and finally realized it’s been almost a year since i posted anything at all.

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networking nonsense

i’ve recently been working on setting up drone ci on the tilde.team machine. however, there’s been something strange going on with the networking on there. starting up drone with docker-compose didn’t seem to be working: netstat -tulpn showed the port binding properly to 127.

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raid nonsense

last week i did some maintenance on the tilde.team box. probably should have written about it sooner but i didn’t make time for it until now. the gist of the problem was that the default images provided by hetzner default to raid1 between the available disks.

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weechat setup

so you decided to switch from irssi to weechat? what options do you need to set? what plugins? what scripts? i’ll go over some of the most essential of these, and share my full configs.

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proactive redundancy

after the fiasco earlier this week, i’ve been taking steps to minimize the impact if tilde.team were to go down. it’s still a large spof (single-point-of-failure), but i’m reasonably certain that at least the irc net will remain up and functional in the event of another outage.

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