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Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Campus is closed, so college students are rebuilding their schools in Minecraft - Pearse Anderson/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/31/21200972/college-students-graduation-minecraft-coronavirus-school-closures

OMG, an @sdtimes article that I actually want to tweet: Eclipse Foundation offers open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code https://sdtimes.com/softwaredev/eclipse-foundation-offers-open-source-alternative-to-visual-studio-code/

I made another blog post, this time about a 19th-century classical guitar http://passthejoe.net/post/2020_0330_amazing_torres_classical_guitar/

Mon, 30 Mar 2020

I wrote my first blog entry in a long time. Only for those who care about classical guitar technique. http://passthejoe.net/post/2020_0330_nails/

Appearance improvements — with lots of choices — for @Apache @NetBeans 11.3 are strong https://netbeans.apache.org/download/nb113/index.html#_appearance

Thank you to the @netbeans team for the 11.3 release with so many improvements. From the easy-to-see visual fixes and upgrades to better JavaFX integration, this is an important release. More thanks for Flatpak packaging. http://netbeans.apache.org/

Bail out journalists. Let newspaper chains die. - Ben Smith/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-journalists-newspapers.html

Debian's apt and GNOME's Software Center will not update your Flatpak application. Run this in a terminal:

$ flatpak update

I figured this out in the Flatpak documentation. https://docs.flatpak.org/en/latest/using-flatpak.html

Social distancing can’t last forever. Here’s what should come next. - Brian Resnick/Vox https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/3/26/21192211/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing-end

Sun, 29 Mar 2020

How Aristotle created the computer - Chris Dixon/The Atlantic https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-aristotle-created-the-computer

Where did all the saxophones go? - Kelsey McKinney/The Outline https://getpocket.com/explore/item/where-did-all-the-saxophones-go

Fri, 27 Mar 2020

New @debian team: Debian Social. Nice cupcake! https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianSocial

Official communication channels for Debian - Bits from Debian https://bits.debian.org/2020/03/official-communication-channels.html

Updates from @debian for bluez and icu https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4646 https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4647

Thu, 26 Mar 2020

The untold origin story of the N95 mask - Mark Wilson/Fast Company https://www.fastcompany.com/90479846/the-untold-origin-story-of-the-n95-mask

How Kinfolk magazine defined the millennial aesthetic … and unraveled behind the scenes - Lisa Abend/Vanity Fair https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/03/how-kinfolk-magazine-defined-the-millennial-aesthetic-and-unraveled-behind-the-scenes

The coronavirus crisis proves the internet should be a public utility — Ephrat Livni/Quartz https://qz.com/1826043/the-coronavirus-crisis-proves-internet-should-be-a-public-utility/

Tue, 24 Mar 2020

96 coronavirus cases in the San Fernando Valley: Which communities have the most? – Steven Rosenberg/LA Daily News https://www.dailynews.com/2020/03/24/96-coronavirus-cases-in-the-san-fernando-valley-which-communities-have-the-most/

Turing Pi: A 7 node Kubernetes cluster on your desk https://turingpi.com/

Coronavirus symptoms could include lost sense of smell, doctors warn - Michael Brice-Saddler/The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/23/coronavirus-sense-of-smell/

Two years with Rust - Marc Brooker http://brooker.co.za/blog/2020/03/22/rust.html

Webamp is Winamp 2 in your browser - and it plays files on your local drive https://webamp.org/

Adafruit is deemed an essential service during coronavirus outbreak and is shipping orders for health care professionals and urgent needs only. See their extensive manufacturing equipment. https://blog.adafruit.com/2020/03/22/covid/

Yes, there is an open-source alternative to Zoom. It's called Jitsi Meet. https://jitsi.org/

The great toilet paper scare of 1973 - Priceonomics https://priceonomics.com/the-great-toilet-paper-scare-of-1973/

The @debian Security team updates Chromium https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4645

Sat, 21 Mar 2020

We scored some supplies from the corner market/liquor store. No lines, no waiting, much social distance.

On Reddit: I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AMA about COVID-19/Coronavirus https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fksnbf/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_melinda_gates/

Why do so few people major in computer science? | Dan Wang https://danwang.co/why-so-few-computer-science-majors/

Build this 8-bit home computer with just 5 chips - Matt Sarnoff/IEEE Spectrum https://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/build-this-8bit-home-computer-with-just-5-chips

Things I can do in an effort to "save" my broken OpenBSD 6.6 laptop (aside from a reinstall): pkg_check -f (check package information and force removal of "bogus" info), pkg_delete -X (delete all packages). Worth a try. https://man.openbsd.org/pkg_delete

Since it now seems so easy, I upgraded an OpenBSD 6.5 laptop to 6.6:

# syspatch

# sysupgrade

# pkg_add -u

Things were OK until the package upgrade. Maybe I can fix it, but it's easy enough to blow the whole thing away and start again. http://openbsd.org

Fri, 20 Mar 2020

There is a @mozthunderbird update available for @debian https://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs//main/t/thunderbird/thunderbird_68.6.0-1_changelog

Thu, 19 Mar 2020

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off - The Register https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/19/nasa_cloud_data_migration_mess/

1981 Fender Lead I - Crave Guitars http://www.craveguitars.co.uk/home/features/instruments/feature-1981-fender-lead-i/

My "The Linux Setup" on Linux Rig from 2011. I'm still running Debian with GNOME with gThumb for photo editing. Except it's GNOME 3 instead of 2. https://linuxrig.com/2011/06/19/the-linux-setup-steven-rosenberg-los-angeles/

The Write Stuff for C128 - AmigaLove https://amigalove.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1387

Tue, 17 Mar 2020

We are all home due to coronavirus, and my wife is doing a conference call on @zoom_us, and it is amazing in terms of audio/video quality

Text processing in the shell - Balthazar Rouberol and Etienne Brodu https://blog.balthazar-rouberol.com/text-processing-in-the-shell

.@Dropbox is rewriting its sync engine in @rustlang - Sujay Jayakar/Dropbox https://dropbox.tech/infrastructure/rewriting-the-heart-of-our-sync-engine

Extend the life of your SSD drive with fstrim - Alan Formy-Duval/Opensource.com https://opensource.com/article/20/2/trim-solid-state-storage-linux

Mitt Romney and Andrew Yang say give people money - Adam Harris/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-romney-yang-money/608134/

NsCDE: Modern and functional CDE desktop based on FVWM https://github.com/nscde/nscde

Mon, 16 Mar 2020

Jeff’s letter to the Angular team and community - Jeff Cross (tl;dr The Angular team at Google is a toxic hellhole) https://medium.com/@jeffbcross/jeffs-letter-to-the-angular-team-and-community-5367934a16c9

We are NOT referring to restaurants as "restos." No.

GitHub acquires npm https://github.blog/2020-03-16-npm-is-joining-github/

One last party, one last dance, then goodbye: College students decamp in the age of covid-19 - Karen Weintraub and Susan Svrluga/The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/03/15/one-last-party-one-last-dance-then-goodbye-college-students-decamp-age-covid-19/

Mass amateurization - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_amateurization

A coronavirus cautionary tale from Italy: Don't do what we did - Mattia Ferraresi/The Boston Globe https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/13/opinion/coronavirus-cautionary-tale-italy-dont-do-what-we-did/

Sun, 15 Mar 2020

I started a new project on GitHub. It's gonna be lit. Or shit. Too early to tell.

How to talk to your boomer about COVID-19 - Nick Allen/Medium https://medium.com/@nickpallen/how-to-talk-to-your-boomer-about-covid-19-ff082a6bf1c3

Layoffs are coming - Jacob Kaplan-Moss https://jacobian.org/2020/mar/13/layoffs-are-coming/

Coronavirus and the remote work experiment no one asked for – Matt Mullenweg https://ma.tt/2020/03/coronavirus-remote-work/

Growing up with Steve Miller - Max Marshall/Texas Monthly https://getpocket.com/explore/item/growing-up-with-steve-miller?utm_source=pocket-newtab

There will be a new edition of David Flanagan's "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide" from @oreilly in June 2020. This weighty book was last revised in 2011, an eon ago in JS years. https://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Definitive-Most-Used-Programming-Language/dp/1491952024/

The #coronavirus trend in LA County: 3/9 - 2 new cases, 3/10 - 1 new case, 3/11 - 6 new cases, first death, 3/12 - 3 new cases, 3/13 - 8 new cases, 3/14 - 11 new cases. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Hours at all @ralphsgrocery stories are now 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thank you to all the employees who are working under extremely difficult conditions due to #coronavirus panic buying.

Did my last market run for some time. It was bananas. Except they had no bananas.

Bananas have died out once before - Jackie Turner/Aeon https://getpocket.com/explore/item/bananas-have-died-out-once-before

Sat, 14 Mar 2020

Working from home: Lessons learned over 20 years & a shopping list - Dustin Kirkland https://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2020/03/working-from-home.html