CryptoStorm OpenVPN for iOS

I'm a user of the CryptoStorm VPN service for over a year. Took advantage of their Black Friday deal for renewing and got a year of use for $26. 50 cents a day for bypassing any state or ISP tracking and filtering seems like a good deal to me. Bonus: can use the same account on multiple devices at the same time, such as my laptop and phone.

The latter being the sticking part. Could not for the life of me get my iPhone (I'm an Apple user, sue me) to connect, constant timeouts. Well today I found the solution and it is really simple. Just need to go into the Settings app, down to OpenVPN and select the "Force AES-CBC cipersuites" option in the Advanced Settings portion.

Connects within 2 seconds. At the time of writing, my laptop appears to be in Lithuania and my phone in Latvia.

Dash/Plus Extension

I've been using Patrick Rhone's Dash/Plus notation system for todo lists for a while now. While idly at work, I came up with a couple extra metadata notations for done items.

The issue I have had is when I do my lists, there is no space for results to be noted or extra explanation to be done. Putting the information at the end of the list gives no link back to where it came from and reviewing the initial todo item gives no idea of what was done.

Basically I solved this with a right angle bracket. The cool thing is it can be done on paper and digitally. +> for done items with more info elsewhere and >+ for the extra information later in the list (or another list altogether). Simple.

Fresh November

Good morning 10km run to clear out the stresses of the week.

Thought I would spice up

my usual morning run. Stuffed an improvised 9kg(20lb) ruck plate into my bullet ruck and went out on the 5k loop. Started huffing almost instantly and sweat was dripping off 1/3 the way round.

Still got a good time, just under 32 minutes.

Something went wrong with my gpg keychain.

Needless to say I have completely regenerated my keychain and moved the subkeys to a smartcard for increased security. New public key (fingerprint: 116D B25C A5C4 73C5 3262 BEDC 8322 D167 9829 59BF) is in the same place as always.

Now to resume the regular flow of nobody using gpg to encrypt emails to me.

Morning Routine

  • Wake up around 5am (not quite #0445club but works for me)
  • Pint of coffee
  • 5km run
  • Shower
  • Depending on how hungry I am, breakfast either before or at work

Been doing this the past week while pulling 12 hour shifts at work and I have to say it is working out really well for me. Combination of early runs and long days mean my sleep is much improved.

Cordyceps Sinensis

Jocko and Echo both sing the praises of Onnit's Shroom Tech products which claim to help both immune system and physical fitness. Sadly, Onnit products are quite pricy, more than I can justify right now. So I got a generic version.

Been taking these strange brown capsules twice daily for about a week now. This is totally subjective and may be completely placebo but I do feel better and happier. My athletic performance feels stronger and unusually I'm not feeling famished mid-afternoon. No capacity to do a proper double-blind trial but this impromptu experiment does seem to be a success.

If I ever end up sprouting growths from my body (or worse), please incinerate me.