Jason Friedrich

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I am trying something new. Again. I am not really happy with the blogging platforms out there. I went with Wordpress for a while, but its transition from a “blogging platform” into a general “web site platform” is almost completed. Too complex, too bloated for my little needs. It is not what I am looking for, nor what I need.

I also tried Ghost for a while, but I really do not like the new editor and the underlying Mobiledoc format. I still like the project, and version 3.0 is really nice. But also not what I am looking for.

I need something to write blog posts, short micro posts and post links with some comments or additional info. I want to write my content in Markdown and I want to have my posts in Markdown files to be able to migrate them into whatever I want. I also need control over how posts are displayed in the RSS feed.

Right now, I am trying Hugo with NetlifyCMS. Not sure if I stick with it. It is near to what I want, but not 100%. I might use Django and create a small blog myself.

#tech #blogging #en

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My Intel NUC home lab is finally fan-less. In the summer months, with air temperatures of 30˚ to 40˚C, the small fans were spinning almost all day. Especially with the older models. Nevermore!

I finally decided to get Akasa cases for the NUC. As they are sitting on one of my desks, I decided to go with the Plato line. The X7D for the NUC7i5BNH, the X7 for the NUC7i7DNHE and the X8 for the NUC8i7BEH.

#homelab #en #tech #hardware

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In the past I used a self-built Docker container that was running easy-rsa with a customized openssl.cnf file. This got very annoying, very quickly, as I needed to import my private CA to all systems I wanted to use it on.

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Managing your own CA is usually very tedious and time consuming, so I decided to partly automate it using a Docker container and easy-rsa. The container generates my CA and server/client certificates for all my devices in my home office and the test lab.

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In the past it was easy to share interesting, or funny finds on the Internet. First of all, the Internet was this magical place which was called “cyberspace” by the “common folk”. Only people who were really interested in this new medium were able to use it properly, as it was not that easy to get “online” at the time.

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“What, you changed your blog? Again?! “. That is something I hear very often these days. And they are right, every single one of them. For a while it seemed that I was changing blogging software and blog themes more often than my underwear. But that is all over now, for sure. Maybe… I think…

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Since I started using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, I had DNS issues. I could not fully figure out why this happens on my system, but all signs lead to an issue with scoped DNS queries on macOS.

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I am not sure when it exactly started. But some time after I upgraded to High Sierra, VLC started to display a “Verifying the file” prompt with a progress bar whenever I opened a MKV or MP4 file. It did it every time and for every file, which was very annoying — to say the least!

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After six and a half years of heavy use, my main computer, a mid-2011 27″ iMac, is on the Fritz.

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When Apple first announced this year’s new phones, I immediately wanted to go for the iPhone X. I was instantly sold on the idea of having an almost bezel-free OLED display, combined with the latest technology and one of the best chipsets on the market. And wireless charging? Please sign me up!

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