A Linux New Year

Installing Linux for "Joe Average" hasn't been on my list in ages but it seems to be a Linux season here right now. I installed Linux on Jean-Pierre's chromebook. All is well except the 2.4GHz WiFi is not working. I'm investigating. (Now fixed with an OS update.) Ben's laptop hard drive died. He now has a Linux system and is impressed. My [...]

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Creating sites with SPIP

The world is full of things to create web sites. WordPress is probably the most popular but to do anything beyond a dumb blog there is learning to do. And more often than not, [...]

Searching with YaCy

Language evolves. Just like  "Xerox" became the verb meaning "make a photocopy", "google" has evolved into a verb meaning to search the web using a search engine. Today we [...]

Elgg (again)

I have used elgg before. It is "old" social media web site software. By old I mean both that it has been around for may years and it is just social software, not spyware. I [...]

Keybase Adds Teams

Over a year ago I talked about Keybase and I am back to say more. When I posted before it was an alternative way to confirm the identity of others (using other sources of [...]

Practical Public Key Encryption

We are used to using PGP, GPG, ... to do public key encryption. But, what's wrong is that using PGP or GPG is relatively confusing. Any good geek can figure it out but it has [...]

Vocho — Update 1

This story started when we got the car, a 1972 VW SuperBeetle. The plan is to restore it and then covert it to electric. Note that all future posts will be tagged with Vocho [...]

ToDo Lists in DokuWiKi

Much to the disgust of many of my friends, I love Wikis. The flexibility they offer you is perfect for the way I think. And one thing that is beyond a Wiki is Zim. It's like a [...]

My New Car Project

I just bought a "new" car. That is, it is only 45 years old. A 1972 Super Beetle or, as we say here, Vocho. The first question you will ask is, why? I have lots of reasons. [...]

Electric Car Conversions

Back in the late 1990s I converted a VW Rabbit to electric. A totally low-tech conversion with a DC motor and lead-acid batteries but it became my primary transportation until [...]

Learning Things

When I was first learning Spanish I agonized over the rules for "por vs. para", "ser vs. estar" and a few others. I was afraid to speak because I might make "a stupid [...]