Honestly surprised that my website hasn't been pwned yet after self-hosting it for 3 years on the same machine with rare maintenance?

I recently posted on Facebook tech advice along the lines of "If you use Windows 10 and it runs slowly, get an SSD" because I've had multiple clients with machines being hammered by disk usage on idle Windows 10. This doesn't happen in Windows 7. Does anyone why this is? Is it all the telemetry? Bad drivers?

With a bit of work, I have my phone USB tethering to my OpenWrt router and have actual Internet back in my house. Not decent enough for hosting services (triple NAT), but it gets the job done. Windows 10 managed to eat up around 200MB doing ... something. I told it I'm on a metered connection and to halt updates, maybe that should help?

Hey fediverse, due to bad weather my wired Internet is down with a month until a tech will look at it. I've also had my Facebook account I use for family, friends and business locked for using a third party messenger. Suddenly I have a lot of free time to muck about on Mastodon. Anything cool happening?

Is it just me or does Officeworks just not sell legit USB-C cables?

Did you know that I run my website from home? It's a simple website, sure- but instead of being located on a server in Sydney somewhere it physically sits on a Linux machine that exists in my home and connects to the Internet through my home's Internet connection. When you go to my website you actually send data to my house and back!

I'm consistently disappointed in myGov's approach to two-factor authentication, namely by its lack of backup codes. If you lose your phone and need to access government services there's no recovery options. Contrast this to Google which for example allows you to enter a backup code that you've written down. With myGov you have to make a new account. Unacceptable.

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: github.com/mate-desktop/mate-c

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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