June 18th 2019

Open Letter

I wanted to address a few things to not only the public or any potential readers, but to myself. I’ve been thinking about this stuff for quite some time and it all sort of built up tonight.

Firstly, my public Discord server has 400 members. That is more than I could ever ask for and I think it is incredible that this many people have somehow found my content. I won’t get too sappy here. I just want to share my thankfulness for everyone who has ever come to support me in one way or another.

Secondly, an apology. I’ve been slacking greatly. My Discord server is a mess, my website is a mess, and I’ve honestly done nothing but distanced myself from it all. I often set myself up to take on too much and then fail to deliver, given my track record. I’m moving forward with a mindset of not revealing much so I don’t set anybody (including myself) up for disappointment. That said, I am working on two things right now, the second of which depends on the first. I won’t reveal any details on what it is, how long it will take me, and when it’ll be out. But it’ll be out. It’s been a passion of mine for years and I think it has developed into something incredible. I will shine one day.

I refuse to come up with excuses as to why I distanced myself from everything. Work school etc. You’ve heard it from other people so I won’t regurgitate what’s obvious. All I will say is that moving forward I’m going to do my best to work on something great. What will come will be for everybody

Thank you all for supporting me.

February 18th 2019

Updates

I’ve spent the last few days getting everything back together. For those in the dark, long story short there’s been some issues with my previous web host, and as a result I’ve had to jump ship and start paying for hosting. It’s not the worst setup, especially considering what I was running before was very vulnerable. This server holds pretty much everything that I need it to do, and I appreciate that a lot. I recommend DreamHost, they’re one of the few web hosts I was able to find who offer a monthly subscription fee for hosting that isn’t too expensive.

First off, https://ima-robot.net is back up and running. This one was important to me, as it’s such a small community that is interested in the band and its music, but it’s a damn dedicated one. For them to lose pretty much the only source they had isn’t cool, so I made sure that was back up and running. I had some problems configuring the php mail functionality, and I had to readjust the Google Captcha for new registers, but the forum should be up and running exactly as it should be.

Secondly, the blog is back up and running. I’m going to try and talk here more. I’ve said that about six times now, so if that’s true or not will be left to time. I have some specific things I want to post, and I figure posting here gives me far more creative freedom and ability to speak as if I am actually speaking to the reader, allowing me to show what I consider the true side of me. I still dislike how social media represents me. So we’ll see how that goes. I adjusted the theme so it would respond a bit better to mobile and also look overall a bit prettier. It’s coded basically from scratch, so it was a little awkward adding the responsiveness to the page. It’s a work in progress I guess.

Thirdly, I had to kill off my JRBX project. There was a bug where Java wasn’t accepting a hash sent by the server to check against the game application (for the sake of security, going online) – for essentially no reason. I spent a good two hours trying to figure out why, and it made no sense to me. I haven’t touched the project in months, so I plan on open-sourcing it and leaving it to someone else to get back up and running, if anyone even wants to do that. This being said, it’s not the end of me doing projects centered around this game, and I might start something different from scratch down the line.

Fourth, my homepage over at https://arctic.zone should be up as soon as I put something together for it. Still don’t know what I want my homepage to look like, so bear with me.

I’ve had a lot to clean up, but moving forward I think this was all for the better.

July 3rd 2018

Social Media Presence

Social Media’s presence in the world is a topic that seems to piss a lot of people off because usually the people who talk about it do so so irrationally that it makes them look like one of “those” kinds of pretentious assholes who do nothing but complain about how we live in some sort of terrible society or something and that’s not what I’m here to talk about. Do you remember the internet about ten or fifteen years ago before sites like Twitter and Facebook were these insanely gargantuan media giants? I think the presence of social media in today’s world has not only influenced the individual mind to expect social media at all times but in general has caused the world to dumb itself down quite a bit and as a result I see nothing that benefits the world from social media.

I’ll admit I’m as bad as anybody else when it comes to Twitter and I basically stay glued to it even when I try to leave, so there’s no point in leaving. Everyone uses Twitter and I prefer to use it to stay in contact with people who are important in my life. But I mean… there’s other ways to do that. It’s not like I don’t have Discord or anything else that can keep me in touch with those people.

Social media influences so much in the world indirectly to the point where I think if we lost it altogether, not including chat clients, news outlet websites, and forums, I think we’d be better off. Race issues. Social issues. Antisemitism, anti LGBT, politics, straight up racism, it’s all visible on social media. It streams the individual’s thoughts onto a page online that can not only be tracked and logged, sometimes blocked from freedom of speech, creating an issue with privacy on pretty much every social media outlet, and in addition allowing you to look through everyone like some sort of catalog and pick and choose who you want to follow. It’s kind of disgusting when you look at it from that perspective. I specifically am talking about the idea of an open website that everyone can post on. I think naturally allowing every single person to connect on such a level creates nothing but problems. I think the world was better off before it all came along.

June 2nd 2018

May 31

On May 31, at 10 AM, while I was camping with my friends in Rhode Island, my grandfather passed away due to complications with his kidneys. He was suffering for over two months going in and out of the hospital, unable to stand for long periods of time. The hospital diagnosed him with a handful of different problems but it turns out it was his kidneys. They could have saved him, however the tests they could have run on him would have been too much for his body and would have killed him anyway.

It’s been a day for me since the news came out, and I’m still trying to find a way to cope with the situation. I know he’s in a much better place now. I am filled with many regrets and wishes that I had done more before he had passed but there’s nothing I can do except be there for my grandmother who is still with us.

I didn’t get a lot of chances to see him, but I’ll always remember him as the only biological grandfather I’ve had for a majority of my life, the one I could go to talk to about Linux and he’d totally understand. He was always on top of things technology wise and I’d always love to show him the cool new devices I’d get. He was always really proud of the things I accomplished and I loved him a lot, being one of my few family members.

Rest in peace, and I hope I’ll still make you proud from down here.

May 26th 2018

Linux Review

I’ve been using Debian GNU/Linux under XFCE4 for about 3 or 4 weeks now. I like it a lot! I decided to try it out for a few reasons:

  1. Windows 7 is phasing out soon. At some point in the near future, Windows 7 will be unusable.
  2. I am strongly against using Windows 10. Forced updates, bloatware, adware, it’s all included in the box.
  3. MacOS based machines work best when they are built by Apple. Apple computers are way out of my price range. I could make a hackintosh, but Linux seemed more worthwhile.
  4. If the newest Windows and MacOS are both unappealing to me, why not make the switch now and get used to the quirks of Linux?

I installed it and forced myself to use it and learn the ropes, and try to use it as long as I possibly can. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks straight without many issues. But I’m going to dual boot with Windows 7. Why?

  1. Memory management. I am running a system with 8 gigs of RAM and I’m finding myself hitting the maximum with 2 Google Chrome tabs and Discord open. Closing Chrome clears the memory. Sure, Google Chrome can be a memory hog. But when I’m running Windows my memory is managed more efficiently, or at least the performance feels like it. I have never once ran into an issue where I’ve said “oh, I’m out of memory” on Windows, but I have multiple times since I’ve been using Debian.
  2. Application support. I was surprised to see that Linux has a massive library of software and I must say that I like a lot of it more than Windows. I like having the ability to use GParted on the fly. I like being able to install software without even needing to go through a web browser. I like compiling my own software and being happy when it functions. I like having lightweight, simple commandline tools that perform tasks that Windows would only be able to do with paid software or hacky ports. But when it comes to major brand-name software, I can’t run anything. For example, Sony Vegas is the video editing software I do literally everything audio-video related in. I record audio using Vegas, I produce videos using Vegas, Sony Vegas is open on my computer almost every day. And in Linux, I can’t run it unless I use Wine, or virtualize. Wine has bugs, Vegas crashes almost every few minutes I work on a graphically-heavy project. If I virtualize, I get huge performance drops. Can’t add too many effects onto one video clip without VMWare locking up.
  3. Fear. I fear updating. I’m on the Debian Sid unstable branch, where all software is kept up-to-date with new features. If I’m not, I’m stuck with outdated software. One update of something I’m not familiar with could break my entire system, so I don’t update. I need a system that I can rely on daily. The solution to this would be to just stick with a stable branch, but I don’t like outdated software. I like having new features.
  4. Device support. My capture card (Hauppauge HD PVR2) is totally incompatible with Linux. I can record videos with it, but I can’t stream with it. I can’t get a live video feed. I’ve looked all around Github for a user created driver but I’ve found nothing. I found something for a piece of software called MythTV, but that software required that I compile it myself. So in order to get that working I would have had to install tons of dependencies to compile this massive TV streaming application MythTV and then from there, hope that the Hauppauge driver I found on Github is functional the way I need it to function (it wasn’t!)
  5. General stability. Every time I log in my desktop manager fails to start so I need to go into tty1 and log in (again) and then type “sudo lightdm restart” and that’s just straight up annoying. I believe this is a conflict with NVIDIA but I haven’t found a solid answer online.

I really enjoy Linux but I need to dual boot for reasons that Linux can’t really solve just because of the nature of the operating system.

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