Richard Bucker

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Sep 8, 2020
Quote of the Day2 > 70% of all application needs need a Lego-like solution, simple, immediate, and delightful. No code programming could ...
Sep 3, 2020
Golang cgo Don't tell me that targeting a raspberry pi withcross compiling and CGO is the reason that you did not implement some f...
Sep 2, 2020
The Last Programming Language I responded to uncle bob's "the last programming language" keynote with this: UPDATE: I was scanning the new this mor...
Sep 2, 2020
You Know Its Too Big When I've complained about stackoverflow in the past and of course it's that time again. It reminds me of every conversation...
Aug 29, 2020
When They Go Big I Go Small I've been bashing on Raspberry Pi and some SBC devices from time to time and from time to time I fall back in love. Now...
Aug 22, 2020
Do Not Checkin TODO Comments I'm in a particularly argumentative mood today. > Uncle Bob has made the strong recommendation that TODO means TO-DONT...
Aug 22, 2020
ReactJS My DSL is starting to make some geniune progress. I still need to clean the code but that's for later and maybe never. ...
Aug 21, 2020
Side Effects I was watching one crazy video from uncle bob. He's a dynamic speaker and he knows how to connect with the audience. Bu...
Aug 19, 2020
A Function Should Do One Thing watching uncle bob and he's talking about clean code. I read a number of books on the subject in the 80s and while the...
Aug 18, 2020
Bluetooth Strikes Again, Sucks ASS A couple of days ago I replaced my 16GB M2 drive with a 1TB device. My ASUS Chromebox puts the wifi and bluetooth tranc...
Aug 15, 2020
Pandemic Scale Technology Failure Most companies do not have a disaster recovery (DR) plan and fewer have a pandemic plan. Granted this sort of thing is ...
Aug 13, 2020
After All That Work I have been working on a 500-line tcl interpreter built on golang. At first things seemed smooth sailing... - then I d...
Aug 12, 2020
Golang Is Stupid Today I find myself sighing with the stupidity that is golang. I appreciate that any new language has to have a level o...
Aug 10, 2020
ChromeOS Hardware Upgrade My desktop is a rock solid ASUS ChromeBox with 16GB RAM and 16GB storage. I recently tried to install linux(beta) but I...
Aug 6, 2020
Simpler Is Better I have been wondering why various vendors have been integrating Lua & tcl into their projects. Now it kinda makes sense...
Aug 6, 2020
PCI a New Business Idea I wish this were a new business idea for me but it's not. Something like this would take the deepest of pockets and the...
Aug 3, 2020
Lua vs Tcl as a DSL I'm not sure what I know any more about DSLs. There is something to be said about a syntax that describes whatever you'...
Aug 1, 2020
Nim Not on Freebsd This is just a quick note... Even though a nim package is profided in the FreeBSD ports... it does not officially suppo...
Jul 30, 2020
So Many Passwords So Little Time I might have written on this subject before so this feels kinda deja vue but that's not going to stop me... and it'll b...
Jul 30, 2020
Zero Trust SD-Lan When corporate america provides a VPN connection to it's employees they typically use some RBAC configuration to permit...
Jul 30, 2020
When the Hamiltonian Future Ends There are a lot of ways that the promise of our future ends. Early on it was plague, then famine, dictators, self-desct...
Jul 27, 2020
What Is First When Money Is Tight Ideally I want to sell my car and BUY a van-life style conversion van. I don't necessarily need to accomplish the van l...
Jul 25, 2020
What Is After Golang I'm sad that the golang team is even entertaining [generics](https://blog.golang.org/generics-next-step?ref=codebldr). ...
Jul 21, 2020
Tiny Mini Micro Clusters This [video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx4_QCX_khU) caught my attention because clusters are a favorite hobby. ...
Jul 20, 2020
YACC & Lex Back in the day I used yacc and lex quite a bit. The benefit, even for config files, was that we could be assured that ...
Jul 20, 2020
Find the First Non Empty String There is a common programming problem... you have some number of variables that may or may not have an empty string or ...
Jul 10, 2020
Kilo I have been a fan of Picol for some time. It is a tcl-like interpreter written in 550 lines of C code. Similarly; the s...
Jul 8, 2020
Clear Linux Ipsec One of the things I like about ClearLinux is that once the basic install is complete and the first round of updates fin...
Jul 7, 2020
Desktops It's the eleven o'clock hour and I'm trying to get my desktop to work. Contrary to previous posts where I wanted, and s...
Jul 6, 2020
Is There a Better Desktop I really like my ChromeOS dekstop setup which I supplement with Google GStrute services, Linux and BSD servers. No secr...
Jul 2, 2020
Nimlang What Is in a Name Frustrated trying to access an ODBC connection from within a 4-line Nim-Lang piece of example code and wanting to find ...
Jul 1, 2020
Kernel Maintainers A recent post on or by Linus Torvolds reads "[Linux] kernel maintainers are hard to find". Parsing that at face value i...
Jun 29, 2020
Stupid Stupid Stupid It's Monday morning and it's time to start thinking new thoughts. The morning started with thoughts of Webassembly in m...
Jun 29, 2020
Cross Compiled Languages and Webassembly Rust and Golang, among other languages, cross compile and run on the command line... so why do we need webassembly? As ...
Jun 28, 2020
Next Development Environment Being a ChromeOS user and programmer/consultant for many years I struggle with the state of the art software developmen...
Jun 27, 2020
Anstle on Prem I have both Synology DSM and VMware ESXi systems in my lab. I also serve some services from my lab like some personal s...
Jun 25, 2020
Golang Generics or Generate I hate _generics_. I'm not sure how else to say it because it really does not add any real value and of course the conv...
Jun 24, 2020
Asus Portable Hdmi Monitor The ASUS MB16AMT portable HDMI monitor is pretty cool as first impressions go. It arrived with 50% power in the battery...
Jun 24, 2020
Going Tiny Back in the day, circa 1980s, Borland started the `Turbo` language craze. Their languages and tools were not overly com...
Jun 24, 2020
Golang Everywhere I still hate generics and I do not understand why devs think they need it. Java is already a run-everywhere language so...
Jun 22, 2020
Connect Tcl to Sql Server SQL Server is just no fun to connect to. Sure there are choices like the TDS protocol and ODBC API the problem is that ...
Jun 15, 2020
Brown Out Disaster About 90 minutes ago I had a brown out. And since I have been training myself to keep the lab lights out I was not pay...
Jun 15, 2020
It's the Stack Stupid In modern computing there are plenty of elegant models and at times so called experts wrap their arms and their wallets...
Jun 15, 2020
Amazon Reviews What on Earth is going on at Amazon? I gave a merchant a bad review because their product was junk! Two months later I ...
Jun 15, 2020
Where's the VPN? One of my clients is upping their security game. Basically if you cannot VPN into the system you're not soing any work....
Jun 14, 2020
999999 Six Sigma There is nothing Six Sigma about VLANs, lights out operation, with admin backhaul and combined logging. Just ask a hac...
Jun 13, 2020
Who Likes Rust? Stackoverflow like to think they can convert their metrics into fact. They are running an article discussing why progra...
Jun 12, 2020
Pop!-os or Chromebook This has been a week of learning. While I have been working on a new network installation I also plugged into a new des...
Jun 12, 2020
Configuration as Code About 10 years ago I was introduced to the concept of "configuration as code". In the years that followed I've had some...
Jun 11, 2020
Ubiquiti UDM Gone Wrong I'm about $1000 into a complete network rebuild. Initially my network was based on a different Ubiquiti product called ...
Jun 2, 2020
Gitlab Sucks Here is my chortlist why gitlab sucks: - gitlab is built upon git... from the author git is complicated and hard and m...
Jun 1, 2020
Ubiquiti Unify or Edgemax Some talking head described the [Ubiquiti](https://ui.com) product lines like this: - Edgemax is for the ISP - Unify i...
May 31, 2020
Nothing Better Than C > "when I read C I know what the assembly language will look like" -- Linus Torvolds I have said similar things becaus...
May 28, 2020
Pi 4 8GB The new "Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 8GB" is out. But what does it mean and what's it good for? I Dunno. Compared to an I...
May 24, 2020
State of The Art Development Back in the day software development was pretty straight forward. You would buy an IDE from one of about a half dozen s...
May 24, 2020
Iclever Folding Keyboard Con - hinges seem weak and could fail and are kinda in the way - little feetare anoying and not stable - backlighting ...
May 24, 2020
Brydge C Type Keyboard Con - I was having trouble with the spacebar ... somethings I'm willing to accept be this is a deal breaker as I'm hav...
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 ...