I been for the last serveral months worked on lossing weight. I let my weight get out of hand, back on March 31 of this year I hit 300 pounds, and for someone that is only 5’6″ that is far to much. Today I weighed in at only 202 pounds. I still have a long way to go, but as of today I have lost 98 pounds. I still have 79 pounds to go, but at this point I am past the 1/2 way mark on the amount of weight I need to loss.
Well the news lately is that Nintendo has shutdown the ability for people to download games they paid for for their Wii. So people gave money to nintendo for nothing. But with physical you don’t have to worry about a company just decided remove your rights for what ever reason. This another reason to fear the digital only future.
The other day I was at a Retro game store, and asked the guy that worked there if they had a copy of Hydro Thunder a game I played a lot in the late 90s at the arcade when I was in colage. They did, true I had to buy a N64 for to play it, but here we are 20+ years later and I was able to get a game I remember and enjoyed. Now imagin if you will in 10 years someone looking to play a game they enjoyed in the past and also imagin it was a digiatal only game on the Wii, well that game is forever lost to history. But for me since I was looking for a game that had a physical game I was able to spend the money for the game (and in my case the money for the console also since I did not have a N64)
For a while I was excited to get the Diabloe 2 game that they are releasing, but then I found out they will not be doing a physical copy. And that right there stopped me from getting the game. I will not buy a digital only game.
I been streaming lately. And I bought a domain name for my streaming activities. And today I have gotten 5 calls so far from scammers claiming to be web developers wanting me to higher them to build my website. Why would I even bother higher a web developer that does a cold call. I am a web developer so I don’t need someone else to do it. I been telling them to stop calling me, then T-Mobile has a app to report scam calls. And any “web developer” that would cold call anyone with a new domain is a scammer, so I been 1) blocking their phone number, and 2) reporting the scammers to T-Mobile.
A while back I got the eeors wireless access points for my home network, But I have been increassing disastified with them as they do not support VLAN. So yesterday I invested in some Unifi wireless access points. First they do support VLAN. Next it does not require a app on my cell phone to manage (been working on reducing the number of apps I “HAVE” to have installed on my cell phone) and then lastly it will be nice to manage the access points from the same system I manage my router, and manage switches from.
This artical, talks about how the dems, are using social media to supress the 1st admendment. The sad thing is these social media giants are more then happy to go along with them. The more and more I read about things like this the more and more I am glad I deleted my social media accounts.
Remember how you were a nut if you thought the lab leak theory of the china flu was valid, but now that what they think.
Also notice how the people that want to censor idea or people they don’t like they always say it for your own good
“Oh these posts can kill people as it not the correct info for covid” — bidin adminstration
“Oh these books will send you to hell if you read them” — church of rome (when Luther, or Galilo published their ideas)
“Oh it for the children” — People against Video games, comic books, TV (or anything they don’t like)
Mind you I am not making judgment on truth values of what is being said, or what is being blocked, I am just saying cencorship of any type is bad. And also I am saying the 1st admendment does not have an exception for if a democrate does not like what is being said, or if it goes against a administration desired narative.
I guess the dems would have been ok with the book burnings of the in Germany in the 1930’s too.
A couple of days ago I posted to facebbok (first time I went on facebook in months) to let the people there know i will be deleting my facebook account. And i decided to do the deletion on independence day as it will be my final freedom from facebook so tomorrow the day the page is already open on the browser ready for the clicking of the confirm butto3.
Well it has been over a month and a half since I ditched chrome for the brave browser, and it been very good. When I was using chrome my Load average was alwasy pegged at 6 and above, with the brave browser it is going as low as 2. It is nice to have a second system blocking tracking and ads (along with my pi hole) I would highly recomend it to anyone not just for the blocking it has built in, but for how much nicer it is on the CPU and it does not use as much memory. It less of a resource hog then chrome is.
Well this morning Verizon has a total network outage where I live. A while back I setup my USG to use my T-Mobile hotspot as a fail over network. So I still have internet but burning though my data plan on the hotspot faster then I thought even with not streaming any video or music. In 2 hours I have used 3Gbytes of data. I should look into getting a second internet connection instead of my hotspot for when things like this happen, instead of destroying my data plan on the hotspot (only have 10GB on the data plan, or maybe updating to the 30BG plan but I would loss the data stash, probably should call T-Moblie to explore the options later today.)
But this has shown me even more the importance of having physical copies of my Entertainment be it my CDs or my DVD/Bluerays as I can still watch my shows, or listen to my music when I don’t have access to streaming services.
Well I have a VPN end point into my home network. But the issue has been the changing IP address you get with home networks, and Verizon charges to much for a static IP (I don’t want to go to a business account) So I found this site http://rizwanansari.net/digital-ocean-dynamic-dns/ that has a script for doing it. Then using this site https://michaelryom.dk/custom-ddns-on-ubiquiti-usg/?doing_wp_cron=1621004472.1860389709472656250000 I setup the following cron job on my Unifi router
0 */12 * * * /config/scripts/post-config.d/create-ddns
So now the script from the first site runs every 12 hours, at midnight and noon. So now when I connect I have a static host name to use that is updated every 12 hours with what ever my IP address is. Makes connecting my cell phone to my home network easy (using OpenVPN) plus I get all the anti-tracking and anti-ads that my Pi-hole has.
Today I have deleted (or should I say “deactivated as twitter puts it) my twitter account. Next I will be deleting my facebook account, I have not used them since January. True I know they will retain that data for as they want to keep it to try to sell my info to advertisers. and shadow profiles, but it just makes it eaier to break from them. Plus with the anti-tracking lists I have added to my Pi-Hole it will be harder for them to spam me.
As much as big tech think that unpersoning er sorry deplatforming people will make them go away, it will not. conservatives we will just exist outside of big tech. I read yesterday in the Federalist is starting to ban prolifers. In fact I had not heard of the site LifeSiteNews before The Federalists artical, now they are in my RSS reader. The attempt to unperson people just drew more attention to them, and conservatives that are either (like me) leaving social media because of their actions or in the case of the likes of those that get banned, we will not just simply up and vanish we will still exist, we will not change, they will just try to forget we exist.
On Usenet I am finding many many conservatives, Social media is not the only place to talk about things. And when you leave the area of big tech the censorship seems to stop. The promise of the internet is still there, and more and more conservatives will start to benefit from it. That promise is the promise of a decentralized network, that is not controlled by one entity, and for big tech that will be a problem, all they can do is chase the conservatives (and as it is starting to look like the moderates, and even left of center, see Tim Pool here, where Facebook has attacked him too) I wonder if big tech can survive off the ultra-left wing, because that all they will have after they ban conservatives, and moderates, and then left of center leave. Because that all social media will have left is the ultra left.
Well I have in my Pi-Hole blocked many URLs from google. One of the URLs is the Android connection test. “to make sure your phone is on line” To circumvent my phone saying it is not on line I followed this guide Self-hosting the WiFi Connectivity Check for Android
So basicly I created a file called 204.php on my internal web server I use for testing stuff that contains
I put it in my /var/www/htdoc directory and added the following to my httpd.conf file
RedirectMatch 204 .*
The thing is I would never have known about this URL to be blocked if they did not make so many requests. When I look at the stats for my Pi-Hole it is the top requested domain name, in the last 24 hours the phone has done 5512 lookups for the domain. I keep an eye on the stats on my pi-hole, and when there is a unrecognized URL hit that often I start to look into it, most of the time they get blocked. If google was not so greeded for the data and spamming it so often I might never have known the requests were being made, and it would have flown under the radar, but since it the #1 requested URL on my network it looked suspicious to me. So I looked into it, and blocked it, and setup a work around to it.