About This Site

For many years, I have played with the idea of creating my own personal corner of the Web, be it by starting a blog or by simply creating a small web site to call my own. I even started a handful of WordPress sites over the years. However, I never felt that I had anything to say, so they all went unmaintained and I eventually deleted them.

I have never really gotten into Social Media. I have a Twitter account that I almost never tweet on and a Facebook account that I rarely log in to. I did rather enjoy Google+ while it lasted, although I used to more as an attempt to preserve interesting articles or web sites that caught my eye than as a medium for self expression.

The only mainstream Social Media platform that I use much at all is LinkedIn, and that is because of its focus on professional networking rather than “social” per-se.

The bigger the mainstream Social Media platforms become, the more they seem to turn into little more than platforms for advertisers to treat me as a product, rather than as either a true medium for self expression or a meaningful way to keep in touch with people.

Recently, I have started exploring less mainstream platforms. I discovered Mastodon, and became fascinated by the idea of a federated network of small “Social Media” sites. My research into Mastodon also lead to discovering the IndieWeb and the philosophy of POSSE - Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere.

In other words – Take back the Internet, and make it ones own thing again.

Now that … that's inspiring, and motivating.

Plans for the site

  • I am currently using Hugo to create the content for this site. Content-as-code is a beautiful thing.
  • I plan to make said theme Responsive and (hopefully) a lot more attractive than it is now
  • Finally, I plan to turn this site into a proper blog and a showcase for personal projects

About Me

If you happened to have followed the link to my LinkedIn profile, you have already discovered that I am Principal Software Engineer working in the Greater Boston area. For right now, that's all there is to know about me.

Contact me in the Mastodon Fediverse @kcoram@librem.one

What's New?

Home Lab Updates

Published on – 500 Words

Manjaro VM At first, installing ArchLinux or Manjaro into a libvirt VM was looking to be difficult. The virt-install program only supports adding the extra kernal arguments that would enable a tty console when also run with the --location argument. Neither ArchLinux nor Manjaro provide a location that virt-install understands. Rather, both provide an ISO image to boot from. With no console to attach to, I thought I was not going to be able to proceed.

vagrant-libvirt and Bridged Networking

Published on – 600 Words

Once I had a way to install virtual machines on my Ubuntu home lab server, my next goal was to be able to directly SSH into them from my laptop. By default, the Vagrant-installed libvirt virtual machines all connect to a virtual subnet. In order to be able to connect from other computers in my home, I needed to set up Bridged Networking. Updating Netplan Configuration In order to set up Bridged Networking, I first had to update how my server configures its network.

Trying out ArchLinux using libvirt and Vagrant

Published on – 700 Words

I have been curious about the ArchLinux distribution for some time. I have a Ubuntu 20.04 server running in headless mode in my home lab, with KVM + libvirt already set up, so I decided to set up a virtual machine to give Arch a try. I spent a fair amount of time researching how best to use libvirt to create a new VM, but almost all of the tutorials and how-tos that I found assumed access to an X desktop, either with virt-manager or with some sort of graphics driver given to virt-install.

Nest Micropub - First Steps

Published on – 700 Words

Now and then I feel like it would be convenient to be able to post quick notes, or to quickly save bookmarks, here on my blog. The obvious IndieWeb solution would be to add Micropub support. Since I have a desire to learn more about the NestJS framework for creating NodeJS servers, it seems like creating a Micropub server using NestJS will be a nice personal project. My first step was to get a better handle on creating a NestJS application, particularly using the Nx tool set that I have come to greatly appreciate at work.

Adding OAuth Authentication - Addendum

Published on – 300 Words

In my Adding OAuth Authentication to an Nginx Website article yesterday, I forgot to include one additional configuration setting that I needed to get Vouch to fully work. With the default example Gitea configuration, I found that I was still getting Unauthorized errors. I had to watch the network calls to get access to the full error message. The problem was that even though I was authenticated, I was not actually authorized.

Adding OAuth Authentication to an Nginx Website

Published on – 800 Words

A project that I hope to get started on in the near future is working on creating a micropub end-point for my blog. There are some good open source starting points, but one of my goals is to use the project as a way to better learn server-side Node.js and/or Nest.js programming. Obviously, I will want a good authentication mechanism in place to protect against abuse of the micropub end-point, once I have one.

Windows Search Down - Update

Published on – 200 Words

According to a Slashdot article that I just read, the problems with Windows Search have been resolved, with no need for everyone to edit their registries. The problem was, in fact, Bing. For reasons only known to Microsoft, the Windows Search functionality apparently uses the Bing backend – even for doing local searches. There was a service outage today, which caused the frustrating black screen to appear. I still think it is pretty inexcusable.

Windows Search Down?

Published on – 100 Words

Windows Search down for many — here's the fix TL;DR: The issue is reportedly related to Bing, and the “fix” being suggested involves using RegEdit to disable Bing integration. Not for the faint of heart! It's also pretty inexcusable . . .

Iowa Caucus App

Published on – 500 Words

I really shouldn't laugh so much at someone else's misfortune or frustration. Still, as a 20+ year software developer, I have to wonder why anyone would have expected the plan to use a brand new “app” to count votes for the Iowa caucus to actually work out. It is never a good idea to make the first real-world use of a new application be something important and so publicly visible.

And Therein Lies the Rub

Published on – 200 Words

The tagline of https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/29/browser_security_enigma/ reads: Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy… and why we all shouldn't get too much of it Browser makers keep coming back to the need to please advertisers And therein lies the rub. Websites cost money to run. Content costs money to create. Software, such as web browsers, cost time and frequently money to create and maintain. As the saying goes, “there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.