Today I learned about ‘chip creep’ that used to happen on older PCs: a chip working its way out of a socket over time as it expanded and contracted from heating and cooling. And that a quick way to fix a motherboard with lots of creeping chips was to gently drop it on the table.

I like East Coker by TS Eliot. I don’t think I understand it all. But I like it.

“Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.”

I’ve been doing more server maintenance and system administration than coding lately (not as much of either as I’d like to though, to be honest) and I really enjoy it.   All very basic stuff though, couldn’t pretend to know what it’s like when it gets large scale.  I want to play with some infrastructure as code stuff though, think I’d like that.
The tail of Storm Ciara is gusting away through the trees outside at about 60mph. The white noise is oddly soothing when you’re in the inside. I hope it doesn’t do much more damage to the trees though.
I’m reading Dune at the moment. First time doing so. It’s really good so far. It feels a bit like a fantasy book, but with little hints of sci-fi thrown in here and there.

I like the way it’s written. I like how the characters have these little thoughts as asides now and then.

Feuding dukes doesn’t really get me going plot wise, but some of this CHOAM company stuff seems like it could be interesting.

Bookmarked Switching from Google Analytics to Matomo (f.k.a. Piwik) on WordPress — Piper Haywood (Piper Haywood)

It’s a new decade, time to leave Google Analytics. A big part of me wants to say screw it, just get rid of analytics altogether. But I find it

Looks like a really useful post by Piper Haywood on moving to Matomo.

I don’t currently have any analytics on my own personal website – I’m much more interested in genuine active interactions than shaped passive interactions. I kind of feel like passive analytics, visitor counts, etc, in a personal context, can feed into the performative aspect of the web. Like, "this post did better, I should write more like this". Losing some of your own voice to serve the numbers.

That said, in an organisational context, analytics can be very useful. "This visitor genuinely wanted to learn more about us, but struggled because X". And I would really like to not use Google. So I might have a play with Matomo on my own site and see if we could use it at work.