Monthly Update – May 2020

BACKSTORY: I used to use Facebook and Twitter a lot. Then I encountered a crazy, stalker troll and stopped using social media. I then found Mastodon and that was cool, but I realized I don't need social media in my daily life. I pop onto Mastodon once a month to browse a bit. This monthly update is sort of a journal entry for me, and a way to remember the good and bad of every month.

GoodReads Reading Challenge 2020

I'm up to 73 books read so far this year. It feels like I'm going to smash my 100 book goal this year.

Supporting Good Causes

The only power we each seem to wield is where our money goes, so I've tried to funnel some money to some projects I really care about.

Yunohost update

Yunohost recently released version 3.8 and it is awesome.

If you don't know what Yunohost is, check their website or read my review.

New School Laptop

It's amazing how a computer from 2020 could be so much faster than my Macbook Pro from 2010. It's so damn zippy. This is now the first time I've used Linux on a new laptop. I usually only get to install it on older, hand-me-down computers.

Epic! Books for Kids

While searching for reading material for my students, I stumbled upon this app. It is free until the end of June! I quickly got my students setup on it, and they have collectively read 1100 books in one month already! I did say I would give them a pizza party if they hit that level, so that might be part of the enthusiasm.

Anyways, it's always free for teachers so now my kids will have access to 40,000 books and comics! So rad.

There are even books for 'adults' in there. I read some of the adventure time comics hehe.

Wireguard

I've been wrestling with it for a week. It seems so easy to setup, but deceptively so. I did make some progress: at one point I saw a handshake on one side of the connection, but I can't ping the Wireguard IPs from both directions and traffic doesn't seem to be routed through it.

I've followed multiple tutorials but nothing as worked as of yet. For now, to let my Nextcloud connect from school network to my Yunohost at home, I've been using Tor Socks5 proxy. It works quite well.

Blockada – Android App

Shout out to the awesome app Blockada on F-Droid. It creates a local VPN that blocks ads and spyware. It's like a mobile version of Pi-hole. Check it out!

Pinephone

Ahhhhhhh is it pretty good yet? I'm waiting as long as I can. My phone is still cracked, and front camera doesn't work but I want to hold out as long as possible to get a more stable version of Pinephone.

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