Non-volatile Memory

It seems like there’s always long times between my posts here. Sometimes the purpose they served for me has had a limited time, and other times not so much. This is one of those posts that may be subject to the chopping block for very much being almost a “Dear Diary” post that is public. Recently after having some major issues with memory and other issues I went to start working with a counselor to find out I have ADHD.

When I made this website and blog so long ago it was meant to be something I could share personal projects publicly. Sometimes while working on different things I would get ideas of what I wanted to share or write about, but the ideas were often times gone as soon as they were formed. Typically if I wanted to make a post about something if I didn’t have or make the time to do it right then and there it just didn’t happen. I guess this clears up the why.

Recently I found myself exploring what all this could mean and trying to think of things that I can do to help myself. I find myself wanting to look at journaling but I’ve always ran into a few problems:

  1. I need something that won’t run out space, be lost, and also easy to navigate and search. This led me to needing an electronic journal.
  2. It needed to be device agnostic. What good is a journal that I can only use on my phone or only on my computer?
  3. I wanted something that ideally had rich text formatting, editing, and the ability to handle pictures/drawing when I felt the need.

This of course is a lot to ask for an app. Unfortunately the only thing I found that is acceptable is Microsoft’s OneNote application. While the mobile app has a lot of features missing it has enough of what I want out of it to work for me. Furthermore it has page templates which is a huge benefit that I hadn’t even yet thought of. Not having to remake the same formatting that I want on every single page is a major bonus.

However this comes with some cons. Obviously it is a cloud hosted solution (because otherwise I couldn’t access it on say my phone). In this case I will overlook it though.

Joplin is my runner up. It is free, open source, and can be securely set up on a WebDAV server (make sure to use Basic authentication. If you don’t know what that means go with a different tool). Another tool to consider might be Diarium but it loses points for being a bit cumbersome, paid solution, and closed source. However setting up access to it might be easier for the less technically inclined if you use a tool like Google Drive or something (otherwise stick to OneNote).

Really this is probably just me yelling into the void. I think there might be more value in that than I think though. Emptying some of the noise in my head is probably more helpful than I think.

Dynamic DNS versus ISPs

I find myself locked into an eternal conflict with my Internet service providers when I am at home. I am someone who has developed her skills around using a computer to rely on for communication. I write that which I cannot say, and I reach the otherwise unreachable. When I lived with my parents I had to pay an extra 5-10 dollars a month just to be able to use and manage my own router. We had a local ISP, so I guess it is understandable to some degree. Now that I am on my own I’m stuck with Comcast, but fortunately I seem to be able to manage (most) ports on my router without having to pay a little extra… Comcast is still more expensive somehow.

Granted Comcast does not offer me a static IP address. I have used sites like DynDNS and No-IP to mixed success in the past, but they’re tedious to maintain typically. Eventually I moved onto using FreeDNS at I could not be any happier with the service, really. If you have a service provider that does not let you reasonably have a static IP address I would highly recommend using their service, because you do not even need to register your own domain to use it. In fact when I first started using it I was using one of many donated domain names out there. Recently the domain I had made my subdomain off of seems to have left us though, so I have added my newly registered domain to their pool for others to benefit from having their own subdomain. It is a private domain, because I feel strongly that I would not allow my domain to be used for anything malicious.

For any of my friends who might use Windows to host whatever servers/services they want to host online I found a great tool to automate updating your IP address to the domain you select. Free DNS Update Service is easy to install and configure, and works as a Windows service. I’ve had much success using these tools together thus far.