Recently, a friend (Janie Larson, A.K.A. the Red Queen Coder) asked me to take over hosting of her website. Unfortunately, because of boring technical reasons, she wasn’t able to back up the WordPress database, and so I used a tool called SiteSucker Pro to download it as-is as a static HTML entity. We would comeContinue reading Reverse engineering WordPress, kinda
While on holiday last year, a travel companion asked a question at dinner about kids these days and pronouns, that I wish I’d answered better. This is that answer. — Why do you wear clothes? Why do you wear those clothes? Is is out of habit? Have you ever wondered why you behave the wayContinue reading What’s in a pronoun?
(Originally posted on LinkedIn.) OpenAI’s ChatGPT is not intelligent. It is distilling knowledge fed into it by humans mining billions of data points. It’s a glorified chess computer. I am deeply concerned that this will increase the amount of misinformation floating around, because it has the confidence programmed into it by the very people whoContinue reading On the real meaning of intelligence
I have moved my work and personal WordPress sites from WP Engine because they use Cloudflare for their CDN, and I didn’t want to support a company that supports Cloudflare. Terrorism is bad. So now I have my own dedicated physical web server again.
Let’s talk about the 2021 screwjob, which is a reference to the Montreal Screwjob in 1997. Look it up. A lot of people don’t like Lewis Hamilton. He comes across a certain way that a lot of folks don’t like. When he first started racing back in 2007, I was really impressed with his driving,Continue reading On going round in circles
I purchased a Synology 1813+ in … 2013 (it took me a while to figure out that the last two digits in a Synology model number refers to the year), and in the last week or so I kept getting warnings about imminent failure of at least one hard drive. We’re currently undergoing a smallContinue reading PSA: Check your hard drive health with SMART
Back in the good old days of app.net (a social network you paid to be on) there was a good bunch of people who experimented a lot with the API Dalton and Brian came up with. One of the apps was called Whisper, and it allowed you to chat to people in your DMs withoutContinue reading Twitter needs a DM-only app
The subject comes from this tweet by Jason Filiatrault: If a school had a graveyard then it wasn’t a school, it was a death camp. On 28 May 2021, I read an article about the confirmed discovery of the bodies of hundreds of children who died at a single residential school in Canada. KAMLOOPS — AContinue reading Death camps for kids
Ah, superheroes. For many years my favourite superhero was the yellow spandex one from X-Men, even before Hugh Jackman put on that bodysuit. It was also underpants-and-cape guy for a while, but it turns out I was just crushing on Christopher Reeve. And then there’s Batman, the epitome of “not really a superhero but cosplaysContinue reading Batman is a cop
Recently I was able to install a new application on macOS that monitors network traffic. Useful for limiting bandwidth usage on the data bundle of your mobile device when travelling, you can limit all or a subset of your apps. It’s neat. A few months ago I was using my mobile data on my laptopContinue reading Surprising data usage in macOS with Apple News+