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Thu, 29 Jul 2021

I tried Fedora's Toolbox utility today in CentOS Stream 8. I wasn't impressed, and it also isn't what I'm looking for. Maybe GNOME Boxes will be better.

While Revue is owned by Twitter, there's no integration of comments (even a Twitter feed) in their newsletters. Substack has comments baked in, and I've seen writers use them to solicit discussion.

The mastodon-api Ruby gem has had trouble for some time. It hasn't worked since Ruby 2.7.1 — at least a year. https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon-api/issues/49

I'm now developing blogPoster in Ruby 3.0.2 via rbenv. I upgraded the Twitter gem from 6.2.0 to 7.0.0, which means no Mastodon support. If the mastodon-api gem is ever updated, or I find another solution, I'll bring it back. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • kernel 4.18.0-326.el8
  • NetworkManager
  • anaconda
  • bpftool
  • chkconfig
  • device-mapper-multipath
  • firefox
  • gnome-calculator
  • gtk3
  • sos
  • vdo

I am experimenting with rbenv. Right now I'm using Ruby 3.0.2 https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv

Wed, 28 Jul 2021

Could I use my iMac running Debian to get video off of a digital-tape camcorder? https://www.arsouyes.org/en/blog/2021/2021-07-05_Numerisation_DV

Updates to my CentOS Stream 8 system today (that notably don't include a new kernel EIGHT days after a major vulnerability was patched in RHEL):

  • NetworkManager
  • bash
  • cockpit
  • cups-filters
  • dhcp-client
  • glibc
  • gnome-shell
  • gsettings-desktop-schemas
  • kexec-tools
  • mdadm
  • microcode_ctl
  • sssd
  • systemd
  • tuned
  • webkit2gtk3
Fri, 23 Jul 2021

Planning the CentOS 8 endgame - Jake Edge/LWN.net https://lwn.net/Articles/862832/

Thu, 22 Jul 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • anaconda
  • authselect
  • gcc
  • gnome-shell
  • java-11
  • man-pages-overrides
  • mutter
  • openssl
  • ostree
  • rpm
  • samba
  • selinux-policy
  • subscription-manager
  • tigervnc
  • util-linux
  • xfsprogs
Tue, 20 Jul 2021

Chromium hasn't been updated for Debian Stable since May https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/chromium

I'm not sure exactly what @vivaldibrowser has done in the past couple of months or so, but I can tell you that it is DEFINITELY ready for prime-time on Linux.

Mon, 19 Jul 2021

Wanted: More scientists of color for better science - Axios https://www.axios.com/hard-truths-deep-dive-science-race-underrepresentation-scientists-083e0441-a58c-4c47-bf9b-4045aa7589d7.html

Sun, 18 Jul 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

  • NetworkManager
  • autoconf
  • binutils
  • blivet-data
  • cockpit
  • coreutils
  • device-mapper-multipath
  • firefox
  • glib2
  • gnome-shell
  • gnome-software
  • ibus
  • java 1.8.0
  • java 11
  • kpartx
  • man-pages-overrides
  • nettle
  • nss
  • openjpeg2
  • parted
  • rsyslog
  • tuned
  • valgrind
  • vulcan-loader
  • webkit2gtk3
Thu, 15 Jul 2021

My current setup remains CentOS Stream 8 on the HP Envy laptop. My work browser is Vivaldi, my not-work browser is Firefox. http://centos.org

blogPoster now has a Twitter-only branch in GitHub. Unfortunately that seems to be the direction in which things are heading. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

blogPoster update: Ruby 3.0 is working for Twitter in Windows, but in Linux it'sno-go for the entire app in Ruby 3.0. I thought I could disable Mastodon posting and have it work, but no. Another problem: My Fedora laptop's keyboard is dying again, making testing difficult. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Mon, 12 Jul 2021

USA Today is getting a paywall. Who’s the audience for it? - Joshua Benton/Nieman Journalism Lab https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/07/usa-today-is-getting-a-paywall-whos-the-audience-for-it/

How does the twitter 7.0.0 Ruby gem play with Ruby 3.0? I'm about to find out.

This is my blogPoster app with an updated Twitter gem and NO mastodon-api gem. Let's see how it works.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021

Twitter sends me a LOT of ads for video games. Do they know I have zero interest?

I need to set up my blogPoster app with the newer version of the Twitter gem and no mastodon-api gem. If that solves the issues with Ruby >= 2.7, I might leave the unmaintained mastodon-api on the side of the road and make the app Twitter only. https://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

I read a book. It was "The Big Sleep," by Raymond Chandler. I had never read it before, though I have seen the movie.

Thu, 08 Jul 2021

Today's CentOS Stream 8 updates on my system

NetworkManager anaconda centos-backgrounds centos-logos glib2 glibc java 1.8.0 nettle nss selinux-policy sssd vino xorg-x11-server-Xwayland

Sun, 04 Jul 2021

This site has an archive page. Every post appears via one giant HTML file that I generate on the server. There's a little Javascript that tells you it's the archive page in the right rail. http://updates.passthejoe.net/archive.html

I wasn't in CentOS Stream 8 for a week, and I had quite a few updates waiting for me. RHEL/CentOS is a LOT more dynamic that you'd think. I've seen little bugs get fixed here and there. It's a lot more active than Debian Stable.

Sat, 03 Jul 2021

I need to run curl with NO output, and I used the --silent switch to do it. You can also use -s, but I like --silent because it tells me what it does.

Fri, 02 Jul 2021

The mastodon-api Ruby gem has had issues since Ruby 2.7.1 https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon-api/issues/49

Now that I'm running Windows 10 without performance-crushing updates looming, it's a fairly pleasant experience. Solve the update problems, @microsoft.

Leo Garcia's Six String Journal is a very strong and informative classical guitar site https://sixstringjournal.com

I read two interviews in one day with musicians who said learning a piece by playing it 100 times all the way through isn't as good as perfecting one section, then another.

You can learn by doing and do by learning

Thu, 01 Jul 2021

Once you get past the updates and let things "settle" for a day or so, Windows 10 can be a pleasant, productive environment.