Trash Talker for Windows Launches

I’ve finally managed to get a version of Trash Talker published in to the Microsoft Store. This was based on the old STP code, but I made a number of improvements that make the app much better.

This app is a remake of a remake. The original app be the classic Shit Talker, by Jaundice. I enjoyed Shit Talker as a kid. I used to it call my friends and annoy them. (Given I’m a youngest sibling, it has been my classic duty to find creative ways of annoying others.) Trash Talker is a modernization of Shit Talker that tries to be a little cleaner, but stays quite true to the original. I have a few plans for things I’d like to add to this app, so check back every so often for updates.

Check out Trash Talker on the Microsoft Store.

Also – Trash Talker for macOS has been out for a while now too, so macOS users can grab it from the App Store.

Death by PEBKAC evaded by amazing ZFS snapshot CTRL+Zery

Tonight I was doing a little development work towards a telemetry system I’m building for a thing. Along the way I managed (like a 10/10 n00b) to delete a bunch of vital configs on my reverse proxy server that handles all my traffic. Thanks to the amazing ZFS snapshot function made easily available by FreeNAS, I was able to recover from this otherwise devastating fckup, super fast and without service disruption.

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Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 2

Following our initially discouraging attempt to get our first Maine Coon kitten (discussed in my Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 1 post), we kept pushing and made connections with various Maine Coon Breeders that were all very easy to talk to and seemed quite knowledgeable.

After another several weeks, it all came together wonderfully we and we now have a little ~11week old Maine Coon kitten.

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Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 1

New beginnings

Upon the natural end-of-life of the last of cherished Himalayans, we’ve mobilized in our quest to introduce in to our family two Maine Coon kittens. We’ve been planning our pivot to Maine Coons for about 4 years now and we’ve casually attended cat shows to further affirm this is another suitable breed choice for us.

Our first serious Maine Coon Breeder candidate

The first breeder we got fairly involved with is Mariama, based in Sudbury, Ontario. We’d identified other prospects far closer to home (Alberta), but we fell in love with Mariama’s impressive photos.

Spoiler: This story doesn’t end well for us.

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Using pfsense to sign private wildcard SSL certificates

pfsense is a wonderful router appliance BSD distro that I’ve enjoyed for some years now.

I use the pfsense certificate manager to issue certs for my VPN client devices. For my Internet-facing life, I have legit SSL certs for everything, I’ve a neurosis about it. But it’s bothered me that for my LAN servers, I’ve continued to use Self-Signed certs for interfaces. Today I fix that.

Here are my notes on how to create and sign a wild-card SSL cert using pfsense for internal use. Note that this approach means you will make your own certificate authority which then must have its root cert installed on any machine you want to use your own certs.

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