J. R. Swab's Blog

How to Play Dwarf Fortress in the Terminal - The following instructions are for Arch Linux without Xorg (so essentially terminal only arch or what you get after a fresh Arch Linux install). If you are using Ubuntu server or another distro, the steps should be close to the same. But not exact so please do your research. You may get lucky and just have to edit the config file. Categories: [Technology]

Two Ways To Block Ads On Your Entire Network - Many people use an ad blocker like uBlockOrigin to block ads from tracking us around the web but this only works on the devices it is installed on. We can do one better and prevent them all across any network in our control. Categories: [Technology]

Matrix: Decentralized Communication - In this episode of the Hacker Cultur Podcast we talk about Matrix and the Riot app. A decentralized chat protocal and it's flagship app for all platforms. Categories: [Technology]

How To Bind Any Unicode To Keys In Linux - Now that I am typing in Esperanto to others online I needed a fast way to type the characters not found in Engish. This would have been trivial if I was using a typical desktop environment like Gnome, Plasma, or KDE; but I use i3wm, and after much searching, I found this approach. Modifying this f... Categories: [Technology]

Powerful Effects Of Ergonomic Technology - We spend all day on our computers coding, blogging, and consuming knowledge. This leads to many problems over time that even myself deal with now. It is best to keep ergonomics in mind when updating our work space. Before I get too far into this post, let me say first I am not a doct... Categories: [Technology]

What You Need To Know About Sugar - As I learn more and more about a topic the more, my habits change to fit my new found knowledge. So if I read a study about why something is terrible for my health, I may only change my habits by five percent. It's this same studying that leads me to a low carbohydrate diet. I was addicted to suga... Categories: [self improvement]

Grammarly Vs. ProWritingAid - Your content matters and you need to make sure you work is of the highest quality to succeed as a blogger. After fifteen years of blogging, I never publish my work without having it proofread or using one of the apps mentioned in this post. Categories: [Review]

How To Create Easy and Secure Passwords - The first step to making sure our passwords are their best is to leave the 'password' mentality behind. We need to create 'passphrases' instead. A passphrase is like a password but longer, using several words together. The longer the passphrase is, the better off we will be. But there is a point of... Categories: [Technology]

Why You Need To Have New Content Proofread - Proofreading is one of the most essential steps in blog creation. Yet so many people choose not to find another user willing to help out in this process. There may be times when there is an artistic reason to avoid proofreading. However, if you are looking to grow your blog and take it to new levels... Categories: [Content Creation]

The Best Mindset To Achieve Internet Privacy - While there is not just one thing that you can do to keep all your data private online; there is one mindset that will significantly increase the amount of privacy you obtain. This mindset or tactic is compartmentalization. Separate everything as much as possible. From email to social media, to on... Categories: [Technology]

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