October time!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.

While the rest of the retail world is trying to get past Halloween because it makes them look satanic; Straight past Thanksgiving because news agencies and commercials have mocked and psychologically broken the average American family; And just fast forward right to Christmas to force-feed good cheer down everyone’s throat under the pretense to try to get multiple black Fridays to keep the machine alive and oiled. We at S-Config have kept our middle fingers very healthy this month and are slowly escalating that middle finger to have the same strength one would expect out of Kung-Fu movies. One finger death punch here we come!

This is just a quick update to let everyone out there know that after 11 years of being online. We’re still shouting at the clouds! Read on for more random-assed diatribes!

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Hi Koss.

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We tried to talk to you, Koss. Now, we talk to the clouds.

As the title of my website says we exist somewhere within the city of Milwaukee Wisconsin and so does Koss! If you’ve been around for my dissection of Corsair Headsets you are very well aware that we are heavy users of headset/headphone technology.  When at home we sometimes jump on the ye’ol’ telegram and talk so people for hours. Sometimes even get invited to events we cannot easily discuss, one part NDA, another part sexy robot time that would make most of the readers here uncomfortable!

This is my little diatribe of supporting a not-so-small local business and the trials that led us up to the point where it may be time we part ways from this company as a whole. It’s very unlikely they’ll even listen to us at this stage where I’m sitting on some lowly blog shouting into the clouds but it’s better than leaving a bad review on Amazon only for manufactured positive reviews to overshadow the problems entirely. Understand Koss (and any other headset company that bothers to listen) that we don’t hate you. We want you to get better. If possible, we’ll even show you how. Because a blog is supposed to help.

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Inspiration to self-host is…..

As some are aware we decided to participate in this ancient practice known as webrings. This technique occurred because social networks didn’t really exist in the 90s. You can’t really blast your site out on IRC without someone bitching at best; Or, getting K-lined by an Op at worst. Finally, search engines back in the day were not elegant and often missed a lot of personal sites (Very much like they do today but for different reasons.) Usually to join a webring can be as simple as submitting a site and hoping the other side believes you are human enough to enter. Other webrings tend to go through forums in which people get support and offer commentaries on a thread.

One of those comments we found interesting was one that criticized the overall quality of self-hosting within the Webring community. That there are some that put up a website with some graphics, have one “Hello World” blog and if they have other categories leave construction gif icons everywhere and call it a day. It’s ironically very Geocities of them and fits the 90’s website aesthetic to a tee! But we’ve also heard of comments from people who build websites asking for help that they aren’t even sure what to talk about once they got the site going.

Perhaps this is a good opportunity to help. So read on if you wish to listen to our diatribes further!

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“No JavaScript” Brutalisim.

No Javascript brutalisim.

S-Config.com – Now with No JavaScript.

I’m not sure how exactly I ended up at this point. Or to rephrase this question:

Why didn’t we do this sooner? – S

But after about 3 days of fucking around with WordPress functions. We’ve now disabled JQuery on the front end which is responsible for running the mass majority of WordPress-related JavaScript. What does that mean to you the average reader? Well! Outside of dropping our payload by half which will result in faster load times. Those rocking the No-Script plugin will have the exact same experience as those NOT rocking the No-Script plugin. Neat huh?

A website devoid of all JavaScript is certainly an aesthetic.

The diatribes continue. Would you like to know more?

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Taking a step back – PI Vs. Thin Client.

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We’ve blogged about single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi in the past. We got our power issues resolved. And in general, we loved them!

Originally these single-board machines were designed to teach children how computers worked by giving them access direct to processors via GPIO. Something that allowed perfect timing and was easy enough for children to program was also something the industrial world wanted as well. Eventually, the “PI” became the Swiss army knife of computing. From RL applications to running them as a low-power server. These were great.

But as time marches on along with world events. Something has me reconsidering my decision as the “PI” being the end-all solution to everything.

Read on to continue this diatribe.

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Goodbye FooGallery. Hello CSS gallery.

It’s time to say goodbye to FooGallery.

We know it’s a little back and to back to be talking about this plugin again after we simply turned off the Videos in our previous blog. But to keep things short and sweet for everyone reading quickly here. This blog has not disabled a beautiful, but expensive both in cost and bandwidth plugin in WordPress. That we’re not stopping with just video. We’re ripping it all out:

  • FooGallery
  • Foobox

Read on if you wish to continue with more web-admin diatribes.

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Two dollar keyboard.

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In shorter blogging news…

We were at the local Goodwill as it’s something I used to do a ton when working with Xbox Controllers but something caught my eye in the rack of keyboards. A legit RedDragon keyboard that had a price tag of $2.00 (USD)

Well then…

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Intel Arc A380 – Does it encode?!?

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Yes, the Intel Arc A380 encodes video! Wow! Easy Peasy!

Phew! That was an easy article! Pack it up boys, girls and synths! It’s time to move on to the next article! :D – S

As Covid, chip shortage, cryptocurrency, and video card prices got crazy stupid in 2022. We witnessed businesses spend $450 on a Geforce 1050ti (normally $125 at the time) because they needed SOMETHING to work with Adobe products. Getting a 30xx series Nvidia card was just about $2,000 which given it was supposed to come at an initial price point of $600 the world of 3-D graphics cards was undoubtedly a stupid time! Now, these companies claim that they learned from their mistakes and will start building chip companies in different countries around the world instead of coming from a single location which sounds great and all. But that unfortunately will not be tested until we get another incident that shits out the entire world economy or shipping industry.

But then, out from the shadows of onboard laptop graphics chipsets. Intel announced the “ARC” series. An affordable graphics card that is good for gaming and applications. This article is going to focus a lot more on the video editing side of the ARC as it seems to shine better than the gaming side of things.

Would you like to know more? Read on!

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About FooGallery Video.

S-Config will be going back to HTML5 markup.

When we started this site we became beta testers for FooPlugins. Originally, we paid $60 for a license which then became a lifetime after the beta program was complete. This enabled us to get a free lifetime license for both “FooBox” (Which let’s be honest it’s just a javascript lightbox with a coat of paint) and “FooGallery”. Instead of spending stupid amounts of money to present videos and artwork to you the viewer. It can all be done for next to nothing. We were happy customers of FooGallery for a long time. However, as the years went on we started to see less and less value in the product as it stands today. This especially hits home for our video blogging where we self-host every video for every blog.

In part because we threw the middle fingers at YouTube. But also in part that this website is reachable on protocols beyond the clear-net as our black-mirror page informs everyone.

The licensing policies have changed. Video encoding has changed to make the entire plugin too rigid. And finally, because of how much JavaScript is involved with that program, it’s time to slowly sever ties with FooPlugins.

Read on if you would like to hear my web-admin diatribes:

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