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Build box: step 1, install Slackware

The new computer with its Ryzen CPU created some issues for me. To start with… I had not considered the possibility that a Ryzen CPU would not have an embedded GPU and so I did not order a graphics card. Bad idea! I ended up ripping a GPU from one of my other computers (the […]

New server arrived in the post

The hardware I ordered for the new build server arrived today – all components assembled and tested. I am too tired to connect and boot the thing, so all I provide today is a pic of the package. Then I have a lot of installation and configuration work to do the next couple of days… […]

New build server was ordered

OK, so I got frustrated too many times when waiting for packages that were compiling. My current build machine with its AMD ‘Athlon II X4 640’ CPU and 8 GB of RAM, is now 5 years old and obviously no longer quite fit for the tasks I need it to perform. Compiling Chromium for 64bit […]

Alien Pastures switched to HTTPS

The “Alien Pastures” blog has been moved into a Virtual Machine (hence the short downtime yesterday) after its previous host hardware was replaced with a much beefier machine.¬†This was a nice opportunity to configure the VM with a SSL certificate issued by LetsEncrypt¬†(again, thanks Robby Workman). So, from now on, the blog is served with […]

Short maintenance downtime window coming up

My “Alien Pastures” blog will be down for two or three hours on Thursday, 27 July 2017, starting around 1700 UTC. The blog runs on a server in the Teklinks datacenter, and that will be replaced by new hardware. Since this involves driving to the datacenter and doing physical work (thanks Robby Workman!) the slightly […]