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#1 On Hacker News

Sept. 9, 2021, 7 p.m.

This blog post got to the number one spot on Hacker News

As a result this website received more traffic then it ever had and still held up. Getting to #1 was the best way to stress test this website and proved that I was telling the truth in that blog.

Full write-up coming soon, but a very quick stat (generated from log files as my analytics crashed) looks like 70,000+ 80,000+ people visited my website.

Fill In Pdf Forms With Ease Using Xournal++

Aug. 25, 2021, 10 p.m.

It's not often that I praise software. But Xournal++ has made my life so much easier recently.

I use it to fill in PDF forms. It allows you to enter text anywhere in the document. As well as allowing freehand drawing which is great for signing and ticking boxes.

I have recently had to fill in many forms and printing them out and scanning them back in was getting very tedious.

Any other program that I have tried to do this has not worked or is just really clunky. I even tried converting them to libreoffice draw/writer documents which is even more clunky! I have not tried any proprietary applications but can't imagine them being good considering the mess that is adobe reader.

Xournal++ is designed as a notetaking tool, it just so happens that it is also very good at filling in PDFs.

Cron Guide

June 30, 2021, 10:36 p.m.

I wrote a guide on how to use cron on this website

The website is about how to set up a Linux server and how to host things on it so you can own your own services and data and be a independent internet user like the internet was meant to be.

The site is called landchad, Land being "internet land" and Chad as in the meme Chad. A bit tongue-in-cheek but I am kind of surprised that there is no resource out there like this already.


June 27, 2021, 2:18 a.m.

I'm playing around a bit with an Arduino. Something has clicked in my brain about how cool it is that something can just run code without having to mess around with an Operating system.

It's cool being able to plug this in anywhere and have it do what you told it to.

I have always heard of microcontrollers and had a sort of abstract idea of what they where but never really had a concrete idea of what they where or how they worked. Working with the Arduino has given me new insight into this world of computing and a appreciation of what you can do with very cheap hardware.

I want to learn how to program assembly on these, I think it's possible and I have never done assembly before. Doing this will also force me to understand hardware and electronics better, I don't have a good grasp on those at the moment.

This video is a good explanation on microcontrollers

Long Term Crypto Storage

June 21, 2021, 11:50 p.m.

The best long term solution to bitcoin/crypto passphrase storage is on clay tablets. We have clay tablets from 4000BC that are still readable.

Currently people are using stamped metal to store there keys, I don't see any stamped metal that has lasted over 6000 years.