Thinking about doing something different about monitization

I hate ads, and didn’t want to go down that road, but I was thinking of something different.  I keep reading in the news about these ‘javascript bitcoin miners’.  Many of them apparently are stealthy, but how about one that is overt?  I saw over at coinhive.com that they do have ‘opt in’ versions of their scripts as opposed to doing it silently.  So I thought this would be something interesting to ask for:

Loading Authed Mine…
100% volentary!

So, buddy, spare some CPU cycles?

And we’re back.

So this last 24 hours has been chaotic.  I’d had this word press installation for a number of years, going back to the 2 week Blogspot outage a long time ago.  But things change and I’ve found dealing with systemd and it’s bizarre need to hide and obscure things, along with it’s worthless logging a losing fight.  So over Thanksgiving I saw this “web reseller” package that has 250gb space and 1TB of network for $15 a year.  And being a reseller means I can add additional domains and whatnot for free.

As you may have seen rss was broken the menu bars stopped working and all kinds of other smaller issues.  I figured it was as good time as any to do a fresh install of word press and only copy the article, comments and user tables.

In the middle of this, the superglobalmegacorp redirection broke as it’s no longer a combined site.  And then disaster struck when I tried to move the install to PHP 7.1, getting away from 5.6 as I was constantly running out of memory.

Something happened on the hosting side and their server lost all configs for virtuallyfun.  I’d opened a ticket, and after 4 hours of nothing I moved the site back to the old machine, but I got interrupted with life and it was all messed up.  As soon as I got up, the issue has been resolved and we are back.

For me, this site feels substantiality faster than the older one.  The old server literally costs me $25 a month.  But it’s old and tired.  I have a sales call out on a new data center in Tai Po, Hong Kong so I may be moving all my USA hosting here. Which would be nice for me, at least the server will literally be down the street.

Oh well you know the internet, things move.

I’ve been debating about doing a SQL dump and purging the user table, and placing a copy of this blog on archive.org ..  I know at the same time people will load it up and place shitty ads all over it..  but at the same time I’d like to keep a better copy of my insane ramblings.  I see some people already tried, but their backup strategy is clearly automated and all they did was capture a single article.

As always, keep backups!

**added

For those with legacy systems, currently the HTTP site works.

OS X 10.6 Safari

Naturally for older systems the SSL support is still SHA-1 centered, and the entire SSL infrastructure is quickly moving to SHA-2.  Plenty of the site’s resources will be linked as https, and that’s pretty much the way it is.

I’ve tried to get some devs to write a simplified front end to the wordpress database to at least make things visible to legacy systems, but for some reason people just run away at the prospect.  Personally I’d love to have one in classical ASP so I can host it on Windows NT Server 4.0 … But I haven’t had any takers.

For my own benefit here is what I amputated to get rss working.


feed-rss2.php
====================================================================
<?php /* (get_option('rss_use_excerpt')) : ?>
    <description><![CDATA[<?php the_excerpt_rss(); ?>]]></description>
<?php else : ?>
    <description><![CDATA[<?php the_excerpt_rss(); ?>]]></description>
  <?php $content = get_the_content_feed('rss2'); ?>
  <?php if ( strlen( $content ) > 0 ) : ?>
    <content:encoded><![CDATA[<?php echo $content; ?>]]></content:encoded>
  <?php else : ?>
    <content:encoded><![CDATA[<?php the_excerpt_rss(); ?>]]></content:encoded>
  <?php endif; ?>
<?php endif; */?>
====================================================================

Everyone is going nuts over the CompuServe forum shutdown.

Honestly it looks like most of it was long since destroyed.

What’s left on the Compuserve forums

As you can see, not a heck of a lot there.  I didn’t even know they were kept around, but rather I had a feeling that they were part of those big ‘wise’ investments where companies pay an insane amount of money for old tech companies, and promptly shut them down.

Compuserve is owned by AOL, who in turn along with Yahoo! was bought by Oath: a division of Verizon.  And what is interesting there?

Yep, they are indeed moving everything they have bought to OpenStack, and killing everything else that can’t easily make the jump.  From someone who works in the field I know that the people who sign checques always are more interested in new and exciting than anything old, associated with older companies, and older executives that have either moved on or out of the way creating that power vacuum that jr’s crave.  And in that bussle it’s time to kill the old.

Too bad it’s never preserved, nor do they honestly ever care about the brands they spend so much money on removing from the market to remove any chance of resurgence in competition.

Personally I’d just see it as a waste of time and effort, all this buying and shutting down. All it tells me is that Verizon knows that it fundamentally can’t create a messenger that could rival AOL instant messenger, nor could they run a communications forum longer than Compuserve so their only way to clear the space and remove any doubt is to spend billions to shut down zombie corporations who have been doing their best to destroy themselves for the past 20 years.

Look no further than AOL’s own acquisition of broadcast.com, and how within the space of 3 years AOL took it from a company to simply paying 5.7 Billion USD for a $9.95 domain name.

VMWare Player is too small on Windows 10! Also what is 1036521??

So I have to setup a new machine for someone, and going the VMWare route for some essential bits (Running ESXi) it turns out that every VM I try to run gives me this fun error 1036521.

Great

VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0). vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/cpuid.c:382 bugNr=1036521

What the heck is this?  It sure could have been made a little more legible but it means that your BIOS needs to have the hardware assist turned on for virtualization.  This kind of thing just reminds me so much of OS/2 and it’s SYSXXXX errors from back in the day.

Speaking of, once VMWare was running the display was incredibly tiny.  This image really doesn’t do it justice, but it’s frankly impossible to read.

What is this? An emulator for ants?

There isn’t much in the way of help for VMWare Player (aka freeloader) version users, however some playing around and I found an acceptable solution.

All too easy, of course once you know where to look

Simply find the shortcut’s location and jump to the compatibility tab, and set the “Override high DPI scaling to “System (Enhanced)”, hit OK and you are now good to go!

VMWare for humans

Now you can actually read what is going on.  Also for anyone who cares, MS OS/2 1.21 really should be on a 100MB disk or so.. large disks & VMWare’s IDE don’t play along so well.

How do you know someone is in MENSA?

Ugh, they’ll tell you.

So I was going through this used book store, Volume One Books, and they have an interesting selection of the older ‘golden age of scifi’ pulp novels.  I found this great old Clarke:

Against the fall of night

Cool, right?  Sure it’s the 70’s reprint, but I figured it’d be cheaper than the 1963 reprint, right?  Well sure, but then I saw this on the inside:

Obviously *NOT* a genius.

And someone had to deface the book to prove to the world that it had passed through the hands of a narcissist.

It’s embarrassing to even think I’d want to read the same thing that had been touched by some vapid twonk.

Sigh.

So I went ahead and got the much older version, that was free of such insane defacement.

Boeing 777-300 vs Apple charger

So here I am, flying at 27,000 feet over Japan on the way to the United States of America for work, and I log on to the Panasonic in flight WiFi and thought I could charge my phone and catch up on emails.

Buy guess what? The most popular single oem charger sold in 220v regions doesn’t fit the power socket. Sigh. This is the kind of crap why I have to travel with a bag of cables, adapters and batteries.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing to be able to do this kind of crap on a plane, but.. damn as always it’s the last mile where tech always falls down.
Just like RIM couldn’t grasp that the biggest market for phones with keyboards was teenage girls, you need to test your damn stuff on popular uses, edge cases are just that.