Bunch of Random Things

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This post started as a rant about the good ol’ days of the Internet and how it’s no fun that a few tent posts are the main places where people congregate online these days, myself included. Rather than complaining about the state of the Internet in 2019. I’d figure do something about it and make a blog post.

In 2017, for a while I was posting weekly updates of things I found and did in cyberspace. Shut up, that was a cool term in my day.

Side bar: I hope CDPR capitalizes on 
calling the Internet "cyberspace" when
referencing any wide area network in CyberPunk 2077.

Anyways, here’s the things I’ve been up to.

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2017 Goals and Projects, the Anti-Resolution


This post started as a 2017 resolutions list and it mutated into something else.  I had to consolidate, revise, retool, and ended up with a set of goals and projects for 2017.  I’m saying goals and projects since I feel that resolutions have gotten a bad wrap over the years.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that’s actually accomplished their “New Years Resolutions” successfully.  If you have, drop me a line on Twitter @TheKuroKuma, would love to hear about it.

Now, to the meat and potatoes of this brain dump/endless ranting which will end at some point.  Heck, maybe I might inspire you to get that project you’ve been working on finished.

Streaming Schedule & Becoming a Twitch Partner

Twitch GlitchI’ve been streaming on and off over the last year.  I get into short spurs in month intervals where I stream on a regular basis, then burn out.  I think starting with a three day a week schedule is a good starting point.  Here’s what I plan from January 10, 2017 to April 1, 2017:

  • Tuesdays starting at 7:30PM San Francisco time/Wednesday 3:30AM GMT
  • Thursdays starting at 7:30PM San Francisco time/Wednesday 3:30AM GMT
  • Sundays starting at 9:00PM San Francisco time/Monday 5:00AM GMT

This should give me time for work, keep a regular stream schedule, mod for Lexi and Hunter’s channels, produce content, and ultimately grow the channel. Taking these steps, I hope to be able to apply for Twitch partnership and be accepted.  This is the milestone to take things to the next level.  Continue reading “2017 Goals and Projects, the Anti-Resolution”

Ghost Blog, Live Stream, and a Blank Page – The Week

Seems like this week would never end.  Lots going on here.  I started on a good high, but then by the end I needed more coffee.  Highlights were setting up a ghost blog (notes.thekurokuma.net) and a private RTMP/HLS live streaming server.

Not the ghost blog software logo, but I'm not on Snapchat!
Not the ghost blog software logo, but I’m not on Snapchat!

Ghost Blog – I started out coming across 1999.io, which is a blogging platform that works as if it’s the year 1999 and blogging in a stripped down form.  It was easy to set up and was super easy to post.  Only thing was that I didn’t care too much that it was tied to Twitter as an authentication system.  Also it was a little too complex for my brain to understand.  Regardless, I looked around a bit more and came across Ghost Blog (which is what I call it).  I think the official name is Ghost.org.  It’s a fast and a joy to write on.  Now, that’s not to say that I’m leaving WordPress.org.  The main site/blog will be run on WordPress, it’s a stable, mature, flexible product that does what it does well.  The real reason Continue reading “Ghost Blog, Live Stream, and a Blank Page – The Week”

A Whole Lot of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Going On – The Week

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This weeks “The Week” started out as a combination of a review of the Warcraft movie and all the usual tidbits that make up my week.  It got too long and frankly I wanted to spend more talking about AWS.

Infrastructure Update

Powered by AWS Cloud Computing If you notice at the top right of the page there’s a link to “Community Forum” and suffice to say that it was in perpetual maintenance mode for the better part of the last few months.  The main reason it was offline was due to spammers and the inability to reset your password via email.  After cleaning out the boards of posts for pills and what not, I was trying to see why the I forgot my password function wasn’t working.  Low an behold, the hosting company (GoDaddy) didn’t allow the php mail() function to work.  I decided to enable sending email via SMTP using AWS Simple Email Service.  After finding one document pointing at how to do this with phpBB, errors of being unable to connect to the SES servers.  WTF?!? I was able to find documentation about flipping a switch to allow external SMTP hosts to be accessible, but that never ended up working for me.  So onto the cloud.

After doing quite a bit of digging, I was able to find information on the best ways to go about getting an instance spooled up, connected to a MySQL RDS instance in a VPC, secured, migrating the forum from GoDaddy to AWS, and finally making sure that mail was able to be sent out when using the forgotten password function.  I have to say that compared to when the forum was running on GoDaddy, things feel more responsive and snappy.   Continue reading “A Whole Lot of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Going On – The Week”