A Time To Reflect

As I write this I realise that this blog as been neglected for a long time. Most of last year was spent doing other stuff like work and stuff around the home, I also got lazy with this kind of thing. I even forgot to go on holiday. But the past few weeks I have spent alot of time doing computer stuff. Things went wrong, sometimes big time which meant stuff had to be done and I learnt a lot. My nexus 5 and Samsung s5 have both died, the s5 seems to hate the winter cold so goes into hibernation. This as led to a new addition, oneplus 3t, why not the 5 or 5t? simple, it was far cheaper to buy a year old phone than a newer model. I haven’t got around to rooting it yet, no time but somehow I managed to unlock the bootloader and couldn’t move on to the next stage. I swore and left it for now. The battery life is so much better, however I am still looking for a decent news app.

The new Firefox with its new engine also meant changes, basically nit screwed up everything and I’ve stopped using it. I think there was no thought for what people wanted. I can’t use my yubikey, password manager (no I ain’t using the built in one). This meant two things, the first I went straight over to Vivaldi and no complaints. The second was that due to the yubikey no longer working I was unable to access my nextcloud box. This meant starting again with that, I decided to give nextcloudpi a try, after much messing about and issues I was successful with the developer being a huge help with the issues. I now have access on all my devices and the latest version unlike the official nextcloud box pi3 version I had before which quite frankly although OK wasn’t meant for ease of use.

With the end of 2017 comes the unease of mind that the pebble servers will be shut down. The ex head of pebble claimed about a month ago that he wasn’t sure when the server would go but I am not taking chances, I’ve moved to gadgetbridge. I have had very few issues, the one at the moment is dealing with double notifications from inbox. I also seem to have lost canned responses. I do miss snowy and voice replies.

I hope to do more detailed posts over the coming weeks on the above subjects.


Cloud Doing My Head In

The past few months have seen many changes in the cyper and software world. Several have past me by, while important to most people I am simply not interested because I don’t have need for it. Like most people I pick and choose what I want that I can use in my current project to make my life easier. One of these is having my own cloud. Six months ago I would have said owncloud would be perfect, especially with the project in conjunction with a major hardrive manufacture. Then along came the news that owncloud had been forked to become nextcloud. So I thought it best wait a bit to see what happens. Behold, a couple of months or so ago the next cloud box was announced so I ordered it for £60 I thought it was to good to wait. It arrived just after I got back from holiday. I used my spare raspberry pi 2 b+ but I had issues, pretty big issues. More reading and I ended up buying raspberry 2, try again and same thing so I started from scratch again. The first issue was that I was able to gain access at first but the following day nothing! The bigger issue is that although I was able reach it via the browser I was not able to reach it via ssh and it wasn’t showing on the network in the file manager.by plugging a keyboard and mouse in the

Once I had everything up and running again I found that one of the issues may have been that a screen saver was in place on the system. I found this out by plugging a keyboard and mouse in the pi. I found that I could manage the little box set up this way but I still wanted to do it via SSH due to the wire  trailing every where. I fixed the problem of not being able to connect via SSH and the command line simply by install Putty. The wiki on the nextCloud website said the command line and Putty for windows but they may need to change it. I had to install Putty via synaptic due to the software centre on kubuntu not having it. Actually it doesn’t seem to have much of what I need! Problem one solved.

The other connection problem is still a work in progress. I can connect via the browser but I need to fix the https settings which I have self signed due to lack of internet connection issues. Which is weird because I can do updates for the system and nextcloud but connecting via applications on android and my laptop, Nope. At the moment I am wondering if its either a setting in the router or a port is closed or restricted. A great opportunity to learn networking as presented itself. Maybe I could compare the settings with my libreelec set up. But I am currently thinking that lack of connection maybe a good thing in keeping all my stuff private, although maybe it doesn’t work like that.