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Cake day: June 12th, 2023

  • I used both tumbleweed and leap for a bit and they really are good. I’m actually using tumbleweed on a home server right now and it’s been a champ. But…

    1. My biggest gripe is opensuse seems to use different package names than any of the other distros for basic packages. I had to install a package that used capitals in the package name, and coming from mostly debian based distros, that made me rationally angry when trying to find the package I needed. I think it was network-manager or something that’s usually installed by default and I wanted something familiar.

    2. Online directions for setting something up usually has deb and/or fedora rpm directions, which is usually just some difference in package names and the equivalent install command, searching the base package will let you figure it out. I had very few issues following debian/Ubuntu directions and translating them for fedora. Opensuse is always non-existent so you always need to translate those directions for opensuse, which is usually like doing it for fedora until you run into point (1).

  • I really like my synology DS216j. Pretty much all I use it for is as a file server and storage, mostly because it can’t really do much beyond that these days, but it sure does handle that like a champ. I’m not trying to run a business with multiple users on it, just me and the family, which means mostly just me and my projects. It was super easy to set up in my early days of home networking knowing that I wanted a central location for storing my files from different devices and holding my expanding media collection. I think I saw that it had been running for over a year (would have been several years, but we get power outages occasionally and it’s not on a UPS) without a restart when I increased my storage, and it’s been running without issue since 2017. I’m planning on upgrading to a device that has 4+ drives sometime soon to make expanding and redundancy easier to handle, but it’s a hard sell when this one is still chugging along.

    I think it helps that I’ve always had a raspberry pi or other computer do the tasky things, so I never got entrenched in trying to make it do anything other than be a dlna/upnp server for media and shared file jockey for everything else.

  • I would guess that you have root rot, I would get it out of that container ASAP to check the roots and let the soil dry out. White and/or stiff roots are good, soft and brown are bad. Rotting roots can kill the plant so you want to remove them. You want to use isopropanol to clean any scissors or tools used cut out bad roots to prevent spreading any of the stuff causing the rot any where else.

    It looks like it may have travelled up to the middle leaf, if the leaf doesn’t dry out and continues to spread toward the stem, cut off the yellowing/brown part or even the whole leaf with clean scissors.

    The darker nubs on the stem are actually roots, so you can propagate from those if you need to. Just cut the stem an inch or so below some of them, let the cut dry a little bit (5-10 minutes), and put it in clean water for a few weeks. Make sure to change the water occasionally.

    Pothos are pretty hardy plants, so you don’t really need to rush while working through the roots. I would not put it back in that soil if you find you have a lot of rotting roots. It would be fine for a healthy plant, but yours needs some love (e.g. ignore it once you’ve dealt with the bad parts). If you don’t have any potting soil, you’ll have plenty of time to get some if you’ve already started.

  • What helps me is knowing what they are. The strings don’t vibrate in a perfect single wave, the harmonics are already there. If you pluck an open string and briefly touch the string at the 12th fret (half a wavelength), you’re dampening all the harmonics that DON’T have a node at that position, so the full wavelength and thirds are dampened but the 1/2, 1/4, 1/6, etc are left to ring out.

    You just hold the pick in a way that your thumb follows and briefly touches against the string at the 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, etc. nodes. You pluck based on the length of the string from the bridge to the fret you’re holding. So if you want to do the 1/3 wavelength, you “cut” the string into thirds and pluck at one of the two nodes such that your thumb “nicks” the string at that node.

    A way I used to figure out where those nodes are based on the fret I’m fingering is to lightly rest my thumb on the string, and pluck with another finger (usually ring finger), moving up and down the string until I find one. The node is where your thumb was.

  • I’ve had a basic DLNA server running for over 5 years and just set up jellyfin about a month ago and it’s an absolute game changer. It has the functionality of a good streaming service except using your own media. It searches databases and matches it to your files so you get some really good images with the interface and information about the media. Plus it remembers what you’ve watched and how far you are into episodes and movies. Which is perfect if you have two or more TVs or devices you watch on.

    It’s changed my partners preferences on how they watch shows. They hated watching anything on my server because they have ADHD and it’s impossible for them to figure out what they were watching and where they were in it, not to mention trying to navigate my lack of organizing anything. Jellyfin fixes that. Now I just plop a show into the shows folder, or a movie in the movie folder and it’s dealt with.