I always think about my dad when I have Italian bread or salami. Those were part of the supplies he stock in the big white and blue plastic cooler to keep us fed while hiking around out at Devil’s Lake State Park, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, Pikes Peak State Park in Iowa, Wyalusing State Park, or any of several other places we’d drive out to with my grandpa or siblings. Apparently that’s the only time in my life that I’d have salami? The trips were usually long days and I can imagine I’d be crabby towards the end of them but sandwiches like these always remind me of waterfalls and eagles and riverside flea markets. Thanks dad. I’m looking forward to you being the grandpa out on these trips soon.
Did you know Facebook tries to get you riled up?
The top goals of every major social media platform include a measure of activity called “engagement”, that is, people interacting with content on the site. The trick is that not only do the adorable pictures of my son get lots of likes and comments, so do all those posts with disagreeable statements that you spend all day arguing about.
Facebook doesn’t care that one left you with a smile and the other left you with a racing heart and bad attitude, it just knows both posts got you to leave a few comments.
I posted a tear-jerker video of a couple celebrating their wedding in isolation that got no reaction. The post I made on election day got a lot of back and forth discussion. Which one do you think Facebook will determine people should see?
I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.” now that Wisconsin looks at the potential of 4 more weeks of altered daily life.
Pilots use this phrase to remind them of their priorities during their journey. A pilot’s most important task is to keep the plane flying, even if they must set the radio down or quit looking at the charts. Nothing else matters if the plane goes down!
Lenny and the Windows Support Scam
I got a scammy call today from “Martin” from “Windows Technical Support” offering to help with my computer. Martin couldn’t tell me which computer he was calling about, so I transferred him over to my buddy Lenny. Bonus: Lenny’s ducks make an appearance just after the 6 minute mark!
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Siri can control our Christmas tree lights now. That’d probably be a little more useful if I actually had an iPhone.
Error Upgrading Old Ubuntu Release (10.04 LTS)
Today I was trying to run
do-release-upgrade to upgrade an old 10.04 LTS Ubuntu server, but the upgrade kept failing. It turns out the old release had problems verifying new packages.
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Let’s Encrypt HTTPS Certificates for OpenVPN AS (Access Server)
To load a new HTTPS certificate for OpenVPN AS (Access Server), you’ll want to use the
./usr/local/openvpn_as/scripts/confdba command. This can be combined with a Let’s Encrypt client to obtain free a HTTPs certificate for the AS web server.
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