Migrated From WordPress to Hugo

I’ve migrated this blog from WordPress to Hugo. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. WordPress is a bit of a security nightmare, and although I’ve somehow never had my server owned, I did notice a couple of successful exfiltration attacks against WordPress while reviewing logs. Thankfully, the attacks were harmless. If you subscribe to my RSS feed, you’ll notice some repeated content. It wasn’t worth the effort to match the content GUIDs. [Read More]

Setting up WireGuard between Linux and iOS

WireGuard is a modern VPN that’s designed to be easy to configure, performant, and secure. The ease-of-configuration is really important. If you’ve ever set up IPsec, you know what I mean. OpenVPN isn’t awful, but it isn’t good, either. WireGuard has both a Linux kernel implementation as well as a Go-based portable implementation that works on Mac and iOS. Official Windows support doesn’t exist yet, but is on the way. [Read More]

Closing a Yahoo account

I terminated my Yahoo account on June 24. It was only used for Flickr. Flickr has been in a sad state for years, and is unlikely to improve under Verizon ownership. Yahoo sent the following as a confirmation: It’s strange that the final date is approximate. The 40 days concluded yesterday, August 3. I’ve received several emails recently of spambots liking photos on Flickr, including one this morning (August 4): [Read More]

Disabling Wi-Fi on an LG Smart Refrigerator

Our LG LFXS30766S refrigerator is broadcasting an open Wi-Fi access point. I’m sure it’s doing that so LG’s Android app can connect to it and deliver pairing instructions for another AP. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any way to disable this feature. LG: If you’re listening, nobody asked for this garbage. Making the door shelves adjustable would be pretty great, though. A $2,300 fridge should have adjustable shelves. I also see LG recently posted a firmware update for this fridge to their website. [Read More]

Replacing Dropbox with BitTorrent Sync

[Edit: December, 2015 – Since BitTorrent Sync hit 2.x, I’m no longer using it and I can no longer recommend it.] Too many times, you’ve heard a cloud storage/sync product described as “like Dropbox.” There’s Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Bitcasa, SpiderOak, Wuala, Transporter, and I’ve missed a bunch. It doesn’t matter because they’re all pretty bad, and nearly all have the same problem, which is that any data you upload can be decrypted by the provider. [Read More]