LetsEncrypt and email

I’m using the most excellent Dehydrated utility, which is both easy to use and lightweight (few dependencies). These instructions assume you have control of a web server that can serve requests for the same domain as the mail server. Define MAILHOST to the FQDN of your mail host. Define WEBROOT to the directory of your mail server host in your web server, e.g., export WEBROOT=/var/www/htdocs/$MAILHOST First, grab Dehydrated. I put it in /usr/local: cd /usr/local sudo git clone https://github.com/lukas2511/dehydrated LetsEncrypt offers a couple of ways of verifying that you own the domain, but the one I’m using depends on LetsEncrypt being able to query a specific asset on the server.

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Apple's Office Suite

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Exiting Google (part 3?)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Google, I shall fear no despair. It’s hard, though, it’s very hard to decouple from Google. The thing that makes Google so great is the same thing that NeXTSTEP was so good at and which Jobs brought back with him to Apple to save the day; it’s the very thing that Apple is falling down on, and which I’m not sure they realize is the real key to their success: Integration.

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Really leaving B&N now

In a way, I'm sorry to contribute to the slow decline of the brick-and-morter book store, but mainly I'm furious at Barnes & Noble, and I'm going to stop patronizing them.  The entire reason is DRM. When B&N first started putting DRM into books, it was tedious but easy to circumvent.  Because, as we all know, DRM is fundamentally flawed, stupid, and poorly implemented by idiots who should be embarrassed to call themselves programmers.

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Shooting the 686+ and XR9-L

I went shooting yesterday, and had a good couple of hours with the handguns.  I learned a couple of things, some of which I don't yet understand: Ammo does make a difference in accuracy, and it can be significant. 115 grain FMJ steel case by WPA is less accurate than 115 grain FMJ brass case by Winchester.  Dunno if it was the casing, or what, but I put 50 rounds of the WPA and around 50 rounds of the Winchester downrange (alternating), and I was consistently more accurate with the Winchester.38 Special 130 grain FMJ Ammo by Aguila does not fire about 75% of the time in the S&W 686+ when fired double-action, but fire 100% of the time single-action.  Of the three brands of ammunition I've shot in the 686, this is the only brand with which I've had this problem..357 kicks hella more than 38 special.  No surprise there, but I found loading 3x 38spl and 3x .357 really interesting for the comparison.My hand actually starts to hurt after a couple of clips of +P 9mm in the Boberg XR9-L.  I don't have this problem with non-+P 9mm.  So, yeah, for self-defense the +P may be great stuff, but it's no fun for target practice (for me, at least).Despite the Boberg XR9-L having a barrel actually 0.2" longer than my 686+ (4.2" vs 4"), I am far more accurate with 38spl ammo in the 686, fired single action.  Again, I don't know why, but my money is on the trigger pull.  I'll need to try the 686 in double action for comparison, but all I had was that Aguila ammo.My biggest take-away was that I enjoy shooting the 686 more than the Boberg.  Don't get me wrong; the XR9 is fun, accurate, reliable, and it's far easier to clean, load, etc...

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Escaping Google -- The Rationalle

For the past 16 years, I've been running my own server.  It started with a machine running Redhat sitting in a guy's garage (this particular guy had a T1 to his house) in Bend.  When DSL came along, the computer moved to to my house and I installed Gentoo on it, which lasted for several years; eventually I put Ubuntu on it and that's what it's been running for the past two or three years.  It's come with me across the country and through four relocations, and has had enough upgrades that the only thing about the machine that is original is the case that it is in.  As of this writing, it's got 4TB of RAID-0 SATA disk, a quad-core CPU, 8GB RAM, two 2TB external drives connected via USB-3 for rotating daily back-ups...

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Bullets

Ammunition is something that fascinates me.  Growing up on American films, you see a lot of different types of guns.  Role playing games are full of books of guns, each with their own characteristics and attributes.  Authors often mention the kind of gun a character is carrying or using.  In the Army, I had to memorize various attributes and characteristics of the M15A1.  The focus is always on the weapon, and never on the ammunition, except to discuss whether there is enough.

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Hogue Grips

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was replacing the wood grips on my new S & W 686-5+.  It arrived Tuesday, and I installed it (them?) Wednesday night. They're super easy to install.  There was a single screw holding the wood grips on, so that was easy to take off.  Installing the Hogues is a matter of snapping a guide onto the grip frame and using that to slot the one-piece grips onto the frame.  In my case, it was a smooth operation; I didn't have to wiggle or fudge the grips.

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Smith & Wesson 686+

As I said a few posts back, when I started this handgun journey, there were a couple that I really wanted to own.  Tied for first were the XR9 and the S&W 686+.  For whatever reason, I bought the XR9 first, and last week, I picked up a 4" 686+. I find this gun to be indescribably aesthetically pleasing.  The 4" 686 is, perhaps, the most beautiful gun ever made. It's iconic, classic, proportional, and clean.

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Cleaning firearms

Back in the Army we had what I recall as being supremely annoying cleaning kits.  They looked like this:To use it, you had to screw several metal tubes together and then, by attaching one of several tips, proceed with a bore cleaning ritual alternately scrubbing and swabbing with what I now assume was some form of CLP.  The annoying part of this was having to alternate between heads; it never occurred to me to steal a second kit and scavenge the rod from that kit, but it would have helped.  The tooth brush was the best part of the kit, although the cleaning were also valuable.

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