18
Mar

Call of the Zombie

And out of the darkness, the Zombie did call
True pain and suffering he brought to them all
Away ran the children to hide in their beds
For fear that the devil would chop off their heads

13
Mar

Disable poweroff OpenElec remote

So I got my new Raspberry Pi 3 and installed OpenElec on it.
All working very nice and fast (finally!) and my Harmony one was working out of the box.

One thing that annoyed me: Whenever I switch scene or poweroff my system, the raspberry also powers off.
Which means next time I want to use it, I have to find it and disconnect/connect the usb cable.

But you can disable the poweroff by creating a custom remote keymap.
The file is located in /storage/.kodi/userdata/keymaps/remote.xml
Put the following in there to disable poweroff:

This makes the power button call NOOP (NO OPeration).

11
Apr

Bye bye digital ocean

This site, and many more things have been hosted on a bunch of VPSes hosted by digital ocean.
We have always been very happy with their services, but it is time to move on.

All things hosted on digital ocean have now been moved to a new FreeBSD machine hosted on a 100mbit fiber connection.
Yes, our home connection.

Backups have been configured to go to the synology NAS (one thing that has always been missing on the VPSes)

9
Sep

Home

A programmer once built a vast database containing all the literature,
facts, figures, and data in the world.
Then he built an advanced querying system that linked that knowledge
together, allowing him to wander through the database at will.
Satisfied and pleased, he sat down before his computer to enjoy the fruits
of his labor.

After three minutes, the programmer had a headache.
After three hours, the programmer felt ill.
After three days, the programmer destroyed his database.

When asked why, he replied:
'That system put the world at my fingertips. I could go anywhere, see
anything.
Because I was no longer limited by external conditions,
I had no excuse
for not knowing everything there is to know.
I could neither sleep nor eat. All I could do was wander through the
database.
Now I can rest.'

-- Geoffrey James, The Zen of Programming.

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