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Ethan Miller's blog

This blog contains a mix of personal news, thoughts, and interesting photos. I’ll try to categorize posts so that you can only see the stuff in which you’re interested. Use tags to find blog posts of particular interest. Some of the posts are password-protected; if you'd like the password, please send me an email asking for it, or send a request via the contact page.

Comments are welcome on all of the posts. I promise that I will never use your email for commercial purposes, and will not send you spam under any conditions. I might use your email address to push out an update to friends a few times per year. Hopefully, that won’t be too much email for you.

You're welcome to follow the blog if you’d like to keep up with family news and photos, since I won’t be posting them on Facebook. I encourage you to keep in touch via email or text message—see the contact page for details.

Oregon house update: Winter 2023

Feb. 22, 2023 • Ethan Miller

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Academic freedom at the University of California

Feb. 8, 2023 • Ethan Miller

Academic freedom is under attack at the University of California, from multiple directions. In this blog post, I'll discuss just two of the many ways that UC is strangling academic freedom for...

Hosting a blog on FreeBSD

Feb. 2, 2023 • Ethan Miller

I recently ported my blog from WordPress (ick) to a new platform, based on Wagtail / CodeRed and Isso. Because CodeRed implements a content management system (CMS), it's easy to deploy a "...

Oregon house update — Fall 2022

Nov. 25, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

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Oregon house update — June 2022

June 9, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

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Using TrueNAS for a home storage server

Feb. 12, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

I just purchased an iXsystems TrueNAS Mini X to replace my 5 year old Synology RAID box. There were a lot of reasons for this; here are the biggest ones. TrueNAS is based on FreeBSD; Synology i...

I'm retiring from UCSC!

Jan. 12, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

I will retire from my position as a tenured full professor at UC Santa Cruz at the end of June 2023, at which time I will become an emeritus faculty member. By waiting until the end of the 2022–...

Why I left Facebook

Jan. 5, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

My biggest New Year's resolution was to leave Facebook, permanently. Like many people, a lot of my social contact was run through Facebook, so why quit it cold turkey? Here are the primary ...

Oregon vacation house details

Jan. 3, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

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Building a vacation house

Jan. 2, 2022 • Ethan L. Miller

Lisa and I purchased three acres of land in southern Oregon on the Rogue River, and are building a vacation house there. We'd love to have friends, new and old, visit us at the new home, once ...