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Backing up Backups

I’ve had what I thought was a fairly good backup system for a while: I use rdiff-backup to synchronize all my computers onto a central machine with a large disk, then I copy that machine’s backups to an encrypted external USB drive. The external drive is only mounted ...

Asian Quinoa Salad

This is mostly a typical Asian-style salad with a peanut dressing. Adding quinoa gives it a bit of an interesting texture and some extra protein. This recipe calls for cooking the quinoa in an instant pot, but the results will be the same (albeit a few minutes slower) if you cook it the traditional way.

Linode IPv6 SLAAC Fix

Back in 2017, my Linode box stopped getting the correct IPv6 address from SLAAC. I opened a support ticket, but nothing ever came of it. I’ve been simply re-adding the correct IP after each reboot. That’s a hassle, but I don’t reboot often enough to work up ...

New Year, New Comment System

Here we are again in a new year, so it’s time for a new blog tuneup. In the past, I’ve always kept comments disabled on my blog because I don’t want to wade through the cesspool of spam and trolls that inevitably result from allowing open comments ...

Improving Private Key Security with a Yubikey: Using the key for GPG

In the previous steps, you should have ended up with one or more Yubikeys each containing a unique authentication key and shared encryption and signing keys. However, since all the setup was done with GNUPGHOME set to an alternate location, your normal gnupg keyring doesn’t know anything about the ...

Improving Private Key Security with a Yubikey: Updating Key Settings

Now that we have all our cards set up with keys, we need to change some settings for better security:

  • PIN
  • Admin PIN (PUK in Yubikey terms)
  • Force PIN for signatures

And a few other settings just for convenience:

  • Name
  • Language
  • URL
  • Sex
  • Login name
$ gpg2 --edit-card

Reader ...........: Yubico ...

Green Chile Chili

What’s that, you say? Aren’t chile and chili the same thing? No! But this vegetarian chili bean recipe uses green chile, so people on both sides get to be right when cooking this one. It comes out similar to Texas-style chili, but with tempeh instead of beef.

Lo Mein with Sriracha Soy Sauce

I doubt this is the first time anybody has thought of putting sriracha into their lo mein, but it turned out well enough to write it down. We’ll be making this one again!

Parsley Salad with Millet

This salad started off as a tabbouleh recipe, but we kept tweaking and substituting until it deserves its own recipe now. Instead of grain with some greens, this is mostly greens with some grain.