blog // ~ben

a blog about tildes and other things

networking nonsense

February 11, 2019 — ~ben

i've recently been working on setting up drone ci on the machine. however, there's been something strange going on with the networking on there.


raid nonsense

January 13, 2019 — ~ben

last week i did some maintenance on the box. probably should have written about it sooner but i didn't make time for it until now.


proactive redundancy

November 15, 2018 — ~ben

after the fiasco earlier this week, i've been taking steps to minimize the impact if 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.


upsides of new dns nameservers

August 14, 2018 — ~ben
  • no more google
  • no more google
  • automated certbot validation for letsencrypt wildcard certs!! no more manual TXT records every three months!

tags: dns, linux, tilde

dns shenanigans post-mortem

August 14, 2018 — ~ben

let's start by saying i probably should have done a bit more research before diving head-first into this endeavor.

i've been thinking about transferring my domains off google domains for some time now, as part of my personal goal to self host and limit my dependence on google and other large third-party monstrosities. along that line, i asked for registrar recommendations. ~tomasino responded with namesilo. i found that they had $3.99 registrations for .team and .zone domains, which is 1/10th the cost of the $40 registration on google domains.

i started out by getting the list of domains from the google console. 2 or 3 of them had been registered within the last 60 days, so i wasn't able to transfer those just yet. i grabbed all the domain unlock codes and dropped them into namesilo. i failed to realize that the dns panel on google domains would disappear as soon as it went through, but more importantly that the nameservers would be left pointing to the old defunct google domains ones.

i updated the nameservers as soon as i realized this error from the namesilo panel. some of the domains propagated quickly. others, not so much. was still in a state of flux between the old and new nameservers.

in a rush to get the dns problem fixed, and under recommendation from several people on irc, i decided to switch the nameservers for and to cloudflare, leaving another layer of flux for the dns to be stuck in...

of the five domains that i moved to cloudflare, 3 returned with a dnssec error, claiming that i needed to remove the DS record from that zone. d'oh!

i removed the dnssec from those affected domains, so we should be good to go as soon as it all propagates through the fickle beast that is dns.

tags: linux, sysadmin, tilde, dns

bashblog and your gopherhole

July 22, 2018 — ~ben

i've created a repo for the customizations to bashblog.

it will now make sure that your ~/public_gopher exists and symlink your blog into it with a nice gophermap to list all the markdown styled posts.

try it out and let me know if there are any problems!

tags: tilde, blog news

June 13, 2018 — ~ben

hey hi hello!

it seems that i haven't written anything on my blog in quite a while...

time to fix that! i've been quite busy in the last month or so with a lot of new ideas an energy for

after rediscovering my account on, i hopped in the irc there and my enthusiasm translated into a couple new members over here on the ~team.

our irc has been somewhat more active recently which is awesome:)

some of the new updates in the last month:

i'd like to make use of our new mailserver, so shoot me some mail. i never get enough personal mail. it's all still privacy policy update notices. :(

see you soon!

tags: tilde, sysadmin


December 22, 2017 — ben

hi everyone.

i started hosting a mastodon instance at

check it out if you want some federated open source social goodness :)

send me a toot (from any mastodon instance!)


tags: social-networks, mastodon, tilde

hi there

October 02, 2017 — tildeman

welcome to my tildeblog

you are here.

i like to mess around with linux sysadmin shtuff. is my baby. let me know if you want to get involved.

thanks for being awesome. keep it up.

tags: linux, sysadmin, ubuntu, tilde