Richard Bucker

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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 ...
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 ...