Hello and welcome to my (Kjell C. Nicolaysen aka Cornelius K.) home on a ramshackle server here at the kerbside of the internet.
Colored print. A man and woman sit in a 1910s living room. The man is leaning back in horror as a column of fire and light burns a hole through the floor, the newspaper in his hands, and presumably the ceiling. The woman stares on in a look of shock with an open mouth.

Easily organize email with sub-addressing

Email isn’t going anywhere. No matter how many alternative protocols and chat clients we create. This is not without its reason. It integrates with automation and bots, is an exportable archive of conversations, and makes it easy to include new people in the conversation. Except there is the issue of the all-too-real 200+ a day inbox. A while back, while playing with a Postfix mail server (as you do), I came across an interesting thing called sub-addressing that can help with automatically organizing emails....

May 2, 2023

Minor Update: Codeberg migration

Just a quick update. Have moved the Neocities Uploader Script (NUsh) git repository from GitHub/GitLab to Codeberg. This is in part due to the Github Copilot debacle – a slurry of copyright infringement, breach of licenses and code-washing – and me deciding I don’t enjoy the GitLab user experience. Not to mention that Codeberg seems like a great endevour for the FOSS community. So all git repo links on the site should now point to Codeberg – should anyone find one that does not, please feel free to reach out via email or over Mastodon....

November 5, 2022
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Self Hosting

The Web is a public utility in all but legislation at this point. From the smartphone app revolution (for better or worse) to social media, government services and streaming. It’s all online. Not everyone have to self host at home. There is nothing wrong with using a hosting provider, a co-loc, or a service like write.as, Bear Blog or Write Freely. Even Wordpress for that matter, if you want a lot of bells, whistles, and headaches (which is fine, don’t get me wrong, you do you in the online space)....

October 15, 2022

Wonders and Hello

With everything going on with the world today, it seemed like a good a time as any to sit down and cancel unused domains and services from around the net in an attempt to shore up the bank account (a half filled sandbag should be enough, right? … Right?) I stumbled onto something unexpected. Some years ago I paid a small sum to get 25GB of storage on a far away server....

September 19, 2022
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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Autonomous corporations are a truly scary thought. Not only from a papercilp optimizer stand point (a less story/more sober explanation here) but looking at the horrifying DOA experiments going on. Tell me a DOA doesn’t seem like the perfect instrument for creating a paperclip optimizer. Imagine if the giant corporations we have today were hard-coded with the values of a hundred years ago, or a black-box autonomous corporation bot bought enough shares and futures to tank the world financial market....

March 7, 2022

New Domain and Site Update

Roughly six months ago, after three years of part time/no-time/some-time work in the mountains, a random meeting lead to an amazing opportunity. A path towards a career as a Linux systems administrator. To cut a long story short, my new employer was looking for nerds and geeks living in the mountains that were interested in working as IT potatoes. Though I currently lack any official certifications, I was given a chance....

March 5, 2022
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Ssh Gateway Drug

A short piece of fiction. It all starts with that small virtual machine you spun up over the weekend just for fun. To get access you implement SSH but simple password authentication won’t do. None of your friends are using it and they make fun of you when they find out. So you create your first SSH key, 2048 bits at first–soon upped to 4096. Which is ok–you’re ok. Your parents used to use RSA all the time after all....

March 1, 2022
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NUsh Neocities Uploader Script

[Ed.2022-11-05: replaced github/gitlab links with codeberg link] If you were to browse one of the GeoCities archives you might stumble across one of my old homepages. One being an ITC Class project providing (poorly written) walkthroughs for a handful of adventure games, the other being a classic early-2000s GIF and MIDI meddle. The joy of making my own homepage, making mistakes and breaking things while learnig, is one of many reasons I gravitated towards Neocities for my web hosting, as opposed to the multitudtrue At first it was all fun and games....

October 24, 2021
Black and white engraved illustration. A man in early 1900s clothing stands with his back to us, his hand grasping a large lever. In front of him stands a large mechanical printer. Its sides a collection of sprockets, gears and wheels.

Bar Code Linkology for Print

Way back on the 12th of January 2021 Matt Webb over at Interconnected published a post about using printed QR codes for links in books. Give it a read—its a fantastically nerdy and good natured post, and The Gods know we are short on those online these days. It also links to some fantastic experiments in using QR codes in print for footnoted sources. When reading printed articles and essays it is often a good idea to glance at the source material, if only to make sure it is actually real ....

April 28, 2021
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Everything Lost at Sea

[Ed.2022-03-07: found an ancient backup in an online hole-in-the-wall, so have managed to recover some of the content!] As mentioned in the description, a few days ago the microSD card that serves as my hard drive snapped in half, and the USB I was using to backup my encryption keys broke. In other words, I have lost the entire documents folder of my computer. All things I have written for the past year....

November 9, 2020