Dear Diary: Today I Ruined a Pen

2020-03-13 3 min read Fails Fountain pens Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

Note: This isn’t one of the backlogged posts, this one actually just happened.

So, yeah this was fun.

I was giving all my pens a thorough flush as, well, for most of them it was time for it, and for two of my pens (both the TWSBI brand ones), that means unscrewing the piston off the back. Anyone want to guess what happened just off that alone?

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That's a New Level of Failure

2020-02-09 2 min read Fails Hackintosh Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

So if you’ve been keeping up to date (pun intended), you’ll know that MacOS 10.15.3 is now a thing, that appears to just be a few bugfixes. So that won’t be a problem right, the hackintoshes can update just fine, right?

Well it’s all fun and games until the computer dosen’t recognize its boot device.

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T440s Have Some Wonderful Cooling

2020-02-09 2 min read Fails Hardware Rants Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

It’s safe to say that I’ve seen my fair share of T440 ThinkPads in my time, and there’s one common element on all of them that just downright bugs me.

If you ever take the back off one (and not snap it off somehow), and decide to unscrew the heatsink, you’ll see two dies: a larger one on the right (CPU) and a smaller one on the left (GPU). Those little shiny blocks are the heart of that machine… and they’re so tiny too!

Now if you look closer, you’ll see that the GPU die is bare. Oops.

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RED ALERT: Emergency Laptop Brain Transplant

2019-09-26 4 min read Fails Hardware My stuff Maintenance Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count
Incident Report Sept. 26, 2019: Was upgrading Mint from 19.1 to 19.2, midway through, the update fails with read-only filesystem. I was cleaning up the drive at the time (getting rid of some unneeded files) and was encountering the same error. When Nemo refreshed, every icon on my desktop had a big “✖️” icon, signifying that there was an error accessing - the entire laptop was actually read-only. Being a sensible person, I tried to reboot. Continue reading

Hugo? More Like HuNO!

2019-09-16 4 min read Behind the scenes Fails Rants Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count
So I have no doubt, given Cloudflare’s metrics, that plenty have seen this site. They’ve probably also experienced one of the longest load times in existence, default fonts, and broken icons. Well, I just about fixed it. The Problem There were two main problems: The first is that a few directories referenced in the template didn’t exist by default. For example, /fonts when the actual contents are at static/fonts. This has an easy fix, we call that a symlink. Continue reading