Vale Google Reader; Hullo Tiny Tiny RSS

With a month to go until one of my favourite Google services is rendered for glue, I’ve been inspired to hunt for a replacement!

The inspiration came in the form of a reminder about all of my treasured Google Buzz content, and how I might want to back it up before it died. I don’t want to, of course, but it did remind me that Google were killing Reader because they are utter bastards.

Sure, I could switch over to feedly or pay for feedbin or something like that, but I do have a bit of a penchant for rolling my own when it comes to web services. And I do pay for this VPS every month.

Upon poking around, I found an open source web-based RSS reader – Tiny Tiny RSS. Developed since 2005 by a deeply sarcastic Russian, and all full of tasty AJAX, I thought it might foot the bill.

So, install it I did! A little wrestle with PostgreSQL later, an import of my feeds from Reader, and the addition of a Fever API emulator plugin then – voila! A fully featured, super quick, can’t-take-it-away-from-me-capricious-online-provider type application, syncing with Reeder on my phone. And what’s more, an hour or so of my time debugging the Fever API emulator has fixed its compatibility with Postgres.

Look! Ain’t it pretty?

Tiny Tiny RSS

Anyway, yes, very geeky but I’m pretty pleased.

The tiniest computer!

Can you believe this is a fully functional PC?

It’s got an Atom Z530 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 2 gigabit ethernet ports, wifi, etc. etc.

This tiny little amazing computer is called the fit-PC2i, and I just ordered one with Mint Linux on it. Whee!

APNIC has run out of IPv4 addresses

Well that happened rather more quickly than I’d thought. The Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Registrar (APNIC) is now down to it’s last big block of IPv4 addresses. Its policy, once having reached this point, is to carefully conserve the remaining IP addresses to facilitate service providers’ transition to IPv6. They won’t give out more than about a thousand addresses to each APNIC member – total. Effectively, this means they’ve run out.

In recognition of this interesting fact (if you are a geek), slightlyodd.com and www.slightlyodd.com now have AAAA records. All set for world IPv6 day, I guess 🙂

Edit: Linode has deployed Native IPv6 🙂 – so I’ve updated all my DNS records accordingly. Progress!

Never see smh or theage autoplay videos again!

Do you hate Fairfax’s horrible auto-playing videos? How about their retina-searing flash ads and giant fluorescent ad-wrap-arounds? Well, worry not!

First, download Adblock/Adblock Plus:

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom

Use the EasyList filter (this kills all the ads). Now, add the following custom filters:

(In Firefox: Tools -> AdBlock Plus Preferences -> Add Filter…)

com.au##DIV.videoWrap
com.au##.overlay.overlayPlayCountdown.overlayPrePlay.visible
com.au###video-player-content

It should look like this:

Hooray! No more stupid freaking horrible autoplay videos and ugly ads! Win!

Now Accessible via IPv6

I guess this is a bit of a follow-up to my post from last November about the impending IANA IPv4 address exhaustion. On November 30th, 4 of the last 6 IANA /8 blocks were allocated, leaving just two. It’s anticipated that APNIC (the Asia-Pacific Region authority) will pick up these last two in just three weeks time. From there, it’s likely our region will be the first one to run entirely out of IPv4 addresses in November of this year.

Last week I decided it’s probably a good time to put my money where my mouth is and get IPv6 enabled at home and on this website. In Australia, Internode is the only ISP offering native IPv6 (and they don’t provide tech support yet) but given the fact that no ISPs will be able to get new addresses for customers by November, I’d imagine a few others have some plans in the works.

Enabling it at home was real easy:

And enabling it on here wasn’t too hard either, with some instructions on the Linode wiki. Now, if you’re a giant nerd, you can access this site via IPv6: http://ipv6.slightlyodd.com/

If it doesn’t work, you probably haven’t gotten IPv6 working properly. Good luck! 🙂