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Joined 6 months ago
Cake day: December 17th, 2023


  • Having access from the outside can be done in two ways:
    A) Expose your server and (some of) its services to the internet. If you know what you’re doing, it’s not necessarily a bad idea.
    B) Limit public exposure by setting up your own VPN. Wherever you are, you connect to your VPN, and that’s the only access method that can be used.

    The latter can also be done in two ways:
    A) Run an IPSec server and expose that and only that to the internet. You then connect to that via a VPN client. Reasonably safe if done right.
    B) Use some purpose built hardware. You have a VPN concentrator at home, and you have a similar one with you when your out and about. The home-box will only accept connections from your travel box. It can be a bitch to set up, and is a bit pricey, but once up and running it’ll work like a charm.

  • I kind of like them, actually. I know this is a fairly unpopular opinion, so allow me to elaborate:

    I grew up with ep IV through VI, as my brother had them on VHS. I was instantly a fan, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen them.
    Once I was old enough to be aware of the concept of a story not existing in a vacuum, I started wondering about how ep III ended, and other things, long before I knew they would turn the prequels into movies as well. I was curious about the world building and the star wars universe in general.

    And that’s what the prequels did for me: They finally answered so many of the questions I had after watching the originals. So it was pretty cool for me to finally see that aspect on the big screen as well.

    However, they should’ve skipped JarJar Binks. And a lot of the world building seemed tacked on as a result of George Lucas realizing he could include anything he wanted thanks to CGI.

    And speaking of CGI: Han shot first. I liked the remasters, but they truly fucked ip Han Solo, trying to make him a loveable loner instead of some outlaw who was after a quick buck

  • Server clusters and fiberoptic networks. My parents ran a dairy and cattle farm better than I ever could, though. In a pinch I could probably do it, but not for 40 fucking years.

    My mom is 72 now. I wonder if I could teach her the concepts of my job if she really wanted to.

    Edit: Funny thought I just had… I am myself a living incarnation of the “old man yells at cloud”-meme, as I mostly deal with on-prem stuff. I’ve toyed around a bit with Azure, but that’s it. My dad liked excel for accounting, that was the extent of his IT skills. Holy fuck, him dealing with azure would piss him off enough to stay alive longer just to get a chance to kick whoever invented cloud computing in the nuts. He’s among the most stubborn people I’ve ever known.

  • There are built in ones, but I want something realistic sounding to go with my (real) guitars and bass.

    EDIT: Not sure why you deleted your response, as you made some valid comments, so I’ll just write my response here: Free synths are usually OKish if used properly. But I’m not looking for OKish, I need something that sounds as good as the real thing, and for that I am willing to pay.

    Last time around I used pirated stuff. Cakewalk Sonar (although I didn’t like the newer versions), Drumkit From Hell, and misc Edirol stuff mostly focusing on piano and orchestra. After really enjoying a trial version of Bitwig, I’ve decided to go for the full version as the foundation, so now I just need to find modern equivalents to the rest so I can buy them.

  • Apart from the YouTube stuff, I’m similar. Writing, arranging, recording, mixing, etc. Simply because I enjoy it.

    It’s been a while, though. First came kids and other life-related things to take up most of my time. Plus I migrated to linux fully (as opposed to dual booting) in 2014 or thereabouts. But I recently found a DAW that I like, which also works great on linux, so as soon as I find a decent drum and piano synth I’m back in (not doing) business.

  • To elaborate on this one: Sudden change (for the better) happens, but it’s extremely rare. It’s happened twice for me, and I think those are outliers. Usually, progress is slow and tedious, and you don’t notice it while it’s happening. Only in retrospect does the change become truly visible.

    The people living in the Renaissance didn’t feel that change was happening around them.