How to use flashrom on Archlinux ARM

By corrupting a bootloader on my router's motherboard I managed to soft-brick it. Bootloader is usually the first batch of software instructions, the motherboard executes when powered up. Soft-bricking means that the device won't boot up, but can be resurrected to life, or de-bri…

Arch news pacman hook tip

Part of the Arch Linux system maintenance is to actively read latest news. Mostly anyone who uses Arch has come across this piece of advice: read the news before updating! In other words, before running the dreaded sudo pacman -Syu command, one should be prepared to act upon any …

How to verify integrity of OpenWRT files

The OpenWRT page about download integrity verification describes three steps for a successful verification of downloaded files: Download the sha256sum and sha256sum.asc files Check the signature with gpg --with-fingerprint --verify sha256sum.asc sha256sum, ensure that the GnuPG …

Things to do after installing ansible on Arch

After installing ansible package I start with listing all the available roles: ansible-galaxy list I am immediately greeted with two warnings: [WARNING]: - the configured path /usr/share/ansible/roles does not exist. [WARNING]: - the configured path /etc/ansible/roles does not…

Status update April 2021

Feeling little overwhelmed lately. There are many projects and activities I have started and none seem to get even near finishing. I have pushed myself to finish the triangles.fun so I have one less thing to worry about, but too many people experienced the top row cutoff. This is…

The most useful computer mouse

It looks like I use this as a daily log and I think I like it. My today's contribution would be Logitech MX Master 3. Before I purchased this mouse, I have been using Dell WM524. It was my first Bluetooth mouse and I have been using far longer than the manufacturer intended it to…

VPS opinion: Contabo

Linode was my first choice as a VPS for at least 8 years by now. Back then when I started purchasing virtual server instances there weren't so many choices as there are today. Today, it looks like everyone who does something remotely associated with computers offers Virtual Priva…