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20 Mar 2020

Master & Dynamic

I recently had to repurchase these after mine got jacked in a pub. I didn't realise how much I loved having them until they were gone. Battery last forver, good build quality and they have bass for days.

06 Mar 2020

Where are the voyagers now

A dashboard detailing the Voyager probes telemetry. Splendid concept and put together in the no bullshit vibe. A dashboard of literally astronomically huge numbers.

25 Feb 2020

Debugging a live saturn V

Stumbled on this after seeing the restored Apollo 11 documentary, there's a lot more great engineering feats-of-daring-do in the book Apollo by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox. I'm a big fan of rednecks playing with chemicals and making shit blow up.

15 Feb 2020

Lethal Bizzle is back!

Is that your chick, boy I'm sorry she was catting for my drip. Brand new rari, auto but she riding stick

Disgusting and briliant 🔥 I've had to wait half a decade for something to bang like Fester Skank.

03 Feb 2020

A CSS history tour

A clever alternate solution, which I remember showing up in a lot of Geocities sites, was to simply give every page a completely different visual style. Fuck it, right? Just do whatever you want on each new page. That trend was quite possibly the height of web design.

Excellent and funny read from Eevee. We've come a long way and forgotten a bunch more - I do honestly weep a little bit when a developer comes back proud with some React that looks the failed attempt of a thousand monkeys to write Hamlet.

Two up, Two down in London Town

Many Amsterdam residents would balk at living in a tiny apartment that a Parisian might see as completely normal. Likewise, a Berliner accustomed to living on one floor might see a duplex apartment as decidedly fancy, even though in London, multi-floor homes are common (and sometimes even poky) across social classes.

If you consider most of these buildings in London are now split into massionettes...they are decidedly poky.

28 Jan 2020

Into the indie-verse

One day, Twitter and other publishing platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Medium will indeed die, like so many sites before them. And every time this happens, we lose most of the content we created and with it a fair amount of our collective cultural history.

Enjoyed this read from Matthias Ott on what we lost from the helter skelter days of geocities and myspace.

03 Jan 2020

Low cost, low power NAS

Some of my contracts don't allow me to store data outside of the country, and Dropbox has started doing some fucking weird shit. I needed a low cost (and ideally low power) Dropbox replacement. Here's how I did it:

Parts

  1. Chassis: Inter-Tech 88887085 1U K-125L IPC Server Case - £66.60
  2. Motherboard: ASUS J1800I-A - £60.00
  3. Memory: Samsung 4Gb DDR3 - £25.00
  4. Storage: 2x ADATA 256Gb SSD - £18.00
  5. PSU: picoPSU 90 - £25.79
  6. Power: FSKE 60W 12V 5A Transformer Charger - £13.49
  7. Glue: Sugru

Total: £221.18

I've listed amazon links here - the motherboard, memory and drives were purchased from the hardware store I'm lucky enough to live near, and listed the prices paid. I'm not entirely happy with the front panel on the chassis (a front facing ethernet port would have been useful) - but it was surprisingly difficult to find a short depth 1U rack in the UK that didn't come with a PSU and fans.

Build

As it's low power I wanted to try using a Pico PSU, which meant I had room inside to house the power adaptor, which i keep secure with some Sugru. As I'm using SSDs, a Celeron and the servers usage is sporadic - I should be safe without any fans. Keeping an eye on the core tempreture, it hasn't breached 27ºC yet.

Platform

OpenBSD - installed that after fighting with UEFI for some hours on the ASUS motherboard, set up the drives as RAID and use rsync on a cron to keep production folders backed up. Development projects run a private git.

Next steps

I need some way of accessing remotely without jumping through DNS puzzles, and I'm waiting for a good deal to bring the storage up to 1Tb. If anyone has any ideas HMU

Chancee is a designer who codes from London Town.

They have worked for the likes of Sky, Vodafone, Nike, Disney and Pearsons. Won awards from Promax, BAFTAs, the Appys and The Drum. Spoken at The Waldorf and Southampton University and is available for hire to draw pretty curves and code clever things.