01.24.23

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Posted in News Roundup at 8:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux Digital309: SCALE Interview with Ilan Rabinovitch – Destination Linux – TuxDigital

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to interview the SCALE Conference Chairperson Ilan. Then we discuss the latest beta release of KDE Plasma with Plasma 5.27. Plus, we have our tips/tricks and software picks. All this and more coming up right now on Destination Linux to keep those penguins marching!

      • VideoSparkyLinux 2023.01 – Invidious

        In This Video We Are Looking At The 2023.01 version has been announced from the development series of the Debian GNU /Linux based Polish distribution SparkyLinux.

      • VideoNixOS: Containerized and Immutable – Invidious

        Today we look at NixOS to see that it is quite different from other Linux distros. This follows the immutable principles, meaning that the core of the operating system is protected from any writing. All packages are isolated from all others and include their own dependancies.

      • VideoLiven Up Your Linux Terminal With This Simple App – Invidious

        Have you ever thought your linux terminal was too depressing, have you ever wanted to start your day with an inspirational quote, well Please the todo list app is here to do exactly that.

      • VideoApple Has Begun Scanning Users Files EVEN WITH iCloud TURNED OFF – Invidious

        In this video I discuss how several news medias have announced that Apple will no longer pursue scanning peoples iCloud accounts for CCAM and a blog post that appears to be showing that Apple is indeed scanning local filesystems on Mac OS without users consent (iCloud and analytics turned off)

      • VideoFreespire 9.0 With Xfce 4.18, Based on Xubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In This Video We Are Looking At Freespire 9.0, Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on the Debian operating system. Xubuntu is an operating system that is based on Ubuntu, but using the Xfce desktop environment instead of GNOME.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow To Run Kuma Uptime Robot Using PM2 on CentOS 9/RockyLinux 9/AlmaLinux9

        Uptime-Kuma is a self-hosted monitoring tool similar to “Uptime Robot”. It’s a great open-source alternative to uptime robot. It’s very lightweight and fast, the UI is nice and modern.

      • VideoHow I Use My Linux Computer – DT LIVE! – Invidious
      • ID RootHow To Configure DHCP Server on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to configure DHCP server on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, a DHCP server is a network protocol that assigns an IP address and other network configurations to the devices automatically, it works by sending and receiving DHCP messages between devices and the DHCP server, DHCP server maintains a pool of IP addresses and assigns them to devices, DHCP servers can be configured to assign an IP address based on device MAC address, it also can provide additional information to devices using DHCP options.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation and configure the DHCP server on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • ID RootHow To Install Skype on Rocky Linux 9 [Ed: This is Microsoft spyware for wiretapping; try something like Mumble instead]

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Skype on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Skype is a commercial telecommunications software that specializes in videotelephony, conferencing, and voice calls using VoIP technology. Skype also offers additional features such as screen sharing, file transfer, and the ability to call landlines and mobile phones with a paid subscription. It is available for a wide range of devices, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Skype voice-over-IP messenger on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Install and Configure PipeWire in Linux – Make Tech Easier

        Since it came to the scene in 2017, PipeWire saw itself as a powerful contender to replace PulseAudio, but it still had a lot of kinks to work out with its stability. Now that it has gained a strong reputation as a more established audio service for Linux many years later, users are now getting curious on whether the upgrade to PipeWire is really worth it. In this article, we’ll give you the most updated information on PipeWire’s merits versus PulseAudio and show you how to install it properly in your system should you choose to do so.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install and Configure SELinux on Ubuntu

        You can improve the security of your Linux system by installing and implementing SELinux. This provides an extra layer of protection by isolating applications on the system and securing the host.

        By default, Ubuntu uses AppArmor, another Mandatory Access Control system. To make your Linux system more secure, you can make use of SELinux instead. Let’s see how you can install and configure SELinux on Ubuntu using a few basic Linux commands.

      • KifarunixHow to Reduce or Shrink Physical Volume in Linux – kifarunix.com

        How do I shrink physical volume in Linux? In this tutorial, you will learn how to reduce or shrink Physical Volume in Linux. In a Linux system, a hard drive,

      • Make Use OfHow to Use the ip Command to Manage Networks in Linux

        The most fundamental part of Linux administration and troubleshooting is to check the IP configuration of a system to make sure the system has a valid IP and is accessible on the local network.

        The ip command in Linux is a powerful tool that not only displays the current IP address of a system but also allows you to view and manage the current configuration of network interfaces, IP addresses, routes, and ARP tables.

      • Make Use OfHow to Enable Bluetooth on a Google Stadia Controller

        If you bought a Google Stadia controller and joined the cloud gaming platform, you probably know that it is now retired. Subscribers were informed in the final quarter of 2022 of the impending demise of Google Stadia, and refunds processed.

        Google Stadia closed on January 18th, 2023, potentially leaving many wireless game controllers locked to an unavailable server. However, Google sensibly avoided a potential PR storm by releasing a Bluetooth update for the devices.

      • Red HatHow to generate code using Fabric8 Kubernetes Client | Red Hat Developer

        Learn how to generate code using tools provided by Fabric8 Kubernetes Client, including Fabric8 CRD Generator and Fabric8 Java Generator. (Part 4 of 5)

      • ZDNetHow to get started with Git on Linux | ZDNET

        If you’ve begun your journey as a developer, chances are pretty good you’ll need to know how to use Git. Here’s an introductory guide that walks you through the basics on Linux.

      • VideoHow to install Nobara Project 37 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Nobara Project 37

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install mGBA 0.10.0 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install mGBA 0.10.0 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • VideoHow to install WebStorm on KDE Neon – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install WebStorm on KDE Neon.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Sublime Text on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Sublime Text on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a Rumble comment and we would be happy to assist you!

        Please use the video as a visual guide, and the commands and links below to install it on your Chromebook.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • 9to5LinuxWine 8.0 Compatibility Layer Is Out Now for Running Windows Apps on Linux

        The biggest change in the Wine 8.0 is the completion of the conversion to PE format, which took more than four years. This allows the developers to build all of Wine’s modules in the PE format, which offers many great features like copy protection, support for 32-bit apps on 64-bit systems, Windows debuggers, x86 apps on ARM systems, and more.

        This major change in Wine 8.0 also comes with a special syscall dispatcher that’s used for PE to Unix transitions to minimize the performance impact of the new architecture, especially for the OpenGL and Vulkan libraries. So, as you can imagine, this is a huge milestone for Linux gaming.

      • OMG UbuntuWine 8.0 Released – And Plenty of Improvements Are Included – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Developers have just uncorked a brand new release of Wine, the open source compatibility layer that allows Windows apps to run on Linux.

        A substantial update, Wine 8.0 is distilled from a year’s worth of active development (roughly 8,600 changes in total). From that, a wealth of improvements are provided across every part of the Wine experience, from app compatibility, though to performance, and a nicer looking UI.

        If you sample the fortnightly dev releases of Wine nothing you will be familiar with, and already benefitting from the bulk of “what’s new” in this update. Most users, however, will be coming to the new release afresh.

        Notable highlights in Wine 8.0 include the completion of PE conversion, meaning all modules can be built in PE format. Wine devs say this work is an important milestone towards supporting “copy protection, 32-bit applications on 64-bit hosts, Windows debuggers, x86 applications on ARM”, and more.

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 8.0

        The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 8.0
        is now available.

        This release represents a year of development effort and over 8,600
        individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements that
        are listed in the release notes below. The main achievement is the
        completion of the conversion to PE format.

        The source is available at:

        https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/8.0/wine-8.0.tar.xz

        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

        https://www.winehq.org/download

        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

      • Make Use OfWine 8.0 Boosts Linux Gaming, 32-Bit App Support

        The developers of Wine have announced version 8.0 of the Linux Windows compatibility layer. The new version boosts support for 32-bit Windows apps on 64-bit machines as well as 3D graphics acceleration.

      • LiliputingWine 8.0 released with better support for running Windows apps on Linux (or other operating systems) – Liliputing

        Wine is a free and open source compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows applications on computers running Linux, FreeBSD, or some other operating systems. It’s also the foundation for the Proton software that Valve uses to allow Steam Deck users to play Windows games on the Linux-powered handheld.

      • Beta NewsWine 8.0 lets you run Windows apps on Linux and Microsoft should be terrified

        Back in the day, people often scoffed at the idea of switching to a Linux-based operating system due to a lack of software. While that is still true for some people — especially business users — it is less of a concern these days since so many things are done through the web browser. For many consumers, just having the Google Chrome browser on, say, Ubuntu, is more than enough to accomplish all of their wants and needs. Not to mention, there are many quality Linux apps like GIMP and DaVinci Resolve.

        But OK, lets say you really want to use a Linux-based operating system, but there’s some Windows-only software that you absolutely cannot live without. Thankfully, you may still be able to ditch Windows and upgrade to something like Freespire or MX Linux. How? Thanks to the excellent Wine! This compatibility layer can sometimes enable you to run certain Windows software on Linux. Today, version 8.0 is released, and Microsoft should be very worried.

      • Wine Reviews : Wine stable release 8.0 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

        The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 8.0 is now available.

        This release represents a year of development effort and over 8,600 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements that are listed in the release notes below. The main achievement is the completion of the conversion to PE format.

        The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

      • Windows Compatiblity Layer Wine 8.0 Stable Released – Linux Uprising Blog

        Wine 8.0 has been released after being in development for a year. This release includes over 8600 changes, the main highlights being the completion of the conversion to PE format, and work on WoW64 support which will allow running 32bit Windows applications without installing 32bit libraries.

      • LWNWINE 8.0 released [LWN.net]

        Version 8.0 of the WINE Windows compatibility layer has been released. The headline feature appears to be the conversion to PE (“portable executable”) modules…

      • 9to5LinuxDXVK 2.1 Released with HDR Support, Shader Compilation Improvements

        The biggest new feature in the DXVK 2.1 release is HDR support. HDR can be enabled for games on systems supporting HDR10 color spaces by setting the DXVK_HDR=1 environment variable or by setting the dxgi.enableHDR = True option in DXVK’s configuration file.

        However, as no major Linux desktop environment currently supports HDR, users need a Gamescope session with the –hdr-enabled option enabled. Also, HDR support is only supported with the open-source AMDGPU graphics driver and some kernel patches from the Josh Ashton‘s branch.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG! LinuxNew Video Gives Early Look at GNOME Shell for Mobile Devices – OMG! Linux

          Last year GNOME developers landed a grant from the German government to help fund work on adapting GNOME Shell to mobile devices.

          Though much of that effort is in (active) development, it appears to be going well.

          You don’t have to take my word for it, mind – you can see for yourself.

          Endless OS‘ Cassidy James Blaede recently shared a 27-minute hands-on video. In it, he demonstrates how GNOME Shell for mobile looks, works, and performs at present.

          We’re talking the full run of typical tasks here: opening apps, closing apps, switching apps, getting notifications, taking screenshots, changing wi-fi network, dealing with an especially needy on-screen keyboard — the works.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • TDF position on EU’s proposed Cyber Resilience Act [Ed: OSI, which is bribed by and controlled by Microsoft, has too much influence in TDF, and by extension in LibreOffice. Italo Vignoli is connected to both and the statement from Simon Phipps resembles this.]

      The Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) sets out a number of cybersecurity and vulnerability management requirements for manufacturers (Annex I) and will require products to be accompanied by information and instructions for users (Annex II). Software vendors will also be required to conduct a risk assessment and produce technical documentation (Annex V) to demonstrate compliance.
      Currently, the text implies that if a developer or supplier derives commercial benefit from OSS, it would be subject to the Cyber Resilience Act. It even implies, in relation to the distribution of software, that open source producers or developers could be held liable if their open source projects are used commercially.

      If the Cyber Resilience Act becomes EU law without clarification, the impact on several European-based open source projects, such as products based on LibreOffice technology, could have devastating (unintended) consequences.

    • OpenSource.comUpdate your edge devices with this open source bootloader

      Making updates to edge and embedded systems has historically been a painful process. Often, this involves working with multiple microcontrollers from different brands with different capabilities. Usually, each has its own custom bootloader, so it can be updated each board, one by one, with a specific firmware.

      Another common issue is updating the system without physical access to the board.

      Luos has developed an open source generic bootloader that addresses these issues by updating all the boards of your system through one connection to your device and without requiring physical access to the other boards. It can work for every microcontroller unit (MCU) covered by the Luos library. It allows for flexibility and adaptability in edge and embedded systems development, making managing and updating distributed systems easier. This article explains how the Luos bootloader works.

    • HackadayListening To A Flashlight — Lunar Flashlight

      If you’ve been looking for a practical example of using GNU Radio, you should check out [Daniel Estévez’s] work on decoding telemetry captured from the Lunar Flashlight cubesat. The cubesat is having some trouble, but the data in question was a recording from the day after launch. We aren’t sure what it would take to eavesdrop on it live, but the 3-minute recording is from a 20-meter antenna at 8.4 GHz.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationThree Short Poems

      The beings after the Anthropocene will be formed of inorganic matter they will be not unfeeling they will study us the way we study the natural world they will have libraries and zoos stocked with us

      those following them will be made of cloud

    • Counter PunchThe General with the Mercedes Medal

      A few years after the Vietnam War, a war in which I, along with a few million others, were war resisters, a relative drew a caricature of a general adorned with medals, one of which was a baby dripping with blood and hanging from a ribbon on his chest. The artist screwed up a bit and also hung a ribbon around the general’s neck that mistakenly depicted a Mercedes symbol rather than a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) peace symbol. The artist may have thought of the My Lai massacre in the drawing, as that was the most publicized massacre of scores of massacres in Southeast Asia and particularly in Vietnam. Cambodia would soon outpace Vietnam in mass murder as the Khmer Rouge took control of the nation. While most would have picked up the error, a Mercedes represents the kind of ostentatious consumerism that most in the peace movement, at least in the late 1960s and early 1970s, would have immediately noticed. Once a person knows how to pay attention critically, then all kinds of hypocrisy becomes apparent. We now live in a society where all kinds of hypocrisy and mayhem are not universally apparent, but adored.

      Art aside, the following comment I made in response to a New York Times article reporting that the US had warmed to providing more arms to Ukraine (“U.S. Warms to Helping Ukraine Target Crimea,” January 18, 2023) for use in the Crimea was removed from the Times comments about that article. “Just about now the US needs to be promoting an off ramp from this awful war, not fanning the flames of more war.”

    • Counter PunchAn Ancient Recipe for Social Success

      New evidence and understandings about the structure of successful early societies across Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere are sweeping away the popular assumption that early societies tended toward autocracy and despotism.

      Archaeology has a more valuable story to tell: Collective action and localized economic production are a recipe for sustainability and broader well-being. The Mesoamerican city of Monte Albán, which was a major regional urban center for 1,300 years, is a shining example. It is a powerful case study that early investments in public infrastructure and goods foster longer-term sustainability.

    • Counter PunchFinding Our Center in Moral Courage and Compassion

      So much of what I write in this journal is about the deep and heavy challenges facing our world. I want to share a few thoughts about what keeps me going through all this, in hopes that they will be helpful to you, my dear readers.

      First, there is a thought from Buddhist psychology that if there is too much of one thing, deliberately add in the opposite. Now consider the word discouragement. That’s easy to feel these days, and it’s a hindrance to getting stuff done. Within that word is its own opposite, courage. That’s a quality we think too little about nowadays. But it is vital. We need a certain moral courage to confront the realities of the day. That is the balancing element that overcomes discouragement.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayThe Tale Of The Final EVGA GPU Overclocking Record

        It’s not news that EVGA is getting out of the GPU card game, after a ‘little falling out’ with Nvidia. It’s sad news nonetheless, as this enthusiastic band of hardware hackers has a solid following in certain overclocking and custom PC circles. The Games Nexus gang decided to fly over to meet up with the EVGA team in Zhonghe, Taiwan, and follow them around a bit as they tried for one last overclocking record on the latest (unreleased, GTX4090-based) GPU card. As you will note early on in the video, things didn’t go smoothly, with their hand-lapped GPU burning out the PCB after a small setup error.

      • HackadaySmart Bike Suspension Tunes Your Ride On The Fly

        Riding a bike is a pretty simple affair, but like with many things, technology marches on and adds complications. Where once all you had to worry about was pumping the cranks and shifting the gears, now a lot of bikes have front suspensions that need to be adjusted for different riding conditions. Great for efficiency and ride comfort, but a little tough to accomplish while you’re underway.

      • HackadayBend It Like A Carpenter

        We’ve always known, in theory, there are ways to bend wood, but weren’t really clear on how it worked. Now that we’ve seen [Totally Handy]’s recent video, we’ve learned a number of tricks to pull it off. Could we do any of them? Probably not, any more than watching someone solder under a microscope means you could do it yourself with no practice. But it sure made us want to try!

      • HackadayDIY Custom Earplugs For Pennies Per Pair

        Hearing is one of our most precious senses, and yet many take their hearing for granted, exposing themselves to loud noises that do lasting damage. [Jonathan Levi] of The Next Level does no such thing, at least not anymore. He’s even gone so far as to have custom acrylic earplugs made, which he carried around for two years, finally had them tweaked to be perfect, and promptly lost them. Rather than shell out another $150-$200 for another pair, [Jonathan] decided to see if he could make some himself.

      • More people keep going for dumbphones

        The Quest for a Dumber Phone describes the growing movement of people who believe we benefit as individuals and a collective by unplugging from internet-enabled technology, because “it physically makes a difference in our lives when we are tethered, in our eyesight and the way we feel.”

        Almost always, of course, the goal is not to give up “the internet” but only the smartphone. And it’s easier than it may seem.

      • Make Use OfShould You Compress Your OS Drive to Save Disk Space?

        Compressing the operating system drive is a way to save space on a computer’s hard drive. By reducing the size of files, more storage space becomes available. Since the OS drive often contains software packed with repeating assets, config files, and code, people have theorized that compressing the OS drive may free up significant amounts of space. And with transparent compression file systems available, users can seamlessly use their files without manually compressing and decompressing them.

        [...]

        As for PCs using Linux, they may use the Brfts file system for their OS compression. Brfts is supported by several popular Linux distros such as Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Manjaro, and Red Hat.

        Linux servers may use the ZFS file system, which is supported by Fedora, Debian, and Cent OS.

        If you’ve been using Linux for a while, you should be able to compress your OS drive with relative ease. Although some Linux distros support NTFS, they can read and write data without the ability to change permissions.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsIn Fox News Opinion Piece, Sanders Takes Aim at Big Pharma Greed

        “Today, millions of Americans are making the unacceptable choice between feeding their families or buying the medicine they need. Seniors from Vermont to Alaska are forced to split pills in half and many have died because they did not have enough money to fill their prescriptions.”

      • Common DreamsWe Are Not Going Gently

        On Sunday, women across America marched to declare “We Will Never Stop Fighting” after a cabal of (mostly male) Christian extremists stripped them of bodily autonomy and equality under the law. As the post-Roe landscape veers ever further dystopian, activists are moving past Roe’s “medical patriarchy” to “write ourselves back into the Constitution.” Also reality: A network of clinicians are fighting decades of bloody propaganda with images of just what an abortion removes. Hint: not an “innocent baby.”

      • Common Dreams‘We Can’t Back Down’: Congresswomen Share Their Abortion Stories on Roe Anniversary

        As thousands of people gathered at pro-choice rallies across the United States, multiple congresswomen marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Sunday by sharing their own experiences with abortion care and renewing calls to protect reproductive rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court reversing its landmark ruling.

      • Common DreamsMore Than 7 in 10 Democrats Back Government-Run Universal Healthcare: Poll

        A new poll released by Gallup on Monday offered the latest evidence that Democratic leaders who continue to fight the progressive push for Medicare for All are out of touch with their own party, as more than 7 in 10 Democratic voters support a government-run healthcare system in which every American could participate and receive high-quality, free care.

      • VideoI WILL NOT GO TO RESTAURANTS IN 2023. – Invidious

        I am totally purging my daily life from all use of restaurants. Call it a New Year’s Resolution. I can’t even go to a restaurant without feeling ripped off at this point, so I am rejecting the modernity of restaurants and embracing the tradition of picnicking.

      • VideoMangement after vaccination with Dr. Cohen

        Working as a family doctor, Dr. Cohen has been consulted by a group of patients with new and unusual presentations. In this first video we learn that he assesses and treats them each as an individual, with good results.

    • Linux Foundation

      • Increasing 5G Quality of Experience (QoE) Using SONiC and Open Packet Broker [Ed: Linux Foundation is promoting Microsoft again, in a domain called Linux.com; Linux Foundation: join the Linux Foundation today (i.e. pay us money) to oppress or attack Linux from the inside, or distort the narrative for openwashing]
      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogWhy We Need Open Source Mentorship Programs at the Linux Foundation [Ed: While the Linux Foundation keeps monetising FUD it is pretending to be for "social justice" (distracting from its class war or corporate occupation)]

        Mentorship programs in open source are critical for the growth and development of the open source community, and the LFX Mentorship program is no exception. The program’s participants find it so valuable that a whopping 99% of the graduates felt the program to be beneficial, and 47% said it helped them get a job.

    • Security

      • CISACISA Releases Protecting Our Future: Partnering to Safeguard K–12 organizations from Cybersecurity Threats | CISA

        Today, CISA released Protecting Our Future: Partnering to Safeguard K–12 organizations from Cybersecurity Threats. The report provides recommendations and resources to help K-12 schools and school districts address systemic cybersecurity risk. It also provides insight into the current threat landscape specific to the K-12 community and offers simple steps school leaders can take to strengthen their cybersecurity efforts.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (kernel and spip), Fedora (kernel), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, docker, firefox, jpegoptim, nautilus, net-snmp, phoronix-test-suite, php, php-smarty, samba, sdl2, sudo, tor, viewvc, vim, virtualbox, and x11-server), Red Hat (bash, curl, dbus, expat, firefox, go-toolset, golang, java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-17-openjdk, kernel, kernel-rt, kpatch-patch, libreoffice, libtasn1, libtiff, libxml2, libXpm, nodejs, nodejs-nodemon, pcs, postgresql-jdbc, sqlite, sssd, sudo, systemd, and usbguard), Scientific Linux (firefox, java-11-openjdk, and sudo), SUSE (freeradius-server, python-mechanize, and upx), and Ubuntu (exuberant-ctags, haproxy, ruby2.5, ruby3.0, and wheel).

      • LWNA security audit of Git [LWN.net]

        The Open Source Technology Improvement Fund has announced the completion of a security audit of the Git source.

      • The Audit of Git is Complete! – OSTIF.org

        Open Source Technology Improvement Fund (OSTIF) is thrilled to announce the results of a security audit and threat model for git. Git is the world’s most widely used version control system, and it underpins not only open source, but the vast majority of public and private software development today. To say that git is infrastructure is an understatement, it reaches nearly every corner of software development and touches nearly every product that has software in one way or another.

      • CISACISA Releases Two Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA released two Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on January 24, 2023.These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • CISAApple Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products  | CISA

        Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device.

      • Techstrong GroupA DevSecOps Process for Node.js Projects – DevOps.com

        Node.js is an open source development platform for running JavaScript code on the server side. Node is useful for developing applications that require a persistent browser-server connection and is often used for real-time applications such as chat, social applications, or news feeds.

      • An IBM Hacker Breaks Down High-Profile Attacks

        Incidents like the Rockstar and Uber hacks should serve as a warning to all CISOs. Proper security must consider the role info-hungry actors and audiences can play when dealing with sensitive information and intellectual property.

        Stephanie Carruthers, Chief People Hacker for the X‑Force Red team at IBM Security, broke down how the incident at Uber happened and what helps prevent these types of attacks.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • TruthOutPentagon’s Report on China Doesn’t Say a Word About Threat of Climate Crisis
      • Common DreamsPentagon No Match for Biggest China Threat: Massive Carbon Emissions

        Given the secrecy typically accorded to the military and the inclination of government officials to skew data to satisfy the preferences of those in power, intelligence failures are anything but unusual in this country’s security affairs. In 2003, for instance, President George W. Bush invaded Iraq based on claims — later found to be baseless — that its leader, Saddam Hussein, was developing or already possessed weapons of mass destruction. Similarly, the instant collapse of the Afghan government in August 2021, when the U.S. completed the withdrawal of its forces from that country, came as a shock only because of wildly optimistic intelligence estimates of that government’s strength. Now, the Department of Defense has delivered another massive intelligence failure, this time on China’s future threat to American security.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsThis Is Absurd. The Debt Ceiling Must Be Abolished

        U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced last week that the federal government had reached the statutory debt limit and that her department had begun “extraordinary measures” to meet required spending obligations. It is estimated that by July these extraordinary measures will no longer be able to keep some spending obligations from being missed.

      • Common DreamsWarren Slams GOP for Creating ‘Economic Chaos’ as Debt Ceiling Fight Looms

        Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took aim at the Republican Party for creating what she called a “manufactured crisis” as a potential fight over the debt ceiling looms, slamming the GOP’s threats to public spending as the party works to make it even easier for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes.

      • The NationThe Media Can’t Get Enough of the Debt Ceiling

        The debt limit on government spending was a jury-rigged response to the unforeseeable expenses of the United States’s entry into World War I, but it’s hard to resist the notion that it was actually designed to expose the studied inanity of journalistic discourse. For the century-plus that we’ve been saddled with the debt ceiling, it’s been formally raised more than 100 times—and most of those hikes have perversely increased long-term public debt, since they defer outstanding interest payments. What’s more, the legal rationale for maintaining the debt ceiling is iffy at best, since the public debt clause of the 14th Amendment stipulates that “the validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned,” while debt obligations of the defeated Confederacy were to be repudiated.1

      • Counter PunchDebt, Deficits, Secular Stagnation and the Which Way Is Up Problem in Economics

        The economy can have a problem of too much demand, leading to serious inflationary pressures. It can also have a problem of too little demand, leading to slow growth and unemployment. But can it have both at the same time?

        Apparently, the leading lights in economic policy circles seem to think so. As I noted few days ago, back in the 1990s and 00s economists were almost universally warning of the bad effects of an aging population. The issue was that we would have too many retirees and too few workers to support them.

      • Counter PunchLong Term Trends in the Era of Neoliberal Capitalism Decline

        The global capitalist economy is at an historical juncture.  The global economic restructuring that began roughly four decades ago—often associated with the term Neoliberalism—has run its course. Three crises in succession in roughly the past decade has disrupted it to its core: the Great Recession and financial crash, the Covid Crisis, and the NATO-Russian war in Ukraine and its associated global sanctions and emerging bifurcation of the global capitalist economy.

        Originating in the American-Anglo economies in the late 1970s—thereafter spreading to a lesser degree to other advanced capitalist economies—the Neoliberal restructuring of the capitalist economy began in the late 1970s/early 1980s, occurring as a response to the prior global economic crisis of the 1970s. Neoliberal restructuring sought, and largely succeeded, in reordering inter-class economic relations domestically between capital and labor within the advanced capitalist economies—the US and UK in particular—as well as intra-class between capitalist classes globally.  The Neoliberal economic restructuring thereby re-established the dominance of US Capital over Labor and popular movements at home, while restoring firmly the hegemony of US Capital over its capitalist competitors abroad.

      • Counter PunchFrom the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There

        In 1972, the Club of Rome released a report called The Limits to Growth that laid out the damage to the planet and to human beings of unrestrained increases in economic production and population. It was a straightforward extrapolation from then-current trends that took into account limited resources like water, fertile soil, and fossil fuels.

        That same year, the United Nations held its first environment conference, which led to the creation of the UN Environment Program. Climate change was barely on the conference agenda, but it would increasingly focus the attention of scientists and policymakers over the next two decades with the introduction of the term “global warming” in 1975, the Montreal Protocol in 1987 that restricted ozone-destroying chemicals, and the creation in 1988 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

      • The NationLA’s Grand Experiment in UBI

        Alicea Moore is sitting at a conference table in the headquarters of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, near Downtown LA. It’s Memorial Day weekend, and she had recently received her fourth payment from the city’s new BIG:LEAP program via the Angelenos Card, a prepaid Mastercard emblazoned with a decal of the LA skyline that she keeps in her wallet.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsOn the Question: Should Biden Run Again?

        Reports that Justice Department investigators on Friday seized more than a half-dozen documents, some of them classified, from President Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware — including documents from his time as a senator and others from his time as vice president — have shaken Washington, worrying some Democrats about Biden’s viability as a candidate in 2024.

      • The NationBiden’s Next Chief of Staff Is a Disaster in the Making

        In 2021, Elliot Malin did something heroic: He donated a kidney to save the life of his distant cousin Scott Kline, who was suffering from end-stage renal failure. Although third cousins, the two men were close and Malin was happy to make the sacrifice. Unfortunately, his spirit of altruism was matched by an opposing spirit of rapacity in the private health care system. Even though living kidney donors are not supposed to be charged for their surgery, a firm called NorthStar Anesthesia tried to stick Malin with a bill for $13,064. Despite Malin’s explaining that the bill was supposed to be taken care of by Kline’s insurance company, NorthStar Anesthesia even threatened to unleash a collection agency to get the money. This could have wrecked Malin’s credit. Only after receiving a call from ProPublica, a nonprofit journalistic outlet reporting on the case, did NorthStar acknowledge that Malin should never have been charged.

      • Common Dreams‘Catastrophic Decision’: Progressives Slam Choice of Jeff Zients for Chief of Staff

        Reports Sunday that President Joe Biden has chosen Jeff Zients to replace outgoing White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain were met with alarm among progressive watchdogs, who pointed to Zients’ disastrous tenure as the administration’s coronavirus czar as well as his history in the corporate world—where he built a fortune investing in healthcare companies accused of fraud.

      • TruthOutProgressives Slam Biden’s Choice for Chief of Staff as Health Care “Profiteer”
      • Common DreamsNew Brett Kavanaugh Documentary Sparks Call for DOJ Probe

        The surprise premiere of a documentary revealing “shocking new allegations” of sexual crimes committed decades ago by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sparked new calls on Monday for Senate and Justice Department investigations.

      • Common DreamsDoes the Democratic Base Think Biden Is the Best Choice for 2024? Let’s Ask Them

        Denial at the top of the Democratic Party about Joe Biden’s shaky footing for a re-election run in 2024 became more untenable over the weekend. As the New York Times reported, investigators “seized more than a half-dozen documents, some of them classified, at President Biden’s residence” in Delaware. The newspaper noted that “the remarkable search of a sitting president’s home by federal agents—at the invitation of Mr. Biden’s lawyers—dramatically escalated the legal and political situation for the president.”

      • The NationWhy Do Republicans Want to Kill Their Voters?

        I honestly thought it was fake news: Just after Kevin McCarthy became House speaker, giving away his power to right-wing antagonists the first week in January, I read about Congress members smoking on the GOP side of the aisle. Just a projection from my liberal allies of Republicans’ intent to erode public health, I assumed. Funny GIF to come.

      • The NationRush Limbaugh’s Toxic Legacy

        Radio’s Greatest of All Time is a new book credited to conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, who began compiling it from transcripts of his program before his death from lung cancer in 2021. The final published version, which lists his widow, Kathryn, and his younger brother, David, as coauthors, serves as the definitive collectible tribute to the man described in the book’s publicity material as “a modern-day Founding Father—the George Washington of Radio.”

      • Telex (Hungary)He holds Orbán’s secrets, but they’re still not on first-name basis
      • TechdirtTrump Lawyers Sanctioned Again For Stupid Lawsuit Claiming Clinton Rigged The Election She Lost

        Once again, the federal court that had the misfortune of dealing with Donald Trump’s pile of conspiracy theory he and his lawyers generously called a “lawsuit” is handing out sanctions to Trump’s legal team.

      • TechdirtIn The End, Trump Will Screw Over Anyone: Including His ‘Own’ Social Media Company

        In a move that seems unlikely to surprise anyone who has followed any bit of the life and career of former President Donald Trump, it appears that he is getting ready to come back to Twitter, in a process that will fuck over the social media site that he lent his name and brand to, and which he insisted would be a huge success and destroy Twitter.

      • TechdirtSupreme Court Punts On Florida And Texas Social Media Moderation Laws, Asks US Government To Weigh In

        Lots of people were expecting the Supreme Court to obviously agree to take the appeals of Florida’s and Texas’s social media content moderation laws. As you’ll probably recall, both Texas and Florida passed slightly different laws that effectively said that they could bar social media platforms from moderating certain types of content. Both laws were tossed out as easily and obviously unconstitutional limitations of social media companies’ 1st Amendment editorial and association rights.

      • TechdirtU.S. Press Starts To Figure Out College TikTok Bans Are A Dumb Performance

        We’ve noted a few times how the political push to ban TikTok is a dumb performance designed to do several things, none of which have to do anything with consumer privacy and security. We’ve also noted how college bans of TikTok are a dumb extension of that dumb performance, and don’t accomplish anything of meaningful significance.

      • Common Dreams‘Rich and Powerful Don’t Need Any More Advocates’: Gallego Launches Bid to Unseat Sinema

        Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego on Monday formally launched his 2024 campaign for the seat held by right-wing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who officially registered as an Independent in December after months of derailing the Biden administration’s policy agenda and preserving tax loopholes for her corporate allies.

      • Meduza‘Maybe Uncle Vova asked Erdogan to make our lives harder’ Thousands of Russians have emigrated to Turkey since the start of the war, but now many are being denied residency permits. Meduza investigates. — Meduza
      • Meduza‘The lessons of Fascism’ Ukrainian tanks and fighting vehicles on display as part of Leningrad Siege exposition outside St. Petersburg — Meduza

        The Leningrad Siege Museum commemorates the breakthrough that ended the Nazi forces’ deadly blockade in 1944. Today’s visitors can expect to find a new temporary exhibition, courtesy of Russia’s Federation Council, featuring captured Ukrainian tanks. The show’s title, “The Lessons of Fascism Yet to Be Learned,” seems apt — but not in the way intended by the curators.

      • Common DreamsChristian Nationalism vs. the Separation of Church and State

        We have a long tradition in Am­erica of Separation of Church and State that prohi­bits government’s promotion of religion on the one hand, and interference with its free exercise on the other. In their refusal to establish a state church or to favor one religion over another, the Founding Fathers didn’t think that religion was bad but that there was something amiss in human nature, a certain tendency, a will to power and a lust for domination, that always bore watching.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Meta urged to boost Africa content moderation as contractor quits | Context

        Rights groups are calling on Meta Platforms to seize the opportunity to improve its content moderation in Africa after its main third-party contractor in the region said it would no longer screen harmful posts for the social media giant.

        Kenya-based outsourcing firm Sama said on Jan. 10 it would no longer provide content moderation services for the owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in March as it moves to concentrate on data labelling work.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Democracy NowFree Julian Assange: Noam Chomsky, Dan Ellsberg & Jeremy Corbyn Lead Call at Belmarsh Tribunal

        Former British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, famed linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and others gave testimony Friday at the Belmarsh Tribunal in Washington, D.C., calling on President Biden to drop charges against Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder has been languishing for close to four years in the harsh Belmarsh prison in London while appealing extradition to the United States. If convicted in the United States, Julian Assange could face up to 175 years in jail for violating the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing documents that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Friday’s event was held at the National Press Club and co-chaired by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. We spend the hour featuring compelling excerpts from the proceedings.

      • ScheerpostDaniel Ellsberg: Losing 1st Amendment Reverses War of Independence

        Daniel Ellsberg says using the Espionage Act against journalist Julian Assange in blatant violation of the First Amendment means the First Amendment is essentially gone.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchCreating a Moral Conscience

        A recent talk with a friend gave me valuable insight into an important human phenomenon: how is a moral conscience created? A few years ago, I met Pierre, an abstract painter, and we developed a close friendship. As I learned about his complex upbringing, I wondered how he was able to overcome harrowing events in his life.

        Pierre had been borne in a French containment camp (which in practice functioned as a prison,) where his parents were held after fleeing Spain’s civil war fought between 1936 and 1939 between Republicans and Nationalists. Both of them fought on the Republican side against the regime headed by general Francisco Franco. When the Republicans were defeated, to escape Franco’s reprisals, they crossed on foot the Pyrenees, a mountain range that separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of the continent. A strenuous trip under any circumstance, crossing the tallest mountain range in Europe was excruciating during the bitter winter cold.

      • Counter PunchOver His Head
      • Counter PunchMeditations on the Conflict in Europe

        Decolonization is a term I don’t use. It’s too passive and, like other supposedly left politics that avoid/ignore discussion of class, it opens the space where capitalists can creep in and stifle genuine revolutionary change. In other words, one oppressive structure is replaced by several–all of them assuming the permanence of capitalism and its current hierarchies. This results in the decolonized colonies remaining colonized, only then they are part of a unipolar system ruled directly and indirectly by US imperialism. The illusion of liberation or, to be more accurate since liberation is not the intention, the illusion of independence..

        Ukraine does not have the means to get what it wants militarily without the financial and military support of Washington, which is using this conflict as a means to push Europe back to where it was in the 1950s-1970s. In other words, one goal of this war drive in Europe is to make Europe once again dependent on Washington for most of its military and economic backing. Washington rejected a peace dividend in the 1990s and built up its military while rejecting Europe’s thoughts of its own defense forces that included cooperation with Moscow for European security. Meanwhile, Europe’s economy grew. The US wants both military and economic dominance. The response of the Russian government to being once again cast in an adversarial role was not an accident. It was the intention of post-Soviet US foreign policy to create military conflict with Moscow. Moscow acted as almost any state would, especially one with Moscow’s legacy. While this obviously does not excuse the invasion of Ukraine, it does explain it in terms by which such states operate.

      • Common DreamsHRW Says Israeli Entry Rules Designed to Further Cut Off Palestinians From Outside World

        A top Human Rights Watch official warned Monday that restrictions recently placed by Israel’s apartheid government on “foreigners”—including Palestinians—seeking entry into the West Bank could turn the illegally occupied territory into “another Gaza,” which is often described as the “world’s largest open-air prison.”

      • The NationIn a Land of Apartheid, a Trip to the Beach Can Be an Act of Resistance

        Not too long ago, my friend and I snuck onto a beach reserved for the residents of a moshav 10 minutes south of Haifa. The idea that we were infiltrating (at least in someone’s view) a Jewish settlement to sunbathe didn’t burden me. I don’t believe a beach can be “private property.” Besides, after a year in pandemic-stricken New York, there was nothing on my mind but the Mediterranean.1

      • The NationRights and Wrongs
      • The NationHeavy Is the Head

        I was in Barbados, visiting relatives, when Princess Diana died. That afternoon I met an Englishwoman on a walk. “I feel so awful just being out enjoying myself,” she told me.

      • The NationThe Change We Want

        In 1948, a young historian named Richard Hofstadter published The American Political Tradition, a critical look at the country’s politics that marked a sharp break from the accepted wisdom among historians of the time. Many scholars, following in the footsteps of the Progressive era’s Charles Beard, held that American history was defined by conflict: by the policy disagreements that separated agrarian from industrial regions, by disputes among different factions of the economic elite over the right path forward for the country. But Hofstadter suggested the opposite. Profiling an array of political leaders—from Thomas Jefferson and John Calhoun to Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt—he argued that American politics existed within a shockingly narrow spectrum. Almost all of the politicians he chronicled, who helped define the American “tradition,” had accepted capitalism and individualism as the reigning norms of political life. Despite their apparent differences, they all shared this bedrock faith—one that left them unable to grapple with the underlying realities of American life, with its myriad inequalities of class and power. American democracy was unable to live up to its promise, Hofstadter insisted, because it was in the grip of a liberal ideology defined by a rapacious individualism.

      • The NationThe Enduring Stench of Jerry Jones’s Politics

        As Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy walked off the field following a bitter and frustrating 19-12 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he roughly pushed a cameraperson away. But this wasn’t even the most embarrassing moment for McCarthy in the closing moments of the season. That happened in the game’s last play, where, down one touchdown, he inexplicably had running back Ezekiel Elliott play center and hike the ball to quarterback Dak Prescott. Elliott was predictably “trucked”—knocked down with extreme force—by a 49ers player. Before he could be sacked, Prescott threw a five-yard pass, and his receiver was immediately tackled. It was an awful end to a season that held so much promise. For Coach McCarthy and Prescott, it also echoed last year’s playoff exit, where they were also narrowly beaten by the 49ers in a close game that ended with a similarly risible play when Prescott ran with the ball ostensibly to set up one last desperate play and instead ran out the clock.

      • TechdirtNevada’s Top Court Says Cops Can Now Be Sued For Rights Violations, Won’t Have Access To Qualified Immunity

        Cops in Nevada had better start behaving. The state’s Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that not only guarantees residents the right to sue under state law, but won’t allow officers to easily escape lawsuits by asking for qualified immunity.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • FAIRRenomination of Gigi Sohn Gives Public Another Chance to Be Heard

        Ars Technica (10/26/22) called Gigi Sohn “the tiebreaking vote needed to reverse Trump-era deregulation of the broadband industry [and] restore net neutrality rules.”Media democracy advocate Gigi Sohn, nominated to the Federal Communications Commission in October 2021 (FAIR.org, 4/19/22, 6/15/22, 10/28/22), still awaits a confirmation vote in the Senate—which means the public still awaits a functioning FCC that can protect its interests.

      • TechdirtCommunities Are Bonding Together In Vermont To Meaningfully Challenge Telecom Monopolies

        We’ve long covered the trend of communities building their own broadband networks. It’s a movement directly created by decades of anger at telecom market failure, poor service, and monopolization. But since 2015, Vermont officials have taken things to an entirely different level.

    • Monopolies

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Hails DOJ Lawsuit Against Google Alleging Online Advertising Monopolization [Ed: Public Knowledge fails to disclose that it has a Microsoft employee inside its board. Conflict of interest.]

        Today, the U.S. Department of Justice and states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. The suit claims that Google “unlawfully monopolized” the online advertising market by buying up would-be competitors, freezing out rivals, and leveraging its market power in some markets to dominate others. The suit follows our letter urging the Justice Department to review Google’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior in the advertising technology market.

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewJames Ensor, *The Deadly Sins* (ca. 1904) – The Public Domain Review

          Perhaps no modern artist better exemplified the charge issued by Baudelaire in his 1862 essay “Painters and etchers” — “etching is a profound and dangerous art, filled with treachery, which reveals the faults of an artist’s mind as clearly as his virtues” — than James Ensor (1860–1949). Aside from an incomplete course of study at Brussels’ Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, the institution he called an “establishment for the near-blind”, the artist spent the near entirety of his life in the coastal Belgian city of Ostend. Here he lived in his parents’ home into his late fifties, largely financed by his mother and aunt Mimi’s souvenir shop, which sold papier-mâché carnival masks, skeleton costumes, and Asian curios. His early realist and romantic paintings impressed critics, with Russian Musicg (originally titled Chez Miss) earning him a coveted showing in the 1882 Paris Salon. By the mid 1880s, however, much of his new work was unrecognizable, and his future, once full of promised renown, seemed abruptly foreclosed. A lifelong atheist, Ensor pivoted toward grotesque Christian imagery, not for its theistic content, but because it offered the best symbolic vocabulary for visualizing his growing disgust with the world. Once claiming that he had “anticipated all modern tendencies . . . in every direction”, he now saw, through the mockery of Christ, his own plight to be misunderstood.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Reverse your articles

        If you are writing about a new idea, mechanic, or technology, start with it. Talk about what it is before you start contrasting it with what it isn’t. Start by explaining the new thing and why the new thing is so good.

        If the reason the new thing is good is because it’s different from an old bad thing, and you really, really wanna contrast and compare in order to make it super clear how much better the new thing is, I guess you can, but please move that to the end of your article.

        It’s difficult to write positively, to write “new first”—we are so trained to tell stories chronologically—but we have the life-changing magic of editing. I need to edit my texts a ton, but that’s how I write: make a mess, then clean it up. This essay you’re reading right now started out just as backwards, just as “bad first”; my first draft of it started with a rant about how the typical Lobsters article is a rough read.

    • Technical

      • Re-Discovering Value in Old Tech

        Over the last few years I’ve veered almost completely away from buying brand new tech. What I mean by new in this case is brand new, in-package electronics at the latest model or a model or two prior. I became focused on reducing my own electronic waste and it forced me to examine how much computing “power” I actually needed in my day-to-day life.

        It turns out I don’t need much power at all. The newest tech I own and use daily is my Pixel 4a with CalyxOS. I plan on using it until the very last moment. I’m not a programmer or gamer, so my work computer doesn’t actually need that much horsepower. Since I’m already a Linux user, I can easily use an older computer stress-free. I’ve been using a Dell Latitude E6410 from 2011 for almost two years now and it’s been awesome. I’ve even got it hooked up to two Lenovo monitors from 2013 with built-in webcams.

      • Orphans of Amstrad – Yretek(en)

        Recently, solderpunk challenged his readers —perhaps in jest— to come out and post about “Orphans of Commodore”. What a load of perkele! Those early Commodore users and their affection towards their grey brick. Ah, but the Amstrad, the lovely Amstrad CPC 464, that is a beautifulmachine. And it became perfectly usable as soon as you upgraded it to use those rock solid diskettes; when I transitioned into a IBM Compatible PC and their, very, floppy drives, I did miss those Amstrads well thought, dependable diskettes that might have been designed in Lahti.Oh, and there were a few things I missed too.

        The Fantastic Manual. The Amstrad CPC 464, not only came with a nice keyboard and monitor; but also a great, honest to Ilmarinen, user manual, and, a Basic handbook, all lovely translated to Spanish. The fancy PC?, well you had to acquire it somewhere, which is not exactly easy when you are living on an island. Luckily, I had then access to the university library, which had a few books, most of them written in English, which I could manage at age 18, but would have been a huge chore back when I got my lovely Amstrad.

      • a diversion

        so i made a chrome extension for mastodon

      • Massive multiplayer text adventures still exist

        Maybe they no longer use telnet like they did in the old days, but I’m nevertheless fascinated.


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