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Mon, 30 Dec 2019

Ancient Greek textbooks roundup - Ryan Baumann (aka @ryanfb) https://ryanfb.github.io/etc/2018/03/02/ancient_greek_textbooks_roundup.html

Resources for reading Homeric Greek - Ryan Baumann (aka @ryanfb) https://ryanfb.github.io/etc/2019/02/25/resources_for_reading_homeric_greek.html

Tue, 24 Dec 2019

My business card runs Linux - George Hilliard https://www.thirtythreeforty.net/posts/2019/12/my-business-card-runs-linux/

Fri, 20 Dec 2019

This page is designed to last: a manifesto for preserving content on the Web - Jeff Huang https://jeffhuang.com/designed_to_last/

Tue, 17 Dec 2019

When you hit esc and forget you're not in Vim, and you lose your changes in a web form

I don't know how to package software for Windows, Mac or Linux, but it's a vital skill that I'd like to learn

Dear open-source programmer or maintainer: If I write a tweet that is critical of your project's packaging or functionality, I'm not asking you for tech support. And I'm really not crazy about you complaining that I'm asking for something that I'm not.

There have been two recent @debian security updates: Ruby and Thunderbird https://www.debian.org/security/2019/dsa-4586 https://www.debian.org/security/2019/dsa-4585

Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Preserve This Podcast: An Andrew W. Mellon grant-funded project hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council to help podcasters protect their work against the threats of digital decay http://preservethispodcast.org/

Security update: @debian is updating @firefox https://www.debian.org/security/2019/dsa-4580

Mon, 09 Dec 2019

20 VPS providers to shut down on Monday, giving customers two days to save their data - Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/20-vps-providers-to-shut-down-on-monday-giving-customers-two-days-to-save-their-data/

Verizon kills email accounts of archivists trying to save Yahoo Groups history - Liam Tung/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/verizon-kills-email-accounts-of-archivists-trying-to-save-yahoo-groups-history/

Apple's new monster ,000 Mac Pro is about to ship - Daphne Leprince-Ringuet/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/apples-new-monster-6000-mac-pro-is-about-to-ship/

Wed, 04 Dec 2019

Alex Bartsch — Covers 2: Retracing more record sleeves around the world http://www.alexbartsch.com/more-covers

Alex Bartsch — Covers: Retracing reggae record sleeves in London http://www.alexbartsch.com/covers

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

Big @debian security update today for the #Chromium browser https://www.debian.org/security/2019/dsa-4575

Sat, 16 Nov 2019

I have been running Debian Stable on this laptop for more than 3 months, and it has been a lovely experience. The relentless pace of updates in Windows 10 and Fedora drove me to it.

I love how I'm automatically running Debian 10.2, and all I had to do is keep up with regular apt update/upgrades. Check /etc/debian_version to see what you are running.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019

Canadian jazz guitarist Ed Bickert dies at 86 https://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/jazzblog/rip-ed-bickert

I am installing my first Flatpak application from Flathub, and it is taking a long time. Maybe the second one goes more quickly. https://flathub.org

The state of Java IDE packaging in Linux is not so good. Netbeans and Eclipse didn't even make it into Debian Buster, and the Netbeans in Sid is version 10 when I want 11. Ubuntu also packages Netbeans 10. I can't figure out anything for Ubuntu 19.10.

Mon, 04 Nov 2019

I still think the M.2 NVMe SSD is the tech MVP of the late 2010s. It's a total game-changer in terms of desktop/laptop performance. I now can't stand using PCs with magnetic hard drives.

Mon, 21 Oct 2019

Happy 25th year, blogging. You've grown up, but social media is still having a brawl by John Naughton/The Guardian leads with @davewiner as one of the first bloggers https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/12/blogging-twenty-five-years-old-all-grown-up

Sat, 19 Oct 2019

Residents flee San Francisco because of costs - Marco della Cava/USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/19/california-housing-crisis-residents-flee-san-francisco-because-costs/3985196002/

I have an aluminum laptop, and I see no advantage over plastic. Aluminum will dent before plastic will break.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019

I'm not trying to hate on Medium's "business model," why is it even remotely attractive in a world where WordPress.com won't charge you or your readers, where dev.to is beginning to dominate the developer-blog space, and where you CAN run your own server in the closet or cloud?

I've gotten a lot of paywalled Medium links today. Unless you, the writer, are making some serious Medium money — and I know you're not — consider running your own site or choosing a free platform like ... all the others.

Who really killed Blockbuster? Ben Unglesbee/Retail Dive https://www.retaildive.com/news/who-really-killed-blockbuster/564314/

Fri, 11 Oct 2019

A love letter to Clojure (Part 1) - Gene Kim. Great post. https://itrevolution.com/love-letter-to-clojure-part-1/#why-i-love-lisps-now

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

You, your cellphone and a disaster: What to do when communications go wonky - Jason H. Harper/Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-09/shelter-me-you-your-cellphone-and-a-disaster-what-to-do-when-communications-go-wonky

An open letter to the new owners of Meteor - Sacha Greif https://medium.com/@sachagreif/an-open-letter-to-the-new-owners-of-meteor-353d64780b20

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

I just started using Evolution - I am going full @GNOME, it appears

It's nice that in @racketlang GUI programming is treated like something you might want to do https://docs.racket-lang.org/gui/index.html

Tue, 08 Oct 2019

Ruby gtk3 GUI applications ARE cross-platform - Steven Rosenberg http://passthejoe.net/post/2019_1006_ruby_gtk3_is_crossplatform/

Sat, 05 Oct 2019

A new chapter for Meteor - Geoff Schmidt/Meteor Blog (My take: It's not a ringing endorsement that "most of" the Meteor.js team abandoned it for Apollo Graph QL) https://blog.meteor.com/a-new-chapter-for-meteor-7b684320be4c

Thu, 03 Oct 2019

Canadian tech holding company Tiny acquires JavaScript app platform Meteor – Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/02/tiny-acquires-meteor/

Wed, 02 Oct 2019

Lovely playing on Herb Ellis and Freddie Green's "Rhythm Willie" album, which also features Ray Brown, Jake Hanna and Ross Tompkins. Who doesn't love Herb? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfgcgupbIb4

Here she is, the safest driver in Los Angeles - Ethan Varian/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/style/safest-driver-los-angeles.html

How Kerrygold butter conquered America - Elizabeth G. Dunn/Bloomberg <20191002kerrygold_butter.txt>

What happened at WeWork? - Reeves Wiedeman/New York Magazine http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/what-happened-at-we-why-wework-postponed-its-ipo.html

Tue, 01 Oct 2019

Don Cherry & John Coltrane - The Avant Garde: I am crazy into this album right now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z6inXbK1rk

Sat, 28 Sep 2019

Creating a Linux desktop application with Ruby using GTK+ - Lazarus Lazaridis (Now that I'm no longer daily-driving Windows, I just might try this) https://iridakos.com/tutorials/2018/01/25/creating-a-gtk-todo-application-with-ruby.html

JavaScript vs Pharo - Richard Kenneth Eng https://itnext.io/javascript-vs-pharo-d4fbf15578ee

Wed, 25 Sep 2019

Red Hat's CentOS 8 arrives: Here's what you get with it - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/red-hats-centos-8-arrives-heres-what-you-get-with-it/

What is CentOS Stream? https://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOSStream

File under 'that was quick': CentOS 8 released only a week after CentOS 7. CentOS Stream rolling release also announced. https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2019-September/023449.html

Tue, 24 Sep 2019

Post-apocalyptic Glendale — yes, Glendale — in Netflix's 'Daybreak' - Glendale News-Press https://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/story/2019-09-24/netflix-daybreak-glendale-greg-kasyan

Will Trump be impeached? Let’s look at this wiggling dial - The Outline https://theoutline.com/post/1781/will-trump-be-impeached-lets-look-at-this-wiggling-dial

Fix 'Username is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported' in Debian - Linux Uprising Blog (I had this problem on my new Debian Buster system) https://www.linuxuprising.com/2019/09/fix-username-is-not-in-sudoers-file.html

You could learn a language by watching Netflix: They have programming in so many languages, and if there are subtitles available in your language, you can't help but pick up a lot of phrases.

Apple’s new Mac Pro to be made in Texas - Apple https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/09/apples-new-mac-pro-to-be-made-in-texas/

I made a website that will go away in 30 days https://sdnotes.com/passthejoe

Easily make a website that goes away in 30 days https://sdnotes.com/faq

Medievalists.net is a great web site about the Middle Ages. Very engaging. http://www.medievalists.net/

Fedora Workstation 31 – Whats new — Christian F.K. Schaller https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2019/09/23/fedora-workstation-31-whats-new/

Is the era of the + graphing calculator coming to an end? - Zachary Crockett/The Hustle — check this out, @bloomtasticmath https://thehustle.co/graphing-calculators-expensive/

Sat, 21 Sep 2019

Release for CentOS Linux 7 (1908) on the x86_64 architecture https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2019-September/023405.html

I try to spend >= for a phone

Why the Apple Store is the worst place to buy your new iPhone 11 - Jason Perlow/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-the-apple-store-is-the-worst-place-to-buy-your-new-iphone-11/

Fri, 20 Sep 2019

I would love to run CentOS/RHEL as a boring, stable alternative to Fedora, but there are nowhere near enough packages, and I want to go outside the repos as little as possible. That is why I run Debian.