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Think globally, microblog locally
Wed, 31 Jul 2019

If you need Java, I suggest getting it from AdoptOpenJDK. For Windows, they offer JDK versions 8, 11 and 12, all with MSI installers. Plus, you don't need to sign up with Oracle. https://adoptopenjdk.net/

NW.js: A new way of writing native applications using web technologies HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL https://nwjs.io/

Google unlocks 33% of publisher paywalls on July 30. This is what happens next. - Monojoy Bhattacharjee/What’s New in Publishing https://whatsnewinpublishing.com/google-unlocks-33-of-publisher-paywalls-on-july-30-this-is-what-happens-next/

Tue, 30 Jul 2019

Humans will never colonize Mars - George Dvorsky/Gizmodo https://gizmodo.com/humans-will-never-colonize-mars-1836316222

Mon, 29 Jul 2019

How America's plastic recycling is broken - The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/21/us-plastic-recycling-landfills

Sat, 27 Jul 2019

Young Instagram users give up privacy in search of metrics - Sarah Frier/Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-26/young-instagram-users-give-up-privacy-in-search-of-more-metrics

Fri, 26 Jul 2019

I don't begrudge @disqus making money, but the ads that run with comments are click-bait eyesores. Pros who want what Disqus provides should pay for the service and nuke the ads. 1/

SFTPgo: A full-featured and highly configurable SFTP server written in Golang https://github.com/drakkan/sftpgo

Why the dockless scooter industry is going after a repossessor and a bike shop owner - Amy Martyn/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/24/20696405/dockless-scooters-share-repo-men-repossessor-lawsuit-tow-yard-lime-bird-lyft-uber-razor

What is the difference between an existential threat and just a plain ol' threat? Asking for a friend.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019

So far, Windows File Manager is SLAUGHTERING OS X Finder in terms of functionality. The question isn't why Windows File Manager is so good but why OS X Finder is so bad.

Lang Lang is back: A piano superstar grows up - Michael Cooper/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/arts/music/lang-lang-piano.html

Wed, 24 Jul 2019

I remembered this blogPoster bug, which I coded a fix for a few weeks ago and forgot about, because I just crashed the script on a long post.

I have a patch for a blogPoster bug in which articles with too-long titles get too-long filenames and crash Ruby. I just have to deploy the fix. I did it outside blogPoster, now I have to do in the repo.

This 2011 iMac won't run anything newer than OS X High Sierra (10.13). It will be supported for another year and two months. Is nine years or so long enough for Apple to support a computer? Don't know, don't care. Q: When will I put Debian on it? A: Probably soon.

This 2011 iMac has Photoshop. Kind of a meh for me, but I'm seeing what it's all about. I still prefer IrfanView for web photos because I'm quicker with it. And it's quicker in general.

2011 iMac: Mac packaging is a mess, just like all other packaging. Traditional Mac packaging is great and hides a lot of messy stuff. But now there's the Apple App Store, and lots of free-software developers package stuff differently. It's confusing.

More on the 2011 iMac: I stuffed it with 20 GB RAM a while ago. It has a 1 TB spinning drive buried within. You need to remove the screen to get it out, so that ain't happening. It runs OK. Not better than you'd expect, maybe, but OK.

I did enough work on the 2011 iMac with 27-inch monitor to use it for production today. First, I REALLY miss the HD resolution that my HP laptop (and new iMacs, for that matter) offer. Once you go HD, UHD or 4K, you really can't go back. Second, I KNOW it's a 2011 computer.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

No CS Degree: Working developers with no CS degree (it's a web site full of them) https://www.nocsdegree.com/

Mon, 22 Jul 2019

Apache NetBeans 11.1 is out. Pros: A lot of rough edges in the UI have been fixed. Con: Still no Windows installer.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019

Snoopy taught me how to be a writer - Ann Patchett/The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/snoopy-taught-me-how-to-be-a-writer/2019/07/12/8db3ce3c-a31b-11e9-b7b4-95e30869bd15_story.html

This guy works at an Amazon warehouse, and he wrote about it - Kevin Mims/Quillette https://quillette.com/2019/07/19/the-problem-with-tourist-journalism/

I just ordered toilet paper from @WhoGivesACrapTP

Thu, 18 Jul 2019

Instead of @disqus, I'm thinking of creating @reddit posts for each comment-worthy entry and linking that in the text

I think @disqus is worth paying for, but I will probably stop using it anyway. If you can handle the spam, straight WordPress is probably the best way to do comments. They are native to your platform. Native comments are too hard for most blogs.

More on the 27-inch iMac 2011: Adding memory is fairly easy. I stuffed it with 20 GB awhile ago. Swapping the hard drive is a shit show. You have to REMOVE THE SCREEN. #KillMe

I have come into possession of a 27-inch iMac 2011. It runs much hotter than the 2019 version that replaced it. You really notice the non-Retina display. For Mac, Apple App Store is GARBAGE and should be killed with fire.

The Raspberry Pi 4 needs a fan, here's why and how you can add one | Jeff Geerling https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2019/raspberry-pi-4-needs-fan-heres-why-and-how-you-can-add-one

Wed, 17 Jul 2019

KansasFest is an annual Apple II convention in Kansas City, MO. It's going on right now. https://www.kansasfest.org/

Tue, 16 Jul 2019

The definitive guide to personal newsletters - Revue https://medium.com/@revue/the-definitive-guide-to-personal-newsletters-85b82ada546d

How to build your own paid newsletter and the people who are doing it - Revue https://blog.getrevue.co/how-to-build-your-own-paid-newsletter-and-the-people-who-are-doing-it-3c3073ad495a

Why I’m leaving Medium | Tiago Forte/Praxis (Long but very good read) https://praxis.fortelabs.co/why-im-leaving-medium/

This is very interesting: Memberful — Sell memberships to your audience: Super easy. Works with Stripe, WordPress and MailChimp. @fortelabs is using it. https://memberful.com/

Why AC won the electricity wars - Roots of Progress https://rootsofprogress.org/why-ac-won

Learn web development with the Mozilla Developer Network https://beta.developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Learn

Firefox Developer Edition https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/developer/?utm_campaign=css_grid_learn_more_2

Amazon offers to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data - Jeffrey Dastin/Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-prime-day/amazon-offers-10-to-prime-day-shoppers-who-hand-over-their-data-idUSKCN1UB164

Sat, 13 Jul 2019

I should probably be using a "real" @Raspberry_Pi, a Model 3 or 4, instead of a Zero, but I am that cheap

I'm doing a software update for @Debian Buster on the @RaspberryPi Zero W. I used @balenaio Etcher to make the image. It's probably easier than making a "regular" Linux ISO and installing it.

Fri, 12 Jul 2019

Apache @netbeans 11.1 is slated for release on 7/15/2019 https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/NETBEANS/Release+Schedule

The design of this Get Pocket home page is nice, and the article design is even better https://getpocket.com/explore/trending

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

There's a problem with @reddit, and it's not working

Wed, 10 Jul 2019

Racket is an acceptable Python - Christopher Lemmer Webber https://dustycloud.org/blog/racket-is-an-acceptable-python/

I have two websites running off the @raspberry_pi Zero W in the closet. The second is a copy of my microblog. http://updates.passthejoe.net

It's alive: This website is being served by a @raspberry_pi Zero W in my coat closet http://passthejoe.net

The house brand picks from @stringsbymail are cheap and available in a variety of thicknesses https://www.stringsbymail.com/guitar-accessories-2/guitar-picks-360/strings-by-mail-picks-3012/

I can get my favorite picks, D'Andrea Pro Plec, at @stringsbymail https://www.stringsbymail.com/guitar-accessories-2/guitar-picks-360/dandrea-picks-3265/dandrea-pro-plec-789/

Mon, 08 Jul 2019

Why do electrical plugs have three prongs? http://amasci.com/amateur/whygnd.html

Choosing the wrong lane in the race to 5G | Jessica Rosenworcel/WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/choosing-the-wrong-lane-in-the-race-to-5g/

Learning Golang — from zero to hero | Milap Neupane Blog https://milapneupane.com.np/2019/07/06/learning-golang-from-zero-to-hero/

The death watch for the X Window System (aka X11) has probably started - Chris Siebenmann https://utcc.utoronto.ca/%7Ecks/space/blog/unix/XDeathwatchStarts

Sun, 07 Jul 2019

I have taken the next step in my home web server project: I used Free DNS to point a subdomain at my IP address, and I went into my router's port forwarding to direct port 80 requests to the Raspberry Pi's local IP address on the home network.

I have changed my mind about the new Fedora 30 icons, meaning I now like them. Having the boot/splash screen incorporate the laptop's own boot splash is a really nice bit of polish. Fedora always quietly brings innovation to the Linux desktop.

Sat, 06 Jul 2019

Now some families are hiring coaches to help them raise phone-free children - Nellie Bowles/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/06/style/parenting-coaches-screen-time-phones.html

Wed, 03 Jul 2019

In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I recommend @StringsByMail and @JustStrings for all your musical-instrument string needs. Amazon's "free" shipping is overrated, especially when you are overpaying on the front end.Both of these companies will take care of you.

Way, way back in the day, I used to use GHS Nickel Rockers. The packages used to be cooler looking. https://www.stringsbymail.com/electric-guitar-strings-8/ghs-403/nickel-rockers-681/

Nobody but @ghsstrings offers flatwounds like these Pat Martino custom sets https://www.ghsstrings.com/products/16696-pat-martino-flatwounds?category_id=1964816-custom-electric-guitar

Tue, 02 Jul 2019

I'm creating a new Raspbian image for a web server project using my @RaspberryPi

I just downloaded a Raspbian image for my @RaspberryPi Zero W. Flashing to the Micro SD was easy with the @balena_io Etcher software https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/