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Think globally, microblog locally
Sun, 28 Jun 2020

While I've been testing Hey.com email, I'm probably going to stick with @TutanotaTeam because at €12 per year (about $13.50), the value is too good. https://tutanota.com/pricing

I'm trying the Workspace Isolated Dash GNOME Shell Extension. Will this solve my problem where I'm in one workspace and when I open a file, it opens in a different workspace because I already have the app open there? https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/887/workspace-isolated-dash/

True suburban story: After weed-whacking for 30 or 40 minutes, boy are my armms tired. The weed whacker is heavy AF.

Recode's Land of the Giants podcast featuring @DelRey seems like the best podcast ever. Now all I have to do is listen to it. Not driving has put quite the dent in my podcast listening, meaning I've stopped doing it. https://pod.link/landofthegiants

The programming language that wants to rescue the world from dangerous code (tl;dr: it's Rust) - Tom Krazit/Protocol https://www.protocol.com/rust-programming-safety-security

Sat, 27 Jun 2020

I like Pete Davidson, but I don't $19.99-to-stream-his-new-movie like him. I'd consider it for $10 and will definitely do it for $5.

I love these clean electric guitar sounds http://passthejoe.net/post/2020_0627_clean_guitar_sounds/

You're showering too much - James Hamblin/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/hygiene-is-overrated/612235/

Fri, 26 Jun 2020

L.A. Times faces painful reckoning over race in staff, pages - Meg James and Daniel Hernandez/Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-24/los-angeles-times-black-lives-matter-diversity

A guide on re-creating Hey’s features in Fastmail - Nuno Donato https://www.nunodonato.com/2020/06/25/a-guide-on-re-creating-heys-features/

New York City's mail chutes are lovely, ingenious, and almost entirely ignored - Luke Spencer/Atlas Obscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/new-york-citys-mail-chutes-are-lovely-ingenious-and-almost-entirely-ignored

Thu, 25 Jun 2020

One thing I didn't anticipate: In WSL, adding software and updating via apt is a bit creaky. While adding my Ruby development environment (including gcc and make), I had a couple of freezes and errors. I made it work, but "real" Linux is faster and easier.

I've been getting my Windows 10 development and journalism production environment together. The thinking is that if I have to be in Windows, I'll be able to make it work.

Why are there so many errors in WSL apt upgrades? - Microsoft Docs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/faq#why-are-there-so-many-errors-when-i-run-apt-get-upgrade

WSL commands and launch configurations - Microsoft Docs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/wsl-config

Windows Subsystem for Linux documentation - Microsoft Docs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/

JavaScript and who made it - Dave Winer/Scripting News http://scripting.com/2020/06/24/152038.html?title=javascriptAndWhoMadeIt

I figured out my Ruby gem conflict between the twitter and mastodon-api gems. Instead of twitter 7.0.0, using twitter 6.2.0 eliminates the problem of dueling http gems (3.x vs. 4.x) https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Wed, 24 Jun 2020

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to - Matt Bertone/The Conversation https://getpocket.com/explore/item/should-i-kill-spiders-in-my-home-an-entomologist-explains-why-not-to

Mon, 22 Jun 2020

Anna Pietrzak is a wonderful guitarist - Guitar Salon International https://www.guitarsalon.com/blog/?p=33197

TwitVim: Twitter client for Vim https://github.com/twitvim/twitvim

Use Vim to send email and check your calendar - Kevin Sonney/Opensource.com https://opensource.com/article/20/1/vim-email-calendar

Improve Linux system performance with noatime - Jim Hall/Opensource.com https://opensource.com/article/20/6/linux-noatime

Basecamp’s founders are trying to start an email rebellion - David Pierce/Protocol https://www.protocol.com/hey-email

LA County health staff get threats of death, violence amid coronavirus pandemic, Director Barbara Ferrer says – Tyler Shaun Evains/Daily News https://www.dailynews.com/2020/06/22/la-county-health-staff-get-threats-of-death-violence-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-director-barbara-ferrer-says/

So I've been testing the Hey.com and Tutanota email services. One thing I learned is that Gmail isn't SO terrible — except for THE SPYING (under the guise of advertising). I suspect Google is doing a whole lot with your data.

What empty seats in Tulsa tell us about Trump 2020 - David Weigel/The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paloma/the-trailer/2020/06/21/the-trailer-what-empty-seats-in-tulsa-tell-us-about-trump-2020/5eece958602ff12947e90ab7/

Trump rally: How the president's triumphant return to the campaign trail went from bad to worse - CNNPolitics https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/21/politics/trump-campaign-trail-coronavirus/index.html

Nurses post startling examples of what being 'recovered' from COVID-19 can look like - Annie Reneau/Upworthy https://www.upworthy.com/nurses-post-startling-reminders-of-what-being-recovered-from-covid-19-can-look-like

Sun, 21 Jun 2020

Wireless is a trap - Ben Kuhn/LessWrong 2.0 https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/8hxvfZiqH24oqyr6y/wireless-is-a-trap

Discovering Dennis Ritchie’s lost dissertation - David C. Brock/Computer History Museum Blog https://computerhistory.org/blog/discovering-dennis-ritchies-lost-dissertation/

Writing in git vs. blogging - Steven Rosenberg http://passthejoe.net/post/2020_0621_writing_in_git_vs_blogging/

Fri, 19 Jun 2020

'Delete and re-draft' on @MastodonProject is a genius feature that @Twitter should adopt

Why do Apple fans think its a hardship for one of the WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE COMPANIES to "afford" to run its app store. Look at this ZDNet article that thinks Apple should maybe CHARGE DEVELOPERS MORE just for the privilege of making apps for Apple devices. https://www.zdnet.com/article/should-apple-raise-its-99-developer-program-fee-or-scrap-it-entirely/

Thu, 18 Jun 2020

Nikita Prokopov loves Syncthing, and so do I https://tonsky.me/blog/syncthing/

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

I just got my Hey.com invite ... and I'm in there http://hey.com

Tue, 16 Jun 2020

30-hour-long production of James Joyce's Ulysses to air for Bloomsday - The Irish Post https://www.irishpost.com/news/30-hour-long-production-of-james-joyces-ulysses-to-air-live-across-the-world-186750

36 guitarists play 36 Caprices Op. 20 by Legnani - This Is Classical Guitar https://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/complete-36-caprices-op20-legnani/

The favorite books, programming and otherwise, from @aspittel https://welearncode.com/books/

At LA Times, rancor over racial equity roils newsroom - David Folkenflik/NPR https://www.npr.org/2020/06/15/874530954/rancor-erupts-in-la-times-newsroom-over-race-equity-and-protest-coverage

I have come to the conclusion that it's not worth it to push to two remote git repos

Mon, 15 Jun 2020

Easily rename your Git default branch from master to main - Scott Hanselman https://www.hanselman.com/blog/EasilyRenameYourGitDefaultBranchFromMasterTaoMain.aspx

Sun, 14 Jun 2020

The scrappy rise of Fender's early sales team: From lap steels to Teles - Tony Bacon/Reverb News https://reverb.com/news/the-team-that-made-fender-a-household-name

My MO is starting a blog post about one thing and having it be mostly about another thing about halfway through. Then I have to mess with the title so it sort of, kind of, hangs together.

An interview with Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto - Evrone https://evrone.com/yukihiro-matsumoto-interview

Thu, 11 Jun 2020

I had a 'free' Google Cloud Platform VPS, and while the server was running, I didn't have a domain pointing at it. Google started charging me anyway, and I couldn't figure out why from the billing. I stopped the server. Maybe AWS or Azure do their 'free' tier better.

Twitter is trying out a new feature that gently suggests you actually read an article before sharing it - Aaron Holmes/Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/new-twitter-feature-sharing-articles-without-opening-them-2020-6

Antifa activists seize control of Seattle neighborhood and declare “autonomous zone” - Christopher F. Rufo/City Journal https://www.city-journal.org/antifa-seattle-capitol-hill-autonomous-zone

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

David Heinemeier Hansson interview - Evrone https://evrone.com/dhh-interview

The @debian security team updated the Linux kernel due to several vulnerabilities https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2020/msg00103.htm https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2020/msg00102.html

Handle Ruby exceptions with the begin and rescue keywords - Jesus Castello/RubyGuides https://www.rubyguides.com/2019/06/ruby-rescue-exceptions/

blogPoster can now send to a Mastodon instance. The code is very rough, and documentation (such as it is) is inline. But it works.

I'm booting my Raspberry Pi 4 from a USB SSD | Jeff Geerling https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2020/im-booting-my-raspberry-pi-4-usb-ssd

Tue, 09 Jun 2020

Apple plans to announce ARM transition for all Macs at WWDC 2020 | Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/06/apple-plans-to-announce-arm-transition-for-all-macs-at-wwdc-2020/

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

Old code gets younger every year - Marianne Bellotti/Medium https://medium.com/@bellmar/old-code-gets-younger-every-year-3bd24c7f2262

Sun, 07 Jun 2020

Delete to the end of a sentence in Vim with d)

I just installed Microsoft Visual Studio Community, and the installer DOESN'T drop a shortcut on the desktop. I don't recall the installer asking about it. This Stack Overflow page shows you where to find the .exe so you can do it yourself. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/37438064/where-is-the-microsoft-visual-studio-community-executable-located

Thu, 04 Jun 2020

VimWiki https://vimwiki.github.io/vimwikiwiki/

Tue, 02 Jun 2020

Ever since an in-place upgrade to Debian Buster, my Raspberry Pi has been losing its network connection about once a day. I'm too lazy to reinstall the OS, so I set cron to reboot twice a day.

'This is a big hit': Van Nuys cleans up after peaceful protest became a destructive evening by @AriPlachta @ladailynews https://www.dailynews.com/2020/06/02/this-is-a-big-hit-van-nuys-cleans-up-after-peaceful-protest-became-a-destructive-evening/