Cool we back! But I'm in bed so it's going to have to wait!

Whoa it's exactly a month since I last posted on here! Funny how that happened.

I set up superwifi.club to try and create my own tilde but in the end I didn't invite anybody to it. I can't remember why, exactly.

Everything was pretty rock solid from a security perspective -- I think I got tangled up in writing scripts for the onboarding process and it all fizzled out.

I already had $15 credit on DigitalOcean and the cost of running a mostly idle box has cost:

  • October - $2.59
  • November - $5.00
  • December (so far) - $3.04

I'm on the $5/month plan.

Since I started writing on Tilde I've been putting my `public_html` folder on GitHub.

I think it's important that folk have the knowledge to back up their 1s and 0s because nobody wants another GeoCities.

I should finish my git-101 repo.

I've really gotten a great deal out of putting together superwifi.club this weekend.

I've learnt and relearnt a great deal about putting together a Unix box. Best of all? I've never had to do it for a bunch of potential users.

Building a platform for a community, the privacy and security considerations for such a server are somewhat new to me.

I don't even know if I'll ever open superwifi.club to actual human beings but I love the idea of other folk building on it to spin up their own micro communities.

Yesterday I spent a decent amount of time putting together a relatively quick and simple guide to getting up and running with your own tilde-esque box.

As a first go I'm quite pleased, there's a script that'll install a handful of applications, Apache and postfix plus some further documentation that touches on securing your box, my own `/etc/skel` example and creating users.

I've just tested the latest version and I was up and running in 5 minutes.

Check out the repo: superwifi.club.

Generating a 6 character hash

I think I'm going to write a bash script that will generate the HTML for these blog posts and automagically fill in the correct date and permalink hash but until then...

I wanted a way to generate a 6 character hash for the permalinks. After some googling I figured this cheeky line would do it:

date | md5sum | cut -c 1-6

I created an alias in my `.bash_profile` for ease:

alias hash='date | md5sum | cut -c 1-6'

Primarily for my own benefit I added a sidebar with some handy links.

This is my favourite tinned soup -- I had it for dinner this evening.

There's so much good stuff to read on tilde.club. I find myself idly command-clicking the recently updated page.


Interestingly, I missed tilde.club whilst it was down.

I spent the afternoon putting together some instructions for setting up something similar on an Ubuntu micro instance on Amazon EC2.

I guess the ideal scenario is to spin up a new box, run a script and it does it all for you.

That would be cool.

Many thanks to ~fitnr for this email:

I just figured this out. Fix: mv ~/.bash_profile ~/.profile

No idea why .profile beats .bash_profile

I recall that SDF does something similar but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The chicken came out delicious!

Skillet roasted spatchcock chicken

I invented this recipe as I went along:

  1. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celcius.
  2. Spatchcock your chicken.
  3. Get a decent sized bowl that you can fit your chicken in.
  4. Crush 4/5 garlic cloves, chuck in the bowl.
  5. Grate 3 inches of ginger, use your hands to squeeze the ginger pulp's juice into the bowl.
  6. Add a decent glug of Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Add a decent glug of soy sauce.
  8. Add a decent glug of olive oil.
  9. Add 5 dots of Tabasco.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Put your chicken in the bowl of delicious things and give it a good rub so it's covered in the marinade.
  12. Put in the fridge for an hour or so.
  13. Play around on tilde.club
  14. Get your preheated cast iron skillet, throw in a bunch of peeled potatoes and carrots and place your chicken on top
  15. Give it 10/15 minutes at 220 degrees celcius then turn down to 200.
  16. Take the leftover marinade, add to a small saucepan with a teaspoon of sugar and half a cup of water and boil it until it starts to thicken up -- use this to glaze the chicken every now and then.
  17. Keep checking on it, glazing and basting.
EDIT: I wrote this up properly over in my cookbook repo.

As an aside I'm quite pleased that my [.vim](https://github.com/rey/.vim) and [.tmux](https://github.com/rey/.tmux) configurations worked straight out the box.

Reminder: this isn't a Markdown file.

Now looking into why my `.bashrc` and `.bash_profile` aren't getting sourced when I log in.

How to get passwordless ssh to work on tilde.club

On your machine:

cat .ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh USER@tilde.club 'cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys'

On tilde:

chmod 700 ~/.ssh && chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Trying to get passwordless login working. No luck so far.

This is my tilde. There are many like it but this one is mine.