Category: tech

  • Escape from G**gle Photos part 2: User 2

    After almost a full year of happily storing and serving my photos on a little box under my desk at home, something unplanned happened: my partner needed some extra storage for their photos, too. So I had to add my second user. Multi-user support was not a feature that I cared for previously, but I […]

  • Escape from G**gle Photos – selfhosting

    If you’re here, you already know why we’re doing this – they capped the “unlimited for free” offer, they can suspend your account for any reason at any time, and probably worst of all, your photos are their product. Luckily, great open source/free software applications exist today that can almost bring that sleek and very […]

  • Limit your sites to VPN and local clients only

    The problem: You have a bunch of sites running behind an nginx proxy, and you want to limit access to some of the more critical ones to your VPN clients only as a second security layer. You also have an ISP that will sometimes change your public IP address, so you are using the services […]

  • Easy, Cheap Digital Life Redundancy

    This is a belated response to the “I’ve locked myself out of my digital life” post that was circulating earlier this month. Its author describes a hypothetical situation in which a single unexpected disaster (such as a lightning strike) could cause disruptive damage to your digital – and in turn, to your “analogue” – footprint. […]

  • Openbox scaling for HiDPI displays

    I recently switched to a laptop with a 16:10 QHD display (popularized as Retina by a certain shoddy company), and I faced a problem that I had been fearing for a while – scaling on X11/Openbox. Specifically, I really didn’t want to switch to anything Wayland, GNOME and/or KDE related – not because I have […]