No. 21 Vol. 1Since 2018 A.D.Price: 0/0d

Articles by Thran

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  • Bitter Coin >> Sun 17 October 2021 >> bitcoin, cryptocurrency, economics, netlore, mishaps, told-from-the-past,
  • My many misses at getting a piece of the blockchain.

  • Opening the Armoury >> Wed 06 October 2021 >> told-from-the-past, education, sysadmin, computing,
  • A story from my university days of a run-in with the head of IT.

  • Fireside in the Shire >> Sun 26 September 2021 >> literature, lotr, quips, ethics,
  • Sharing some things I noticed when reading the opening scenes of the Fellowship of the Ring.

  • Peculiar Sightings of Birds, Part I >> Sat 25 September 2021 >> danders, witnessed-outside, wildlife,
  • There are few creatures quite as industrious as the bird. Their activities have always caught my eye. A number of their strange deeds are lodged in my memory and I've decided to share them here.

  • The Road by Bilbo Baggins >> Sun 05 September 2021 >> literature, lotr, poetry,
  • It is too tempting to rush through the lines of verse in these books. Yet I find even this one provoking.

  • Facial Phrases >> Sat 04 September 2021 >> literature, lotr, humour, quips,
  • Through my literary (and televised) travels, I've found a few facial related phrases.

  • WMW Lives! >> Sat 28 August 2021 >> web, wmw, meta,
  • I've launched a new section of the site: WMW, or Well Made Web. See it at!

  • Belfast Transport Snub >> Thu 26 August 2021 >> modern woes, railways, buildings, aesthetics, northern ireland, design, photos, belfast,
  • Railway buildings have been a steady decline since the end of World War II. This has culminated with Belfast's Weaver's Cross (or as I call it, Weaver's Loss). I give an impassioned plea for a remedy.

  • Remote work isn't remotely working for me >> Mon 09 August 2021 >> work, computing, development, modern woes, privacy, surveillance,
  • I had this vision that working from home would be bliss. Just me sitting in the room with nothing but the code. No distractions, no worries. Nothing would sidetrack the engineer from his proud handiwork. This wasn't to be so.

  • xdg-mime, a short guide >> Fri 06 August 2021 >> linux, desktop, void linux,
  • On Linux, xdg-open and xdg-mime configure the default applications for opening file types. A situation has forced me to learn their use.

  • Slaying Rainbows >> Thu 05 August 2021 >> danders, witnessed-outside, photos,
  • While on a walk, I looked inside an abandoned building. There I sighted a reminder of my past musical taste.

  • Screenshot Showcase for August 2021 >> Wed 04 August 2021 >> screenshot-showcase, linux, fluxbox,
  • How are my desktops? August 2021.

  • Announcing RSRU R1.0 >> Tue 03 August 2021 >> release, perl, thransoft,
  • The software catalogue generator is complete enough for a release.

  • Wading over the waves >> Tue 27 July 2021 >> danders,
  • Thanks to a rented nautical craft, I was able to pass over the top of the waves. Though this tale would not continue as blissfully as intended.

  • Sympathy for Sycophants >> Sun 25 July 2021 >> modern woes, government, privacy, britain, internet freedom, surveillance,
  • Too many believe that the government is sincere but misguided. Please, stop: they're laughing at you.

  • Prepositions in Perdition >> Sat 17 July 2021 >> language, religion, government, grammar,
  • Why do prepositions matter? Could we understand with the help of theology?

  • Cistern of a Down >> Thu 08 July 2021 >> told-from-the-household, mishaps,
  • At first I thought my windows were self-washing, but upon investigation it emerged that one of my house's vital organs were imperiled.

  • The Final Version of Windows, Ever >> Fri 01 November 2019 >> modern woes, computing, microsoft, linux,
  • Microsoft have called Windows 10 'the final version of Windows ever.' It's the final version for me too. I've used ever major Windows version from 98 until 10. With Windows 10 I have to fight the computer just to get it to do my bidding.

  • How do I remove the Pictures screensaver from Xubuntu? >> Sun 20 October 2019 >> linux, graphics, desktop,
  • When shuffling on random, there is no easy way to remove the 'Pictures' slideshow from the list of screensavers in xfce-screensaver. Still, I found the answer.

  • Bring back the homepage >> Fri 11 October 2019 >> web, asocial media, modern woes,
  • Social media isn't a home.

  • New Reddit should be shredded >> Fri 04 October 2019 >> web, design, modern woes,
  • Old reddit was a frugal, practical design that naturally suited its purpose. Why pull the old house down and build something unrecognisable in its place?