• ๐Ÿ”— “So violated”: Wyze cameras leak footage to strangers for 2nd time in 5 months

    It seemed neat at first, when it was a random coffee machine or vending machine hooked up just to prove it could be done. But between then and now, we've learned that the Internet is full of relentless a$$holes (at best) who will take advantage of any little crack in security.

    IMO, stop trying. Accept that the Internet is a dangerous place. Have fun with all the smart home tech you want, but keep it local.

    I love the Ars comment section, it’s always a delight. Also, this is why I have no cameras @ home. ๐Ÿคฃ

  • I think I’m going to declare “bankruptcy” on my RSS feeds today…this has gotten a bit out of hand, a fresh start seems like a good idea.

  • ๐ŸŽต I queued up this week’s episode the Vergecast and a french commercial for cat food immediately started playing. ๐Ÿคจ Forgot I left my iPad “vpn-ed” out to France last night, gotta love dynamic ad insertion. ๐Ÿคฃ

    A digital tablet displaying the title ‘The Vergecast’ is central, atop a collage of a ship, rocket, car, and electronics on a purple background.

  • I have a complicated relationship with Valentines Day. ๐Ÿค” No, it’s not actually complicated, I just hate it. ๐Ÿ˜…

    So, I was shocked to see what my Partner left for me this morning. ๐Ÿ“ท

    A metal bucket filled with ice and green bottled beverages on a countertop with a note, with heart stickers, reading: A Bucket* of goodies just for you on this Hallmark Holiday (*its pronounced 'Bouquet')

    He really is too sweet. ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿป

    (In my defense, we did go out on Monday to “celebrate” the fake holiday.)

  • Decided to escape the house for a bit of nature with the Partner; in our defense, the sun was out when we started on our walk. ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฅ๏ธ

    It was a lovely walk, about four miles, in a local city park. ๐Ÿ“ท

  • Finished reading: In Clawed Grasp by Seth Richter ๐Ÿ“š
    โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†

    I went into this not expecting much but wow, was I surprised: this book was great. The “leveling system” is both more and less well-defined than many other books in the LitRPG genre, which is awesome. I can’t wait for the second one! ๐Ÿ˜„

    A book cover with stylized text 'In Clawed Grasp' and the author name 'Seth Richter' features a dark circle with an orange halo and a silhouetted bat-like creature (a gargoyle)
  • Well this is an interesting turn of events…it looks like Google has completely blocked my IP address from watching YouTube videos. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • It’s the very definition of a first world problem but I’m unable to rent / reserve skis for an upcoming vacation because someone didn’t check to see if the latest deploy didn’t contain breaking javascript changes on the site. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ญ #ScreamsIntoTheVoid

  • I can’t believe it’s been a year since we said goodbye to Russell. The pain has faded a little but it feels like it’s been both an eternity but also just the blink of an eye since we said our farewells to our little puppy-rabbit. ๐Ÿ’”

    Lots of tears today… ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    A tan fluffy dog rests on a blue quilt and beige cushion, looking directly at the camera. The watermark reads 'lostinhaste.com'.

    We miss you, we still miss you. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ“ท

  • Finished reading: Resistance Above Magic by B.T. Narro ๐Ÿ“š
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    I wouldn’t call it “great literature” but it was a fun read, very much reminding me of my time playing WoW, with all the talk about skill trees, leveling, & stat bonuses from gear. ๐ŸŽฎ

    A person in red cape and medieval attire is floating above a fantasy landscape with castles. Text reads 'RESISTANCE ABOVE MAGIC A LITRPG ADVENTURE B.T. Narro Beatrix Grinn'.
  • Finally got around to installing an “extender” SATA card into my media server, to add more drives…and of course, it doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ˜ค ๐Ÿ’พ ๐Ÿ“ท

    An open computer case displays components and wiring. A spinning fan is visible on a motherboard lit by blue LEDs.
  • Trying to update the SSL certificates our Kafka consumer / producer uses and it’s driving me to drink more coffee. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿคช

  • Finished reading: Rune Seeker 2 by J.M. Clarke & C.J. Thompson ๐Ÿ“š
    โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†

    The second book of the series, this follows up directly to the ending of the last one…and boy, does it deliver. This one couldn’t exist without the first but it’s much better; we finally get some (fascinating) backstory. ๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

    A robed figure wields a sword, with a glowing ring above; amidst a brilliant explosion of light; the book cover reads 'RUNE SEEKER 2' by J.M. CLARKE & C.J. THOMPSON.
  • …and I only just finished my first cup of coffee. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿคช

  • Someone created a Github issue for my Justified Swipebox Micro.blog pluginโ€ฆand Iโ€™m so excited to know someone out there is at least looking at my work, much less using it; itโ€™s not really โ€my workโ€, I just enhanced / joined two other libraries so theyโ€™d work with Micro.blogโ€ฆbut still, Iโ€™m excited!