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czardestructo

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Reddit refuge, escentric engineer and serial hobbyist.

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czardestructo ,
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Been using afraid.org for well over 10 years and use dynamic dns to have various subdomains pointing to different IP addresses/hosts I have in physically different places. It just works and I login maybe once every 3-4 years.

czardestructo ,
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Thanks for the reminder. Just signed up for monthly donations.

czardestructo ,
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It's getting worst though. A lot worst. They keep adding more and more layers to make it so difficult and convoluted you give up. Last year my insurance started using an external pharmacy for my meds. Fine. But my meds to need to be administered by a nurse in a hospital. So I need to get prior authorization from my doctor to my insurance who then approves the pharmacy to do the meds. But there are 30% copays now so I use a third party company that works with the company that makes the meds to comp the 30%. Then I need to get the hospital to call the pharmacy to order meds on my behalf and send it to the hospital, not me. Then I can finally schedule my appointment to actually get the shot in the hospital. I do this circus once a year, every year because they change one layer every year and so I have to figure out the new rules. It's pure madness.

czardestructo ,
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No outdoor advertisements/billboards, very few national chains, very protective of local business, everyone is very connected with the land and their community. Vermont is awsome.

czardestructo ,
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I can 100% see that in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Super white washed and no industry to bring in fresh faces, just generational residency.

czardestructo ,
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Sound dampening. Common feature on high trim cars or electric vehicles.

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What should I add to my '90s website?

So I'm currently toying around with NeoCities, and decided to trial it by building your classic mid '90s Geocities/Tripod/Angelfire pastiche website.

Some of the most important elements are already in place.

Tile background? Large font? Heading in bright pink with a shadow? Unusual colour choices? Random cat gifs? Under construction gif? Check! Check! Check!

In the true spirit of the '90s DIY web, some more pages (including the links page) are coming soon.

(I'm thinking of adding a page dedicated to either Britney or a nu-metal band.)

You can see the page so far here: https://that90ssite.neocities.org/

There are a few things that I want to add to make it complete, and I'm looking for suggestions.

The first, is to embed a midi file that plays automatically. Any suggestions on the best way of doing this?

Second, it's just not going to be complete without a guestbook.

Third, any webring suggestions?

Fourth, what's the best way of adding a java chat room in 2024?

Finally, anything else that really needs to be a part of a great '90s website?

UPDATE: Thanks for all the feedback! I've added more annoying GIFs, a guestbook, a links page, and a cyber cat hangout.

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czardestructo ,
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Every link should open a separate pop up window. Add an under construction gif of a dude digging.

czardestructo ,
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The Jehovah's witness of lemmy

czardestructo ,
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Did you read the sign on my front door? No distro solicitors. Get off my lawn.

How responsive is your Nextcloud?

My Nextcloud has always been sluggish — navigating and interacting isn't snappy/responsive, changing between apps is very slow, loading tasks is horrible, etc. I'm curious what the experience is like for other people. I'd also be curious to know how you have your Nextcloud set up (install method, server hardware, any other...

czardestructo ,
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So on your Nextcloud server you use an external DNS and it greatly sped up you nextcloud? Because I noticed a few years back mine got slow and I cannot figure out why. It was about the time I enforced pihole dns with pfsense. I might need to try this.

czardestructo ,
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I'm going to have to give this a shot tonight, need to make a pfsense rule to allow the server to get out and then change its DNS. Regarding php, my current config is the following because I have over 64gigs of ram and went through great length to get Nextcloud to cache MORE into ram:

pm.max_requests = 50000 #set higher, the process is recyled after 50k calls to prevent memory leaks
pm.max_children = 1000
pm.start_servers = 60
pm.min_spare_servers = 30
pm.max_spare_servers = 120

Android Microphone Snooping ( lemmy.world )

So I had a verbal conversation with a coworker yesterday and now I'm getting fed very specific ads. No possible way it's accidental. I have most of the microphone access to apps limited, I have Google assistant turned off and no VPA setup in my home. I use a Oneplus 9 pro, does anyone have recommendations on how to further root...

czardestructo OP ,
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I have whole house ad blocking with a pihole and its enforced with pfsense. All DNS traffic gets NATed to pihole.

czardestructo OP ,
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That's actually a great point. He is older and uses a dumb phone but we have been working with each other over 5 years so there are going to be lots of connections to each other. Furthermore this coincidental ad is rare, I haven't gotten one like this in awhile.

czardestructo OP , (edited )
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Not possible. To be explicit, he was asking me my opinion about car maintenance and if I changed the oil in my cars every X miles OR every six months, or if the expiration time of oil was BS. I told him my opinion was that the age of the oil is irrelevant unless you idle your car for many hours at a time, just change it based on the millage. Today I got fed an article about how a dude tested the oil from various cars, with various ages and miles against brand new oil and found that age made no difference on the key characteristics of the oil. That is a remarkably specific article from a VERY specific VERBAL conversation I had over a Teams call on a work computer. It certainly got me thinking but again its the first time I've had one of those super specific ads in a long time that made me question my privacy.

Edit: I'm getting down voted, so people don't think this is a markably specific ad response? People really think Google is just this good to infer this type of article in less than 24 hours is just dumb luck because 'oil change'?

czardestructo OP ,
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There is a chance I guess he went off and researched the topic and our relations are tethered on googles back end so it figured I might be interested in his interests. But I'm stretching here. I should ask him on Monday!

czardestructo OP ,
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It was an article not an ad. And the specifics of oil age vs millage is pretty damn obscure in my opinion especially for a guy who works in tech.

czardestructo OP ,
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It was a suggested article not an ad

czardestructo OP ,
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How? The data is locked up in Google servers? All the evidence I have is posted here.

czardestructo OP ,
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Yep! Unless you idle the car a lot just change it based on mileage and not age!

czardestructo OP ,
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Thank you for the super thoughtful response. I'm in the process of fully ditching Windows. I use Vpn whenever I'm not home, I run my own cloud services, last big leap is to switch to graphene when I upgrade my phone and ditch the gmail accounts. I'm close and so finding this shockingly specific article got me thinking. Usually the articles are indeed spot on accurate but expected, not obscure yet specific.

czardestructo ,
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Have you froze it recently though? They bury the fucking options and make it as painful as possible all while trying to sell you $20 a month monitoring services. Seriously equifax? Why would I PAY your backward, half assed company money to sell AND leak my data? What the christ!

czardestructo , (edited )
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Bingo. My company sub-leased some downtown office space to get out of it and will bail on it completely in about 5 years when the lease expires.

czardestructo ,
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As someone from MA, I think Shiner Bock should be on that list.

czardestructo ,
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I as not expecting to read about socket A tonight but I still have a special place in my heart for my old athlon. I still have the CPU somewhere in my basement, I had that sucker over clocked for years and it played a lot of WoW on it.

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Bose introduces their new Ultra Open Earbuds. “Their cuff-like fit leaves your ears totally open so you can still hear the world around you”

https://www.bose.com/p/earbuds/bose-ultra-open-earbuds/ULT-HEADPHONEOPN.html

@technology

czardestructo ,
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It's the later. A small speaker pointed into your ear while not blocking it.

czardestructo ,
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You haven't even heard them and are making grand assumptions. The bass is great at low to medium listening levels but rolls off as you increase the volume due to physical limitations.

czardestructo ,
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These sound like high end ear buds at low to medium volume levels.

czardestructo ,
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Bose actually made the first music playing sunglasses. It's where the open ear bud idea came from.

czardestructo ,
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Cool, let's see what states in the US are paying their fair share into the federal government, if you take more than you contribute then you loose your electoral votes.

czardestructo ,
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My aunt worked in sun glass sales so I had a pair of Romeo, Juliet and a few other pairs of Oakley. I was so fancy and hip.

czardestructo ,
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Agreed. To add to this because the traffic is being blocked it keeps retrying so it's inflating the traffic size. I have about 14 tplink WiFi switches on a vlan and my pfsense rule for NTP is less than 6 megabytes. OP is conflating legitimate NTP traffic with Tor.

czardestructo ,
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Early centrino laptops had a 16-32gig solid state drive in addition to mechanical disks purely to speed boost time. It was part of the spec in order to advertise Intel Centrino. SSD was too expensive to do the whole disk so just a simple operating system essentials raid type setup made booting incredibly fast for 2010 standards.

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If you can solder and heat shrink then search for "usb c trigger board" on ebay and get some for like $5. They will request either 5v, 9v, 12v, 15v or 20v. I've found for most older battery powered barrel jack devices a voltage that is an little under spec works just fine. Ive convertered everything in my house and now own a nice USB PD battery bank, life is good.

czardestructo ,
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My company had a badge in/badge out procedure, badge out was new after covid. No one actually badged out. They have since installed security guards at all exits and they will chase you out the door if you forget to badge out.

czardestructo ,
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I don't know why this simple fact is so often over looked. If you have to work two jobs, commute, play with your kid, do laundry, make dinner, clean up then try and relax there is NO TIME to nurture your damn kid. As a dad it's easy to see how single moms and blue collar parents have to constantly stick their kids in front of a iPad because they have nothing left to give.

czardestructo ,
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I've been through too many exodus, this post hits hard and true. Been using the net since 95 and have been a community refuge too many times. I'm really hoping federation takes off because I'm tired of rebuilding. Not sure I'll try again if this doesn't pan out.

czardestructo ,
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I worked for Sylvania about 15-20 years ago as they were swirling the drain and trying to adapt to LED lighting. Lots of cool old equipment and facilities but it felt like whoever was steering the ship (Osram) was asleep at the wheel. The way the company handled the next 15 years proved that was true.

czardestructo ,
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I better let my primary server know it's now a toy for 5 year olds...

Researcher has developed, at a cost of less than one dollar, a wireless light switch that runs without batteries, can be installed anywhere on a wall and could reduce the cost of wiring a house by ... ( www.ualberta.ca )

Researcher has developed, at a cost of less than one dollar, a wireless light switch that runs without batteries, can be installed anywhere on a wall and could reduce the cost of wiring a house by ...::A U of A engineering researcher has developed a wireless light switch that could reduce the cost of wiring a house by as much as...

czardestructo ,
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Enocean has been making battery free wireless light switches for almost 15 years. I've personally used them for about 8 years and love them. They're a lot more expensive then the $1 quote in the article but still cheaper than an electrician. They work with a strike to a piezoelectric element to make energy and transmit the signal.

czardestructo ,
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Various companies repackage or license the enOcean parts. I've used this one from Amazon for about 6 years and haven't thought about it. I've also used others from this brand for 8+ years and had no issues. I bought an old house around Boston that had power in the ceilings but no switches anywhere so this worked perfectly for me and I was able to do it all myself.

czardestructo ,
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You can certainly get more storage but 100gigs is a joke. A modest 4k video can easily exceed 1gig and 100 videos isn’t very much. Considering how storage prices have crashed in 10 years and the price is still the same for 100gigs it feels like pretty obvious shrinklation.

czardestructo ,
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For what it’s worth my 2015 Toyota will allow me to connect over Bluetooth but in android I wouldn’t give it permissions to my text message, just audio. It works fine except for the fact that every damn time I turn the car on it asks again for text message access and I have to click no on the infotainment screen.

czardestructo ,
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How about a different angle; enjoy the veggies as they are and forget the emulated meat puck. This isn’t a dig at you, just a general statement of how I always found it weird there are so many vegetarian and vegan food tring to emulate a meat stick or patty. Veggies are wonderful all by themselves why not enjoy them for what they are instead of competing with something it’s not. My 2 cents.

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Most air intake for the heat and air comes into the cabin from the vents below the windshield.

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