Tech in the Trenches

Carl T. Holscher fights for the customers.

Lips & Pencil Tips

Thoughts disentangle themselves through lips and pencil tips.
Journaling & Focus

One of the most eloquent way I’ve heard “get thoughts out of your head” stated.

It *should* just work

Steam Deck OLED review: better, not faster – The Verge

Still not a stable platform for the “it should just work” crowd

I was interested in the Steam Deck but this is precisely why I prefer console gaming after playing on PC in the 90s and earlier 2000s.

I compute for work. I want to play games, not troubleshoot them.

Self-hosted Streaming Service

🔗 Disney and Hulu Merging Into Single App, Beta Coming in December – Initial Charge

If you’re still paying for subscriptions like this, I’d suggest setting up a Plex server and spending the equivalent of a streaming subscription each month on purchased media — be it DVDs and Blu-rays to rip or digital downloads that you can strip the DRM from.

Start building up a library of content that you own to eventually opt out of this whole subscription nonsense.

I’ve been building a small movie collection of films I love enough to not rely on licensing deals to be able to watch. Recently, as we’ve been thrifting, I will gaze along the movie shelves, as I did at the long-forgotten Video Den of my youth, for DVDs and Blu-Rays to purchase for pennies and add to my own streaming service.

I own my own streaming service. I can watch what I want when I see something interesting I can buy, it’s a simple download away then it’s available from own media empire. I don’t need to worry about who bought the rights or if removing mountains of movies will make the stock price rise.

I own my media and it’s not locked behind DRM. It cannot be taken away unless I delete it or lose it. But it’s on me to keep and to manage. And I trust myself more than I trust any business.

Just Clap Harder

Why can’t our tech billionaires learn anything new?

The most powerful people in the world are technological optimists. They asked for our trust in the 90s, the 00s, and the 10s. They insisted that all we needed to do was clap louder. We clapped. They failed. We grew less trustful.

Excellent post shared by @baldur.

I have the same question as the author Dave Karpf.

Who is lying to us, Marc? You serve on the boards of trillion-dollar companies. A few of your peers own media companies. A few others have chosen to bankrupt media companies that write mean things about them. You have been celebrated for thirty years as the genius-inventors-of-the-future. If the public is turning against you, who ought to be held responsible for such a change in the public mood?

One tiny screw

Tonight’s plan.

I’ve been planning to swap out the 256 NVMe drive for a 1tb drive. This should be quick and then I’ll have more storage on my desktop.

Then I dropped the tiny screw into the PC. And it was lost to another dimension. I scoured the floor and desk and everywhere nearby with a magnet.


It must be inside the computer. I worried about it wedging itself between the motherboard and case. Or getting wedged into the power supply and shorting it. All of the worst case scenarios.

I removed the optical drive. Then the drive cages. I unplugged everything. Then unscrewed and removed the motherboard.

Still nothing.

So… I resolved myself to it being gone forever and went to work putting it all back together. I powered it on before I put everything back in place and screwed the last screws in.

Then I grabbed the external hard drive, and the cables to plug it all back in and power it on to continue the restore of data with a temporary screw holding the drive in place.

And what do I find? Right under the cords and cables I moved three times and looked over, under and around?

One Tiny Screw with a screwdriver tip for size comparison.
One tiny screw.

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