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Wed, 21 Apr 2021

My Mahavishnu Orchestra obsession continues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD36-Zn2bA4

Tue, 20 Apr 2021

I'm in a heavy Mahavishnu Orchestra phase

Moog, a History in Recordings: In Celebration of the Minimoog - The Bob Moog Foundation https://moogfoundation.org/thom-holmes/

The CentOS Stream 8 installer is kind of broken, and I started a bug on it https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1946347

Sat, 17 Apr 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 update: glibc

Fri, 16 Apr 2021

A 'big' CentOS Stream 8 update came through tonight: new kernel, Java and a smattering of other packages.

Wed, 14 Apr 2021

Free RHEL is also RHEL - Rich Lucente and Micael Epley/Breaking Defense https://breakingdefense.com/2021/04/free-rhel-is-also-rhel/

COSMIC desktop to arrive in June release of Pop!_OS 21.04 - System76 Blog https://blog.system76.com/post/648371526931038208/cosmic-to-arrive-in-june-release-of-popos-2104

Sun, 11 Apr 2021

I am starting a new blog entry: The 2021 Linux laptop rebuild. It is a work in progress. http://passthejoe.net/posts/2021_0411_linux_laptop_rebuild/

With my move to CentOS Stream 8, I reinstalled Hugo and needed to update my old theme. Instead I just tried a new one. http://passthejoe.net/

Sat, 10 Apr 2021

It's not like I have issues with any Linux distribution on my 2017 HP laptop, but CentOS Stream 8 is exceptionally solid. Sound, suspend/resume, printing (with HPLIP), display, power management. It all works. The update pace is Debian Stable-slow.

Tue, 06 Apr 2021

It's ok to take a walk without headphones | RadReads https://radreads.co/telic/

After a week with CentOS Stream 8 as my laptop's OS, I can say that it is very solid. To install at this point, get a big USB flash drive and download the huge 10 GB DVD image.

Mon, 05 Apr 2021

The worst thing about Twitter is you can't go back in your feed. It only collects what has been posted since you began visiting the web site. If I wait 12 hours between visits, I can't see tweets 2, 6 or 10 hours old. Only 0 hours and 12 hours.

Free software's No. 1 mission should be increasing the number of women and under-represented groups (i.e. non-whites) using and developing software and otherwise contributing to projects.

Sun, 04 Apr 2021

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists - Colum McCann/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/13/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-colum-mccanns-tips-for-young-novelists

Review of 'Those Who Can, Teach' by Andria Zafirakou – a lesson in education - Lamorna Ash/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/02/those-who-can-teach-by-andria-zafirakou-review-a-lesson-in-education

'It was her story': Riad Sattouf on the real girl behind his Esther comics - Kim Willsher/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/01/riad-sattouf-the-real-girl-who-narrates-his-esther-comics-esthers-notebooks

An ActivityPub WordPress plugin – Larry Sanger https://larrysanger.org/2021/01/an-activitypub-wordpress-plugin/

Why communities use Slack better than companies 💬 - Luca Rossi/Refactoring https://refactoring.fm/p/why-communities-use-slack-better

I filed my first CentOS bug: 0018142: CentOS Stream 8 Boot ISO doesn't provide or otherwise offer mirrors for installation - CentOS Bug Tracker https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=18142

I am loving the ability to customize @vivaldibrowser by jiggling so many handles in the settings.

Sat, 03 Apr 2021

I'm sure that @vivaldibrowser has many arrangements that involve advertising and product placement with @Microsoft, @Amazon and even @Google, but the extent of the Google spying HAS to be much less. The fact that I'd rather be spied on by Microsoft should tell you something.

I am leaning hard into @vivaldibrowser for a Chrome base that doesn't phone home to the Google mothership. I don't know if the Chromium ban on using Google sync services ever really happened, but now I don't have to care.

The digital news industry was built on lies - Josh Marshall/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/digital-news-industry-was-built-lies/618490/

Why does Discord not use ads? The questions we asked Discord's CEO - Bobby Allyn/NPR https://www.npr.org/2021/04/01/983159051/why-does-discord-not-use-ads-and-why-is-microsoft-interested-we-asked-discords-c

Fri, 02 Apr 2021

April Fool's online pranks just make me tired and aren't terribly witty either

This is how I got the day of the week to appear in the GNOME top panel in CentOS Stream 8. (Also, this will be in Tweak Tool in the next release) - Tip from Vivek/Technastic https://technastic.com/show-complete-date-time-in-ubuntu-gnome-top-panel/

Thu, 01 Apr 2021

This is my third day working in @CentOSProject Stream 8, and it is like @debian in that it is very stable and very boring — in a good way.

I generated an ed25519 ssh key for this new CentOS Stream 8 system, and I just found out that I needed two Ruby gems — ed25519 and bcrypt_pbkdf — to make it work with net-ssh.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021

Interview with Marko Saric of website analytics company Plausible Analytics | In the Good https://inthegood.co/taking-on-google/

Plausible Analytics: Simple, privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics https://plausible.io/

Tue, 23 Mar 2021

If you're running @debian Bullseye (Testing), the login manager now displays "Debian 11."

Google Maps' moat is evaporating - A Closer Look with Joe Morrison https://joemorrison.substack.com/p/google-maps-moat-is-evaporating

Mon, 22 Mar 2021

If you need to copy/paste pieces of URLs in @vivaldibrowser (and I seemingly need to do this all the time), go to Settings -- Address Bar and click "Show Full Address" to keep your cursor from jumping around when trying to grab out of the bar.

Kevin Roose's 'Futureproof' offers rules to thrive in the age of automation - Dave Davies/NPR (The answer isn't to learn computer science or make your life super efficient). https://www.npr.org/2021/03/16/977769873/the-age-of-automation-is-now-heres-how-to-futureproof-yourself

The fact that I was able to do work with @vivaldibrowser pretty much immediately says a lot. The browser offered to import my @firefox bookmarks but not Chromium's. That's OK. I got my company's Chrome extension to work, and that was key.

I installed the Vivaldi Browser https://vivaldi.com

Sun, 21 Mar 2021

Nyxt: A keyboard-based web browser fully configurable in Lisp. https://nyxt.atlas.engineer/

The world is stuck with decades of new plastic it can't recycle - Zoë Schlanger https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-world-is-stuck-with-decades-of-new-plastic-it-can-t-recycle

Growing up with Steve Miller - Max Marshall/Texas Monthly https://getpocket.com/explore/item/growing-up-with-steve-miller

How Fanta was created for Nazi Germany - Matthew Blitz/Atlas Obscura https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-fanta-was-created-for-nazi-germany

Sat, 20 Mar 2021

I finished my C++ assignment.

I learned how to:

  • Reference arrays and variables in functions
  • Compare and manipulate array elements in loops (This was the purpose of the assignment)
  • Get user input of a date with with getline
  • Convert strings to ints with stoi
Fri, 19 Mar 2021

When your parents die - Dave Winer/Scripting News: A very poignant look at what's important in life. Dave is very good at telling these kinds of stories. I appreciate him doing it. http://scripting.com/2021/03/17/155004.html?title=whenYourParentsDie

Here's why Substack's scam worked so well - Annalee Newitz/The Hypothesis https://thehypothesis.substack.com/p/heres-why-substacks-scam-worked-so

Charles Ives loved music ... and life insurance. Really. It means you can do two things in life and have it really work out. - Arthur C. Brooks/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/03/having-dual-career-can-make-you-happier/618311/

I enjoy writing the programs in my computer science classes at @LAValleyCollege. I say that now while I'm maybe a third of the way through.

Thu, 18 Mar 2021

Samsung 970 EVO vs EVO Plus vs PRO: Which is best for you? https://premiumbuilds.com/storage/ssd/samsung-970-evo-vs-970-evo-plus-vs-970-pro/

Wed, 17 Mar 2021

Interesting take on AWS Lightsail vs. Digital Ocean Droplets: Should I pick DigitalOcean or AWS for my next project? - Corey Quinn/Last Week in AWS https://www.lastweekinaws.com/blog/should-i-pick-digitalocean-or-aws-for-my-next-project/

How Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck revolutionized the wine industry - Zachary Crockett/The Hustle https://thehustle.co/how-two-buck-chuck-changed-the-wine-industry

The story of Willie Nelson's guitar, Trigger - Michael Hall/Texas Monthly https://getpocket.com/explore/item/trigger

Tue, 16 Mar 2021

As of March 16, 2021, @google sync is still working on the Chromium browser in @debian

Sun, 14 Mar 2021

Debian's apt full-upgrade removes old kernels I no longer need. It's a nice feature. https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch02.en.html#_basic_package_management_operations_with_the_commandline

How to have Your Own Website for a Year https://cheapskatesguide.org/articles/raspberry-pi-website.html

I am fascinated by this website. It's great to find these hidden gems. https://cheapskatesguide.org/

The Cheapskate's Guide to Computers and the Internet https://cheapskatesguide.org/

What to Expect from Old Windows PC's https://cheapskatesguide.org/articles/end-of-life.html

BabbleWeb : A Free Website Visitors Comment Script https://cheapskatesguide.org/articles/babbleweb.html/

Sat, 13 Mar 2021

The Photoshop from Adobe CS2 installs in Linux via Wine. It ran OK once but wouldn't run after that despite reinstalls and reboots. It's not a tragedy because my Linux photo workflow is totally worked out. It's in Windows where I have a problem.

The Photoshop from this Adobe Creative Suite 2 ESR download from Archive.org works on Windows 10 https://archive.org/details/Adobe-CS2