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Wed, 29 Jul 2020

Grub security issue fixed in Debian https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4735

Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Let's throw the kitchen sink at COVID-19 and get back to normal by October - Washington Post Editorial Board https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-it-would-take-to-get-back-to-normal-by-october/2020/07/27/a8886854-d02d-11ea-8c55-61e7fa5e82ab_story.html

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Dear @getspectrum, between phone calls, emails and postal mail, you have asked me to subscribe to Spectrum TV well over 1,000 times. I think we both know it's never going to happen.

Zucchinis linked to rare poisonings in England | Food Safety News https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/07/zucchinis-linked-to-rare-poisonings-in-england/

The AWS bill heard around the world - Chris Short https://chrisshort.net/the-aws-bill-heard-around-the-world/

Want to improve Firefox performance on Linux? Enable WebRender - OMG! Ubuntu! https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/07/firefox-enable-webrender-linux

On Portland's streets: Anger, fear, and a fence that divides - Associated Press https://apnews.com/1dd1bb39093a3691f4e78093787ab877

One company's plan to build a search engine Google can't beat - David Pierce/Protocol https://www.protocol.com/neeva-search

Sun, 26 Jul 2020

Raphael Herzog's @debian Handbook — updated for Buster — is Debian's secret weapon https://raphaelhertzog.com/2020/07/24/the-debian-handbook-has-been-updated-for-debian-10/

The new Facebook design? Honestly, I don't hate it. It's a huge improvement.

Sat, 25 Jul 2020

I now have 4 Debian Stable systems: A 2017 HP laptop, a 2011 Mac desktop, and 2 Raspberry Pi Zero W boards

The last time I quit using Debian Stable — in 2013 — it was when my laptop died. I can see once again how nice it is to have the system working so consistently. I did this Debian Stable installation in late 2019.

The first best seller: Samuel Richardson's 'Pamela' - Pamela Regis/Lapham’s Quarterly https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/first-best-seller

Banks are slow to increase rates on savings accounts but quick to reduce them - JP Koning http://jpkoning.blogspot.com/2020/06/banks-are-slow-to-increase-rates-on.html

Fri, 24 Jul 2020

Pro tip: When you misspell the name of a variable, things break

I set up a cron job and forgot to send the output to /dev/null

Wed, 22 Jul 2020

I am looking at these Hugo themes:

  • Manis

  • Hermit

  • Noteworthy

  • Etch

  • Fuji

  • Anatole

@gohugoio https://themes.gohugo.io/

Tue, 21 Jul 2020

Before I become your doctor, you have been intubated for weeks - Dr. Anna DeForest/New England Journal of Medicine https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2016293

Mon, 20 Jul 2020

I took the car out to charge the battery Sunday afternoon after my AAA jump-start, and I decided to drive by Mission San Fernando. On the baseball field across the street, there was a game going on. Two full teams, uniforms, the whole nine yards. Like COVID isn't a thing.

I don't want to be a founder and I don't think you do either | Carol's Blog https://carolchen.me/blog/founding-bad/

The last reporter in town had one big question for his rich boss - Dan Barry/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/alden-global-capital-pottstown-mercury.html

Sun, 19 Jul 2020

The Zen of Erlang - Fred Hebert https://ferd.ca/the-zen-of-erlang.html

Sat, 18 Jul 2020

This is my first time "successfully" running blogPoster with Ruby 2.7, and the script is generating a couple of warnings about calling methods in a way that is now deprecated. I'll have to see if I can figure out what's happening. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

My Fedora 30-to-32 upgrade was a success. I knew it was going to take a long time, and Fedora didn't disappoint me. Still, I welcome a successful and uneventful upgrade, and I've bought myself another year on this laptop unless I want to install something else.

Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Stories from 300 developers who got their first tech job in their 30s, 40s, and 50s - Quincy Larson/Free Code Camp https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/stories-from-300-developers-who-got-their-first-tech-job-in-their-30s-40s-and-50s-64306eb6bb27/

Mozilla VPN: 'Mac and Linux coming soon' https://vpn.mozilla.org/

Airbnb was like a family, until the layoffs started - Erin Griffith/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/technology/airbnb-coronavirus-layoffs-.html

GitHub Archive Program: The journey of the world's open source code to the Arctic - Julia Metcalf/The GitHub Blog https://github.blog/2020-07-16-github-archive-program-the-journey-of-the-worlds-open-source-code-to-the-arctic/

Who’s behind Wednesday’s epic Twitter hack? — Krebs on Security https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/07/whos-behind-wednesdays-epic-twitter-hack/

Introducing a new and improved Twitter API - Twitter Developer Blog https://blog.twitter.com/developer/en_us/topics/tools/2020/introducing_new_twitter_api.html

Tue, 14 Jul 2020

NYT opinion editor Bari Weiss' resignation letter https://www.bariweiss.com/resignation-letter

Mon, 13 Jul 2020

Debian Security Advisory DSA 4714-3 chromium regression update: This is the update that fixed Chromium in @debian Stable after a previous update broke it a little over a week ago. https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2020/msg00129.html

Debian is very responsive to security issues in the Stable distribution https://www.debian.org/security/

My first stop every day is the Debian Security Information page https://www.debian.org/security/

It's 'so far, so good' with today's Chromium update in @debian. No crashes since I installed it. It took about a week to go from bad update to fix. That's about average. In my experience, this kind of thing — a package update that breaks an app — happens about once per distro release. They are generally fixed in between one and two weeks. Sometimes (but not this time) there is a workaround before then. In this case I suffered with the crashes (which seemingly happened at random). I still had Firefox when I needed a non-crashy browser.

The @debian updates for Chromium are here. Let's see if this resolves my frequent crashes

Ever want to see what a 6,800-post Hugo blog looks like? I stumbled upon Rubenerd https://rubenerd.com/archives/

The curse of the Honeycrisp apple: Expensive because everyone loves them, but hard to grow, store or ship - Deena Shanker and Lydia Mulvany/Bloomberg https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-curse-of-the-honeycrisp-apple

Debian is supposed to be old and conservative, but it ships Wayland by default. You can get Flatpaks and Snaps if you want them.

Sun, 12 Jul 2020

When ‘The Day After’ Terrorized 100 Million Viewers With a Vision of Nuclear War https://getpocket.com/explore/item/when-em-the-day-after-em-terrorized-100-million-viewers-with-a-vision-of-nuclear-war

One way the stability of Debian Stable breaks down is when some packages are not so stable. That is the case with Chromium, which doesn't offer a package like Firefox ESR. Chromium is way more up to date. I guess there's no other way to do it.

Git - Basic Branching and Merging https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Git-Branching-Basic-Branching-and-Merging

Bug No. 964362 - chromium crash frequently, SEGV_MAPERR - Debian Bug report logs: I'm hopeful that this fix will solve my own Chromium-is-crashing issue in Debian Stable. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=964362#31

Sat, 11 Jul 2020

Here's why these media startups chose to launch while so many other outlets are going under - Kerry Flynn/CNN Business: I'm most interested in @berkeleyside and @Oaklandside — two news nonprofits in the Bay Area. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/media/new-media-companies-pandemic/index.html

Fri, 10 Jul 2020

LibreOffice: the next five years Jonathan Corbet/LWN.net — Even though I am using a lot of Google Docs/Sheets, I am still a LO user, and the project's health and direction are important. https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/825598/21fb7c2a3f9358e7/

Thu, 09 Jul 2020

There was a Ruby security update for @Debian Stable https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4721

Who will win the presidential election, Biden or Trump? The Economist has an ongoing forecast. https://projects.economist.com/us-2020-forecast/president

I'm running Chromium in Debian with the --disabled-extensions switch, and it's not crashing

Another Chromium bug reported in Debian: #964362 - chromium crash frequently, SEGV_MAPERR https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=964362

Grain: A strongly-typed functional programming language for the modern web. https://grain-lang.org/

Wed, 08 Jul 2020

I'm cleaning up the blogPoster code with an eye toward a rewrite

Linux Mint drops Ubuntu Snap packages John/Coggeshall/LWN.net https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/825005/6440c82feb745bbe/

Bugs in package chromium -- Debian Bug report logs https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=chromium

I can confirm that Chromium remains very crashy in Debian Buster on my HP Envy 15 laptop

Nope. Xorg or Wayland, Chromium is still crashy AF in Debian Stable.

Doing a test: Maybe the Chromium crashes I have been experiencing in Debian Stable are due to Wayland. I'm in an Xorg session now. We'll see what happens.

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

The Slack Social Network – Stratechery by Ben Thompson https://stratechery.com/2020/the-slack-social-network/

Bug 964334 - segfault repeatedly (Chromium) - Debian Bug report logs: This could be the bug taking down Chromium in Debian Stable. The last update fixed the issue on my 2011 iMac but not on my 2017 HP Envy. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=964334

Bug 963548 - Received signal 11 SEGV_MAPERR (in Chromium) - Debian Bug report logs. I'm not sure if this is the bug that's making my Chromium crash, but I do know that Chromium 83.0.4103.116-1~deb10u2 is crashing regularly. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=963548

Bug 964161 - chromium: high cpu load and frequent crashes - Debian Bug report logs (I'm pretty sure this bug is affecting me) https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=964161