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Think globally, microblog locally
Sun, 11 Jul 2021

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
  • 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.

Tue, 18 May 2021

Why podcasting is free with Anchor https://blog.anchor.fm/updates/why-podcasting-is-free-with-anchor

I know it's a Spotify podcast content farm, but does Anchor make sense for poscasters? https://anchor.fm/

Spotify's Anchor makes podcasting free and (ostensibly) easy. Is it worth it to go this route? https://anchor.fm/

Sun, 16 May 2021

Another few days with no updates in the quiet CentOS Stream 8 Linux distribution. As I always say, this is how it is supposed to be. We'll see what this week brings. http://centos.org

Fri, 14 May 2021

Donald Trump has a blog that's also a micro blog. It's not a 60-million-follower Twitter feed, but it does the same thing, and he owns and controls the whole damn thing. https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk

Wed, 12 May 2021

The @CentOS community is as friendly and knowledgeable as the @Fedora community, and that is a huge plus for picking up either Linux distro. Everybody wants to help.

Mon, 10 May 2021

Every time I have a CS assignment, I think it's impossible and will take me 100s of hours to figure out. I think I'll never be able to do it. Eventually I do "crack the code," you might say. On this last one, I didn't do everything, but everything I did do is done well.

Now is also the time when I mention that I've been running CentOS Stream 8 for maybe a month, and I'm doing all my day-job editing (news stories, photos) and CS homework (C++) with it.

Now is the time in the semester where I say that my CS teachers tell us to use MS Visual Studio, but I do everything with Geany in Linux. A .cpp file tells no tales.

Sun, 09 May 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates

  • qt5
  • cups
  • dracut
  • exiv2
  • fwupd
  • gcc
  • glib2
  • iproute
  • python2
  • quota
  • sos
  • subscription-manager
Sat, 08 May 2021

It's been a quiet few days for CentOS Stream 8 updates. I still need to do my review. http://centos.org

Wed, 05 May 2021

One of the best things so far about CentOS Stream is that I am not a RHEL customer, but I was able to file a bug in Red Hat Bugzilla and then see it resolved. It's like what happens in Fedora, but in CentOS (and near-future RHEL). http://centos.org

Tue, 04 May 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates:

  • LibRaw
  • NetworkManager
  • evolution-data-server
  • exiv2
  • file
  • glib2
  • gnome-online-accounts
  • java-11
  • openssh
  • python36
  • udisks2

plus a few more