New Logo: Mountain Man Bill

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:54:36 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I got tired of the red words in the upper-left-hand corner, so I replaced them with an image of me in full mountain-man beard, which I cut off a few years back. Here's a bigger version:

Mountain Man

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My News Aggregator

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:01 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

One of the things I like best about having brought End the War on Freedom back from the dead ('E's not dead. 'E's only sleeping), is that I once again have a news aggregator to peruse, instead of clicking on individual web sites. It's available from the "news aggregator" link in the left column's "Navigation" section. I am now aggregating 70 feeds, though some of them are no longer active.

I've been adding new feeds of late. When I do, you'll see a whole bunch of stories from that source, all bunched up. That's because my aggregation code stores its output in static files on my server's disk, so a newly-added site's initial RSS feed provides old stories that will appear as new when first encountered. After that, however, everything is interleaved in post-time order.

Enjoy!

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Google Ads

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:21:04 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I have decided to try a Google ad, to see if I can make a little money from this web page. I have always eschewed ads, but I'd love to make something from my work, so I'm going to put one at the top of every page. I'll try it out here on the main page, and the most recent posts for a little while, and if I think it's OK, I'll re-render the whole site, to put the ad on every page.

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Love That Pink

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:46:58 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I promised to write about bicycling, but first I just have to make a comment.

The pink background of the left column of this blog is a color I discovered by accident one day, messing around with RGB (Red/Green/Blue) numbers. I absolutely love it. I use it on my journal site as well, but I don't go there much. Looking forward to seeing it every day.

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I'm Back!!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:39:19 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

Long time no see, internet. I've reopened End the War on Freedom.

I haven't been a stranger to the internet. Still on Facebook, Twitter, Claire Wolfe's new blog & ClairesCabal.com, The Mental Militita Forums, and a handful of blogs.

Not long after my last post, my wife kicked me out of the house. She invited me back after a few days, but I decided to stay gone. I'm now living in a small town in southern Vermont, in a little hermitage (two-bedroom apartment) just a block and a half from the main drag, but on a dead-end road against a big hill, so it's very quiet. I can walk or bicycle to most of what I need, and get most of the rest from Amazon. I haven't been as insanely happy as I was when my kids were born, but close.

No idea how much I'll blog here. I'm doing technical blogging on lisplog.org, and I still have a journal at billstclair.com/journal, but I think I may start spending more time here. And my political blogging will be more in line with living free in spite of the government, not trying to change the government.

I've owned the etwof.com domain for a while now, and it's always pointed at billstclair.com. I've repurposed it to come directly to this blog.

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Considering digital suicide

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:20:55 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I've been in a very dark space for the past month. It may be time to shut down my digital life again. I did this a few years back, for about a year. If I do it this time, it will be more extreme and more permanent. I'll shut down my web sites, delete my Facebook and Twitter, Hulu, and Netflix accounts. I'll also do my best to hand off the other web sites I maintain.

I'm going to give it until Saturday, March 7. If I decide to do it, this site will simply disappear. So if you care about my bits, you have 5 days to wget them.

I can't take the onslaught of negative energy any more. Time to simplify, live in the physical world I inhabit, and concentrate on making as much spiritual progress as possible in the years I have left on the planet.

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POODLE

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:20:54 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

A new SSL vulnerability, POODLE, is in the news. I changed my Apache web server's SSL configuration to mitigate. It no longer supports IE 6, so if you're using that, why?

I used the recommended Apache configuration at https://hynek.me/articles/hardening-your-web-servers-ssl-ciphers/
I tested it at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

I'm still using a certificate signed with SHA-1. That is apparently no longer recommended. I'll update it sometime.

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My Ribs Are Healing

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:54:41 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

As I noted on 23 August, I broke seven ribs on 18 August after hitting a deer on my motorcycle. It's now five and a half weeks later, and I've been free of pain meds since the weekend. Still a little pain, but not enough to stop me from sleeping or distract me too much to work.

I can also finally lay on my back in bed, so I no longer have to get up every two hours to let my right side recover. Praise the Lord for small miracles!

The doctor said the whole process would take 12 weeks, so I'll wait until the middle of November before I start lifting heavy objects, but I appear to be well on my way to healing.

I took a look at my scooter yesterday. Something is obstructing free motion of the steering, so I'll have to fix that before I can take it on short rides around home. I was hoping to replace it and my old Saab in the spring with an Elio, but they won't be shipping until fall of 2015. So I'll have to fix the leak in the Saab's power steering fluid line so that I can use it until then. Sigh...

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New SSL Certificate

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 05 May 2014 13:08:44 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1

The SSL certificate for billstclair.com was about to expire, so I got a new one.
Here's the info, for those who don't trust Certificate Authorities:

Serial Number: 1068183 (0x104c97)
Signature Algorithm: sha1WithRSAEncryption
Issuer: C=IL, O=StartCom Ltd., OU=Secure Digital Certificate Signing, CN=StartCom Class 1 Primary Intermediate Server CA
Validity
  Not Before: May  4 16:21:41 2014 GMT
  Not After : May  5 22:55:40 2015 GMT
SHA1 Fingerprint=AC:D4:C1:56:2E:3C:D2:65:ED:01:8A:32:59:FA:49:2C:C4:47:BC:1F
MD5 Fingerprint=0E:B7:48:B9:A7:1A:B9:0A:B4:70:FD:B1:A0:CD:1F:5A
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Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.20 (Darwin)

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New Hosting Service

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:09:49 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I've been with hub.org for many years now. They're responsive, and I like that their servers are in Panama, but they've gotten quite expensive compared to other virtual hosting services. TMM has been hosted with DigitalOcean for quite a while. They're fast, inexpensive, and ultra-reliable. So instead of paying $350 to renew at hub.org for another year, I'm going to pay DigitalOcean $10/month.

If you sign up for a DigitalOcean account with the link in this post, or at the bottom of the page, I get $10 in their referral program.

You're reading this page on the new server. If you're in the US, I'll bet it's blindingly fast.

Proudly Hosted by DigitalOcean

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