Richard Bucker

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Sep 28, 2022
Recent Linux Desktop Hangs \#tsdr; short don't read My Pop\_OS desktop hung yesterday. It's the second time this month. It's impossible to know w...
Sep 26, 2022
Bare Metal Warning HA HA HA. I've been talking about Bare Metal vs containers and virtualization for a while... again. I still do not have...
Sep 24, 2022
Log v Print; Stdout Stderr `print` is typically just outputting a string to the console. In most cases this is StdOut aka the console. The informa...
Sep 23, 2022
Rust v Go This post started as a `rust v go` rant but then it became something else. The whole point of high level languages is t...
Sep 19, 2022
Spell Checking and Privacy Is there such a thing as privacy these days? > Privacy is dead Last week my kid's teacher asked us to install a spell...
Sep 19, 2022
Rewrite in Rust, Really? NO, no, no. Actually Maybe. > rewrite for speed, no This particular incentive, has been around for years. People used...
Sep 17, 2022
Why Ksh Instead of Bash IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, DevOps, SRE .... oh my. The world of system development etc is under a new paradigm shift. Of course...
Sep 16, 2022
Batteries Some smarty pants out there was talking about Jackery batteries. The kind that you might use with solar cells either ca...
Sep 15, 2022
Minis Forum B550 Review Once I placed the order for the machine I tried to stop it. Partly because the delivery time bothered me but mostly bec...
Sep 15, 2022
Bare Metal or Virtualization Both Lawrence Systems and Level1Linux popped on my youtube feed this morning. If there was a reason then only google kn...
Sep 14, 2022
OpenBSD Lenovo Ideapad 3 ## Installation This is normal stuff... I might have missed some steps but it's pretty simple. Read the man pages. The...
Sep 7, 2022
Simple Fossil SCM The [fossil-scm](https://fossil-scm.org/) is both simple and complicated at the same time. By itself it is a very good ...
Sep 3, 2022
New Chicken Coop My new chicken coop is.... - Four GMKtec NucBox5 (Intel N5105) - One MinisForum Elitemini B550 (Ryzen 7 5700G) - Synol...
Sep 1, 2022
Updating My Chicken Coop I like having a single piece of massive hardware whether it's a Corvette or a 256 core Ampere arm processor. But I also...
Sep 1, 2022
Buying a New Car Maybe this post should have been titled "The Pricing/value proposition of a new car". A few weeks ago my wife and I tes...
Sep 1, 2022
Gas Prices The day after this experience I watched a [YT video on gas](https://youtu.be/fD169YXFVdg) (auto fuel). Essentially the ...
Aug 22, 2022
Android 13 Landed Review Android 13 landed last night as a security release... it was a painful 90 minute install and reboot. And in the end I h...
Aug 21, 2022
WTF Virtualization Having built my own orchistration system that saved my employer many millions annually I find myself returning to scene...
Aug 19, 2022
Text Edit or IDE This morning I went down a rabbit hole looking for a new editor. What I continue to experience is the conflict between ...
Aug 18, 2022
Processing CSV Files Processing CSV files whether they are actually comma or tab separated is a pain in the ass. The problem is that any jac...
Aug 12, 2022
Technical Reasoning I might be slow to the table but this morning while I was reasoning through nested VMs (linux-\>openbsd-\>openbsd) I wo...
Aug 9, 2022
Walmart SQL Test I started to deep dive into the nuance of the queries and realized that was the wrong path. As an interview question t...
Aug 7, 2022
LXC Containers Review If you've used or are proficient with Docker, Rkt containers or even virtual machine with some basic automation or orch...
Aug 6, 2022
A New Case for ChromeOS As an independent "international" contractor I migrated to Mac because `vault` would encrypt the HDD so that my custome...
Aug 4, 2022
The Case for OpenBSD I have my dual monitor Pop\_OS(linux) standing desk in front of my and I'm looking at my current system usage. > termi...
Jul 29, 2022
The Devil You Know; a Case for ChromeOS ## The Problem "we" the naive computing public whether we're talking about smartphones, laptops, ChromeBooks, Servers,...
Jul 23, 2022
New Sign-in on Amazon Fire 7 Tablet July 20 I placed an order on Amazon for anew Amazon Fire 7 tablet. > "New sign-in on Amazon Fire 7 Tablet" July 21, b...
Jul 23, 2022
Google Going Crazy Google seems to be taking a page from the Apple/Steve Jobs playbook. Make a desireable product. Charge a lot for it. Ma...
Jul 20, 2022
Read to Me Kindle Sitting on the couch with absolutely no interest in walking over to the desk I wanted to review my Kindle book purchas...
Jul 18, 2022
Another Day in Programming Languages This bast weekend I completed yet another rant on programming languages and my chicken dsl approach to programming. Thi...
Jul 17, 2022
Chicken Lang: a Clarification Over the last few years I have been writing about cattle, pets and now chickens. At one point in time chickens and cows...
Jul 17, 2022
The Not So Obvious Case Against Go This is my opinion after 35 years as an applications and systems programmer. The GNU team continues to complain that m...
Jul 16, 2022
Alternative to Go Rust etc? Are there any reasonable alternatives to go and rust? I know of only one. Borland Turbo Pascal. Do not confuse Turbo Pa...
Jul 16, 2022
Is It Time to Dump Google Products? I really do not want to start with a history lesson but my thesis suggests that while google is not supposed to be doin...
Jul 14, 2022
Webassembly or Chicken? The formal description of [WebAssembly](https://webassembly.org/) can be found on it's website. But for my purpose it's...
Jul 11, 2022
Top 10 Weirdest Programming Languages in Use in 2022 Somehow google know what I'm thinking and from time to time they hit the nail on the head. This afternoon [this](https:...
Jul 4, 2022
Billion Dollar Code Reacting to the movie "Billion Dollar Code" It would be great if there was a way to convert (export/import) all my wor...
Jul 1, 2022
Google Says Ansible I'm not sure what to think about google. As every day passes and we hear about some new thing that are proposing or doi...
Jun 30, 2022
Why Are Chromebooks the Killer App I've said some of this before... back in the day rank and file, managers and sales people alike used to say: > nobody ...
Jun 30, 2022
Blockchain Is Not Decentralized I have been saying that BlockChain is not decenralized for years. I feel vindicated that the [pentagon agrees](https://...
Jun 23, 2022
The Next Operating System Sitting on the couch this morning with just a few sips of my morning brew left I read the headline "Why Ubuntu Isn't a ...
Jun 16, 2022
HP Dev One - Part 4 I just discovered a very cool new feature in my HP Dev One. Not only does it charge from the traditoinal wall wart but ...
Jun 16, 2022
Standing Desks Why do modern, cool-guy, programmers like standing desks? I just purchased my first standing desk after decades of usi...
Jun 7, 2022
HP Dev One - Part 3 When I purchase my HP Dev One I remembered seeing a note that the RAM was user upgradable to 64GB. NICE! So when I ord...
Jun 7, 2022
Daily Complaints Scanning though one of my google feeds I started to complain... and so I'm going to complain: It sucks that ... - Goo...
Jun 6, 2022
HP Dev One - Part 2 My 64GB DDR4 RAM upgrade arrived and I started to take the HP Dev One apart to perform the upgrade. I got the back over...
Jun 6, 2022
HP Dev One - Part 1 Strange that HP said that the HP Dev One was a pre-order. It arrived today. Stranger still was the release of a similar...
Jun 2, 2022
Pop(OS) Goes the Weasel > Yada yada yada blah blah blah I'm not sure where this all started... OK, OpenBSD sucks. Really OpenBSD is not a high...
Jun 2, 2022
F*ck OpenBSD; OpenBSD Sucks There is an annual traditional youtube video titled something like 'Linux Sucks'. The author rants for about 45 minutes...
May 28, 2022
ESXi Ransomeware Oh My There are many reasons to like VMware. But now that it's a target it's time to move on again. It's as simple as this.....
May 28, 2022
Why Is My NUC Fan Creaming My Intel NUC has been running OpenBSD for about a year and recently I upgraded it to OpenBSD 7.1. > in-place upgrade o...
May 23, 2022
Executive Summary: Operating Systems I hate reading "It's been a while since my last post" but it has been a while since my last post... I have a new piece...
Mar 17, 2022
Google Fi Sucks I really wanted Google Fi to succeed but unfortunately, in South Florida, it sucks. The real issue is that T-Mobile doe...
Mar 16, 2022
Golang Release Generics Golang release 1.18 is out now with some interesting enhancements. Since this is a point release it's supposed to be co...
Mar 14, 2022
New Computer Costs I struggle with the cost of a new computer. There is no doubt that the idea of making an iPad or Android tablet a works...
Mar 14, 2022
Crypto Complaint Why is it that the pro-crypto news is always published though the main crypto echochamber but that the crypto criticism...
Feb 9, 2022
Slackware 15 I cut my teeth on Slackware Linux. I remember installing it on my Sony Vaio pocket in the 90s. And then having envy of ...
Jan 31, 2022
Next Smartphone In 25 years I've had many different cellphones and smartphones. When I purchased my first iPhone I was all-in with the ...
Jan 28, 2022
Streaming Operating Systems Suck From the devops story folder... > streaming operating systems suck This month I had a number of very challenging prod...
Jan 27, 2022
Cattle, Chicken, Goats, Pigs, Not Pets There is something to be said about and for "not pets". In today's tech world it evolves as the tools change. _To be cl...
Jan 27, 2022
Blockchain Now What? Either you've ... purchased a commercial, opensource, or free blockchain solution or implemented a custom blockchain so...
Jan 27, 2022
What Is Blockchain Good For Watching a well produced [blockchain video](https://youtu.be/8Ee_OhLKv6E) I still say bullsh\*t. This is all about prov...
Jan 21, 2022
Streaming OS Bad My introduction to streaming OS was CoreOS. I'm not quite certain why they call it a `streaming OS` when there is no ac...
Jan 14, 2022
FreeBSD Reminder I'm still trying to keep my head clear of crypto currency as an apocalypse safety net and in turn trying to stay away f...
Jan 13, 2022
OMG Openbsd Is My Bitcoin Here I am in yet another sleep deprived morning. I'm still thinking about crypto currencies, giftcards, banks, acquirin...
Jan 12, 2022
Piss, Vinegar and OpenBSD I'm opinionated and some mornings I wake up and I just want a good argument. Maybe that's why Theo D' Radt of OpenBSD d...
Jan 11, 2022
Best New Laptops 2022 Spoiler alert: I wish I knew which laptop would be the best for 2022. But what's wrong with most reviews or recommendat...
Jan 10, 2022
Trust Supply Chain Yet another post... `npm` with subverted code. Then google thought I cared about yet another distro release. Then I sta...
Jan 7, 2022
Performance Testing BSD Linux I did not start my day expecting to do some performance testing. Instead I started deploying updated versions of SQLite...
Jan 7, 2022
Fast Tech Software development using the "Fast Fashion" model for rapid development and deploy ... [1] use tools and frameworks t...
Jan 7, 2022
Almost Perfect This site is a convergence of thoughts. 1) systems are too complicated. For examples look at the size of the RUST-LANG ...
Jan 6, 2022
Nightmare Systems Complexity is nightmare. With over 35 years of experience writing in many different languages everything from firmare/B...
Jan 5, 2022
Facebook Reply Carefully I'm not certain where to start this post. Partly because some of the details are old and partly because I really do not...
Jan 3, 2022
Cult of Bitcoin I'm not a fan of crypto currencies. The reason for my decision is that when I ask people who are all-in "what is so gre...
Jan 2, 2022
Cake and Eat It Crypto cash for the purpose of anonymity is such an oxymoron. If you want to be anonymous use cash and live under a br...
Dec 29, 2021
Bitcoin What's Wrong With This Picture? Actually there is plenty wrong with Bitcoin. To start; because there is an incentive to promoting bitcoin as a cult it'...
Dec 28, 2021
Bitcoin Documentaries I've watched a number of pro-Bitcoin videos in the last week or so. I have yet to figure out whether it's criminal, cul...
Dec 26, 2021
Bitcoin Aint All That I'm not saying that I'm smarter than the next guy although I've read enough technical specs over the years to know when...
Dec 19, 2021
Bitcoin Stupidity Expands In the article [LAMAR WILSON, FOUNDER OF BLACK BITCOIN BILLIONAIRE, DISCUSSES FREEDOM FROM CENSORSHIP](https://bitcoinm...
Dec 16, 2021
Trust Nothing Trust Everything I'm staring at my console of a few terminal windows and a panel of my pop\_os package installer... and my head is spinn...
Dec 10, 2021
Myth of 360 Video I recently tried the Insta360 in order to video my kids' soccer and dance performances. In the end I had to return the ...
Dec 9, 2021
Are You Being Manipulated This is just a quick, follow up, post to an imaginary post... In summary; watching the movie [The Paradigm of Money](ht...
Dec 7, 2021
Hating NPM Javascript Without any explanation I'm moving my development of one project from a previous install of ClearLinux to Pop!\_OS. I t...
Dec 7, 2021
It's All Under Control > Do not panic? I've written about bitcoin in the recent past and it's come up again. I know I do not like it for all ...
Nov 25, 2021
The 24k Hoax This morning started off with a thanksgiving WTF and a holy shit and my head is still spinning. There is so much wrong ...
Nov 23, 2021
Public Projects and Version Control I'm about to start my first project for [Chicken Software](https://chicken.software)... The last thing I want to do is ...
Nov 23, 2021
Chicken Software I was introduced to the idea of `cattle not pets` many years ago when [Rancher](https://rancher.com/) put the idea forw...
Nov 21, 2021
Insta360 First Review I've been practicing with my Insta360 trying to get efficient and ready for my first game. I hate giving away the endin...
Nov 11, 2021
Hosting Your Own Web Services The subtitle for this article should be "Hosting your own web Services: and the case for cloud services". Background:...
Nov 9, 2021
Wildcard Certificates or Not I am ever grateful for `letsencrypt` and `acme` services. It has made my life so much simpler even though I could pass ...
Nov 8, 2021
OpenBSD VPN DNS In my lab I have two network segments. The first is dedicated to Wifi and the second is wired. The Wifi network is for ...
Nov 4, 2021
OpenBSD 7.0 RaspberryPI Setup I have an 8GB Raspberry Pi (model 4-ish). Granted I no longer like my rpi hardware... for the price they really cannnot...
Nov 4, 2021
If I Were Q > If I were Q this is exactly how I would do it! -Jimmy Kimmel
Nov 4, 2021
Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Holds Gold Silver Bitcoin As yesterday was "stress awareness day" and a hacker at some rightwing-nut publication sold my cell number to some phis...
Nov 3, 2021
Follow the Money Bitcoin I'm still pulling my bitcoin hair out. I think if people truly understood all the moving parts they would stay the hell...
Oct 31, 2021
4G LTE 5G WTF I life and work in a cellular blackhole and if it were not for WiFi-Calling I would be forced to use smoke signls inste...
Oct 30, 2021
Things You Do Not Know About Crypto Currency but should I'll admit it from the beginning that I have no proof I just know it to be true. (Thanks Bill Maher). Buying into BTC i...
Oct 7, 2021
OpenBSD Restarting Relayd It seems really strange to me that I cannot find this post... So I had to write it myself. > The "OpenBSD way" is read...
Oct 6, 2021
VPN or Bastion Host? That is the question. I wanted to say something like "I'm not going to discuss my security" but then that would contradict the title of the p...
Oct 6, 2021
Principle of Least Privilege I was reading a doc [Security in Chrome OS](https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromiumos/docs/+/HEAD/security/chromeos_...