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 mistake". Eventually I got over it. The end result is that I can comfortably converse in mediocre Spanish which has significantly improved my quality of life. Now, if we are a car mechanic [...]

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Kanboard

Kanboard is a project management system with a non-typical approach. If you are familiar with Trello, it is very much like that but Open Source. You can find it at [...]

Is “fyl” a Code Name?

I have been watching a lot of George Webb youtube "episodes". One thing that comes up is who on-line personalities really are. George, Trish and Jason have been up-front with [...]

Off-Grid Systems Design

Designing an off-grid system doesn't need to be complicated but it needs to be done. Not doing it can be expensive. Things continue to change (mostly, things get cheaper) so [...]

Living Off Grid Thoughts

In 2011 I wrote a series of posts about living off-grid. I am going to re-post them here with some updates and then add to the series. While this post wasn't written first it [...]

Social Media Choices

I clearly don't miss Facebook and the CIA but sometimes I am looking for a place to "chat about things". Here is one for posting but not chatting. I have continued to use [...]

fylz just moved

For an assortment of reasons, the domain fylz.com just got moved to a yunohost-based system. The good news is that this blog is sorta working. OK, it works except all the [...]

My New Vehicle

While I liked the idea of electric scooters better (and should have four but that's a long story) this does work. I still have a bit more work to do on the way the battery is [...]

Fifteen Years

On 10 January 2002 I left the U.S., saying I would never return. That's 15 years ago and I have been true to my word. Will I return to the U.S. soon, no. Ever? No. So, this is [...]

My Life with Email

I have been using email for over 30 years. Many of the things I have accomplished in those 30 years would not have been possible without it. I just had an experience that is [...]

Upgrading to Linux Mint 18

I have installed or upgraded Linux an uncountable number of times starting when I group of us used to pass around a box of floppy disks. The typical sequence is to backup the [...]