I’m sleep-deprived, completely exhausted, but incredibly excited about the whole experience. Here are my notes, impressions and a lot of pictures about FOSDEM 2024.
It turns out that you can’t trust any USB type A power adapter to be within spec.
Sometimes the best solution is the one that works well enough and can be cranked out quickly.
How one toggle in the game settings allowed me to enjoy a notoriously difficult game.
A short explanation about what drives me to experiment with new hardware setups in my self-hosting hobby.
I gave in to my impulses and bought myself a small single board computer to be my power-efficient home server, here’s how it went.
I ended up going to a small museum run by a passionate enthusiast in the beautiful countryside of south-east Estonia while on vacation, here are my notes on it.
Setting up a Steam LAN cache has never been this easy, so I went ahead and did some testing with different configurations.
This pegboard can fit so much compute power on it!
Does not apply if you like spam. No, not that one.
I went to the hackathon, built some useful stuff and only did stupid things about 4 times!
All of this could have been avoided if I didn’t insist on making backups of my Steam Deck.
I had the opportunity to talk about my self-hosting adventure and share some tech tips at k-space, the hackerspace in Tallinn, Estonia.
It’s a jet engine with an integrated furnace, but at the same time it fits into the Linux compatibility sweet spot. Not great, not terrible.
You can’t ignore maintenance, be it in software or other aspects of life, and here’s why.
If you’re reading this, then the migration worked.
A short ramble about something I realized over the years with my self-hosting setup.
I took a look at my site through the Wayback Machine and found that it used to belong to a political candidate in Estonia.
All the reasons why I find this particular power bank to be really neat and why it could realistically be the last power bank I buy.
I got a LattePanda V1 and gave it a go as a Raspberry Pi replacement for my self-hosting setup. Here’s how it went.
A cheap USB stick and the marketing around it caused disappointment, more at 11.
The ThinkPad as a server is back, this time with a couple of adjustments.
All about that time I converted a JBL soundbar into a portable speaker
A short story about using a popular tool in ways that you might not have thought of.
Quick demonstration of a CPU replacement in a ThinkPad T430.
I tried out HoloISO, the project that brings the Steam Deck experience to PC-s, on my ASRock DeskMini X300. Perhaps gaming on Linux isn’t dead after all?
I’ve tried out newer laptops before and it was nothing short of a disaster. Is this HP any different, or do I need to go back to my ThinkPad T430 again?
I take a severely underpowered computer and make it do something useful.
An illustrated overview about the process of clearing the supervisor password from a ThinkPad T60, based on guides that some smart and persistent people have written.
I got curious about an ExpressCard to NVMe M.2 NGFF adapter I saw on Reddit, so I got one to try out myself, ending up with a total of 4 SSD-s on my ThinkPad T430. Yes, four.
Some assembly required. No, not that one.
Experimenting with my fan control scripts ended up with an interesting discovery.
Sometimes the least technical solutions end up being the ones that I’m the most proud of. This is probably one of them.
what 4.8 EUR/kWh does to a mf
Small and very efficient, but not quite ideal for all use cases. At least it hasn’t caught on fire yet!
I ramble about a tool that is great for taking regular snapshots on the btrfs filesystem.
Whose idea was this?
If you have ever felt frustated with the Bluetooth experience that your ThinkPad T430 offers you, especially after upgrading the WiFi adapter to one that also has Bluetooth capabilities, then this article might help you out.
I took a spare ThinkPad T430 and put all my home server workloads on it. Here’s how it went.
A quick and dirty experiment: can the integrated graphics on an AMD Ryzen 4000 series APU run Beat Saber?
Short story about a fun and simple way to shoot yourself in the foot, Kubernetes style.
UPS, I did it again 🎵
Something is better than nothing.
Overview of basic analytics during that one time my blog post got traction on HackerNews, and the steps I took to prepare for just this occasion.
Quick overview from someone who does this thing as a hobby, focusing on PCIe connectivity, fan control and the poor state of AM4 socket and UEFI upgrades.
Honey, I shrunk my desktop PC!
How trying out new laptops and messing with my personal computing setup motivated me to go back to a laptop that some would call ancient.
Alternative title: “Honey, I completely changed my server setup again!”
Hosting your own Wikipedia instance has never been this easy!
Quick rant about the state of PC-s in 2021 regarding power and resource usage.
Comparing the experience that AMD and NVIDIA can provide in a DIY cloud gaming setup.
A build log of how I set up my own ‘cloud gaming’ setup, including all the issues I faced and attempts to fix those.
A quick overview of my experience with setting it up on a small PC box and things to consider when attempting this yourself.
Putting the ‘reuse’ in ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’.
Or ‘How to downgrade your CPU at great expense!’
At least it won’t end up in a landfill!
If all you have is a powerful workstation…
Silence your hard drives with this one weird trick! System administrators hate him!
This is what happens when someone takes the meaning of ‘brute force’ too literally.
Getting started is probably the hardest step.
From repurposed old PC-s to the elusive minimum viable server.
Nostalgia is one hell of a drug.
Who would have thought that performing basic database optimizations could be fun?
$HOME wasn’t built in a day.
You have probably tried Stack Exchange and reddit at this point, so what do you have to lose?
Alternative title: ‘Obsessing over things that nobody else cares about’
Or ‘Wow, I did not know that VLC could do that!’
How I slapped two hard drives on a long PCIe x1 card.
0GB ought to be enough for anybody.
Maybe not stupid, but definitely stupid expensive.
It’s all good, man.
Two issues make a solution after all.
I’m not sure it does.
Depends on your definition of could.