My solar inverter is finally fixed; it took a seasoned solar technician 4.5hrs (and $500) to figure out it was a software issue that needed to be righted by the inverter manufacturer’s support team remotely. I’m speechless. Nearly 8 weeks of downtime during the sunniest part of the year, and the manufacturer’s installer support wouldn’t even talk to me when I contacted them because I wasn’t an electrician. Ugh.
Narrowly escaped catastrophe as I attempted to upgrade the production Mastodon instance to v3.3.0; didn't realize the new dependencies would pull in at almost 2GB, which forced my hand at migrating to a higher-capacity allocated partition in the VM when the installation failed half-way through for lack of space. All good now, though!
I was delighted to find that the 5-disk RAID 0 and 2-disk RAID 1 hardware raids I had setup years ago in an old server with a RocketRAID 2720SGL card easily survived a complete OS wipe and transition from macOS to Ubuntu. After installing the open source Linux driver, the volumes mounted fine with all data still fully intact (albeit on HFS+ volumes). Pretty impressed!
Spun up the @hkfp newsbot. Slowly moving all my public-interest Twitter follows over as bots.
At first, I was just spinning up bots for feeds that I couldn't find in the Fediverse, but I'm observing that many of the existing bots seem to rely on Twitter > RSS feeds, which leads to lengthy delays in their posting, and their dumping a bunch of Toots in a batch. Also, some of their hosting seems unreliable where we don't see any posts for 8-10hrs at a time... so I need to spin up some of my own.
I have historically followed a number of news outlets on Twitter, which has been my favourite means of consuming the daily news for many years now. However, the more I explore the Fediverse, the more I hope to leave Twitter behind entirely, but the lack of these news outlets' content is a problem for me.
As such, I'll set up some bots myself to mirror the content.
First up: @cbc_news. It'll mirror CBC News' Twitter account, updated every 30m.
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