adventures in blogging

Just a short trip through my strange computer based quests.

Still seeking alternatives

July 29, 2019 — Sifr Nihilum

I tried crux linux, in case you're curious. It took me a day to figure out why GRUB wouldn't boot into the install. I still don't know why it wouldn't. I gave up and switched to using EFISTUB, which worked like a dream. Got it up and running, copied my dotfiles over, and enjoyed it for a bit before running into multiple issues with things not installing 'cos they had dependency issues, and the dependencies not installing 'cos they had issues with dependencies, and then eventually down on the very bottom of the stack, something that just would not install.

Reminded me of the good old days. So I went back to arch.

Tags: crux-linux, arch-linux, dependency-hell

A bit about me, and mine.

July 09, 2019 — Sifr Nihilum

I think I should probably let people know who I am. You're apparently reading my blog, you should probably know something about me aside from my penchant for crazed experiments.

I use linux, currently arch, but I'm not married to it. In general I prefer things that are not popular, just because it makes things more of an adventure. I never got an ipod like my friends. I owned the zune (And I still maintain it was by far and away a better mp3 player.) I tried Ubuntu, but found gnome to be horribly restricting and unpleasant. I spent some time in debian, switched to linux mint, and then installed gentoo. I say installed. I broke it almost instantly and instead jumped over to arch. It's important to note this isn't a complete list, and this happened over the course of about 10 years I think? Arch is my goto, gentoo my preference and void linux my midpoint. I'm expecting to go back to void sometime soon, but arch is working, so... BTW.

I tend to prefer the suckless philosophy. The first things I install on a new system are dwm, st, dmenu, surf, and tabbed. However, on this one I went a little wild. Running urxvt, herbstluftwm, rofi, and qutebrowser.

I'm quite proud of this install. I themed everything around the dracula color scheme, even setting the background to a nice image of darkwing duck, who for some reason matches the scheme perfectly. I'm used to just shoving everything through pywal and hoping it looks alright, but this one was a concerted effort in actual theming. It won't last. I'm horrible about system reinstalls.

I hang out on matrix as silentfoof, on mastodon as onesubtractone, and I even have an XMPP as

Mostly I play slime rancher and minecraft these days. It's not by choice, I have a daughter with an obsession with slimes and slime related things.

And that's me. Hopefully enough information to know where I'm coming from, but also not too much. I'm still reasonably obsessed with staying private.

Tags: introductions, herbstluftwm, arch-linux, gentoo-linux, void-linux, dracula