Time for a change…

That screenshot left of this text contains the answer to an obscure-looking Linux command’s query: when did the file system on my /dev/sdc1 disk partition get created?

The answer is November 23rd, 2019.

Meaning? Meaning that I installed my current desktop operating system almost exactly a year ago. Old-time readers of mine will be astonished, I think, that I’ve managed to maintain the same operating system installation for anywhere near that long! Past practice was for Read More...

Down for Maintenance – Advanced Notice

This weekend, I hope to move this website from its current virtual machine host onto a dedicated physical server. The aim is to improve the speed and responsiveness of the site: though the virtual machine it’s currently running on is generously provisioned with RAM and virtual CPUs, I think the site ‘sticks’ for longer intervals than I’m entirely comfortable with. Hopefully, on a reasonably powerful physical server that is also generously provisioned, Read More...

Coming Home

If you’re reading this, it means that my move to self-hosting my website has gone more-or-less according to plan!

I’ve been paying a reasonable amount to Linode for many years now to run a server in New York on which to host this site. It’s not a lot of money (US$12 a month, if you’re really interested), but since this site is now merely a hobby and nothing at all to do with earning an income, it didn’t seem to be a good idea Read More...

Windows Music Players

I am old enough to remember that my first experiences of listening to serious music on serious equipment involved visits to my brother-in-law and borrowing his component hifi for the afternoon!

I “progressed” from that to, in the late eighties, listening on my very own ‘integrated’ hifi (which, given my income levels at the time, was pushing the term ‘hifi’ to its limits, I now realise!)

So what does the listening equipment look like in these days of digital Read More...