The Solution to Big Tech Isn't Legislation, It's Technology

Technology
Oct 22, 2020
Protester holding sign saying 'Error 404 Demokratie not found'

Over the course of 2020, we’ve seen increased censorship from every major digital content platform. It culminated with both Facebook and Twitter blocking a New York Post article, which alleged Joe Biden’s son was involved in illegal activity and corruption. Meanwhile, the New York Times published a scathing article on Donald Trump’s tax returns. None of the major networks restricted access to the tax story, even though it was likely those tax records were obtained illegally, and nothing in the returns was truly out of the ordinary.

People are calling for reform to Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, the law that keeps Internet platforms from liabilities often reserved for publishers. However, I do not believe more legal restrictions will solve the issues surrounding tech and free speech. The only viable solution is better use of technology. The Internet was not founded by media giants. It was originally hundreds of thousands of small, independent websites and service providers. The solution to our current censorship woes, lies in the archives of Internet next to animated hamsters, under construction GIFs, and bright pink animated Geocities sites.

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Alpine Linux with Full Disk Encryption

Technology
Oct 16, 2020
Alpine Linux
Alpine Linux

I recently built a file server. For the operating system, I decided to use Alpine Linux. As with most of my Linux systems, I wanted to utilize full disk encryption. The following guide is mostly based off the documentation on the Alpine Wiki, and goes through the installation of Alpine on a modern UEFI system, with LUKS full disk encryption.

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Culture War Radio: The Battle Penguin

Miscellaneous
Oct 12, 2020
Culture War Radio: Liberal Values Are Worth Fighting For

On Sunday, October 11th, I had the pleasure of being a guest on William Maggos’s show, the Culture War Radio podcast. We talked about my background, adventures around the planet, political culture and technology.

Culture War Radio Episode 77: The Battle Penguin

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Adding an NVME hard drive caused an iaStorAC.sys SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION

Technology
Oct 9, 2020
Windows 10 Bluescreen on Boot for iaStoreAC.sys Driver
Windows 10 Bluescreen on Boot for iaStoreAC.sys Driver

I recently added some high speed storage to my Windows 10 machine, which I use for gaming and video editing. At first, I was going to replace the existing 500GB NVME drive with a 1TB drive, and use the old drive in my storage server. However, I accidentally ordered another 500GB drive. Instead of returning it, I decided to use an older drive that was left over from my laptop upgrade as the operating system disk in the storage server, and install the 500GB as a secondary drive in my Windows machine. What should have been a simple upgrade, led to a blue screen on boot. The message displayed was a SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION with the cause being iaStorAC.sys, part of the Intel Rapid Store drivers.

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Building a Small Form Factor Storage Server (NAS)

Technology
Sep 30, 2020

Why I No Longer Hate America

Politics
Sep 27, 2020
Red, White & Blue by Luke Michael
Red, White & Blue by Luke Michael

Years ago, a friend told me he was going to visit his sister in Queensland, Australia. I was living in New Zealand at the time, and we made plans to meet up. We ended up hiking through some spectacular parks and amazing waterfalls. On one of our hikes, my friend asked me, “Why do you hate America?” It’s one of those lines often parodied from early 2000s Fox News broadcasts, during the height of outrage over the Iraq war.

At the time, I did hate a lot of American foreign policy, and found there was little difference between US political parties. I had my reasons for leaving, yet I eventually came back to America. Having traveled through and lived in different places around the world, I saw the trade-offs in the different values held by nationals of various countries. I still take issue with many policies in the United States, but I believe there are many aspects to American law and ideology, that respect individual rights and freedoms in fundamentally unique ways. America may run afoul of letting people slide through the cracks, but it is also a nation suited to help people succeed at their dreams.

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Mexico's Independence Day - Chicago, IL

Miscellaneous
Sep 21, 2020

Why I No Longer Hate the Police

Politics
Sep 2, 2020
Chicago Police
Chicago Police

My mother told me that when I was very young, I would always look out the window in the evenings for the police car that would often sit on our street each night during the late shift. On a night when a car didn’t appear, and my father couldn’t get me to sleep, he would put me in a stroller and walk around until we saw one. I grew up on shows like Dragnet and games like Police Quest, and when I told my neighbors that I wanted to be a cop when I grew up, they’d tell me, “You’re too smart for that.”

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Do Not Enter

Poetry
Aug 30, 2020

Opening Night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee

Politics
Aug 22, 2020