Slightly Nerdy


That whole writing more thing went well, didn't it? ?

Let's try a little brain dump of the nerdy things I've assigned myself to do:

  • Replace macOS with NixOS as my primary computing experience.
    • Being a cloud infrastructure engineer, I love me some declarative configuration.
    • Apple annoyed me with the offer of a £700 fix for the most expensive computer I ever purchased that was just out of warranty and had display issues.
    • The £700 was to replace a display that's screwed because the connecting cable has been damaged by their hinge design. There is a company in London that offer a £300 repair. Still quite ouchy.
    • It's an Intel Mac, how long are they even likely to support it anyway?
    • It was already passed on to Sean, replaced for me by a 14” M1 Pro.
    • Framework seems kinda great, so I'm eagerly awaiting my Ryzen-based Framework 13. At which point Sean can have the 14” and become untethered from a desk again.
    • I'll miss the screen of the MacBook, but I think even more I'll miss the speakers.
  • Capture my (non-phone) computing world into a Git repo.
    • Nix allows me to describe my systems and my user environments in code!
    • On that whole phone thing, wouldn't it be nice if there were some genuinely open-source phone ecosystem without Google that could actually run the apps I've come to depend on (banking, etc)?
    • I've sadly accepted my iPhone 12 mini will eventually be replaced with another iPhone.
  • Adopt a more keyboard-centric computing life, with a tiling window manager.
    • Endless configuration tweaking awaits.
  • Have a go at (neo)vim being my primary editor again, or otherwise invest properly in VSCod(e|ium).
    • I might as well go all in, eh?
    • Failing at this and continuing to use GoLand and PyCharm wouldn't be terrible.
  • Migrate my Hetzner dedicated server running this site, and my Masto instance to something else (self-host, Hetzner cloud).
    • It's way over-specced for my current use (but 50€ for 128GB RAM, 2x1Tb SSD and 8-core i9-9900K is amazing value).
    • I use microk8s on it as a single node instance, which is pretty inflexible, storage being a large part of sense of unease with that.
    • I made the mistake of choosing LVM and let LXD create a thin-pool consuming 100% of the remaining storage.
    • It ran out of metadata space, and you can't grow it into the unused data space, so I had to de-RAID1 the SSDs to make things work so that's a bit of a mess now.
    • Said mess returns errors when trying to do operations like take snapshots for backups, or even delete old snapshots, a reboot might fix it, or it might leave me with a complex failed boot to resolve.
    • Hetzner Cloud seems to be pretty darn cheap, and I can create a proper Kubernetes environment with separate control plane and real storage volumes and come in at similar or lower price than the dedicated server, albeit with less overall resources and with non-dedicated CPU.
    • I experimented briefly with Talos Linux on it yesterday, and it went pretty smoothly.
    • I can Terraform it (or OpenTF eventually, right?)
    • Or maybe I can just host it all at home on a single box?
  • Migrate my home server from Ubuntu with LXD to NixOS with something.
    • It's an 8th gen NUC in a fanless Asaka case.
    • It's my router and adds IPv6 to my home Internet with AAISP's L2TP service, because Virgin Media can't even, but I'm definitely taking their 1Gb/100Mb service over my next best option of 40Mb/10Mb DSL.
    • It's running an LXD-launched VM for Home Assistant, and LXD containers for Plex, some *aars, etc.
    • It's also built on the same LVM thin pool scheme as the Hetzner box, so is ultimately doomed.
    • I'm clearly going to NixOS it, and microvms looks super interesting.

I can't help think of Amelie's father and his toolbox.

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