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Wow. This is answers so many questions I’ve had in the past about best to secure home network configuration!

I’ve been running DD-WRT for several years now but…not exactly very well. I’ve also experimented with running my own DNS, PiHole, and VPN, though I always seem to end up in the same situation where something stops working or locks up and I can’t figure out why. This has led to me frantically tearing everything apart to deliver on deadline, then spending entire weekends putting it all back together. This has happened multiple times, like more than I care to count. It’s embarrassing and demoralizing, and overall inconsistent in terms of security.

I started following Rob Braxman (aka “Internet Privacy Guy”) a year or so on YouTube, and then switched to enjoying his content on LBRY instead — which seems much more appropriate. I loves me some LBRY :) Recently, I joined up to support Rob on Patreon too. He’s just good, and his ham radio rants finally sent me over the top.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this solution of his as much as I do!

Guess what my Raspberry Pi will be up to this weekend?

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Today is President’s Day here in the USA, and a day off for me for the first time in ages.

Originally, this Federal Holiday was known as Washington’s Birthday then got combined with Lincoln’s, and then I think was supposed to roll up to all of’em.

Me? I’m just glad we still get to celebrate this day in 2021. Because we just had a real close one. Closer than any of us like to think. The Presidency almost ended a month ago.

As I’ve been saying for years, our 45th President isn’t the problem. It’s the 47th we gotta watch out for. Maybe the 48th. Maybe every President after how number 45 changed the role and nearly became our Emperor and King.

So this President’s Day, I’m celebrating like I never have before. With sincere gratitude, humility, and thanks. Not necessarily for the current President as much as that we get to have any President at all.

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It came to me in a dream.

We speak and design as if we’re assigning training to people. But that’s not what we’re doing at all, it’s really the other way around. Coming from the Instructional Design side of things, I had it backwards for the previous 20 years.

We assign people to training.

The “shoulds” that we create with learning have nothing to do with the content and everything to do with the people.

Nothing is ever mandatory on its own, it can’t be. Information exists, skills exist, certifications exist. Then we hire the people and direct them to these things. Or we find the people to market & communicate these things too.

Be it liability for non-compliance or measurable impact of performance improvement or simple profit/loss, it is the people that create these risks & gains. Managing content instead of people leads to a very avoidable set of mental & technological traps.

Perhaps this isn’t news to you. I’m just catching up, or rather the smarter part of me is letting the dumber part of me in on what it probably knew all along.

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It finally happened, the YouTube algorithm is now smart enough to find the live version of a song and link it back to the original copyrighted work based on nothing more than the audio alone.

In my new live looping video series, I break down a few songs and show how the “behind the music” view. Including songs that I’ve recorded previously, such as “So Simple, So Beautiful”. This is not the title of the video, and the song title does not appear in the metadata or even the spoken transcript for the video. And yet…it got flagged as being owned by CD Baby.

It’s not owned by CD Baby, of course. It’s owned by me, via my Snap Synapse Music publishing company that granted rights to CD Baby to resell. I don’t have any way to tell CD Baby that this YouTube content is mine, so naturally they can’t tell YouTube and in turn, YouTube assumes I’m a music pirate. Make sense?

Back when I worked for YouTube in 2014-15, I figured their algorithm would be this good in 5-10 years.

6-7 years later?

…Yep.

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Apparently the same day the NRA was declaring bankruptcy and moving to Texas, they were mailing me this letter. A rather odd use of their time.

Why were they mailing me this letter?!?

I don’t know. The best I can figure is that they were rolling the dice with my zipcode. I do live in rural Utah after all. Most of my neighbors are still flying Trump flags and are already NRA members, I guess.

I am not. And I won’t be. And this language is pretty, um, weird to me…

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