Bah, I fell victim to the dreaded expired SSL certficate error on my website. All fixed. :)

I wonder why Windows update breaks so often and causes a good amount of the problems I fix on people's machines.

Facebook users have provided and verified that my business is permanently closed apparently.

Facebook suggesting I change my business hours from 'not listed' to 'permanently closed' is a bit of a dark move

I tracked down a MATE bug that breaks font thumbnailing in Ubuntu Bionic / Mint Tara and newer. If you're interested, check out my PR:

I really wish TPM-based encryption wasn't a thing for consumer electronics. I'm all for encryption, but having a key that only unlocks based on your boot process becomes a headache when that boot process or hardware bricks itself and the user hasn't made a backup.

Quick note about invoices and receipts: I'm now writing and sending these directly as text via email. It looks less elegant, but this means you no longer need to handle PDF documents. This allows easier reading, copying, pasting, searching, and archiving. If you don't like this, don't worry: I'm still happy to send you or print PDFs at your request.

I imagine the failure is due to low quality parts, or even bad emulation- It would freeze during SMART tests. Searching up the controller chip SM2246XT online shows some similar board layouts. Today's hard lesson is: Don't buy electronics off shady eBay sellers.

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Here's the full counterfeit board in its glory. A single Toshiba NAND chip and a SATA controller on a green PCB. Definitely not a large blue PCB with multiple Kingston NAND chips.

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A QR code for the serial number, not a Data Matrix code? The sticker is also a little off-center. Could this be counterfeit? Let's look inside- Uh oh...

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I haven't heard of manufacturers using Philips screw heads. Anything off about the back?

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Here's a fun problem I ran in to the other day: Client's SSD is throwing IO errors. Can you guess why?

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Question: Are there any cryptocurrency exchanges that run on FOSS or don't require Javascript?

I also now take online payments using Square which as far as I know won't ask for more details than needed.

Rolling out IPv6, or: 192.168.0.X is good enough for anyone

I re-checked and found that to fix the Centrelink 'Bad Request' you need to clear your cookies for The website just keeps sending new cookies and eventually refuses to accept the very long 'Cookie' header your browser sends.

PSA: For whatever reason Centrelink will return 'bad request' on out dated Chrome browsers.

Possibly my worst experience has been with my credit union. To even get two-factor authentication I needed to call them and ask for them to enable support for it on my account, then set it up while on the phone.

They don't have backup codes either, but since I can call them I'm not too concerned about this as much as I would be with PayPal.

After setting it all up, I found the second factor is only used in special circumstances such as changing my password or sending money to new recipients.

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