Tuesday, April 9, 2019

I don't really update this anymore

So as you can tell I don't really update this anymore, TBH I just never think of it.

However I have started vlogging a bit once in a while on my Youtube channel so you can check that out: https://www.youtube.com/user/redsquirrelftw/

I also have a Twitter which can be found here: https://twitter.com/RedSquirrelFtw

I will keep this site up until I decide I want to do something else with it.

As far as projects, I've been kinda lazy, I really need to give myself a boot to try to be more productive with my time these days. I did finish my shed, and been working on some small coding projects, and have some stuff lined up, though.

As always I can also be found on http://www.uovalor.com which is currently the main forum I use to post misc stuff. Yeah I still have not gotten Iceteks back online... I really need to do that. TBH I kinda feel it's almost pointless as forums are dying and I took so long in first place that old members might not come back, but I still want to do it for old time's sake. One day... <3

Friday, September 8, 2017

Iceteks forum migration

Almost 4 years later and I still have not done this. Honestly I will take the blame here, I just got lazy and kept putting it on the back burner. I really need to get this done.

I am really really hoping to have it done by Christmas this year. Yeah, I said that like 3 years ago. There is not really much work left to do, mostly I just need drill through and get it done, the test, test and test again. There's some things that are going to be different than a traditional forum, such as the use of a separate custom authentication system. There's also a few misc things such as uogateway that I want to tie in to that system. Basically I am creating a basic API for logins. So of course I need to take security in mind etc too. Not super complicated but still requires some thought and lot of testing.

I will be starting to build a shed whenever it's not raining, on the days that it's raining then I hope to put progress on the forum.

The basic foundation has been started.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Random update

The iceteks forum is kinda on the back burner, I just end up always being side tracked with other stuff or getting lazy, but don't worry, it's on the agenda. Eventually.

Since I never really think of posting on here I'll probably eventually close the blog (I'll keep it up for historical reasons) but I will use the forum as a blog instead, because I'll probably be like the only person posting on it anyway. :P The downside of using a service like this is I have no control over it. Forum at least I have control.

As a total side note, since my last post I had time to grow a pretty epic beard and then shave it. Will probably grow another. I might make it a winter thing. I'm kinda happy how it ended up! This was 4 months in:

I also got a drone! (no I did not use it to shave with, but I did almost give myself a haircut when I tried to use it inside the house)

Also insulated my basement, sorta looking forward to winter just so I can see how much of a difference it makes. Still need to do the crawlspace and laundry room though. Laundry room is kinda tricky as I need to redo plumbing. Was not thinking, and went and installed the pipes in the wall. I should have surface mounted them instead.

See you next year, probably!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I'm still alive

Figured I should put something here this year.

Forum migration Status: haha very funny... I barely touched it, I really need to get off my butt and finish that, it's been years now. I just tend to get tied up with other stuff. But trust me it's on the agenda, and I did not forget.

I've been working on migrating stuff off my old and first server, Borg. It was commissioned in 2008, though I believe it was actually comissioned before that, it's just that the current install is from 2008. That server did everything from local email, web apps, file storage, VMs, DNS, etc.... Most of that stuff has been virtualized, except for mail. Mail is always a beast. The old server uses Unix accounts, which is kinda dirty. Basically I'd just create a unix account for each email. My online server uses virtual users, which is much better to manage. Since the spam, special rules, and stuff of that nature is handled by the home server, the online server does not have much rules. A couple RBLs to get rid of some of the major spam but the rest is handled by the home server. Per mailbox ruless + virtual users proved to be an issue. It seems it's just not doable. You either spam filter ALL mail, or none. There's a solution called Sieve, but even that solution does not seem to support sending mail to a 3rd party app. For example the post bot for iceteks.com. (hahahahaha that's another thing I need to update, the front page generating script broke years ago and it's stuck in 2014 and I never fixed it) So...... I need to write my own mail transport. Basically a mail transport is a program that takes incoming mail and delivers it to the right mailbox, and possibly does other things to it. Postfix has a basic virtual user mail transport, Sieve is one but there arn't any premade ones to do what I want. Thankfully they appear easy to write, as it just needs to grab data from standard input which something like cin.get() can do.

So that's that, once that's done, I will work on the forum migration. The migration itself is not really that complicated, it's mostly just the planing as I only want to do it once. There will be a central account system that is separate from the forum, as any other service I start will point to that system, so I need to code that too. Given it's something to do with security I obviously need to ensure it's robust. Unlike all the corporations that keep leaking and selling users' info, I actually care about my users' privacy.

Oh, and LASIK: Been over a year, will be 2 this summer. Still seeing great. Still have starbursts and halos but I think they are slowly going away. still have floaters but don't notice them as much as before unless I think about it. Even then I really have to look for it. As I type this on a white screen it's not even noticeable. Overall still super happy with surgery, so nice to not have glasses.

So that's that, I might make another update some time this year. :P

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Iceteks forum migration progress

For further updates on the migration process, you can view this post here:


Sunday, November 16, 2014

LASIK: ~5 months later

Still seeing awesome. Now that winter is in full swing, I'm seeing even more benefits of no glasses. No fog blindness when entering a building, no snow getting in the lenses when brushing car or shovelling or going outside during blowing snow. It's the little things that really add up to make it worth it. I still see halos and starbursts at night, and now that it's winter I don't have a choice but to try at night all the time. Dark when I get up and dark when I'm done work, whether I'm working day shift or night shift. The halos have really improved though. I'd say it's 30% of what it was. The star bursts are still kind of bad when there are incoming headlights. It makes it a bit dangerous as if a pedestrian was to randomly jwalk I probably would not see them. Hard to tell though, maybe I would. I definitely drive more carefully and watch for pedestrians a lot more. I think the star burst and halos will continue to improve so I'm not that concerned. Even if it was to not go away completely, all the benefits still make it worth it. I would not let the halo/starbursts discourage anyone from getting it done, it's a small price to pay really, and I'm really picky about my vision. The glasses used to annoy the hell out of me such as specs or smudges etc. but the halos arn't as bad as that. It only happens at night. The only way I can really notice it during the day is if I look at a bright light that has a dark background, like a bright LED or something. But if I look at say, a regular light fixture, since it's generating a diffuse light on the surface around it, I don't see a halo at all, I just see it normally. So as far as looking at a computer screen or TV or something it's not any different than before. Originally when I'd look at white text on black background I'd see a halo around it, but I don't see that anymore or at least, have not really noticed it anymore. Overall, still very happy with the surgery. Also I don't think I ever mentioned where I got it done, I should probably mention it. It was at Dr. Sorgini in Sudbury, Ontario. Highly recommend.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

iceteks.com, anythingforums.com and uogateway.com revamp

For a very long time, like, probably over 5 years, I've been wanting to revamp iceteks.com and anythingforums.com and redo the sites/forum as they are very old (some code is like 13 years old!). uogateway.com is fairly new in comparison but I will redo that one too. The goal is to combine all 3 site forums into a single forum. Also anything that requires a login will be unified into a single login. For uogateway.com you need a login to submit a shard, for example. That will be the same login as the forum.

The actual forum will most likely be 1 forum for all sites, it's just easier to manage that way, and also will have the benefit of combining traffic into a single place. Hopefully it will be easier to promote that way.

I've barely started yet but I do have a dev environment ready to rock and roll. This will be a big deployment as I will need to convert all the posts from the 3 forums into a single forum. This will be more involved than simply moving data to a new database with different field names as I can't keep the same post/topic etc IDs.

I have not fully decided what the plan is but I have some general idea. I'm also an uptime evangelist, I've seen places take on a project like this but they take down the forum for DAYS! Nope nope nope nope. I will not do that (even though two of the forums are pretty much broken at this point due to a php update) The whole process will happen locally on my dev server, be pushed to test for further testing, then uploaded. The DB conversion will probably be done offline as I have that luxery given the forums don't get much activity.

One of the main reasons the forums died off as well was spammers. I had to turn off registrations, it just got insane. This new revamp will incorporate a sign up page that is separate from the forum, and will have some anti spam/bot measures. Still need to research that, but I think just having a separate form alone may help things. Also having 1 forum to moderate will help. Can't stop all spammers but can at least try to reduce them.

This should be a fun ride, I have not updated any of my sites in FOREVER. Will actually be nice to have something more modern going on again, and hopefully I can add more articles and other content and get some traffic flowing again.

I may even convert this blog over to a self hosted solution. TBH this blog was quickly thought out originally and not really used much, I'm normally not a fan of hosting stuff in a system I don't control.

LASIK: ~2 months later

Been roughly 2 months now since I had LASIK. Vision is still good, and it feels pretty much just as good as with glasses before. I still get floaters but I think it's true what they say that your brain just learns to ignore them as I am seeing them less and less unless I think about it. Night vision is always improving. Contrast is a bit better than it was before, and halos are slowly going away. Overall still very happy with the surgery, it's great not having to worry about rain as much as I don't get droplets in glasses anymore. That was one of the most annoying things ever. That, and other debris/dirt getting in glasses is pretty much what drove me to get the surgery in first place. It's also great to no longer worry about where I sit in a restaurant or other place as I don't have to worry about reflections from light sources behind me. That is a huge issue with glasses, it seems no anti glare in the world works 100%. As squeemish as I am when it comes to eyes, if I was able to go through this, anyone can, if you are thinking about it, DO IT! Oddly, I still have trouble watching videos of the procedure being done. It's like when you're on the table at the heat of the moment you are so anxious you actually are overloaded with thoughts and worry and forget what is actually happening, and that actually makes it easier to go through.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LASIK: 4 weeks later

Went to my post op appointment at my local doctor a few weeks ago, vision was 20/20 both eyes, and everything looked good. I no longer need to wear the eye patch at night, and while I am still very careful to not rub my eyes, I think I've reached the point where I don't actually have to worry about it any more. I have another appointment in a few days. Vision is still good, I still get halos and starbursts at night, but I think it may be reducing, it's hard to tell. I was told it can take months, so not too worried. Since it's summer, unless I'm staying somewhere very late I don't really need to be driving at night anyway, and by the time it gets dark enough there is less traffic. One downside I found out about through research is that LASIK can give you floaters. Unfortunately I have some, and they are very annoying when looking at anything with a white or otherwise light background. Thankfully I don't notice them if I'm watching TV or anything that has lot of variations and is not just a flat colour. I will have to ask about that, and I hope it eventually goes away. I did have floaters before but they were way less pronounced and did not always show up, these seem like they're permanently in place. Overall I'm still very happy with the results though, not needing glasses is incredibly nice.

Monday, June 16, 2014

LASIK: Day 4

Not much to say, but still doing well. Eye drops suck, but only 1 week, so Friday will be my last time needing them. I also have a post op appointment then. I self tested myself with a Snellen eye chart (probably not the most accurate way, so can't wait to do a real one at the doctor) and I'm at 20/30, almost 20/20 as I can slightly make out the 20/20 line but takes some effort, without squinting. I was 20/30 in one eye and 20/20 in the other at the doctor. I'll find out for sure what I'm at when I go for my appointment. I've been told the eye sight will slowly improve so right now it's still not 100%. I'm so glad to not need glasses anymore and thank God that all went well with the surgery.