Welcome to my Website!
Hi, I'm MagusZ! As of now I'm just a student who likes to write and has a strong interest in anime and technology, particularly Linux and FLOSS. I've been inspired by many other neocities authors to create my own website. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute to the overall privacy, security, Linux and anime landscape!
I'm working on a few articles as of now, I don't have a timeframe or anything nor a Git repository - I'll keep it simple at first. I'll also work on making the site look better than the bland slab it currently is. I'm going for a Solarized look and design. I plan on keeping it free of excessive JS dependencies, and seeing how simple the site as its core, that means I likely won't ever use JS.
If you need to contact me, I'm email@example.com at XMPP, though I do not check this frequently at all (like once a month max, usually less). As for Discord... I do still use this and quite frequently but i don't take friend requests (i don't even have the setting on anymore but it still wont let me take any, idk why). Contact me on XMPP if you wish to add me on Discord, or perhaps we're in the same server (I go under Magus). In general most of my accounts are not publicly revealed nor will they ever be, not that I use much. I'm also on the Fediverse with the account firstname.lastname@example.org.
FWIW I am a senior in HS and I am beginning to get quite busy with college apps, learning how to program well (I'm learning Python atm), choosing a career (surprisingly tech may not be it) and general day-to-day things. My article output will likely remain quite low until senior year is over. It'll be more during first semester though because my classes are much easier this semester than next semester, where I'll actually have to work. I also am not really sure what to write about that really puts me apart and that takes a lot of thought.
12/2/2020 UPDATE: Just did a large update of formatting and general updates for my browser article (I really fucked up the formatting earlier). Anyways, I'm aware that while I still have an extremely small following, it seems like it's growing a bit nonetheless and I'd like to see it grow more. Contrary to that, however, I likely will not be writing any more articles until February 2021 seeing that my December and January are just so extremely busy I don't have time to do more. Afterwards I'll have to see how my schedule is.
A reminder to some people who messaged me - This site exists for me. I am doing this for myself and most of this serves as a record archive for me. I am not trying to "make it big" and no I don't care that I'm "useless to society" for not wanting to be big. If this helps you, then that's good! But if not, then don't harass me over it.
On a final note, while I'm never burnt out of writing I am burnt out of the privacy movement and Linux is beginning to burn me out too. I'm likely gonna focus on developer stuff for the next year. I'll still write some bit about Linux but don't expect article turnout to really increase anytime soon.
What Machines/Operating Systems Do I Run?
Figured someone might ask me that soon so here we go, bold machines are my daily drivers:
- 2020 81X2 IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U with Radeon Graphics (8) @ 2.000GHz for the CPU and an AMD ATI 04:00.0 Renoir for the GPU running EOS MATE, 16 GB of RAM. Super nice machine but it doesn't always play well with Linux - only the latest kernels support it and there are bugs that get in the way sometimes (though nothing too significant). Ubuntu MATE 20.10 would fix these bugs but once you're on an Arch based distro, you can never really move away... a super good package management system that has access to virtually every package out there, the ease of which one can make their own packages through PKGBUILDs, the latest software (and with EOS I finally have that again)... Arch is the best desktop linux distro. Might switch to Ubuntu MATE 20.10 or even Windows nonetheless though because the bugs are beginning to get to me.
- 2014 Lenovo z50-70 with an Intel i7-4510U (4) @ 2.100GHz for the CPU and integrated Haswell-ULT graphics, 8 GB of RAM, runs Kubuntu 20.04.
Poor machine died, BIOS chip seemed to have been messed up and it's a motherboard issue and thus not worth repairing. Shame man, I'll miss it :( It magically started working again... I don't trust it too much but hey it's cool! Glad I tried again, guess I just wasn't trying hard enough to get into the BIOS and gave up? Either way I did need a new laptop to actually play games and compile shit, in addition to this one being too unwieldy and large to take anywhere. Thanks to BackBox I can even learn pentesting on it! Regarding the laptop itself, its honestly pretty good - battery life is rather low but otherwise its very nice and functional. Bit bulky though.
- 2015 Asus Vivobook E403SA with a Intel Pentium N3700 (4) @ 1.6000GHz and 4 GB of RAM, runs Arch Linux MATE, used to run Arch Linux Xfce. Yes, I did find a way to make Xfce light again - apparently my GTK theme in Arc Darkest Solarized and icon theme in Material Solarized must be doing something to cause the resources to balloon, because Arc Dark + Papirus-Dark don't. It's very slow and heavy on the CPU though so I'd still say MATE is lighter, and MATE is easier to customize with better menus, has better speed, has better default apps, and looks somewhat prettier, so I'd say MATE is worth it unless you have an absolute potato machine. Speaking of the machine, this Pentium and 4 GB of RAM was $400, which is not the play, especially seeing the touchpad broke and it does get pretty overheated. I should really switch back to Lubuntu...
- 2006 Dell Vostro 1520 with a Core 2 Duo T6670 @ 2.201 GHz and 4 GB of RAM as part of an overall Centrino, runs Alpine Linux with Xfce as the DE. In all honesty I'm pretty impressed. Sure, it may not have the sheer number of packages Artix does but in turn its even lighter and its package manager is by far the fastest I've used - xorg set up in less than 10 seconds is ridiculously good. If only I could stop typing apk install instead of apk add... fucking hell why must they use apk its so close to apt ugh :(. Finally, regarding the computer itself - the keyboard's a bit broken, the battery is dead and it has heating issues as well as being a bit bulky but its a good computer otherwise. I will likely be parting with it soon in order to make space for a new, better machine.
- 2013 refurbished MacBook Air with an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz and 4 GB of RAM, runs MacOS Big Sur but is basically at its EOL (no longer supported, audio and battery are broken, OS takes like 30 GB of the 60) and either way I like Linux more. Once you get on a FOSS OS like Linux or BSD, you really just stay there forever. I'll probably use one in the workplace over Windows if I have to choose though, so its worth using now to prepare for that inevitability.
- 2012 Toshiba Satellite p845-s4200 with an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz with 6 GB of RAM, runs Windows 10 because some narrow-minded people I will not risk calling out in fear of my future refuse to let me use Linux. I do plan on writing an article on this and the future of OSes, great idea that I just came up wtih. Also I might play MapleStory on it, wish it was available on Linux so I could run it on my main machine. I can imagine, however, that soon this machine will be too weak to handle Windows 10, in which case I'll probably have to buy a new machine for it or make something work :(. As for now though it works surprisingly well - it isn't too slow and I was able to use a VM of Ubuntu 16.04 on it and that itself ran semi-smoothly, which is far more than I expected from this machine. The machine itself... well the hinge is broken and in generaly it seems rather delicate. My parents got it for $250 at the time though and that was an amazing deal seeing its p powerful for its time and the machine itself is otehrwise fine. It's good enough to where I want to fix the hinge, which should cost about $50 if I do it myself (which tbh im not a hardware guy so i might take it to a store).
- 2008 Lenovo Thinkpad R400 with a Core 2 Duo P8400 (2) @ 1.6000 GHz and 4 GB of RAM, runs Arch Linux with i3 WM. I've decided to finally give it the chance it deserves and in all honesty I think I'd really enjoy it if it didn't have the vi bindings and if my screen wasn't too small. Practice makes perfect in the end ig. Regarding Thinkpads... well as hardware itself they're honestly amazingly good. I was surprised that this thing was so comfortable to use. It's a bit bulky but that's honestly fine with me.
If someone asked me what OS I'd recommend - this is a case by case scenario, but generally my top choices are Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu, EndeavourOS or Arch. While I wouldn't recommend Arch to a total newcomer, I would absolutely recommend it for anyone who has a shred of experience within them.
What Software Do I Use?
I decided to put this its own page, which you can find here.
Which Anime/Manga Have I Watched/Read?
I'm making this a separate page as my own anime list. I dislike the anime tracking services as I feel they just have no point compared to jsut writing your own list. Is it that difficult to do? You can find that list here.
On a final note, this is all under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International. Don't be a dick please. For those wondering why I chose it over the GNU FDL, I primarily wanted non-commercial power but also because the FDL is written for documentation and it shows when you actually read the license. This isn't documentation lol.