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Codeberg as an OIDC Provider for Tailscale

I think Tailscale is a great product. Despite this, I’ve been hesitant to use it for everything due to not being able to use it without using Big Tech as an identity provider. The options have historically been to use either Microsoft, GitHub (basically Microsoft), Google or Apple. None of these companies align with my personal values. One workaround is to use Headscale which is a self-hosted implementation of the Tailscale control server which removes the need to use an identity provider altogether....

August 25, 2023 · 4 min · 695 words · Kenny

Carry a Water Bottle

Everyone should carry a water bottle as part of their Everyday Carry (EDC). Most of the reasons are obvious and just plain common sense. Most people don’t because it’s inconvenient and they’ve grown up in a world that generally provides for their needs with little perceivable cost to themselves. I thought it would be fun to write about this topic that differs from the tech/privacy topics I usually touch on....

August 13, 2023 · 3 min · 544 words · Kenny

Free Things to do with your Domain Name

I’ve always wondered what free services there were out there that allowed you to connect your domain name. I’ve found a few services over the years and I will attempt to document a bunch of them here. I am writing this from the perspective that an individual would find some of these useful. These services shouldn’t require a whole bunch of skill. I guess, in a way, I want to show the average person that there may be some value in owning a domain name even for those without many technical skills....

July 28, 2023 · 3 min · 500 words · Kenny

Technologies I'm Excited About (May '23 edition)

I was thinking about what topics I could write about and I thought it would be fun to have an ongoing series where I would talk about technologies that I follow that I’m excited about and why I’m excited and where technologies I’ve talked about in the past are up to. I don’t plan to do this on any particular planned schedule; they’ll be done when I feel like enough has changed....

May 1, 2023 · 4 min · 820 words · Kenny

Tuning Family Android Devices

Most people nowadays have their whole lives on their phones. They will look at their e-mails, watch videos, do all their shopping, write all their personal thoughts all on the one device. With all the processes running on the device, there are, naturally, many outgoing connections that are potentially hostile towards the user. These additional connections will also drain the device battery without benefiting the user. While the easiest way to deal with unwanted outgoing connections is to simply not use apps that behave in this way or find alternatives, the average person simply doesn’t care or have the understanding of why it’s important to have these connections under control which means the apps must be “sanitised” as best as possible....

April 15, 2023 · 5 min · 1061 words · Kenny