[redacted identity]

an official OM.Gay by-product

Fediverse Blogging for the Win

I'm going to try moving my posting to [redacted identity] mainly on to Plume, currently I publish a static file with my writings to my Logarion install then deploy it out to the servers to sit there and serve.

While this is great and I can't tell you how amazing it is to be able to move static files from place to place rather than trying to figure out if your bloatware PHP thing will work on a new web host without making it explode, or worse if it ever breaks trying to pull your writings out of it.

But I quite like the Plume concept and the ability to make and receive comments on the fediverse without using some advertising hell like Disquis. Comments on Wordpress are horrid, mainly SPAM and you need to use yet another plugin to stop it, but so far there doesn't seem to be a massively easy way to flood junk comments on to the fediverse (I say this with no irony knowing my federate timeline is mainly SPAM from fediverse.blog).

The server seems to be fairly stable and PageKite is doing the job quite well, so I think it's time to really give it a blast. My Logarion version will continue to be updated, so don't worry about that. In terms of the never ending project to get my old stuff somewhere, I've yet to figure out Plume's API so if you know anyway to make that work let me know, otherwise I might upload everything to W8 or my WriteFreely instance.

Because billionaire tech bros are clearly fuckwits


Please don't judge the lack of dusting

For a while now I've been moving a lot of my “data” back from the far reaches of the corporate internet where possible. It has been a long term change, I like self hosting, it's something interesting to do and fun to get things to work.

I stopped for a while since the new internet is basically just bots trying to wreck what they can, harvest data, or gleefully sent off with compromised credentials to steal. However, I've got quite a fair bit better at locking down the servers and the network.

Since the proliferation of utter shitfuckery (2016) I've moved my digital life over to hosts in more stable countries or used trusted hosts, then gradually started moving things back on to machines at home.

During the Eternal Lockdowns™ fully rebooted this project and now with the farce the social networks and their glorious leaders living in their own plain of existence (plus the occasional leak of how the companies are being run) I was able to kick it up a gear.

Lately I've joined up also using cooperative external hosts like Ouvaton, Nubo, and L'Autre Net for things I don't have the capcity to do myself.

Over the past month I was able to rehome

Some of these things hosted on one of the machines in the cover image, which isn't bad going for an ADSL connection.

For the moment, still getting back on the ropes with Plume (managed to acquire some not so great federated SPAM / instances I've blocked), working out how (and where) I repatriate my LiveJournal entries, and just vibing.

Because I am indecisive decisions get made like Elmo Musk in a Social Media Sweatshop

I intend to cross post what is published on the Original [redacted identity] but this post I'm keeping here on it's own. I want to try and import my old LJ entries, there are about 6.001 of them so that could be a bitch to do it by hand.

The solution is some kind of CSV to JSON converter and actually testing how Plume's API works for importing, that'll be a problem I guess for this week.

Right now I've got this running (and Writefreely) using PageKite, some teething problems with limited connections which I'm hoping can get lifted a bit to make it more functional.

Anyways, going back to exploring.

Topics: #internet #littledata #ramblings #2022

I have been reconsidering moving my little archive back on to a shelf in my house, you know, modern economy problems and all of that.

I wrote a thing a while back about never being technically happy

I'm still using Ouvaton for a few things, I still very much believe in that project, but I feel some of my use cases can be a little too out of the box for their platform and that I'm taking a bit too much of their time which is limited.

I also have a bit of security conciousness to the New Internet™ and the nightmare an unpatched server running scripts can expose you to. I worked out a solution for a more self-contained hosting platform which will at least keep itself updated (you might be able to figure out which one if you poke around).

Thankfully, the site is really low key usage and mainly static which works perfectly for my shit ADSL line. I've also been able to re-organise the internal mail server (technically more of a mail flinger) to cooperate with the new set-up. I did have to go back to the relay thing, but now my over all change to my inbound email is mainly encrypted and email addresses munged before it arrives to the external MX.

I have also restarted hosting gemini content internally, which means I can start using the root level of my domains (no more www.oh.mg needed) and the domains that aren't used for non-web reasons, unfortunately, get to go back on CloudFlare to knock down the server's exposure to non-filtered channels.

In terms of the om.gay domain I've really worked the DNS on that hard, the geo-DNS has been used to the max.

Certain countries known for not so great laws or an abundance of bots are now redirected to a professional webhost, with for the most part, a nearly identical copy of the site. Either be it on the root or the www subdomain, I decided that those places aren't that valuable for gemini or gopher content delivery.

The www subdomain is still an option, I'm aware that the ping for this server can be real bad the further away you get, even within Europe it can be pretty bad. The CDN is presented for anywhere outside of Europe and if you're within and have a shitty connection here, let me know where you're based and I can do some country specific changes.

The great thing about not being funnelled through the CDN is that updates are more live.