Minetest Emotes Mod

My two oldest sons worked together to make their first video in a series of vidoes on tech projects. My second oldest son programmed a modification (mod) for the minetest blocks game. The video shows some of that process, a “making of” type of video.

Server Upgrade

We decided to upgrade our peertube server, primarily so that it can transcode videos faster. It served them just fine, but the transcoding process was taking too long. https://video.retroedge.tech/videos/local It is now running on an HP EliteDesk 800 G1 mini with an Intel i7-4785T processor. It’s four cores and eight threads should do a lot better than the two cores, two threads of the previous machine’s AMD GX-217GA Also upgraded from a 128GB SSD to a 500GB SSD while we were at it, so I don’t have to do it later.

Self Hosting a Peertube Server

RetroEdgeTech is publishing videos again! The big deal is that I am self-hosting a Peertube server. Peertube is part of the Fediverse in that it federates, or talks to other servers. For instance, you can comment on one of my videos without having to have an account on my server, it can be an account on any other Fediverse server. For example, on one of my videos someone from peertube.biz made a comment, even though my server is video.

Videos on LMDE

Here are two videos with commentary on Linux Mint Debian Edition 5. The first is by Chris Were. It’s a rambly twenty minute long video, in which he touches on quite a few topics that are important to me, as well as making a case for why Linux Mint should drop the Ubuntu base and go straight to the source, Debain. Linux Mint should ditch Ubuntu and here’s why The second is by Old Tech Bloke.

My Top 4 Distro Recommendations

Disclaimer! I am recommending and focusing on these particular operating systems, but I am open to exploring others. Also, if you think a distro that is missing from this list is the best, keep using it! Scope and Focus for RetroEdge I have a certain vision for the topics that RetroEdge.Tech will cover and how I will approach them. This includes the operating systems that I will be focusing on and recommending.


I first started using the Fediverse when Derek Taylor of DistroTube hosted a Mastodon instance at distrotoot dot com and invited people to join. It was a great year! I met a lot of people and became familiar with how the Fediverse works. The most common Fediverse interactions feel close to how Twitter works, but there’s much more than that with lots of different kinds of servers and options (blog publishing, photos, audio, video, et cetera).

Trying NetBSD

Stayed up late installing NetBSD in a gnome-boxes virtual machine. Kind of cool because I used a workstation in the house, even though gnome-boxes wasn’t installed on that machine but was on my office workstation in a different building. Used x11 forwarding over ssh, which is always an impressive trick. Got NetBSD installed but had networking problems. NetBSD was trying ipv6 but failing and taking over two minutes to time out and then try ipv4.

Built a Linux workstation with my son

This evening my oldest son and I put together a Linux workstation together for him to use. Hardware was sourced from my used inventory. Nobilus branded case Intel LGA1155 server motherboard Intel Xeon E3-1220 v2 cpu 16GB PC3 memory (four 4GB modules) Samsung 128GB SATA SSD AMD Radeon R7 graphics card We talked about different options for Linux distributions and my son chose to go with EndeavourOS, an arch based distro.

Configuring bspwm with Scheme

Chicken Scheme, to be precise. Normally the bspwm window manager is configured with a shell script located at ~/.config/bspwm/bspwmrc One of the interesting features of bspwm is that you can write that configuration script in any language you want. So I’ve been experimenting with writing it in scheme. I have an interest in Chicken Scheme because it compiles to C, but it can also be run as a script, too.

Trying Stumpwm

I’m giving the manual tiling window manager StumpWM a try. It is very different than the other tiling window managers I’ve used. The key bindings are strangly diffent and the way it spawns windows is different. Everything is different… and I think I like it! Since I made the above video, I’ve been learning more about StumpWM. This tiling window manager is not for everyone, but it might be for me.