Is It Time to Stop Yelling into the Void?

Well, it’s that time again: renewing the hosting plan for my blog. To renew or not to renew, that is the question. How much is this blog worth to me in hard dollars and cents? The Cost My hosting service is simply overpriced. Aside from requiring I offload most of my media files to another service for which I have… Continue reading

Closing the Doors at tt.us

My final blog post at timtyson.us will be published on my blog’s 20th birthday: March 19, 2024.1 My blog, timtyson.us, will permanently go offline on April 27, 2024. On May 21, 2024, our photos, hosted on SmugMug, will permanently go offline.2 My panoramas, hosted on 360Cities, will remain online indefinitely.3 My videos, hosted on YouTube, will remain online indefinitely.4 All… Continue reading

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

I’ve been using WordPress as my blogging platform now for probably over 13 years. I changed from MovableType when WordPress 3.0 was released. Once I got my head around how it worked (which was very different from MovableType), I really liked it. Plugins make WordPress both powerful and easy to use, and I’ve used many, many different plugins through the… Continue reading

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Like everyone else, we are so o.v.e.r this pandemic/endemic. I can not adequately express how much Steve and I miss going to the symphony. We were scheduled to attend a San Francisco Symphony concert, but we had to cancel the trip. Apparently one of the symphony members tested positive for Covid, and, out of an abundance of caution, they canceled.… Continue reading

JackTrip Live Remote Music Rehearsal and Performance

I will always, hands down, prefer live music making and live concerts. Recordings are awesome, but they are just not the same1 But, at the same time, I’ve always lamented that musicians can’t collaborate (rehearse and perform together) unless they are physically present with one another in the same space. And with the pandemic, making remote live music has never… Continue reading

Texas Power Companies Control Residents’ Thermostats Remotely

Wow! Texans are always very verbal about government telling them what to do. They won’t have it! They want freedom – whatever the hell that is. Yet they let corporations control their home thermostats remotely. Now, that’s FREEDOM! Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage.Residents with Google’s Nest… Continue reading

Calling It Quits

My blog, TimTyson.US, has been “in business” now for 15 years. That’s sort of amazing to me. But the expression “in business” is not accurate. I make no money at all from my blog–never have. In fact, very much the opposite. Having an independent blog without any advertising costs money–increasingly, too much money. It’s also becoming increasingly complex1. The Data… Continue reading

Another Extortion Attempt [Rolling My Eyes]

We live in such a weird world. Seriously. This is the second time some wacko has attempted to extort money (bitcoin) from me. The first was a mailed letter. I posted it here. This time the extortionist sent an email. I’m presenting the email, uncorrected, exactly as I received it. Apparently the amount of the first extortion attempt was too… Continue reading

Longterm Relationships: WordPress Maintenance

Like any longterm relation, my blogging platform, WordPress, requires maintenance. In this post I’m going to cover my WordPress Maintenance experience and make some recommendations to others who use or are considering using a self-hosted WordPress installation. I started my blog in March of 2004 using the Moveable Type self-hosted blogging platform. Six years later (2010) WordPress 3.0 (self-hosted) was… Continue reading

Thank You EU Privacy Rule: General Data Collection Regulation

Have you wondered why you’re getting all of these “We’ve changed our terms of service” emails? Well, I have the answer for you. For all of Fox News’ bluster about how the US is number one, we have certainly fallen far behind the other democracies of the world as we slip into irrelevant oblivion. Here’s the latest example: the European… Continue reading