Hi, I’m Benedikt

Welcome to this obscure spot of the interweb that I call mine own! This is where I write up thoughts, observations, notes for myself and/or others and the like. If you want to get to talking to me about anything I write, there is a “Reply by Email” button at the end of each post. If you’d like to suggest changes, you can use the respective button above each post, it will lead you to the repository where the code for this site is hosted where you can file an issue. You can also hit me up on mastodon and yell at me there.

How To: Choose a specific WiFi radio band on Linux

Sometimes I don’t work from home but at my family’s or a friend’s place. Turns out the router at one of these places is terrible and can’t reliably provide WiFi for my laptop sitting some 4 meters away (with 2 doors in between). I thought this was rather odd because my phone didn’t struggle with this so I asked around and thought about it some and the most obvious culprit seems to be the WiFi radio band that’s used....

November 29, 2023 · 2 min

My New Server Setup

A while ago someone (not pointing fingers but it wasn’t me) broke the Raspberry Pi my Jellyfin server was running on. I have no idea what exactly happened and why it doesn’t work anymore but it was incentive enough to finally tackle the project of acquiring or building an actual home server to host my stuff on. So far I’ve been making use of the two Raspberry Pis I own and they’ve been working mostly fine but every once in a while I came across some hiccups or ran into limitations of these devices (the Pi 4’s RAM being saturated for some reason) so I’ve been wanting to do this for a while....

November 13, 2023 · 8 min

How To: Run Freelancer on Linux

Here’s another piece of gaming nostalgia: Freelancer. It’s celebrating its 20th birthday this year which seems like a good opportunity to me to get it up and running again. Prerequisites Although this can probably achieved in any number of ways here is what I used: Lutris (flatpak or native), the version used here was 0.5.14 from Flathub Freelancer install script for Lutris (the following is a customized version of this which contains various fixes including a no-CD fix)....

November 8, 2023 · 7 min

Review: Cyberpunk 2077

This game is an interesting one. It was infamous after its release and I haven’t been in the habit of paying attention to new game releases for a long time. For the most past that’s because for the longest time in my life I didn’t have a powerful enough gaming PC and my disposal (also no gaming console) so I couldn’t have run them anyway. Now that I own a Steam Deck I’m in a sort of narrow window where somewhat recent AAA games are available to me which is why I tend to look around the Steam Store a bit more nowadays....

September 18, 2023 · 10 min

Why I dislike Rockstar Games now

Dear reader, I recently had an experience so bizarre that I feel like sharing it with the world wide web for all the good that will do. Take it as my way of blowing off some steam. Without further pretext here goes… A while ago I bought Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) on Steam. I own a Steam Deck and read many good things about the game and that it runs pretty well on the Deck....

September 15, 2023 · 13 min