Daniel F. Dickinson

Creating opportunities to follow a passion for life and tech for the common good

For my ‘pure tech’ blog, see the Wild Tech “Garden”.

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Recent posts

Jul 29, 2021
Ancient Games, Old Computers, and New Tech A presentation about a member of the Mancala family of games known as Oware or Wari, with a look at an old Commodore 64 version as well as modern versions, which Daniel F. Dickinson presented during a Virtual Maker Meeting for the Midland Public Library…
Jul 19, 2021
Too Much Web, Not Enough Design It seems I’m doing more front-end web work than is ideal these days. I say that because I tend to prefer technical aspects of web development and not so much aesthetic (vs functional) design elements, but for front-end work the aesthetic is a big part of what makes or breaks a site. For example, it was with great reluctance that I finally eliminated the “Comic Sans MS” font from this site.…
Jul 3, 2021
No, I Have Not Sold My Soul, V2 This is true despite the fact that I am moving my websites (including this one) away from OVHcloud and/or self-hosting, and am making a shift to using Microsoft 365. Some will never believe that nor accept what I have to say about it, but for me it’s the right decision. There are those think of proprietary companies as akin to ‘the devil’ or some global conspiracy. A more realist view is that the reason open source and non-profit companies are not who provides most services for most people is that few people “put their money where their mouth is”.…
Jun 5, 2021
Terraforming OVH Is Not Paradise I’ve been experimenting with Terraform to manage a number for Public Cloud Infrastructure instances (virtual machines) on OVHcloud. Initially it went relatively well. I did have a rough spot where the error messages I was getting failed to let me know that the tokens I was using didn’t have enough privileges for the tasks I wanted perform (I was trying to follow the principle of using tokens with the least privileges possible as is recommended best practise).…
Apr 23, 2021
Hugo Lives! I’ve begun the process of killing off all my WordPress sites and replacing them with sites built using Hugo. I’m doing this because I’ve had various issues with WordPress that look like the data has gotten into a bad state. In addition, it’s a lot easier for me to edit and manage my site offline and upload it than the WordPress system of editing in the web browser. Since I’m doing this, I’m doing weeding and trimming of the site as well, so you may notice some posts are not longer available, and that others have had a bit of refreshing / clean up.…
Mar 29, 2021
Web Design After All I’ve ended up doing some frontend web design after all (this isn’t something I was planning on spending time on, but I’m not really happy with WordPress (especially the risk of compromise, the lack of adequate built-in automatic backups, and it not being as privacy oriented as static web sites usually are). I have also enjoyed working with the Hugo static website generator in the past, and designing HTML layouts and custom CSS is an interesting challenge.…
Mar 9, 2021
How Not to Rebuild a WordPress Site I rebuilt Wild Tech “Garden” because I was having problems with the ‘Redirection’ plugin, but the author, John Godley, insisted the problem couldn’t be the plugin (it may or may not have been the plugin per se, but given the configuration used by my hosting company the plugin didn’t work as it was expected to for ‘Site Aliases’ when I switched the primary domain from wildtechgarden.com to wildtechgarden.ca with wildtechgarden.com needing to be redirected to wildtechgarden.…
Mar 4, 2021
Archive: Rent or Own? Almost thirty years ago my parents were looking at buying a home, and that got me interested in the question, “How long before one reaches the break even point on the purchase of a residence compared to a lease?” The calculations are only for the numerical/financial side of that question, not questions like increased freedom with the property, the increase in stability (for one reason or another renting often involves moving at times, whether one wishes to or not), and so on.…
Mar 1, 2021
Archive: Dating with Accelerators
Feb 21, 2021
The Problem with Thin (Pools & Volumes) Linux LVM thin pools and volumes initially seem to be a great way maximize the use of hard drive space by using only the space that is actually allocated to files. There is a major fly in the ointment though. Thin pools cannot be reduced in size. With normal (thick) LVM volumes one creates a volume of certain size, and that space is not available for use by any other volume.…