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Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Jim Hall's Gibson ES-175 up close - Jazz Guitar Online https://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/guitar-amps-gizmos/62192-jim-halls-gibson-es-175-up-close.html

Tue, 14 Sep 2021

I didn't know that Jekyll was dead, but Bridgetown's Jared White says his project is next step for Ruby static-site generators https://www.bridgetownrb.com/

Wed, 08 Sep 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system:

  • gdm
  • gnome-shell
  • llvm-libs
  • strace

(plus I installed the updated mutter from a downloaded RPM a week or so ago)

All in all, a light updates day (for me anyway)

There are a lot of CentOS Stream 8 updates available today — including the Mutter fix for the recent regression that was crashing GNOME in Wayland.

Mon, 06 Sep 2021

Good-bye AdoptOpenJDK. Hello Adoptium! | AdoptOpenJDK Blog https://blog.adoptopenjdk.net/2021/08/goodbye-adoptopenjdk-hello-adoptium/

GitHub kisses passwords goodbye – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/The New Stack https://thenewstack.io/github-kisses-passwords-goodbye/

Fri, 03 Sep 2021

Today's updates on my @CentOS Stream 8 system:

  • device-mapper-persistent-data
  • glusterfs
  • libcap
  • osinfo-db
  • selinux-policy

RHEL surprises me. Somehow, some way, Java 17, Ruby 3.0.2, MySQL 8 and Node 16.7 are now available in @CentOS Stream 8. All but Java are implemented as modules, so you need to tap into it that way. http://mirror.keystealth.org/centos/8-stream/AppStream/x86_64/os/Packages/?C=M;O=D

Mon, 30 Aug 2021

This is how CentOS Stream 8 works for packages that aren't the Linux kernel:

The version of mutter in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 (and CentOS Linux 8.4) is 3.32.2-57.

The now-old version of mutter (which works) in Stream 8 is 3.32.2-58.

The new version of mutter (which crashes GNOME) in Stream 8 is 3.32.2-59.

Sat, 28 Aug 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system:

  • kernel 4.18.0-338.el8
  • NetworkManager
  • accountsservice
  • bind-utils
  • blivet-data
  • bpftool
  • cockpit
  • curl
  • dnf
  • dracut
  • ethtool
  • exiv2
  • fontconfig
  • fstrm
  • gdm
  • glibc
  • gnome-shell
  • grilo
  • grubby
  • hwdata
  • iproute
  • iptables
  • krb5-libs
  • libX11
  • lua
  • mutter
  • nmap
  • nspr
  • os-prober
  • plymouth
  • rpm
  • selinux-policy
  • systemd
  • vdo
  • yum
Mon, 23 Aug 2021

How do I get notification for new mail in all folders in Evolution? - Ask Ubuntu https://askubuntu.com/a/46583

I don't know if it's @CentOS Stream 8 or @vivaldibrowser, but things are running exceptionally well — and cool — today.

Sun, 22 Aug 2021

I kid, but @CentOS Stream 8 is SOLID AS A MF ROCK

Sat, 21 Aug 2021

Gthumb is my go-to photo-editing (yes, I said EDITING) app. I use it ALL THE TIME. It's available on most Linux systems. Thanks to @carlwgeorge for creating the EPEL package. https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Gthumb

I don't think using Vim is like playing a musical instrument, but it is like operating a complex machine, or maybe playing an instrument at a lower level.

Fri, 20 Aug 2021

Tonight's CentOS Stream 8 updates for my system

  • kernel 4.18.0-331.el8
  • ModemManager
  • NetworkManager
  • bpftool
  • curl
  • device-mapper
  • kmod-kvdo
  • lvm2
  • selinux-policy
  • shadow-utils
  • sos
Wed, 18 Aug 2021

I just saw Fedora Hyperkitty — where the project archives its mailing lists — for the first time. It's a VERY impressive interface. https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/

Mon, 16 Aug 2021

.@AlmaLinux offers live media for GNOME, Xfce and KDE. It's a stunning (and needed) achievement for RHEL-based distros. https://www.reddit.com/r/AlmaLinux/comments/p3um25/almalinux_8_live_media_beta_now_with_kde_and_xfce/

So far, @debian Bullseye is strong on my mid-2011 iMac. In-place upgrade went off without a hitch.

And I thought CentOS 8 Stream confusion wasn't discussed on the CentOS Forum https://forums.centos.org/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=77952

In some ways, @CentOS Stream 8 is ahead of RHEL when it comes to security updates. Notable in this bunch from 8/12/21 are exiv2 and firefox-esr, which were just announced today -- 8/16 -- for RHEL. http://updates.passthejoe.net/2021_0812_061005_today_s_centos_stream_8_updates_on_my_system

Sun, 15 Aug 2021

Tweeting with blogPoster from Debian 11 running Ruby 2.7.4

I am upgrading the 2011 iMac 27-inch from @debian Buster to Bullseye. So far, so good.

Sat, 14 Aug 2021

The official @Debian 11 Bullseye release announcement https://www.debian.org/News/2021/20210814

There's something very exciting about a new @debian release, even though I tested it months ago. The two-ish-year cadence seems to really work. https://micronews.debian.org/2021/1628980288.html

Thu, 12 Aug 2021

I got a bunch of very timely updates today in @CentOS Stream 8, including Firefox, so that's a plus. The murkiness of kernel updates is annoying, but I have to trust the @RedHat/CentOS developers to keep these systems secure.

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • NetworkManager
  • anaconda
  • blivet-data
  • cockpit
  • device-mapper
  • dnf
  • dnsmasq
  • dracut
  • dyninst
  • exiv2
  • firefox
  • firewalld
  • gdb
  • gnome-session
  • gnome-shell
  • iproute
  • iscsi-initiator-utils
  • A lot of iwl firmware
  • kexec-tools
  • lvm2
  • lz4
  • mcelog
  • mdadm
  • mobile-broadband-provider-info
  • openldap
  • poppler
  • rsyslog
  • sssd
  • subscription-manager
  • systemtap
  • tpm2-tools
  • yum
Sun, 08 Aug 2021

I did some significant work on the blogPoster microblog/Twitter/Mastodon posting app today. And all of that work is now in the Main branch. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Atwater Village amp repairer and maker Colleen Fazio https://www.fazioelectric.com/about

Testing new code for Mastodon posting with the http Ruby gem

How L.A.'s indie bookstores survived the COVID pandemic - Dorany Pineda/Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2021-06-16/indie-bookstores-in-la-say-theyre-out-of-the-red

How A Good Used Book's L.A. pop-ups survived COVID-19 - Max Bell/Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2021-08-05/how-l-a-s-most-innovative-pop-up-bookstore-barely-survived-the-pandemic

The firefox-esr package is in MUCH better shape than chromium on Debian systems. It is up to date. https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/firefox-esr

There hasn't been a new Chromium package in any Debian version (stable, testing or unstable) since May 21. Not great. It's a security mess. https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/chromium

Thu, 05 Aug 2021

I will be returning Mastodon support to blogPoster. I will not be using the mastodon-api Ruby gem. Instead I will do the posting to Mastodon via the http gem. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster/

git rm - How can I delete a file from a Git repository? - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/a/2047477

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • alsa-sof-firmware
  • flatpak
  • kmod-kvdo
  • nfs-utils
  • nvme-cli
  • policycoreutils
  • selinux-policy
Wed, 04 Aug 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • alsa-sof-firmware
  • flatpak
  • kmod-kvdo
  • nfs-utils
  • nvme-cli
  • policycoreutils
  • selinux-policy
Mon, 02 Aug 2021

Universities often omit any mention of the private companies that help run their online degrees, but these companies typically take a 60 percent cut of tuition, sometimes more. - HuffPost https://www.huffpost.com/highline/article/capitalist-takeover-college/

Thu, 29 Jul 2021

I tried Fedora's Toolbox utility today in CentOS Stream 8. I wasn't impressed, and it also isn't what I'm looking for. Maybe GNOME Boxes will be better.

While Revue is owned by Twitter, there's no integration of comments (even a Twitter feed) in their newsletters. Substack has comments baked in, and I've seen writers use them to solicit discussion.

The mastodon-api Ruby gem has had trouble for some time. It hasn't worked since Ruby 2.7.1 — at least a year. https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon-api/issues/49

I'm now developing blogPoster in Ruby 3.0.2 via rbenv. I upgraded the Twitter gem from 6.2.0 to 7.0.0, which means no Mastodon support. If the mastodon-api gem is ever updated, or I find another solution, I'll bring it back. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • kernel 4.18.0-326.el8
  • NetworkManager
  • anaconda
  • bpftool
  • chkconfig
  • device-mapper-multipath
  • firefox
  • gnome-calculator
  • gtk3
  • sos
  • vdo

I am experimenting with rbenv. Right now I'm using Ruby 3.0.2 https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv

Wed, 28 Jul 2021

Could I use my iMac running Debian to get video off of a digital-tape camcorder? https://www.arsouyes.org/en/blog/2021/2021-07-05_Numerisation_DV

Updates to my CentOS Stream 8 system today (that notably don't include a new kernel EIGHT days after a major vulnerability was patched in RHEL):

  • NetworkManager
  • bash
  • cockpit
  • cups-filters
  • dhcp-client
  • glibc
  • gnome-shell
  • gsettings-desktop-schemas
  • kexec-tools
  • mdadm
  • microcode_ctl
  • sssd
  • systemd
  • tuned
  • webkit2gtk3
Fri, 23 Jul 2021

Planning the CentOS 8 endgame - Jake Edge/LWN.net https://lwn.net/Articles/862832/

Thu, 22 Jul 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • anaconda
  • authselect
  • gcc
  • gnome-shell
  • java-11
  • man-pages-overrides
  • mutter
  • openssl
  • ostree
  • rpm
  • samba
  • selinux-policy
  • subscription-manager
  • tigervnc
  • util-linux
  • xfsprogs
Tue, 20 Jul 2021

Chromium hasn't been updated for Debian Stable since May https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/chromium

I'm not sure exactly what @vivaldibrowser has done in the past couple of months or so, but I can tell you that it is DEFINITELY ready for prime-time on Linux.

Mon, 19 Jul 2021

Wanted: More scientists of color for better science - Axios https://www.axios.com/hard-truths-deep-dive-science-race-underrepresentation-scientists-083e0441-a58c-4c47-bf9b-4045aa7589d7.html

Sun, 18 Jul 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • NetworkManager
  • autoconf
  • binutils
  • blivet-data
  • cockpit
  • coreutils
  • device-mapper-multipath
  • firefox
  • glib2
  • gnome-shell
  • gnome-software
  • ibus
  • java 1.8.0
  • java 11
  • kpartx
  • man-pages-overrides
  • nettle
  • nss
  • openjpeg2
  • parted
  • rsyslog
  • tuned
  • valgrind
  • vulcan-loader
  • webkit2gtk3
Thu, 15 Jul 2021

My current setup remains CentOS Stream 8 on the HP Envy laptop. My work browser is Vivaldi, my not-work browser is Firefox. http://centos.org

blogPoster now has a Twitter-only branch in GitHub. Unfortunately that seems to be the direction in which things are heading. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

blogPoster update: Ruby 3.0 is working for Twitter in Windows, but in Linux it'sno-go for the entire app in Ruby 3.0. I thought I could disable Mastodon posting and have it work, but no. Another problem: My Fedora laptop's keyboard is dying again, making testing difficult. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Mon, 12 Jul 2021

USA Today is getting a paywall. Who’s the audience for it? - Joshua Benton/Nieman Journalism Lab https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/07/usa-today-is-getting-a-paywall-whos-the-audience-for-it/

How does the twitter 7.0.0 Ruby gem play with Ruby 3.0? I'm about to find out.

This is my blogPoster app with an updated Twitter gem and NO mastodon-api gem. Let's see how it works.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021

Twitter sends me a LOT of ads for video games. Do they know I have zero interest?