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Think globally, microblog locally
Wed, 28 Dec 2022

I don't know what #Debian is doing to run so quietly on my HP laptop with Intel i7, but I'll take it.

Mon, 26 Dec 2022

I had to re-generate my Twitter API key, secrets and token after temporarily deactivating my Twitter account https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/authentication/oauth-1-0a

Fri, 23 Dec 2022

Twitter API test

I don't know if having the same OS (Debian Stable) on both computers makes a difference, or if I'm doing things in a more systematic way, but I have had no Syncthing issues — and I'm syncing 187 GB.

Wed, 21 Dec 2022

My Debian Stable system wouldn't update from 11.5 to 11.6. I tried apt-get clean, but that didn't work. Instead I removed the package lists with # rm -r /var/lib/apt/lists and then did an apt update. Then I got all the new packages.

Mon, 12 Dec 2022

With all this talk about The Document Foundation, LibreOffice development and Collabora, I probably should figure out what Collabora even is (and does) https://www.collaboraoffice.com/

The complete CREEM Magazine Archive - /month. This might be worth it. https://archive.creem.com/

Mon, 05 Dec 2022

I just got started on http://tilde.club. The server runs #Fedora, and it looks like a great community.

Sun, 04 Dec 2022

Debian is a strange and wonderful project. One of the best things about #Debian is its approach to security. I know that the kernel will always be patched for vulnerabilities.

Every so often, a critical package — like Chromium or Firefox ESR — will not get the patches it needs. I complain, and nobody tries to silence me. I appreciate that. And the ship that is Debian usually rights itself, and a neglected package tends to find new-maintainer life.

While http://centos.passthejoe.net publishes updates for #CentOS Stream 8 and 9, until now http://passthejoe.tilde.institute/centos has only published Stream 8 updates. I am attempting to add Stream 9 to that site. Let's wait and see if it works.

These sites only exists due to the work of @rbowen@mastodon.social — thanks, Rich for your Python script. I hope the sites prove useful. While they were borne out of frustration, the project became a learning experience for me in Hugo, Bash and cross-OS scripting.

Fri, 02 Dec 2022

I've been posting in the #Fediverse for a couple of years now, and until recent events on #Twitter, there hadn't been quite the critical mass of users to make being here vs. there extremely compelling. Those users are here now, and if these communities (very much plural) survive the growing pains, we will continue to really have something special — and not corporate.

I hate to say it, but I decided to go with the Google Chrome browser from the #Flatpak instead of Chromium from the #Debian repo or #Vivaldi from the project's own repo. I ran #Chromium for YEARS until the project decided to kill sync. I resented being pushed into Google Chrome and ran Vivaldi for awhile. But between bugs, performance issues and lack of a Flatpak, I went from Vivaldi to Chrome. Google's browser is smoother and runs cooler, though I miss the Vivaldi features.

I have been running Debian Stable with as many GUI apps installed as local Flatpaks as possible due to issues with root disk space on my encrypted installation. Instead of a full root, I now have 13 GB free out of 29 GB total. Performance of Debian is always excellent on my 2017 HP Envy laptop, and Flatpaks are quick to start and fast to run. I made this change (to free up the root space) a few weeks ago, and it has been great.