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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

I am now using Syncthing on 57 GB of data on my way to 200 GB. I also haven't organized or otherwise even looked at most of these files over the past many years. So eventually I will sync less, I hope. https://syncthing.net

Tue, 20 Sep 2022

I am setting up Syncthing to sync about 300 GB of data between two computers https://syncthing.net/

Sat, 17 Sep 2022

When it comes to my HP laptop running quickly and cool, Debian Stable is doing an excellent job

I just installed Syncthing on my Debian laptop and started the service automatically with systemd https://docs.syncthing.net/users/autostart.html#

Sun, 11 Sep 2022

The reason I have so many updates right now is the release of @Debian 11.5 https://www.debian.org/News/2022/2022091002

Fri, 09 Sep 2022

Falling back from Fedora Silverblue 36 to Debian Stable 11 fixed a couple of bugs:

In LibreOffice Calc, ctrl-; spits out the date

In Vim, no need to hit Enter to clear command line after cd

(But gEdit scrolling issue WAS fixed in Fedora!)

Tue, 06 Sep 2022
Fedora instead of Fedora --> Debian.


I've been back in Debian on my laptop for about a week, and it's been uneventfully smooth. I'd probably say the same if I were going from Debian --> Fedora instead of Fedora --> Debian.

Sun, 04 Sep 2022

I was on TikTok for 30 days: it is manipulative, addictive, and harmful to privacy - Luiza Jarovsky https://scribe.rip/i-was-on-tiktok-for-30-days-it-is-manipulative-addictive-and-harmful-to-privacy-9e25445a9122

Things like the early (and expert) adoption of PulseAudio, Wayland, Pipewire, the latest GNOME and other innovations keeps me coming back to @fedora, even if I have recently moved to the predictable and quiet @debian Stable

Thu, 01 Sep 2022

I am enjoying setting up and using my new Debian 11 (Stable) system on my HP Envy laptop. It's this laptop's second time running Debian, and things have been smooth and predictable.

Wed, 31 Aug 2022

One of the reasons I paused on NixOS was the /nix/store size. My VM filled up pretty quickly. Not ruling it out forever but passing for now. https://www.reddit.com/r/NixOS/comments/x1sfff/nixstore/

Both Debian and Fedora are my home distros. I go back and forth with them. When I got my first SSD, I put Debian on it. When I got my second SSD, I put Fedora Silverblue on it. Now I've gone back to Debian on the newer SSD. My old iMac has run Debian for a long time.

There were a lot of things I liked about Fedora Silverblue, but the difficulty of developing in Flatpaks wasn't one of them. Toolboxes are great, but the Geany Flatpak couldn't compile or run anything. I would need a separate Geany in every Toolbox.

I got really "attached" to EasySSH in Fedora Silverblue. Now I have it as a package in Debian, and it's all set up. https://github.com/muriloventuroso/easyssh

Tue, 30 Aug 2022

I wasn't prepared for most Ruby gem installs in Debian 11 to fail unless done with sudo. I really need to switch to rbenv.

Wed, 10 Aug 2022

Something broke the Clipboard History GNOME Shell Extension in Fedora 36 Silverblue, so I deactivated it and reactivated Clipboard Indicator. Yes, I have both at the ready.

Mon, 08 Aug 2022

I'm still trying to figure out whether or not @nixos is "worth" adopting. Will it add enough to make up for the learning curve?

Looks like I got my social-posting Ruby app working in @nixos

Mon, 01 Aug 2022

Bridgetown: Next-generation progressive site generator powered by Ruby https://www.bridgetownrb.com

My dystopian fiction longs for a better world - Veronica Roth/Literary Hub https://lithub.com/my-dystopian-fiction-longs-for-a-better-world/

Speculative journeys: Sci-fi for people who don't really like sci-fi - Jon Raymond/Literary Hub https://lithub.com/speculative-journeys-sci-fi-for-people-who-dont-really-like-sci-fi/

Sat, 30 Jul 2022

Flatpak apps in heavy rotation:

EasySSH (Do all your ssh sessions in one GUI) Foliate (eBook reader with books from https://standardebooks.org)

Fri, 29 Jul 2022

The Fedora Flatpak of LibreOffice keeps crashing in Silverblue 36. Fix is to replace with the Flathub Flatpak of LO.

Something in the latest @Fedora 36 update took care of the very rough scrolling in Gedit (which I still use instead of the new Gnome Text Editor due to Snippets and External Tools)

Thu, 28 Jul 2022

Updates today in @fedora (and @teamsilverblue) for Podman, NetworkManager and Vim

Mon, 25 Jul 2022

Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover. https://standardebooks.org/

Thu, 14 Jul 2022

Vim 9 is now in Fedora Silverblue (and, I assume, also Fedora Workstation)

Fri, 01 Jul 2022

Look at how @Debian does security announcements. Other distributions: Do it this way. https://lwn.net/Articles/899688/

You can get support for Debian beyond 5 years by paying for Extended LTS by Freexian https://deb.freexian.com/extended-lts/

Thanks to the @debian LTS team, all releases get 5 years of support. They are just now ending support for Debian 9 "Stretch" and beginning to support Debian 10 "Buster." https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/

Do you know about Milkman Sound amplifiers? These things look UNREAL. Expensive, but man do they look good. https://milkmansound.com/

Thu, 30 Jun 2022

I had to re-clone the GitHub repo for this project. I don't clone repos often enough to do it right the first time. I considered doing in on CodeBerg instead of GitHub, and maybe I will move it. Using both at once is too brittle.

2021 was the year of the Ruby desktop - Andy Maleh/dev.to https://dev.to/andyobtiva/2021-was-the-year-of-the-ruby-desktop-2j49

Ruby GUI frameworks - The Ruby Toolbox https://www.ruby-toolbox.com/categories/GUI_Frameworks

Wed, 29 Jun 2022

I love how Slackware's security alerts make it onto LWN. I find it hard to use a distribution that LWN isn't following in that manner. https://lwn.net/Articles/899363/

Wed, 22 Jun 2022

Use the power of a JavaScript framework right in your HTML file - Ashish/dev.to https://dev.to/asheeshh/use-the-power-of-a-javascript-framework-right-in-your-html-file-1d88

Tue, 31 May 2022

I don't look at Perl a lot, but I saw these release notes on Perl v5.36.0, and it has me thinking about it. https://metacpan.org/release/RJBS/perl-5.36.0/view/pod/perldelta.pod

Mon, 30 May 2022

Discovering the -c switch for Toolbox is changing the way I do things in Fedora Silverblue

@containertoolbx @teamsilverblue @fedora

It's the time of the week where I say how well @fedora Silverblue 36 is going.

Smooth. Almost another semester of CS in the bag (using the IntelliJ Flatpak), and my daily journalism grind besides that.

Next time I rebase Fedora Silverblue, I'm going to wait until after the release. No beta in production for me. I had no problems with the system, but the upgrade had more glitches than I'm used to. https://fedoramagazine.org/how-to-rebase-to-fedora-linux-36-on-silverblue/

Now that I learned how to run commands from Toolbox containers without entering the Toolbox by using -c, I'm going to start scripting with it.

@containertoolbx @fedora @teamsilverblue

Fri, 27 May 2022

I got the Apache @netbeans 13 Flatpak to build and run a C++ program by following instructions to enable the 8.2 Update Center and install the C/C++ module. I also managed to switch to dark mode (Tools->Options->Appearance->Look and Feel). https://netbeans.apache.org/download/nb120/#_cc

Sat, 21 May 2022

I recently removed a couple of blog entries about my disappointment in CentOS Stream 8, but the About page on my CentOS Stream updates blog tells it pretty well.

tl;dr hoping for better things in Stream 9.


Tue, 17 May 2022

TIL that you can compile C and C++ programs in the Intellij Flatpak — in Fedora Silverblue, or any other OS presumably — by running gcc (for C) or g++ (for C and C++) in the Intellij terminal or Run Anything dialog (which you get by clicking ctrl twice)

We went to the new Whole Foods where you scan your palm and just walk out with your stuff. Kinda creepy. You can still pay w/o that. A formerly packed store and parking lot was pretty empty.

Toolbx, a developers new best friend! — Christian Fredrik Schaller/Fedora Magazine https://fedoramagazine.org/toolbx-a-developers-new-best-friend/

How to rebase to Fedora Linux 36 on Silverblue — Michal Konečný/Fedora Magazine https://fedoramagazine.org/how-to-rebase-to-fedora-linux-36-on-silverblue/

Thu, 12 May 2022

I'm doing all this messing around with CentOS Stream and Fedora Silverblue on the laptop, while the desktop remains on Debian Stable. I don't remember a "bad" Debian release, but Bullseye is a particularly good one. A sweet spot for GNOME (3.38).

I used rpm-ostree to layer vim-enhanced and vim-X11 in Fedora Silverblue. The Vim Flatpak didn't give me console Vim, and Silverblue Vim wasn't picking up my .vimrc.

I have two Toolbox containers for Ruby in Fedora Silverblue, but they share the same files for gems. It has caused some trouble. Better to use Distrobox with a dedicated home, or rbenv/RVM.

Ruby is having issues with OpenSSL 3.0

Sun, 01 May 2022

Ruby developers: On Linux, do you recommend installing all gems with gem install, or using distro packages when available?

The Ruby gems in my app are ... complicated

Fri, 29 Apr 2022

It's been a difficult semester in computer science. My class is Intro to Data Structures. I have found it hard to find the time to study. I would have liked a class with more (helpful) materials. I had to learn Java OO programming to do the class, so it's been quite an ordeal.

Wed, 27 Apr 2022

I have been running OpenBSD in a VM, and yesterday I upgraded from 7.0 to 7.1. Everything works. https://www.openbsd.org/71.html

Mon, 25 Apr 2022

For Fedora Silverblue and Kinote users: Simplifying updates for RPM Fusion packages (and other packages shipping their own RPM repos) - Fedora Discussion https://discussion.fedoraproject.org/t/simplifying-updates-for-rpm-fusion-packages-and-other-packages-shipping-their-own-rpm-repos/30364

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

I recommend EasySSH as an easy way to manage multiple ssh sessions. And there's a Flatpak. https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.github.muriloventuroso.easyssh

Thu, 21 Apr 2022

You can learn something new about Vim every day. Today I figured out how to use iab to insert the date via strftime https://vim.fandom.com/wiki/Insert_current_date_or_time

Wed, 13 Apr 2022

Gnome Clipboard History extension looks like a worthy successor to Cliboard Indicator for those running Gnome 42 https://github.com/SUPERCILEX/gnome-clipboard-history

WordPress simplifies pricing with $0 (aka free) and $15/month Pro plans https://wordpress.com/pricing/