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How to Subscribe to Substack Newsletters with RSS

I have been pretty outspoken on my love of RSS as a replacement for social media feeds. It鈥檚 a recurring topic on this blog. There have even been a number of people who found my post How to Subscribe to Mailchimp Newsletters With RSS through a random Google search, and later ended up reaching out to me and thanking me for writing it because they found it useful. (If you鈥檙e one of those readers, Helloooo!...

February 17, 2024 路 2 min 路 298 words 路 Josh
馃摳: [@markusspiske](https://unsplash.com/@markusspiske)

A Simple Trick to Make Logging Onto Public Wifi Easier

Have you ever logged onto public WiFi, but when you try to open a web page that you already had open, it just won鈥檛 load? Sometimes this is because the WiFi is simply not working. In cases like that, it鈥檚 probably better to just pull out a book and read, instead of fighting a hopeless battle with bad WiFi. 馃檭 Other times, however, the WiFi is actually indeed working, but it鈥檚 waiting for you to log in to it....

December 30, 2023 路 2 min 路 413 words 路 Josh
馃摳: [@helloimnik](https://unsplash.com/@helloimnik)

How I Quickly Found a Quote Buried in Dozens of Hours of Audio

This morning, on day 8 of the 2023 Israel鈥擧amas War, my amazing girlfriend is mediating a dialog/debate between a Muslim and a Jew, about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Last night, she was studying in preparation for the discussion, and we ended up talking a bit about the history of the conflict. I mentioned that a few years ago I had listened to the 鈥淔ear and Loathing in the New Jerusalem鈥 series by the MartyrMade Podcast....

October 15, 2023 路 8 min 路 1675 words 路 Josh
馃摳: [@thomweerd](https://unsplash.com/@thomweerd)

You Should Learn TOTP (Especially if You're an Expat)

TL;DR: Those SMS authentication codes SUUUCK when you鈥檙e an expat who doesn鈥檛 always have access to the same phone number. TOTP is a fix to that, allowing you to access your accounts without needing to be able to receive SMS texts. The tutorial video below teaches what TOTP is, how it works, and how to use it. I use and recommend a paid Bitwarden plan for less than $1/month to manage my TOTP codes....

July 23, 2023 路 4 min 路 Josh
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How to (Legally) Turn a YouTube Playlist Into a Torrent with Linux

The Project 馃摴 A couple years ago I got connected with Andrew Case, the co-creator of Aleph with Beth, a YouTube channel with the goal of making top-quality Biblical Hebrew educational resources available to everyone who wants them. They鈥檝e created hundreds of really well produced videos 鈥 lessons, practice stories, quizzes, songs, and more. Their videos are designed so that anyone, of (nearly) any age, with any educational, cultural, or linguistic background can learn Biblican Hebrew by watching and studying their videos....

June 28, 2023 路 14 min 路 Josh

How to Subscribe to Mailchimp Newsletters With RSS

I subscribe to a LOT of email newsletters. I haven鈥檛 counted specifically, but I鈥檓 guessing there are roughly 40-50 newsletters that I鈥檓 purposefully subscribed to and actually want to read (not just spammy marketing emails that I haven鈥檛 yet opted-out of, but actual, real content I鈥檓 interested to read and consume). Because I don鈥檛 consume traditional social media feeds, I鈥檓 left getting updates about stuff I care about from other sources....

May 18, 2023 路 3 min 路 Josh
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3 Tips for Dealing with Timezones

I find myself interacting online with people from a lot of different timezones. Here鈥檚 a screenshot from an actual page on my phone鈥檚 launcher. Each of these clocks has been needed at some point fairly recently, usually because I鈥檓 scheduling a call with someone in a corresponding timezone. 1 Now, timezones can be notoriously complicated and frustrating to deal with. Because of the above-average amount of interactions between timezones I鈥檝e navigated lately, I wanted to share some of the tips, tricks, and tools I鈥檝e come away with (besides just having a full page of your phone鈥檚 launcher dedicated to clocks 馃槀), in case those tips and tricks might be useful to you too!...

November 21, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh
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Own Your Feed: Save Your Attention (and, maybe, the World?) with RSS

TL;DR: RSS is the best way to follow content online. My feed is here. Try something like Feedly if you鈥檙e new to RSS, though the options for how RSS can make your relationship with online media more healthy and meaningful are countless. It鈥檚 been over 2 years since I deleted of all my social media accounts, and with them, all the attention sucking newsfeeds and updates that came with them....

November 17, 2022 路 18 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@aaronburden](https://unsplash.com/@aaronburden) (and Homebrew, Nintendo, & Chocolatey, obviously)

Package Managers and Why They're Awesome

In the deep-diving of the esoteric world of technology as I do, I often come across tools which the vast majority of people will never need or make use of. I tend to note those tools and log them away for personal use, as it is not uncommon for weird situations to pop up where I need some ultra-niche tool I鈥檝e stumbled across in the past. Other times, some of those tools I encounter could make a lot of people鈥檚 lives much easier and more convenient....

November 10, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh

Fixing Wordpress Nginx "502 Bad Gateway" Error After Debian Upgrade

This is a pretty technical post. If most of the words in the title above are gibberish to you, this article likely isn鈥檛 for you. You鈥檒l probably like the other things I鈥檝e written more 馃槃 ) In the spirit of showing my work, here鈥檚 a quick fix to an annoying little upgrade bug I encountered when upgrading a server from version Debian 10 to Debian 11. Immediately after upgrading, the WordPress site that I was hosting (Specifically, the nginx server software WordPress was installed on) started giving a 502 Bad Gateway error:...

November 7, 2022 路 2 min 路 Josh