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First came Patreon ... then I added GitHub Sponsors. Neither has _really_ done that much for me.

Instead I set up my own donation page on my own site:

If you benefit from or enjoy my work, please consider a small monthly contribution.

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Premature abstraction is an equally grevious sin as premature optimization. -- Keith Devens

Haven't heard this one before but it's pretty good.

Just learned I was one of the lucky 4% of folks who fully completed the challenge put on by dotTechDomains.

Means I have a less-than-abysmal chance at winning the overpowered gaming computer at the end of the challenge.


According to Spotify, my top song for 2020 was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Goofy.

Maybe I should find a way to differentiate my music from what I play to entertain my daughter ...

Day two of not being on and I find myself _almost_ going back to it several times a day.

It's remarkable to realize just how much time I spent scrolling through that feed ...

Catch up on my series on password cracking before I wrap things up next week. Today's post covers setting up a Hashtopolis server to spread your Hashcat cracking runs across several different machines:

The last day of November begins my month long experiment of abstaining from viewing or interacting with . My blog will still auto-post some stuff, but aside from that I'll be ignoring it and focusing my attention over here.

Wish me luck πŸ™‚

I've been using my new Pixel 5 since Saturday. So far, I'm impressed.

Faster than my 3. Better photo quality. MUCH better display.

For context, at this time in the workday, my Pixel 3 was usually down to 40% battery remaining with a "battery will last until 7pm" note.

My Pixel 5 is still reporting 100% with the same level of usage, and an estimated lifetime until 1:30pm _tomorrow_.

I call this a major win.

Over the past month I've been chronicling my journey in password cracking against an otherwise impenetrable system. Join me in today's entry, in which I discuss Hashcat:

Anyone know of the best/most efficient way to auto-post new blog entries from to the fediverse? Jetpack doesn't have an integration and the one PR to add it is over a year stale ...

Might bite the bullet and just migrate to a new server eventually.

Pretty sure I'm still colocating the server with Postgres and I'd like to migrate that over to RDS anyway. Maybe a task for Turkeyday ...

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Though I'm sitting at only 1.8GB of free disk space ... πŸ€” Should I upgrade to add some extra space? Or will things be OK with this little space I wonder ...

Updated the instance to the latest and greatest (v3.2.1). Nice. Super smooth as usual.

Also, I'm debating an extended break from over December, but things are much quieter over here. Who should I be following to stay in-the-know with all things tech and security?

First came Patreon ... then I added GitHub Sponsors. Neither has _really_ done that much for me.

Instead I set up my own donation page on my own site:

If you benefit from or enjoy my work, please consider a small monthly contribution.

I've discovered the easiest way to get projects turned around these days is, apparently, for a vendor or provider to piss me off.

Typical turnaround time is measured in weeks. If I'm mad at a vendor, it's measured in hours.

I need to grow a thicker skin it seems.

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Some of my staff once noted that the easiest way to motivate me to do something was to imply either it was impossible or I was incapable of doing it.

Super manipulative, but they were right. Was the impetus behind my first marathon, solving some technical problems in code, and even going straight to an MBA after undergrad.

I've learned to not be so easily manipulated since then. Or at least I'm trying to learn that lesson.

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uspol, tribalism 

Here's a thought: Don't put party affiliation on ballots.

If you can't be bothered to research *anything* about a given race's candidate, not even party, then maybe you should skip voting in that race.

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Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

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