Here’s a real thing I’d enjoying doing for money: Proofreading & ”proofcoding” JS framework tutorials. Maybe even on a subscription basis; every 3 months I’ll rework your tutorial from scratch and see what breaks.
Bonus: An excuse to learn All The Things.
CV: 10 yrs executive & legislative lawyering (reading/writing/editing/critical analysis/critical communication), 3 years self-taught JS via dozens of half-broken tutorials trailed by years’ worth of comments.
(This post brought to you by a graphQL & Authentication tutorial that I don’t want to name-and-shame.)
- ”The New Prometheus,” a new short story in the Michael Swanwick ”Mongolian Wizard” world, free from Tor.com.
That’s it. Too much other stuff swirling around. Blah.
It’s about file permissions, yeah, but the thing that eluded me for a few hours until I hit on this post, was that it’s also about mount points and security rules.
You gotta get the UUID of your ”plex files” partition(s) and edit
/etc/fstab to have your system mount it/them somewhere other than the default.
I think the example the Plex employee uses in his walkthrough is unfortunate because on my Pop_OS drive
/media is already used by the system. I created a new folder at the root level called
/plexmedia, chmodded it to 755, and listed it as the mount point for a partition on my external USB drive. When the system rebooted, suddenly the Plex server could see all my subfolders. Hooray.
NOTE: Before figuring this out, I had already tried the following; now I don’t know if they were unnecessary fiddling or if they were also a needed part of the solution:
(1) The drive and media files were originally part of a Mac setup. The drive was formatted HFS+, journalled. I took the drive back to a Mac and turned off journalling using
(2) Once I’d done (1) I could mount the drive in Linux in a write-able fashion, and chowned the entire thing to user
plex and group
root. (As a read-only volume they had been showing up as ”503: root” where 503 is the ID of my everyday Mac user. I read some tricky posts about creating a Linux user with a matching ID and ”stealing” those ”orphan” files, but I’m glad I didn’t go down that route because the security/default-mount thing would still have been in the way… [I do think this mattered, because once I discovered the Plex post linked above, I didn’t need to do the 755/644 stuff; it just worked.]
- A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age, Soni & Goodman. He was such a mild-mannered guy that his biography is sort of boring. Other books that mention him (e.g., the history of Bell Labs) sort of do the job, unless you’re really a completist about your nerd biographies.
- Home and The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor. Books 2 and 3 of this series. I said of the first, “A little thin on plot but a refreshing character…” The plots got more interesting. I liked ‘em.
- The Raven Tower, Ann Leckie. I liked this, too. I gather this is a continuation of a fantasy world she’s already built in short stories over the years; it was all new to me.
- Revenger, Alastair Reynolds. I didn’t finish this until June but I was still on vacation so it counts in May. A little different than most of his stuff but pretty good. (I don’t love it when he leans into ultraviolence; happens in Revelation Space books here and there, too. I guess I’m just a squish.)
- Permafrost, Alastair Reynolds. An unexpected time-travel thing from AR. Novella-length maybe? I read it on my Kindle while on vacation. My complete Goodreads review: “Good, but Connie Willis has mined this vein so deeply it’s hard not to compare.”
In May I said, “I got 10% of the way through an absolute doorstop of a fantasy novel.” I ran out of newer books while travelling, and plowed through another 20% or so of The Dragonbone Chair. Having put this much time into it, I’ll probably finish it, but it really is such a pastiche of better work that I won’t mind putting it off.
Things I meant to post this week
Seems like that (supposed) Dr Johnson quote where he zings the lady for looking up curse words is somehow appropriate here.
I never really thought about the failed Great Promise Of The Internet as a subset of anything else, but this @ibogost quote made me realize I was wrong; it’s part of a vaster and more terrible regression — the “failure to realize the promises of the mid century.”
If you’re in the right frame of mind (3G&Ts deep), we sort of already live in a Star Wars (or Arrakis).
Elvis Costello and friends (Bacharach, McCartney, Dylan, Cash.) had an EP on Record Store Day this year that is now on the streaming sites. Recommended if you like mid-career EC. (I do. The first track showed up on my Release Radar this week. “Everyone’s Playing House.”)
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