the other me might even be better than this one

Starting my dream job

August 20, 2023 — Gideon Mayhak

I've been putting off writing this post for a while, so I'm going to keep it brief so I get it out there. TL;DR: I am now working part-time with MBOA, the team behind JMP. You can read more about JMP in my previous blog post. You can read some of my immediate thoughts in this blog post.


Tags: about-me

Phone freedom: making the JMP

June 12, 2023 — Gideon Mayhak

JMP celebrates their official launch today after being in beta for over 6 years. I have been a customer since October 2022, and I ported my main phone number in January. If you've called or texted me in the last five months, it went through JMP.

I have never been happier with a paid service. The quality of the service, the support from the staff and community, and the response to reported issues have all been top-notch. I've literally had bugs fixed within hours of reporting them, and I get to chat with the main developers on a daily basis.

In this post I'll recap my personal history using the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and detail why you should consider switching to JMP. It could save you hundreds of dollars a year!


Tags: about-me, technology

Migrating to AlmaLinux

April 13, 2023 — Gideon Mayhak


Given recent reminders about the shorter lifespan of CentOS Stream releases, I decided to rethink what I run on my server. The two main options for those who want the full life cycle of RHEL without actually running RHEL are AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux. For reasons I don't fully understand, I get a better vibe from AlmaLinux. You'll want to do your own research to see what works best for you.

I still like the idea of CentOS Stream, but I also like the idea of leaving this server on the same OS for ~6 more years. Instead of trying to do an unsupported upgrade to Stream 9, let's migrate to AlmaLinux!


Tags: how-to, server-info

Photo calendar, 2023

December 31, 2022 — Gideon Mayhak


Without any qualification, I have for you today my Third Annual Photo Calendar. I took far fewer pictures in 2022 than 2021, but I still managed to take a good number of pictures each month. Feel free to take a look at the photos I took this past year and let me know which ones you would've picked.


Tags: ginny, meet-the-mayhaks, new-year, photography

Season's greetings, 2022

December 24, 2022 — Gideon Mayhak


Well, 2022 happened. Every few weeks I'd think, Maybe I should write a blog post, and I wouldn't get around to it. Since the card Sarah made this year is sort of one-sided (more below), I figured I'd use this annual post to write up some highlights from the year.


Tags: cd-listening, christmas, ginny, meet-the-mayhaks, music, photography

Photo calendar, 2022

December 31, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak


I can't find a reference for this, but I seem to recall at least one popular style guide (perhaps the AP Stylebook) states that a yearly event shouldn't be referred to as "annual" until the third occurrence. However, I have also seen folks argue that the second time an event takes place is enough to say it's annual. All that to say, this marks my Second Annual Photo Calendar.

Don't @ me.


Tags: ginny, meet-the-mayhaks, new-year, photography

Season's greetings, 2021

December 24, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak


While I didn't get around to setting up the aluminum Christmas tree this year, Sarah did a lovely job decorating for the holiday. She also put together another card, and it only seems right to share it here.


Tags: christmas, ginny, meet-the-mayhaks, photography

Ginny's World

October 02, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak

When we moved back to Wisconsin and bought a house, Sarah was adamant it meant we should get a dog. No longer could I use the excuse that our lease didn't allow for pets. No longer could I point to our multiple thousand-mile trips every year between Virginia and Wisconsin as an example of why we couldn't provide proper care or afford to board such a beast.

I still resisted when we first got settled in our new house, but then we met Ginny.


Tags: ginny, meet-the-mayhaks, photography