Making a Load of Changes

I started to get my shit together during what is now the fifth week of being locked in a box my home and getting all my online stuff in order.

The idea was to use a pretty good domain I found on backorder, ynn.org, getting a three-letter .org would have been the masterpiece, but instead some dipshit domain guru auction site got it. So it’ll never be available again, forever full of ads to buy it which nobody ever will.

But I digress, after reeling in from my perceived loss of the situation, I got my brain working. Granted it didn’t work well, since one of my ideas was Downtown. Yes, I now own dtne.org because that made a lot of sense.

I got thinking again, later, looking for a few combos, then I started to link things, and looked for uldl, upload download. To be fair in the early 90s I used to do more D/L than U/L, but it read right and uldl.org was available. I renamed my WordPress from it’s temporary name Project X (pjx.mmn.on.ca) which it turns out you don’t do that because it fucks everything up. A few rules in CloudFlare later, it’s somewhat fixed but still not quite working with my S3 upload system.

I started to move my domains over, I imported my huge post history from lj.gl to this new WordPress Multisite install at uldl.org, asked the gods at Jetpack to move over the subscription and voilà we’re here now.

Using the redirect plugin for WP over at lj.gl I’ve got everything redirecting. There are still some issues, since WP crashed out if I tried to import the media library, which is irrelevant anyways since all the images still live in the same Object space, but WP doesn’t give a shit and broke all the images for the lolz. There also seems to be a loss of about one thousand articles, somewhere, no idea what since the import was successful, but as I find them I’ll bring them over by hand.

After this cacophonie of hell was completed I’ve started moving in other sites, I’m kind of halfway through bbs.ec, I got phlog.bbs.ec over with no problems at all. The decision on that, was to move it into this journal rather than being its own thing. Which makes sense, since I want to control more where I post things.

Although all the other network sites have their own blog parts, I keep my various personal posts at journal.uldl.org mirrored with my Dreamwidth and LiveJournal and the other stuff that is more related to the « not really a personal post thing » I put in the uldl.org news section. I’m also working on a better menu system to fluidly switch between the networked sites. There will be some weird-ass shit for a while, no lies.

Some of the other good things about this arsery is that this site is hosted on a dedicated server with DreamHost, so it’s more reliable than the previous place I hosted lj.gl. I also have centralised where I keep all the contact forms to uldl.org directly, so I don’t have to piss around with too much nonsense.

I’m heading back to the grindstone on this one to finish off bbs.ec and drop in the redirections.

I Should Probably Write a Thing

Considering I have not much else to be doing here, you know, cuerentena, I figured I’d take some time out of my seriously busy day to write something about, well, anything at this point.

I took some time to start grabbing images off my phone, and updating some of my photo albums over at bbs.yt. One of the ones I did was the photos I took in Oslo, a very short-lived trip thanks to our friend Rona.

I’ve also been spicing up Miss Kaja’s garden in the evenings with a few candles here and there. She’s spending all her time out there as it’s quite warm, it’s very quiet, and she’s getting fed up of my existence in her space 24/7.

I’m still considering moving where this site is hosted, the server it’s on is rather slow, but then again WordPress is bloated so who knows. It probably won’t work out well regardless. Maybe I’ll check out DreamPress but it’s kind of expensive for a little blog that gets more SPAM than visitors. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Otherwise, I got a Kindle, it seemed like a good idea considering that there is only so much of trying to find shit on Farcebook and YouTube to read and watch. It’s worked out, I’ve gone through two books and started a couple of new ones.

I kind of started 1984 in French, I’ve seen the film but never read the book. Figured I probably should after all, but the one I’m getting into now is Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson, I’ve previously read her first book many moons ago, but also not that many days ago.

I also during this lockdown got Disney+ and blitzed through Season 30 of The Simpsons. It wasn’t that bad.

Hasn’t This Been Interesting

The recent election is what we all kind of expected, Brexit was just the test the Conservatives to see how much lying they could get away with and still manage a win. If anything the cover photo says it all, in BoJo’s riding they had a choice of a bunch of fucking clowns and a labour candidate, they went for the biggest clown they could find. 👏

Then we have the bizarre world of « I can’t really stand Corbyn, so I voted Con » lot, which in itself is counterproductive, but hey, you do you.

Either way, I’m not going to dedicate an entire post to this consortium of shit fuckery, because I’d just be repeating what everybody else has been saying and that clearly falls on deaf ears. That and some bot will probably start attacking my blog, the usual things that happen when people don’t agree with you online. 🤷‍♂️

Side note : Grammarly seems to think this post is « optimistic », I think your AI is fucked chaps.

Rentre Avec Tes Pieds (RATP)

In actual optimistic news though, other than the Great Strike of 2019 griding France to a halt, I have got an upgrade on my internet. 10GB fibre, which has been so amazing. Granted I didn’t realise you had to request a specific IP type from my provider and I panicked a little when my Freebox started to refuse to let me use certain ports. But it was pretty easy to fix, it seems like a pretty solid security patch for those who have no idea what they’re doing from causing havoc in the IP range.

Another update on the news front is that oddly enough I managed to grab I domain I didn’t expect, I was trying to register something else, but Autocorrect did its thing. I went through the checkout and setup without even clocking it.

So here I am right now the proud owner of eu.sb 🇪🇺😂 I can’t say that I’m upset about this moment, but it for once autocorrect didn’t duck something up badly.

Yesterday I finally got most of my adulting things out of the way, getting keys copied, a hair cut, followed by giving up going to the shop and ordering food online. I feel that this could have been the top point of being an adult, I have peaked everybody. Incidentally, I had a bit of a shock when I realised I’m 2 years older than I remembered. Oops.

I guess I’ll finalise this post off with a shameless ad.

bbs.yt, ec.gy, frankenserver.eu, mono.mx, uun.nz, and zigs.eu are being shared via Free DNS, a dynamic DNS domain sharing project where members can setup, and administrate their DNS entries on their own remote internet-connected systems in real-time. You can register your own subdomains at ec.je/public/freedns/default.wct.

Also, if anybody actually still reads this blog I’d be interested if you dropped a comment in the comments, I might put it on my life plan to update more often if there are still lurkers.

BBS Tings, World Tings, All Dem Tings

It’s been a wild ride up to this point in 2019, everything that’s happening in the US, the UK turning in to whateverthefuckthisis, and some changes to my BBS.

Obviously, the latter is less hectic than the others.

In a sleep filled shopping rage, I managed to find that a) I can register .ec domains and 2) one domain in particular was available.

Ever since I took mmn.on.ca off the BBS, it’s been a void of what should be the domain attached to it. I went through a few phases, mmn.ec.je, mrman.ca, mail.ec.je and none really had the oomph I wanted. I also considered bbs.ec.je, but I was a touch on the fence with that one.

But when I saw that bbs.ec was available, well it seemed right and I got it (I also got back bbs.paris and mmn.quebec at the same time but lost kevin.paris, hey ho).

I spent a lot of time working on changing bits and bobs around in the ANSI screens, adding some additional QWK networks, and other touch ups. Outside of that I also picked up another domain name to share with the FreeDNS communityec.gy, plus some changes on the backend of the BBS which I posted in Announce (about VPNs, TLS, and all other fun).

In real world news, today after being hit hard on the Socials(tm) about the constant bullshittery the Tory Brexit Trolls and Nigel « I don’t show up to work, so you don’t get a voice in the EU parlament » Farage have been up to, I got my voting ballot.

While it would be wrong (and illegal mind) for me to indicate my vote at this moment, I can assure you I did X that shit with vigour.

Beyond that I did have some issues with Jetpack and WordPress recently, so I might have to swap what is hosted in Sweden and in Germany in the coming weeks.

Tweaks and Changes

I have done a few jigs and changes over this evening to this site, since I’m currently in the process of really resmashing ec.je in to something else. With that it means most of the links there are now dead as I’m doing all of this.

You might have noticed that the reCaptcha icon is now irritatingly everywhere, I’m not sure how to turn it off, but it’s because the contact form is back in place. I’ve also remade the about page here, there is a redirect on ec.je over to this site.

For now it seems logical, and if you’re wondering, yes, that is indeed a copy paste job from my LiveJournal Profile, you know, since why not.

If anybody is wondering why the BBS is inaccessable right now, it’s because my internet is offline, I’ve been living the 3G life for the past few weeks and it’s not the dream.

Although there are other life changes that I will happily share later on 😀

unsplash-logoRoss Findon

Thanks for all the Fish mmn.cx

It’s time we said good bye to mmn.cx, the domain is gone because a lot of registrars need to reel their necks back in.

I’ve been steadily with one for about 10 years and another few here and there to diversify pricing.

However, they’ve all pumped up their prices in the laqt two years by about 200%, which is totally foolish. Most registries have applied minor costs and most in local currencies, for .cx I believe the going rate is somewhere at around 50$ AUD. My registrar however translates this to 105€+TVA @ 20%.

There isn’t much point in this and it’s a bit of a joke, since the domain is for a hobby system and I’ve started moving my properties under ec.je (or ao.tc, ax.pe and vx.sg) it’s not really worth my time or money to be taken the piss of like this.

For ao.tc, ec.je and ax.pe the costs are indeed a bit higher, mainly because they come from smaller registries and the additional costs to run a smaller ccTLD is understandable. But I have managed to bring in a couple under my own registrar shaving off a huge markup.

It’s a good thing I did my change over when I did, otherwise I’d be left in shitsville before putting in place a decent handover. And I’m glad to report back the only thing coming in to mmn.cx at the tme of writing happens to be spam, nothing but spam.

I’m going to setup relevant records under ao.tc, vx.sg and ax.pe for the BBS as well and I’ll write more about that later. Project side for these I’ve also installed wordpress on to all these domains to compartimentalise various projects, since I love me my gopher server, but it’s not able to fully handle some of the things I’m working on.

I also have to really put it out here, I’m happy that I’ve gone with Binero for my journal, I’ve had no problems what so ever and it is running as good as it did on Dreamhost (which still hasn’t fixed the issue causing this blog to fly around to different servers mind).

Backend is the New Frontend

I’ve been working questionably not that hard on a few things, mainly getting the images for a few of my managed wordpress sites serving from a cdn and off loading the images on to an S3 compatable service to take the load off of the VPS I’m using.

So far so good.

But the bigger thing is getting back in to using Piwigo for my photos, so I can just cut the connection with Google on that end.

Right now, I have to download everything and sift through it before uploading them to the Photo Dump. When that is likely to happen, I do not know.

lj.gl is Back in Europe

It’s been a while since I wanted to give a Swedish web host, Binero, a try.

Seeing as when I tried to mirror back the site on to DreamHost, I still had the Site Not Found error, I figured why not have a trial run. Since the monthly cost of an account is about 7€ and I’m looking to keep this site relatively secure and sequestered, since all dis data it has, it seemed like a good opportunity.

So I pulled the site off the cPanel account I was keeping it active on, and I brought it over to Binero.

It took a bit of getting used to, since their platform isn’t really what I’ve come across before but it’s interesting how you can decide whether or not you want an account hosted on Linux or Windows without having your entire account on either side of the fence.

This might be useful down the road for me, so we’ll see how this site ticks along.

So far no real issues, the account was set up easily, managed to figure my way around the system and generally it plays well with CloudFlare.

Anyways, in other general news, I managed to painfully update my FatBit. I was a bit perplexed to find a new icon that I now can’t get rid of, thanks hipsters.

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