Title photo
Think globally, microblog locally
Mon, 01 Feb 2021

This 2017 HP laptop ran great under Debian Buster and even better with Bullseye. Firefox is easier on resources that Chromium (which Debian was having trouble with BEFORE all this sync drama). https://cdimage.debian.org/mirror/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware

Sat, 30 Jan 2021

Podcasts & capital: Thoughts on the podcast industry in 2021 - Justin Jackson https://justinjackson.ca/podcasts-and-capital

Thu, 28 Jan 2021

I know that @robinhood is supposed to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Not so much for @RobinhoodApp.

The Billy Lester story: The great reclusive jazz pianist - NPR https://www.npr.org/2021/01/28/961290410/lost-and-found-in-yonkers-the-billy-lester-story

I made a combo photo (two mugs as a horizontal) with @GIMP_Official. It's like my geeky bar mitzvah.

When to use (and not to use) SQLite https://www.sqlite.org/whentouse.html

Wed, 27 Jan 2021

10 uses for WordPress beyond blogging - Samantha Rodriguez/WP Engine https://wpengine.com/resources/extend-wordpress-beyond-blogging/

I love reading 1980s computer magazines, and so should you - Samuel Arbesman/WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/i-love-reading-1980s-computer-magazines-and-so-should-you/

Scott Henderson recommend Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" album from 1973 on the @GuitarWank podcast. So great. Everybody is burning. It's a jazz fusion album that KILLS. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrum_(Billy_Cobham_album)

Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Twitter acquires Revue, which bills itself as "an editorial newsletter tool for writers and publishers." Upon first look, it's not terrible, and Substack has a problem. https://www.getrevue.co/

The now-Twitter-owned paid-newsletter offering Revue charges a 5% fee, but Substack charges a still-lowish 10% and has a whole lot of momentum. If it were 30% vs. 5%, we'd have a conversation. Revue has to be technically solid to win this one. https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/making-twitter-a-better-home-for-writers.html

Twitter takes aim at Substack with acquisition of Revue, a paid-newsletter company where fee is a rock-bottom 5% https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/making-twitter-a-better-home-for-writers.html

Repl.it is awesome. Why every CS classes that can use @replit doesn't, I don't know. https://repl.it

Mon, 25 Jan 2021

I love the Fuji apple https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuji_(apple)

Sun, 24 Jan 2021

I took a computer science class last semester and will be taking another one this semester. That is the update.

The new Hugo in Debian Bullseye doesn't work with my old theme. I'm too lazy to upgrade the theme, so I found the old Debian Buster package for Hugo, extracted the executable and stashed it in my Hugo directory. I'll figure things out later. But now the blog lives.

I'm not opposed to nonfree firmware in Debian, but I removed it, and my laptop still runs fine - Steven Rosenberg http://passthejoe.net/post/2021_0123_debian_firmware_debate/

Sat, 23 Jan 2021

One thing I gained in Debian Bullseye over Buster: Scanning to a recent HP all-in-one works out of the box. No HPLIP needed.

Fri, 22 Jan 2021

It would be surprising if Debian Testing were more stable than Debian Stable, and it is not. My in-place upgrade did not work. I did a reinstall. Things are working very well, but not well enough to do the same on my desktop, which will stick with Buster.

Debian Security team member worries Chromium has so many issues that it will be too difficult to maintain in Bullseye without more people involved. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=972134#83

Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Great LWN article on a Debian mailing list debate over the installer, firmware and free (as in Freedom). Most Debian users — myself included — have run into this problem. I THOUGHT I documented my last fix (but who can remember?). https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/843172/21340b641eaa0f62/

Meet Raspberry Silicon: Raspberry Pi Pico now on sale at - Raspberry Pi https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-silicon-pico-now-on-sale/

Wed, 20 Jan 2021

It looks like Google really aims to keep Chromium users on Linux from using the Google API to log in for Google Sync https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/g/chromium-packagers/c/SG6jnsP4pWM/m/Y73W4CecCQAJ?pli=1

I didn't know about Ubuntu Core, and now I do https://ubuntu.com/core

Red Hat introduces free RHEL for small production workloads and development teams Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/red-hat-introduces-free-rhel-for-small-production-workloads-development-teams/

You can get this free Adobe Creative Suite 2 from the Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/Adobe-CS2

In a thread about hating on Adobe, everyone is mentioning Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher, which cost each. One time. No subscription fee. For Mac, Windows and iPad. https://affinity.serif.com

Mon, 18 Jan 2021

Decluttering low-Earth orbit - It’s time to tidy up space - The Economist https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/01/14/its-time-to-tidy-up-space

I don't know if it's something in Debian Bullseye, or the fact that I'm using Firefox instead of Chromium but my laptop is running MUCH cooler than with Debian Buster. (And MUCH MUCH MUCH cooler than Windows 10, but you knew that already.)

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