Just a quick update to let you know that mastodon.xyz is back up now that the certificate has been renewed.  If you have an account on Mastodon or on an ActivityPub-compatible instance, be sure to follow me. Information is on the About page on this blog.

A dusty room with furniture in an abandoned house...much like my blog.

A dusty room with furniture in an abandoned house…much like my blog.

Hello again, friend!

Yes, I know it’s been a while…about 6 months or so.  Still, I’ve had my blog on my mind lately, and the fact that the Mastodon instance I’m on (mastodon.xyz) is down due to an expired certificate is good reason enough to dust everything off here and put it back to use.

Screenshot of Firefox showing instances.social which is listing a number of instances, most of which are down for whatever reason. Mastodon.xyz, the instance I'm on, is highlighted.

Screenshot of Firefox showing instances.social which is listing a number of instances, most of which are down for whatever reason. Mastodon.xyz, the instance I’m on, is highlighted.

Since my last post, I’ve been quite busy with a few things at work and home.  As I’ve done at one of my work sites, I’ve now installed a FreeBSD server at my second work site (the first one was set up last summer).  Both have been set up with Samba to replace aging Windows Server 2003 installs which, for certain reasons, need to be put out to pasture. Since then, no one has noticed a difference with shared resources. My next plan is to share printers from these servers, but that task looks to be less trivial than Samba was.

I’ve also spent more time learning and using OpenBSD which I’ve since installed on my old Toshiba Portege M400 at home.  At the moment, I’m running 6.5-current and using it more than I have any other BSD operating system, so much so that even my Fedora laptop is getting jealous. 🙂  I’ve also installed it on a ThinkPad x230 at work on which it runs extremely well.  I’d love to build an AMD system or purchase a decent AMD laptop to run OpenBSD and use it as my daily driver, especially now that amdgpu has initial Vulkan support along with DRM support ported over from the Linux DRM driver for accelerated graphics.

I’ve also purchased a Raspberry Pi Zero W to set up as a Kodi appliance using LibreELEC. This one will go to my dad who has since cut the cord due to exorbitant costs.  Currently, he’s using my Raspberry Pi 2, but that will be replaced with the Pi0w today.  I had bought it some time ago but never got around to putting it all together until today.  It’s a little slower compared to the Pi2, but still quite usable (performance is similar but better than that of my original Pi model B which I still have and use).  Of course, I will be looking to replace the model B and the Pi2 with the new Raspberry Pi 4 in the near future.

And I think that about covers the important stuff.  Oh, wait…..I did get a PS4 Pro for me and the boys and that’s been a lot of fun.  Purchased DOOM 2016 for myself and I plan to get the upcoming DOOM: Eternal once it’s released.  It’s really gotten me back into gaming, especially classic gaming.  I’ve already finished the original DOOM and I’ve begun my path through DOOM II: Hell on Earth.  I’m also going through Quake 1 with the hopes of finishing that and replaying Quake II.  BTW, the classic DOOM and Quake games?  Playing them on OpenBSD. 😉

So, with that, I’ll be sure to put more effort to keeping this blog fresh.  Until the next post!