Richard Bucker

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May 24, 2020
Logitech Keys to Go My logitech Keys To Go... Con - the power button is tiny - no function keys - no chromeos compat even though it works...
May 24, 2020
Logitech K400 I'm going thru my keyboards... Con - deep throws - keep misplacing the dongle - windows/doc layout To note - media ...
May 24, 2020
Logitech K480 I'm going thru my keyboards... Con - almost 2 pounds - feel ... not a traditional IBM or a laptop feel - it's huge - ...
May 24, 2020
Bluetooth Keyboard A quick note to mention that Bluetooth keyboard [a] subject to other rafio interferance. [b] do not work well with linu...
May 24, 2020
Google Classroom Since I am not an educator with access to an `edu` domain I have to go with what I see and read. Recently I read an art...
May 23, 2020
Webassembly Appliance Server I can make a case for a webassembly microservice appliance. > The world is changing and TRUST is more important than e...
May 23, 2020
Open Source Basic Rich Turner posted an interesting article about [MS opensourcing GW-Basic](https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/m...
May 22, 2020
Programmer or Devops > Are you a programmer or do you do sysadmin functions too? When you think of these traditional roles what did people...
May 22, 2020
Agile Release Schedule Once you get past the honest definition of `Agile`... ugh. CoreOS was my first experience with auto updating operating ...
May 21, 2020
Getting Comfortable With Immutability I like [OpenBSD](https://www.openbsd.org/) for many reasons. For me it is the realization that when the PC-World starte...
May 19, 2020
Chroot `chroot` is helpful in that you can sandbox the execution path and if someone manages to escape your app that the amoun...
May 19, 2020
Forums for Customer Support Free as in _free_ always has a cost. That businesses and open source projects and services resort to open forums is a ...
May 19, 2020
Rust Again There is something to be said about being about to compile your code on a Win95 machine and then simply copy it onto a...
May 19, 2020
Golang2 Draft Reply I've been using golang for a while and I really like it. It's not perfect but I do not need it to be perfect. I need it...
May 18, 2020
Web Assembly Second Thoughts I was about to wrap my arms around webassembly... and then I realized that based on the application types I build if I ...
May 18, 2020
Programming Languages Languages Languages Uncle "Bob" Martin commented on the proliferation of new programming languages buy saying, hinting and suggesting: - n...
May 17, 2020
Clear Linux Systemd Nspawn Containers of Self ClearLinux (server) boots in about 1-2 seconds... and I can ssh into my instance in just a few seconds. The Intel team ...
May 16, 2020
There Is a Place for Docker When Done Right First of all I have come to hate `docker`. At one time it was an interesting solution to a serious problem. The problem...
May 15, 2020
How Many Languages Do We Need? I don't remember exactly what I was thinking when I chose this title but I was watching a [video](https://www.youtube.c...
May 15, 2020
Should Microsoft Buy Ubuntu I read the [headline](https://build5nines.com/microsoft-to-acquire-canonical-ubuntu-should-they/) and then saw the foll...
May 14, 2020
Learned New Things Today ## Number 1 - technology There is clearly something wrong in my house... while my EXPENSIVE bluetooth headset works in...
May 12, 2020
Bluetooth Keyboards What was I thinking when I clicked NEW? Bluetooth is hit and miss on all of my computers from Windows, Mac, ChromeOS, ...
May 10, 2020
Pop!-OS Desktop I've been a dedicated ChromeOS user for a long while. I like the idea of shielding the user from the OS. Where the inte...
May 9, 2020
Linux Distros Talking heads want to know if the multitude of linux distros are still relavent. In a word yes. You wouldn't know it a...
May 9, 2020
Go Generics So Long I have been a professional programmer since 1982. Back in those days I developed all sorts of apps in assembler, C, pas...
May 9, 2020
Raspberry Pi What's a pi good for? I have 3 reasons for owning a number of Rasbperry Pi 4s. - just to see what it's all about! - wh...
May 9, 2020
Two Factor Authentication (2FA) 2FA is probably a good thing but for certain it adds complexity and unless you are an expert it might not make things b...
May 9, 2020
Delete Bookmarks Being a remote, aka telecommute, worker who depends on ChromeOS devices to do my work I recognize that _minimalism_ pa...
May 8, 2020
New Linux Distro C-19 has been good for one thing; I have been able to test new linux OS installations. For example I have found that Cl...
May 7, 2020
Going Full Chrome Os Programmer I watch ChromeOS unboxing videos from time to time and many just frustrate me bcause many simply do not get it. Let's s...
May 7, 2020
One Big Prepper Mistake 2018 we bought a new LG fridge. This model was one of the nicer models and one that was well rated on comsumer reports....
May 6, 2020
Docker Is Dead to Me I was once a docker fanboy and now I'm recovering. Don't get me wrong docker and it's descendents is awesome but compl...
May 3, 2020
Still Using Chromeos I have been a ChromeOS wannabe since the says of th google POC. I finally bought my first Samsung ChromeBox when I star...
Apr 30, 2020
Rust Lang Plus Plus I've written about rust-lang before. I'm not sure what my position was back then but it probably was not a positive. I ...
Apr 30, 2020
Need for Speed Is the Edgerouter-X fast enough to support symetric 1Gbps from my ISP? Actually the first question is: Is it really syn...
Apr 29, 2020
Static or Dhcp The question on inquiring minds is whether it's advantageous to deploy systems and services assigning static IPs to eac...
Feb 9, 2020
Two Factor Authorization (2FA) If you need to know exactly what 2FA is then you should do some proper reading. It has a great many moving parts and in...
Feb 9, 2020
Raspbian Jail Sucks Unexpected Install I'm not sure what hapened to me and all of a sudden I like _chroot_ and _jail_. While _jail_ is not available on _OpenB...
Feb 7, 2020
Public Interest Alan 'the dersh' Dershowitz made some bold and WRONG claims at the trump impeachment and it does not take a constitutio...
Feb 6, 2020
Garbage Collection Time to take out the trash... I responded to a recent "go to rust" article. One of the _pluses_ for rust was that it d...
Feb 6, 2020
Cluster RH-ShadowBox What Is It Good For Frustrated with the state of the world I've decided to last out at the RHSHADOWBOX project. Don't get me wrong there is...
Feb 5, 2020
Raspberry Pi Cluster A few weeks ago I was scanning the Raspberry Pi website. I was not looking for anything in particular but in the end I ...
Feb 4, 2020
Go Discord Rust I just read a technica article from the Discord team. Someone in their infinite wisdom decided to rewrite some systems ...
Feb 4, 2020
ARM Versus Intel I hate to say it's a complicated subject but there are plenty of moving parts. And while my knowledge is not firsthand ...
Feb 3, 2020
Raspberry Pi Config - as a jump server ## Intro There is something to be said for not giving too much away. Whether that's actually not giving too much away ...
Jan 30, 2020
Making Camp breakfast I have not gone hiking in over a year and I'm feeling the call of the wild. So this morning I decided to make a camp br...
Jan 30, 2020
Vargo stoves Let me start by saying that I like Vargo products but in the grand scheme of things I'm not sure they are worth the exp...
Jan 27, 2020
Score +1 for Dell Computers I was just looking at the Qubes-OS and the question of what would be my next hardware device. I love me some Lenovo and...
Jan 27, 2020
Strike 2 - raspberry Many of the PI vendors have a household limit on the number of Pi(s) that you can buy. And most of them are sold out. A...
Jan 23, 2020
What about ARM84 processors? In recent months Google and Amazon have announced and released ARM-based VPS servers. For months I have been thinking a...
Jan 19, 2020
Biometrics and serveillance capitalism 1. just a few years ago there was a thing called bioinformatics which seemed to coincide with ideas like fingerprint ac...
Jan 18, 2020
Golang vs Rust Both Golang and Rust originated from a good place and for good reason. It has long been suggested that large corporatio...
Jan 12, 2020
Why Pi? Before anyone says that that they "built" a computer they need to qualify their experice because in most cases, unless ...
Jan 4, 2020
OpenBSD on my laptop I've been thinking and trying to install OpenBSD on one of my legacy laptops. This is a basic response to the "surveill...
Jan 4, 2020
Survcap [This](https://youtu.be/hIXhnWUmMvw) video is super spooky. I find myself asking a new category of questions and it's d...
Jan 3, 2020
Best programming languages in 2020; python is dead Leading up to New Years Eve 2020 there were countless "best programming language(s)" posts all over the place. Of cours...
Jan 3, 2020
The 10x Programer is Dead It's 2020 and some talking head is saying that after a decade the _cranky_ 10x programmer is dead. That sort of stateme...
Jan 1, 2020
2020 What an interesting start to 2020. I dream in code... I had a nightmare of a day yesterday trying to fix my SSL certs i...
Dec 12, 2019
My outdoor kitchen Today my outdoor kitchen consists of a Weber propane grill and a large Green Egg BBQ. For many years I was a green egg ...
Nov 28, 2019
Amazon Fire 10 The Fire 10 arrived yesterday and I tried to get the $50 price adjustment and Amazon was just not interested in custome...
Nov 28, 2019
Deep State I have no idea what it means... the Wikipedia[1] definition is closer to what I thought it was but then I heard congress...
Nov 28, 2019
Fire OS storage Amazon pricing changes wildly depending on the amount of internal storage you select. My Fire 10 went from $149 to $17...
Nov 28, 2019
Firewalla I'm struggling to see my way through multiple ISPs and WAN load-balancing as well as securing against threats... so I r...
Nov 28, 2019
Why Are You Still Using Android? I remember when I had my first on-call job. I was assigned a small beeper about the size of a pack of matches. ![beep1...
Nov 28, 2019
Amazon reviews Amazon does not allow critical reviews of Amazon or their products... nuff said!
Nov 28, 2019
What is next? I'm watching a video "comparing linux phones: librem 5 and pinephone". What caught my imagination is the idea of using ...
Nov 28, 2019
Flutter is rough I put my demo flutter project down for about a month and then tried to restart the project yesterday. The result of whi...
Nov 28, 2019
Fire OS and Android The relationship between Amazon's FireOS and Google's Android OS is probably very complicated. And while there is proba...
Nov 28, 2019
Prod staging qz dev in your ci/cd I've been developing with CI/CD since before it was a straw, let alone a pipeline. No, graduates of 2020 you did not de...
Nov 28, 2019
Tournament Scheduling This weekend was yet another tournament weekend when my kids were tortured by the organizers. The first game was at 11a...
Nov 28, 2019
Linux laptop? One of the thing we have learned from Chrome-based compute devices is that it does not take much to get shit done these...
Nov 28, 2019
Visual studio for chromeos visual studio code for chromsos -- listen up chowder-heads. THERE IS NO SUCH THING!!! There are no native apps for Chr...
Nov 27, 2019
Fast fashion of code ![fast fashion](/images/fast-fashion-graphic.jpg) Not to be compared to counterfeit; Fast Fashion (FF) is the act of k...
Nov 27, 2019
k8s k3s k8s ... in those immortal words of Marsha Brady. The thing is "we" seem to be adopting k8s _squirrel_ as fast as _squirrel_...
Nov 13, 2019
dead pixels I have never had a dead pixel so when I read:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Small numbers (1-3) of stuck or dead pixel...
Nov 12, 2019
static site generators Static site generators are pretty cool. Granted they are an oversimplification of the java/json/xml/xslt site manifesta...
Nov 9, 2019
how fast is too fast I like my google pixel and my slate. These machines have a ton of RAM and plenty of CPU. But as I started looking into ...
Nov 8, 2019
rust is the anti tcl I was feeling pretty good about wanting to try <i>rust-lang</i>. Then I checked the size...<br /><br /><div class="sepa...
Nov 7, 2019
Part 2 - the ideal system As I'm racing through the discovery on this subject I'm close to the end. The ideal platform is one that is air-gapped ...
Nov 7, 2019
are you a smart programmer? No. Really! Are you a really smart programmer in maybe the top 1% of your field? Considering the number of programmers ...
Nov 7, 2019
Part 1 - the new system One thing I like about OpenBSD is that it supports a range of CPUs. That includes some legacy hardware which is sort of...
Nov 7, 2019
business continuity Plan B ... in recent weeks "we" have seen a number of scary news reports and blog posts. Granted this stuff can be fake...
Nov 6, 2019
Open Source Security You don't need to say anything just think on it for a while. Then after the panic sets in think about it some more. It'...
Nov 6, 2019
insect repellent I have a great number of opinions on a bunch of different things. Just see my point on the <i>essential kit</i>. But bu...
Nov 6, 2019
The essential kit <i>jupiterhikes</i>&nbsp;goes ultralight but I think he hates the term. He seems to be as prepared as anyone needs to b...
Nov 6, 2019
project management 101 The <i>Agile Manifesto</i> and that other kind of <i>agile</i> never took perfection into account.<br /><br /><div clas...
Nov 1, 2019
Software versions I track There are a number of projects I track for version control....<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; te...
Nov 1, 2019
facebook has gotta go I was watching some right/left wingnuts talking about facebook, political ads and AOC. My takeaway is that facebook has...
Oct 31, 2019
do you accept browser cookies? I have no idea what the deal is with asking casual users to accept cookies? It seems like BS to me and more of an exerc...
Oct 30, 2019
underestimating Snugpak I have underestimated <b><i>Snugpak</i></b>. As a design team and manufacturer of "adventure gear" they cover your gear...
Oct 25, 2019
a fan is a fan As I'm doing the minimalism thing one idea popped this morning. Sure the Dyson fans are expensive but they are quiet, m...
Oct 24, 2019
a note to amazon music Stop advertising Unlimited HD to me. I have no interest and my ears could not tell the difference and the audio hardwar...
Oct 24, 2019
all in one programming languages I've talked about the DSL I designed myself for reporting. I've also mentioned that I have embedded pico, a version of ...
Oct 24, 2019
vanity internet domains Back in the early days of the internet there were a group of savvy engineers and business people who essentially squatt...
Oct 15, 2019
another bad day for open source One of the hallmarks of a good open source project is just how complicated it is to install, configure and maintain. Ha...
Oct 12, 2019
k3os is not a general purpose OS if all you are building is a lightsout k8s/k3s cluster then maybe k3os is a good choice. However if you are trying to c...
Oct 12, 2019
open source -- you suck I'm having a bad day but in the calm of the moment some things are clear to me.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">open sou...
Oct 11, 2019
flutter: what agile got wrong Let's get some facts straight. Google does not apply resources in the quantities required to design, build, integrate, ...
Oct 7, 2019
ultimate vs essential I worked for a company that thought they had the ultimate employees and the ultimate product and the ultimate managemen...
Oct 7, 2019
Ugh, docker-machine is abandonware To comment; I'm disappointed and pissed that this is my reality. Docker-machine is not a rock star but it works. It doe...