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 know that Google has its own agenda (much like Facebook does). Wouldn't it be nice to be able to "google" without that agenda? Well, with YaCy you can do just that. Besides telling you [...]

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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 [...]

Our 1960s “Intercom”

I'm a ham radio operator (WA6SWR among other calls). I got my licens in,  I think, 1961. While I had HF radios, VHF is what always interested me. While some people got [...]

Getting Organized with Trello

Ages ago I was organized on an imitation Palm Pilot. (I forget the brand but it was basically a cheap clone.) Well, we have all moved beyond that. The other important buzzword [...]