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Think globally, microblog locally
Mon, 18 Jan 2021

Opinion: Has Trump's reckoning come too late? - Michelle Goldberg/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/opinion/trump-second-impeachment.html

Developer blog platform Hashnode wins funding from Twitter backer - David Prosser/Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidprosser/2020/12/15/developer-blog-platform-hashnode-wins-funding-from-twitter-backer

Hashnode is a free blogging service aimed at developers that also offers free domain mapping. So what is the catch? They are certainly raising money. https://hashnode.com/

Sat, 16 Jan 2021

So far I'm very much enjoying @debian Bullseye. It's very smooth, and everything works. Going from @gnome 3.30 to 3.38 is a nice jump.

GitLab CEO may take company public - Ari Levy/CNBC https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/gitlab-ceo-eyes-public-market-after-secondary-valued-it-at-6-billion-.html

There's a pristine GM EV1 saved by a secretive caretaker in the depths of a university - Peter Holderith/The Drive https://www.thedrive.com/news/38743/theres-a-pristine-gm-ev1-saved-by-a-secretive-caretaker-in-the-depths-of-a-university

Atomic Kotlin by Bruce Eckel and Svetlana Isakova - Leanpub https://leanpub.com/AtomicKotlin

The problem with Gradle - Bruce Eckel https://www.bruceeckel.com/2021/01/02/the-problem-with-gradle/

Fri, 15 Jan 2021

Hubble snaps stunning barred spiral galaxy - NASA https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2021/hubble-snaps-stunning-barred-spiral-galaxy

Kuo: New MacBook Pro models to feature flat-edged design, MagSafe, no touch bar and more ports - Juli Clover/MacRumors https://www.macrumors.com/2021/01/15/new-macbook-pro-models-magsafe-ports/

For D&D fans: every issue of Dungeon Magazine is online at archive.org https://archive.org/details/dungeonmagazine

Cleanfeed: Connect & record live with anyone in the world https://cleanfeed.net/

Yale-led effort yields Zoom upgrades for music-making https://music.yale.edu/news/yale-led-effort-yields-zoom-upgrades

The @debian Bullseye freeze has begun, and I did my install yesterday. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2021/01/msg00002.html

I am setting up my laptop with Debian Bullseye. I just got Git and Ruby working. It's funny that one of Git's dependencies is Ruby. After my attempt to upgrade from Buster to Bullseye bricked the system, the fresh install has been smooth.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021

Reminder: Please be nice - Adam Piggott/Signal Community https://community.signalusers.org/t/reminder-please-be-nice/21217

Fri, 08 Jan 2021

The 100 Year Computer - Tales From The Dork Web https://thedorkweb.substack.com/p/the-100-year-computer

Thu, 07 Jan 2021

I tested my blogPoster app with Ruby 3.0 today, and it works, even though the mastodon-api gem still throws an error (though does work) like it does in Ruby 2.7. http://github.com/passthejoe/blogposter

Variable scope is important in programming

We let Amazon Prime go, and I think they are now purposefully not shipping things for about a week in order to make it take longer

Doing a Ruby 3.0 test. If you see this, it passed.

Site.js: Small Web construction set https://sitejs.org/

I'm listening to Johnny Smith's "Kaleidoscope," one of the albums we had around the house as a kid. So great. And yes, I like exactly the same music as my 86-year-old mother.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021

Asahi Linux: Porting Linux to Apple Silicon Macs https://asahilinux.org

Mon, 04 Jan 2021

Debian Stable finally gets an up-to-date Chromium browser package https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/chromium

Sun, 03 Jan 2021

When big brands stopped spending on digital ads, nothing happened. Why? - Dr. Augustine Fou/Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/augustinefou/2021/01/02/when-big-brands-stopped-spending-on-digital-ads-nothing-happened-why/?sh=427cce841166

The CentOS Stream news and rage has really gone quiet

I dropped 2K Twitter followers

Thu, 31 Dec 2020

COBOL: The code that controls your money - Clive Thompson/Wealthsimple https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-ca/magazine/cobol-controls-your-money

Password rules are bullshit (2017) - Jeff Atwood https://blog.codinghorror.com/password-rules-are-bullshit/

Wed, 30 Dec 2020

CentOS Stream: Building an innovative future for enterprise Linux - Chris Wright/Red Hat https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/centos-stream-building-innovative-future-enterprise-linux

Ruby gems: Using Linux/BSD packages vs. gem install - Steven Rosenberg http://passthejoe.net/post/2020_1229_ruby_gems_package_vs_gem_install/

Tue, 29 Dec 2020

Ruby users of Linux and BSDs, what do you think of installing Ruby gems from Linux or BSD packages instead of using gem install for all?

I just updated my Ruby gems. Hope I didn't break anything.

My experiment with hosted Git as a way to create and publish things that are not code continues. I now have five writing projects on Github. https://github.com/passthejoe

Mon, 28 Dec 2020

I reviewed two gauges of @ernieball Earthwood 80/20 Bronze acoustic guitar strings https://github.com/passthejoe/acoustic-steel-strings

I thought my Yamaha dreadnought guitar was 10 years old. I found out it's actually 17 years old. So I wrote a review. Of a guitar I've owned 17 years. https://github.com/passthejoe/yamaha-fg403s

Sun, 27 Dec 2020

I wrote three recent posts on my WordPress site that I just copied over to my Hugo site. Not sure what I think about posting on WP.com. I spent a lot of time looking at the statistics page. I spend 0 time doing that in Hugo b/c I don't have one. http://passthejoe.net

Thu, 24 Dec 2020

CentOS replacement Rocky Linux is serious https://forums.rockylinux.org/t/community-update-december-2020/1157

Wed, 23 Dec 2020

Why CentOS Stream and the end of CentOS Linux doesn’t really matter – Steven Rosenberg https://passthejoe.wordpress.com/2020/12/23/why-centos-stream-and-the-end-of-centos-linux-doesnt-really-matter/

CentOS Stream and the end of the CentOS clone: perils, pitfalls, risks and opportunities for Red Hat https://passthejoe.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/centos-stream-and-the-end-of-the-centos-clone-perils-pitfalls-risks-and-opportunities-for-red-hat/

Mon, 21 Dec 2020

Another great take from @sjvn: Why Red Hat dumped CentOS for CentOS Stream | ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-red-hat-dumped-centos-for-centos-stream/

Sun, 20 Dec 2020

I love having 3 Ruby versions available at the same time with ruby25, ruby26 and ruby27 in OpenBSD. Nice feature.

Sat, 19 Dec 2020

How this Debian Stable user ended up with Google Chrome from Google’s repository – Steven Rosenberg https://passthejoe.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/how-this-debian-stable-user-ended-up-with-google-chrome-from-googles-repository/

Fri, 18 Dec 2020

The @debian package for Chromium is very old. Sid and Buster both have version 83. Fedora and EPEL are shipping 87. The Ubuntu Snap is also at 87 (with optional 88 and 89). I had heard that Debian was way behind. And they are.

Thu, 17 Dec 2020

CentOS team discusses implications of move to Stream with Wikinews (more info here than in most of the stories out there) https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Red_Hat_to_move_focus_away_from_CentOS_in_favour_of_Stream;_CentOS_team_discuss_implications_with_Wikinews

Sun, 13 Dec 2020

Why do Twitter and Google think I'm interested in wine? I might be, but I have given no indication that suggests this.

“A damn stupid thing to do” — the origins of C | Richard Jenson/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/features/2020/12/a-damn-stupid-thing-to-do-the-origins-of-c/

Loeb at first sight: The classics come in red and green | Amanda Kolson Hurley/Designers & Books http://www.designersandbooks.com/blog/loeb-classical-library-design

Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020) | Chris Wilkinson/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/12/it-still-runs-on-your-imagination-passing-2020-time-with-a-macintosh-quadra-700/

Thu, 10 Dec 2020

CloudLinux announces release of RHEL fork following Red Hat's CentOS Stream announcement https://blog.cloudlinux.com/announcing-open-sourced-community-driven-rhel-fork-by-cloudlinux

My take on CentOS Stream:

  • It'll be RHEL-ish enough for almost everybody (it's still 8.x)
  • You'll probably get fixes quicker
  • A new one every 3 years (just like now)
  • 5 years of support (instead of 10)

Eastman Guitars is very deep in archtops. They still have one without a pickup (AR805 at the bottom of the page). https://www.eastmanguitars.com/electric_archtop

The CentOS Project just committed suicide - Mehmet Özel/FOSS Post https://fosspost.org/centos-project-suicide/

CentOS Stream: Building an innovative future for enterprise Linux - Chris Wright/Red Hat https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/centos-stream-building-innovative-future-enterprise-linux

Meet Rocky Linux: New RHEL fork by the original CentOS creator - Ankush Das/It's Foss News https://news.itsfoss.com/rocky-linux-announcement/

Wed, 09 Dec 2020

After a morning of drama, I have come to the conclusion that CentOS Stream is not the end of the world and that Red Hat is doing a very (very, very, very) poor job of public relations in explaining it.

After reading many CentOS Stream posts, I think it's going to be the current RHEL release, but ever so slightly rolling. It should work fine as a RHEL clone almost all of the time. The big difference for users is 5 years of support instead of 10.

Fedora's @mattdm says give CentOS Stream a chance https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2020-December/075503.html

Regarding CentOS Stream and 'enterprise' Linux, I think five years is an appropriate period of support. The two-year cadence for Debian really works for me. Six months is too short. Maybe one year would work.