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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?

I need to set up my blogPoster app with the newer version of the Twitter gem and no mastodon-api gem. If that solves the issues with Ruby >= 2.7, I might leave the unmaintained mastodon-api on the side of the road and make the app Twitter only. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

I read a book. It was "The Big Sleep," by Raymond Chandler. I had never read it before, though I have seen the movie.

Thu, 08 Jul 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

NetworkManager anaconda centos-backgrounds centos-logos glib2 glibc java 1.8.0 nettle nss selinux-policy sssd vino xorg-x11-server-Xwayland

Sun, 04 Jul 2021

This site has an archive page. Every post appears via one giant HTML file that I generate on the server. There's a little Javascript that tells you it's the archive page in the right rail. http://updates.passthejoe.net/archive.html

I wasn't in CentOS Stream 8 for a week, and I had quite a few updates waiting for me. RHEL/CentOS is a LOT more dynamic that you'd think. I've seen little bugs get fixed here and there. It's a lot more active than Debian Stable.

Sat, 03 Jul 2021

I need to run curl with NO output, and I used the --silent switch to do it. You can also use -s, but I like --silent because it tells me what it does.

Fri, 02 Jul 2021

The mastodon-api Ruby gem has had issues since Ruby 2.7.1 https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon-api/issues/49

Now that I'm running Windows 10 without performance-crushing updates looming, it's a fairly pleasant experience. Solve the update problems, @microsoft.

Leo Garcia's Six String Journal is a very strong and informative classical guitar site https://sixstringjournal.com

I read two interviews in one day with musicians who said learning a piece by playing it 100 times all the way through isn't as good as perfecting one section, then another.

You can learn by doing and do by learning

Thu, 01 Jul 2021

Once you get past the updates and let things "settle" for a day or so, Windows 10 can be a pleasant, productive environment.

Wed, 30 Jun 2021

Windows 10 works a whole lot better when the mass of backed-up updates is 10 or 20 hours BEHIND you. It takes the OS a lot of time to stop doing whatever it does in the background and offer decent performance. When I reboot, how long before it 'settles' again?

My ruby app lives (and now dies) by its aging gems

Tue, 29 Jun 2021

It took me days to get my Windows 10 system updated and usable. This shouldn't have to happen. I had an endless loop of failed updates, finally got them started, and it took MANY DAYS to get them all through. The system is half-usable at best when this is happening.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021

Guitarist Andrea González Caballero plays Isaac Albéniz's "Sevilla" from Suite Española Op. 47. Great playing. - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13WsK1xuCWA

Ricardo Viñes plays Albéniz's "Granada" (Serenata) Op. 47 No. 1. The pianist is said to have been the composer's favorite interpreter - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nSMCT8DkZ0

Mon, 21 Jun 2021

I figured out my cron issue on NearlyFreeSpeech.net. It was the classic "don't forget to CD to your working directory" issue.

We ran out of things to watch and started @nbcthegoodplace on @netflix. Would recommend. I avoided it for years, thinking it was like "Touched By An Angel" (no offense). It is not. First season is GOLDEN.

When the local paper shrank, these journalists started an alternative - Katharine Q. Seeyle/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/20/business/media/when-the-local-paper-shrank-these-journalists-started-an-alternative.html

I'm still trying to figure out the cron jobs, aka "scheduled tasks" on NearlyFreeSpeech.net. I keep changing directories, and they won't run. Looking at the support forum, I am now adding a line to CD into the proper directory. That's a good tip. Will report back.

I did write a script to make an HTML archive of this entire microblog once a day, but I'm still messing around with NearlyFreeSpeech cron

Sat, 19 Jun 2021

The script that creates the microblogging archive should be a cron job running daily so it's set it and forget it.

I need to write a small script that offers a static HTML page that contains this entire microblogging site. It's very much doable. It's possible to render it in Perl in a few seconds, but it'll be much faster as a static file.

I need to work on migrating this microblog to a static site generator. Probably Hugo.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021

Thank you, @redhat developers, for fixing this bug in CentOS Stream: 1967125 – SELinux is preventing libcap-ng from 'getattr' accesses on the filesystem /proc. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1967125

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates for my system

  • NetworkManager
  • alsa-utils
  • anaconda
  • binutils
  • bluez
  • ca-certificates
  • cldr-emoji-annotation
  • cockpit
  • coreutils
  • gcc
  • cpp
  • cups-filters
  • dnf-plugin-subscription-manager
  • firewalld
  • gnome-session
  • gnome-shell-extension
  • graphviz
  • gupnp
  • iscsi-initiator-utils
  • java-11
  • kmod-kvdo
  • krb5-libs
  • openjpeg2
  • openldap
  • pango
  • samba
  • selinux-policy
  • selinux-policy-targeted
  • sssd
  • subscription-manager
  • systemd
  • valgrind
  • xorg
Mon, 14 Jun 2021

I am hoping that Flatseal will solve all my Flatpak permissions issues https://github.com/tchx84/flatseal

Thu, 10 Jun 2021

Company I've never heard of acquires Stack Overflow for $1.8 billion https://stackoverflow.blog/2021/06/02/prosus-acquires-stack-overflow/

Wed, 09 Jun 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • kernel 4.18.0-310.el8
  • alsa-utils
  • autoconf
  • bluez
  • bpftool
  • device-mapper
  • dwz
  • elfutils
  • filesystem
  • firefox
  • hostname
  • kmod
  • lvm2
  • openssh
  • pango
  • pcre
  • qemu-kvm
  • virt-what
  • xorg

CentOS/RHEL never had the number of desktop packages that Debian and Fedora have. There are so many gaps. I will either figure out packaging and make what I want, or go back to where I came from. http://centos.org

Tue, 08 Jun 2021

How Replit used legal threats to kill my open-source project | Radon/Intuitive Explanations https://intuitiveexplanations.com/tech/replit/

My Windows system would NOT update, so I turned to this thing called Windows 10 Update Assistant. It worked, but the whole thing emphasizes how Windows is NOT easier to maintain than other OSes. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/windows-10-update-assistant-3550dfb2-a015-7765-12ea-fba2ac36fb3f

Sat, 05 Jun 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • kernel 4.18.0.305.3.1.el8
  • bpftool
  • ethtool
  • glib2
  • microcode_ctl
  • ncurses
  • openssl
  • polkit
  • realmd
  • rpm
  • sssd
  • tuned
Sun, 30 May 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates to my system

  • Kernel 4.18.0-305.0.1
  • NetworkManager
  • Bash
  • Bind
  • Bluez
  • bpftool
  • CentOS backgrounds
  • CentOS logos
  • cockpit
  • gcc
  • GNOME Software
  • Google noto emoji fonts
  • lz4
  • open-vm-tools
  • Ruby 2.5.9
  • Systemtap
Sat, 29 May 2021

I have been running CentOS Stream 8 for maybe a couple of months on the desktop at this point, and it is a solid OS. Once you figure out where/how to get your apps (for me it's Copr, EPEL and Flatpak), the whole experience is smooth and uneventful. I did most of a semester's C++ homework (with Geany) and a whole lot of news writing/editing/production.

I'm using the following Flatpaks in CentOS Stream 8

  • Dropbox
  • PDF Arranger
  • Foliate
  • PDF Slicer
  • Spotify
  • Chromium
  • GIMP
  • Gnote
  • GNOME Clocks
  • Adwaita
  • Zoom
Fri, 28 May 2021

I'm at that point in my final CS program for the semester where I don't quite understand what's happening, but it's compiling, so I'm going with it.

Thu, 27 May 2021

This is that time of the semester when I finally solve the big mystery in my final CS assignment for Intermediate Programming in C++. This time it's manipulating data in structs via pointers. Once I figured out that I needed to make the data types match up, it all came together. I left myself PLENTY of time for this one. It took me about a week and a half to do the main() and four functions. I have three more functions — and a week and a half — to go.

Tue, 25 May 2021

The anxiety of influencers - Barrett Swanson/Harper's Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2021/06/tiktok-house-collab-house-the-anxiety-of-influencers/

Huge CentOS Stream 8 update today

  • Linux kernel
  • NetworkManager
  • bpftool
  • centos-backgrounds
  • centos-logos
  • coreutils
  • cups
  • dbus
  • device-mapper-multipath
  • evolution
  • file
  • gdm
  • glib2
  • hdparm
  • hostname
  • json-c
  • mdadm
  • ostree
  • pam
  • python 2 and 3
  • selinux-policy
  • shadow-utils
  • sos
  • sqlite
  • tigervnc
  • unzip
  • vdo
  • which
  • Other libraries and utilities (104 total packages on my system)

Influencer burnout is real - Rebecca Jennings/Vox https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2021/5/25/22451987/influencer-burnout-tiktok-clubhouse

Sat, 22 May 2021

I just discovered @ecoustics, and so far it is awesome https://www.ecoustics.com/

Dreaming of Jazz Kissa in a post-COVID world: Exit to Vintage Street - Eric Pye/ecoustics.com https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/jazz-kissa-post-covid/

Fri, 21 May 2021

How to set up a new Windows 10 PC perfectly in one hour or less | Ed Bott/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-set-up-a-new-windows-10-pc-perfectly-in-one-hour-or-less/

Wed, 19 May 2021

Due to issues with the ownership of Freenode, developers have quit and formed their own project and network https://libera.chat/

Quiet continues for CentOS Stream 8. No updates again today.