Ugh, my solar inverter isn’t working properly so my entire solar array is offline. Sigh, right when the weather was getting nice and the days longer.

It’s a nice sunny day, and 12C. Pancakes with fresh whipped cream and strawberries for breakfast, to be followed up by a nice stroll with a cigar.

Oh my, it has been a busy couple of months. Thankfully summer weather is nearly upon us and, with it, hopefully a return to a more leisurely pace with time to devote to the mountain of personal/tech projects I have piling up.

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!

Also, extremely pleased that I finally got Grub bootloader working correctly with my Arch Linux install. Turns out, the issue was that my motherboard can bizarrely only recognize bootx64.efi files and not the standard grubx64.efi, so was refusing to boot from disk.

Happy new year! Kicked the year off well with some much needed post-holiday madness cleaning. Bags of rubbish going to the curb tomorrow.

Last ones for tonight, also spun up bots to mirror @gizmodo and @appleinsider Twitter feeds for those who like to follow tech news.

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.

Spun up a few more public interest newsbots that I couldn't already find mirrors for in the Fediverse: @citynews_bot and @nhkworld_news_bot.

Got the cronjobs working properly, so @cbc_news should now actually update every 30m.

Also, setup @globeandmail to mirror the @globeandmail@twitter.com account.

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.

Really enjoying diving into the fediverse; so much to discover!

Took the plunge and dropped the dual Windows 10/Arch Linux boot from my gaming rig, and finally going full Arch. Fresh install and I’m ready to main Linux for the first time ever. Feeling confident about this. 👍

I see that Blizzard has taken a hard stance on multiboxing World of Warcraft by banning the use of key-broadcasting software. As a (now former) 5-account multiboxer, I guess I’ll be saving a fortune every month now. On the upside, I won’t feel guilty spending time playing my backlog of non-subscription games.

Naturally, the new treadmill I ordered from Amazon to replace the one that caught fire is now back-ordered with no estimated ship date. Trying to meet my calorie targets outdoors during Canadian fall isn't easy, and will only get harder as we move into winter.

I haven’t gamed on Linux in years, so I am delighted to see that the state of Linux gaming has come so far. Truly impressed that nearly all my Steam games are pretty much good to go out of the box, and Lutris does the rest.

What an action-packed yet disappointing weekend: stung by a wasp for the first time in 30 years, and my treadmill motor unexpectedly caught fire during a workout.

Alternating taking full and half-day off on every Friday from now until the end of the year is a great way to rid myself of excess vacation time before the end of the year.

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