EPO Exploits the Deaths of Millions to Leverage COVID-19 Monopolies and Then Pushes Illegal, Unconstitutional Agenda Again (UPC)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6610190803a8f0d9ec0b3615ac19ccec
Shameless EPO Leadership
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The dictatorship of António Campinos continues to abuse the EPO‘s Web site to incite for or make calls towards illegal actions, just like Team Battistelli

THE video above discusses this shameless exploitation of COVID-19 for PR purposes (warning: epo.org link) and then this promotion of illegal agenda (warning: epo.org link) including — inter aliaEuropean software patents through a kangaroo court, UPC/Unitary Patent.

Campinos expects to engage in his criminal activities for years to come, so thankfully we’ll be around to explain what he does and report him to the relevant authorities, even if he enjoys diplomatic immunity (an absurd notion).

Techrights will exceed 34,000 blog posts later this week and probably exceed 35,000 blog posts later this year (some time in wintertime). Assuming all goes well, maybe 45,000 in 2025… many will concern the EPO.

[Meme] EPO.org as a Portal of Lies (and Lobbyists)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Maury Lie Detector: The results are in... EPO Lies again...
Hijacked, but not defaced

Summary: EPO.org used to be a Web site of Europe’s largest patent office, but the site has been hijacked by patent litigation lobbyists — a disturbing development

Links 04/07/2022: StarFighter With GNU/Linux Preloaded, Ubuntu Touch on JingPad A1

Posted in News Roundup at 3:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • OMG UbuntuStar Labs Tease StarFighter, a Linux Laptop with 4K Display

        This UK-based hardware company is finalising production details on StarFighter, an upcoming 15.6-inch Linux laptop that boasts a 10-bit matte 4K IPS 16:9 display (likely at a comfortable 3840×2160 resolution, which is great for 2x scaling) — the display alone costs more than the company’s StarLite Linux laptop.

        Additionally, Star Labs’ StarFighter will offer a choice of 45W AMD or Intel processors, up-to 64GB RAM, and up-to 2TB of storage (though Gen 4 SDDs will only be supported on models with Intel processors).

    • Server

      • The Wall Street JournalWalmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants [Ed: Servers rebranded as "clown"; cui bono?]

        Walmart said on Thursday it has developed the capability to switch seamlessly between cloud providers and its own servers, saving millions of dollars and offering a road map to other organizations that want to reduce their dependence on giant technology companies.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Tips On UNIXInstall Darktable 4.0.0 On Ubuntu / OpenSUSE / Fedora & AlmaLinux | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be useful for beginners to download and install darktable 4.0.0 on Ubuntu 20.4 LTS, Fedora 35, AlmaLinux 9, RockyLinux 8, and OpenSUSE.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Resize and Optimize Images From the Linux Terminal – Make Tech Easier

        If you are a Linux user and prefer the Terminal than any other graphical applications, then you will be happy to know that you can also resize, convert and optimize your images directly in the Terminal with ImageMagick. ImageMagick is a suite of tools for Linux which allows you to manipulate images from the command line. It’s also the image processor behind many graphics-related applications. Here we will show you how to resize your images from the Terminal.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Delay or Tell When to Update Snap Apps in Ubuntu | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu automatically checks and updates all installed Snap packages 4 times every day. Here’s how you can delay or assign a certain time period for the automatic update.

        Snap is an Ubuntu developed universal package format that runs in sandbox. Few core apps (such as Ubuntu Software and Firefox in 22.04) and many software in Ubuntu Software are Snap packages. Unlike classic .deb package, snap updates all the packages automatically in the background silently without user intervention.

        If you didn’t block the Snap package, you must have some installed on your Ubuntu machine. And, to avoid conflict to daily work (e.g., online meetings, data backup), you may tell Snap when to do the updates.

      • ID RootHow To Install Plex Media Server on Fedora 36 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Plex Media Server on Fedora 36. For those of you who didn’t know, Plex media server is a self-hosted media player system to store your movies, shows, music, and photos. Plex Media Server is a great way to keep your digital media content organized and accessible. It is worth considering if you have a large TV or movie library. It supports a wide range of client applications and allows you to share your content with others.

        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 the Plex Media Server on a Fedora 36.

      • H2S MediaInstall OBS Studio on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux – Linux Shout

        Here we will let you know how to install the latest version of OBS Studio on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish including other similar operating systems.

        OBS-Studio is an open-source software you need for recording and Streaming (live broadcast) your audiovisual content be able. You can use OBS-Studio Screencasts including Screen recording (e.g. slides, Software, etc …), camera image, and sound records very comfortably and if necessary it can be used to start streaming the Content to various streaming services such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Mixer, Twitter and more for worldwide audiovisual transfer.

        Especially in the field of PC gaming, there are many streamers who inspire an audience of millions with their content. Open Broadcast Software provides all the necessary tools for the direct transmission of video and audio signals to the network free of charge. It is possible to stream the generated signals to your own server. In addition, the developers of OBS work together with well-known streaming and video portals such as twitch.tv, and Dailymotion.

      • RoseHostingHow to Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        GlassFish is an open-source Jakarta EE platform application server. It was initially developed by Sun Microsystems, then sponsored by Oracle Corporation, and now it is being maintained by the developers at Eclipse Foundation. GlassFish supports JSP, Servlets, JSF, JAVA API, RMI, etc. With this tool, web developers can easily build scalable and portable applications. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Trend OceansHow to enhance Firefox security with about:config tweaks

        If you are an advanced PC user and have been using Firefox browser for a long time, you might already be aware of about:config Settings. For those who don’t know, Firefox gives you a lot of customization by visiting about:config section.

        When you first visit it, you will be prompted by a warning screen saying “Changing advanced configuration preferences may affect Firefox performance or security.”

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlDebrief: Perl IDE Hackathon 2022

          I had a great time hacking on the Perl Navigator and Raku Navigator as part of the Perl IDE Hackathon 2022. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time in person or remotely. Thanks especially to Brian for having many github issues ready for people to work on, and for helping so many people understand the concepts of Language Servers. I received compliments that the Hackathon was very organized but truthfully if people got that impression then Brian should get all the credit!

          As a community I feel we could do better at helping people getting started and involved, so my goal was to emphasize first time and one off contributions. Brian caught the vision on this and as mentioned, did a great job preparing github issues and spent much of his time getting peoples development environment running. Hopefully he will post a report on what got done in the near future.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • TechXploreA quadcopter that works in the air and underwater and also has a suction cup for hitching a ride on a host

        A team of researchers at Beihang University, working with colleagues at Imperial College London and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, has developed a quadcopter drone that is capable of flying in the air and maneuvering underwater. It also has a suction cup for hitching a ride on a host. They describe their drone in the journal Science Robotics.

        Over the past several years, quadcopters have become a consumer product. And while the technology behind them is quite impressive, one drawback is their inability to survive a water landing. In this new effort, the researchers have not only overcome that problem, but they have also given their robot the ability to maneuver underwater and to hitch itself to undersea creatures.

      • Using Light and Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail | Duke Biomedical Engineering

        Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a method to scan and image the blood flow and oxygen levels inside a mouse brain in real-time with enough resolution to view the activity of both individual vessels and the entire brain at once.

        This new imaging approach breaks long-standing speed and resolution barriers in brain imaging technologies and could uncover new insights into neurovascular diseases like stroke, dementia and even acute brain injury.

        The research appeared May 17 in the Nature journal Light: Science & Applications.

    • Hardware

      • Venture BeatIntel announces silicon photonics advancement towards optical I/O [Ed: Intel is hype and waste of energy; in recent years it was also a force that bribes the media for puff pieces]

        Intel has demonstrated an eight-wavelength laser array on a silicon wafer. The research paves the way for the next generation of integrated silicon photonics products in the data center, such as switches with co-packaged optics and chiplets for optical interconnects.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • FOSS PostBe Wary Of “Fake” Open Source Software

          Open source software have become more important today than in the past. The benefits brought by using open source software for governments, organizations and commercial businesses can not be emphasized enough. This is why you’ll probably see an open source software running in every corner of the modern IT infrastructure.

          This, however, made the term “open source” somehow a buzzword. We started observing many companies which are calling their software “open source”, although in fact, it is not.

          Those companies do this because people are more motivated to use an open source software and include it in their infrastructure than a proprietary solution. They like the extra attention and free marketing they get when they simply classify their solution as “open source”.

          What is “open source“, anyway? The term was introduced in 1998 by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as an alternative for the “free software” term to avoid the possible confusion between “free as in cost” and “free as in freedom”. They didn’t want people to think that free software is just software with no cost.

          The OSI definition is universally accepted as the one and only definition for open source, simply because they were the ones who crafted the term in the first place.

    • Security

      • LinuxSecurityComplete Guide to Using Wapiti Web Vulnerability Scanner to Keep Yo…

        Wapiti is a well-known tool that is widely used amongst security researchers, regular users, and even System Administrators. As Cyber Criminals continue to exploit new found vulnerabilities and even existing ones due to poor security management, Wapiti is the perfect solution to auditing your website and webservers. The commands and arguments are fairly simple to use, it is a powerful tool, and the report provided in HTML format allows for any user to see urgent issues and their possible solutions without having to sit, search, and create a solution. It provides you with a baseline understanding of your vulnerabilities and a baseline path to a solution.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • India TimesCERT-In rules: Data privacy and security not mutually exclusive

          Over the last few weeks, we have seen a significant new showdown over the Indian government’s internet regulatory ambitions. What sparked it off is the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) announcing cybersecurity directions in May without any previous public discussion or consultation. This has led to numerous Virtual Private Network (VPN) firms announcing removal of their servers from India, industry voices and Indian SMEs raising concerns about the challenges of being able to meaningfully implement these diktats, and civil society, cybersecurity experts, and technologists pointing out how they would harm cybersecurity while deepening government intrusion upon privacy and other fundamental rights online.

        • LinuxSecurityWhich Browser is Best for Online Security?

          While Tor has many features that average browsers can not compete with, its flaws can weigh it down for the average user. Users who will benefit most from Tor are people who are actively being tracked, such as militaries and people who know they are being spied on. For most users, a secure and private browser like Firefox, Brave, or even default Chromium, should be enough to stay safe, especially with safe browsing practices and software like VPNs or adblockers.

        • ACMUsing Makeup to Block Surveillance

          Nitzan Guetta, a Ph.D. candidate at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, was among a group of researchers who spent the past two years exploring “how deep learning-based face recognition systems can be fooled using reasonable and unnoticeable artifacts in a real-world setup.” The researchers conducted an adversarial machine learning attack using natural makeup that prevents a participant from being identified by facial recognition models, she says.

          The researchers “chose to focus on a makeup attack since at that time it was not explored, especially in the physical domain, and since we identified it as a potential and unnoticeable means that can be used for achieving this goal” of evading identification, Guetta explains.

          When the researchers compared an adversarial/anti-surveillance makeup algorithm with normal makeup that didn’t have the guidance of the attack algorithm, “the results showed that the normal makeup did not succeed in fooling the facial recognition models,” she says.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Politics

      • July 4th Musings

        I am preparing my dog for the inevitable evening of terror as my countrymen prepare to celebrate the secession from the civilized world, due to the ‘unfair’ British taxes averaging 1.5%.


        It seems that everyone I know either has or has had covid in the last couple of weeks. Myself included if I expand the range to a month. Most people get over it within a week (actually a couple of days seems to be the anecdotal average for healthy not-so-young friends). I got mine two weeks after a booster, just before Phizer pretty much admitted that it’s not particularly effective for the Omicron strain. As far as I can tell, Omicron is currently close to a mild flu or moderate cold, as corona-viruses go.


        The web is complete shit

        Beating a dead horse here, but I now use Tor and LibreWolf (when necessary) with Qwant search engine. I don’t know what kind of bullshit Qwant is (some say it’s total bullshit), but whatever. And Marginalia when that works.

        I am pretty upset about the fact that the internet is such shit. We had such high hopes about how it would change the world! As usual, it did, but in ways completely horrible.


        If I ran a software shop today (my area of expertise), I would flat out prohibit any social media during work hours. If I see your post during work hours, out you go.

    • Technical

      • Markdown instead of LaTeX

        A Markdown → HTML + CSS → PDF pipeline has the benefit that I get to use CSS to fiddle with the output instead of relying on LaTeX class authors. I don’t know whether that is a benefit. 🤔 Perhaps it’s simply irrational on my part but lately more and more of my projects have been using this Markdown → HTML + CSS → PDF pipeline, I felt like I should migrate my existing projects while I still care.

        Well, one immediate drawback is that the things that cannot be handled by the simple Markdown processor needs to be added using HTML, and that in turn doesn’t nest with Markdown, so I’ve added some post-processing using two Perl scripts. 😓

        Another drawback is that I spent the entire day doing it, and all I got to show for it are eight pages. That’s super slow and frustrating.

      • Science

        • ACMCognitive Biases in Software Development

          Cognitive biases are hardwired behaviors that influence developer actions and can set them on an incorrect course of action, necessitating backtracking. Although researchers have found that cognitive biases occur in development tasks in controlled lab studies, we still do not know how these biases affect developers’ everyday behavior. Without such an understanding, development tools and practices remain inadequate. To close this gap, we conducted a two-part field study to examine the extent to which cognitive biases occur, the consequences of these biases on developer behavior, and the practices and tools that developers use to deal with these biases. We found about 70% of observed actions were associated with at least one cognitive bias. Even though developers recognized that biases frequently occur, they are forced to deal with such issues with ad hoc processes and suboptimal tool support. As one participant (IP12) lamented: There is no salvation!

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

Gemini is Becoming Increasingly Interconnected and Adopts More Modern Encryption Protocols

Posted in Protocol, Security at 1:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This talk reminds us what the Web used to be before "social control media" and "GAFAM"

Summary: Gemini is no longer a set of isolated “islands”; there is a growing sense of community with interactions across capsules (like in the days of blogs with trackbacks and pingbacks)

Gemini has graduated to First-Class Citizen here. It’s what the Web should have become, namely pages, not applications. Last month we said that a nice milestone for Geminispace would be better inter-connectivity between capsules, ensuring they’re not mere “islands” but part of a broad network of pages or an extensive information system.

Thankfully, based on these new charts from Botond, more pages are now linked inwards from the outside. The situation is improving over time.

Incoming links in Gemini

Notice also how TLS 1.2 gets phased out rapidly. Encryption is one of the selling points of Gemini.

Gemini capsule TLS versions

Gemini is no longer small or a tiny niche; on a daily basis we have over 100 unique visitors in the capsule, not counting the Web proxies…

It’s hard to imagine Gemini not surviving the next 5 years.

[Meme] Windows Spotted in a Classroom in Turkey

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, Microsoft, Windows at 12:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Windows market share in Turkey
Windows fell from nearly 100% to less than 10%

Summary: Windows market share in Turkey is down to 9.8% this month; it’ll become a rare sight if these trends carry on

Microsoft Windows is Now Down to Single-Digit ‘Market Share’ in Turkey Owing to the Nation’s Independence/Digital Autonomy Objectives

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 12:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6cbffc94bf678080dfc0755d0458219c
The Decline of Windows in Graphs
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Windows is at 9.8% of “the market” this month in Turkey, based on a Web survey (3 million sites); we might be seeing the gradual end of Windows as a financially viable product line

TODAY is the fourth of July, so many Americans celebrate independence from the British.

Earlier today we saw reports about China propelling itself towards independence from Western software companies. It invests a lot in its own GNU/Linux distributions (the main ones are based on Debian and Ubuntu).

Some nations understandably try to remove back doors that Western intelligence agencies control. It’s a risk they cannot afford. In Turkey, despite NATO membership, there’s a lot of distrust and its military moved to GNU/Linux ages ago. Universities, schools, and municipalities followed or still follow…

Only days ago (in July) one of the Turkish GNU/Linux distros announced a new release.

You know Microsoft is losing the monopoly when a nation like Turkey with a population of 85 million people rejects Windows (in July we see Windows at 9.8% there; Android dominates)…

The graph is shown in the video above and it’s discussed a little further. In the Web server market, Windows fell from “almost majority” to “negligible” (about 2%) in just a decade or so. Will the same happen in desktops and laptops? The trends among gamers are encouraging.

Links 04/07/2022: China’s Journey to GNU/Linux Continues, openSUSE.Asia Summit 2022 Planned

Posted in News Roundup at 10:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: July 3rd, 2022

      This week we had some really great software releases, starting with both the Mozilla Thunderbird 102 email client and Mozilla Firefox 102 web browser, continuing with the Plasma Mobile Gear 22.06 software suite for mobile devices, new NVIDIA graphics and HP printing drivers, the OTA-23 update for Ubuntu Touch, a new major Unity7 desktop update, and ending with Darktable 4.0 RAW image editor.

      Below, you can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for July 3rd, 2022.

    • TechRadarChina is doubling down on Linux in a bid to leave Windows behind

      China is now one step closer to eliminating Windows from its government endpoints, an effort it has been pursuing for more than two decades now.

      As reported by The Register, the country has been laser-focused on switching to Linux (opens in new tab) entirely amid conflict with the US, but has thus far lacked the support of developers. But now, all of that might change with the launch of the openKylin project (opens in new tab).

      The project’s goal is to speed up the development of the Kylin Linux distro, an OS distribution that’s entirely China-made. The project’s participants will include developers, but also colleges and universities.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5LinuxTUXEDO Pulse 15 Gen2 Linux Ultrabook Out Now with Ryzen 7 5700U, WQHD Display

        Unveiled two years ago, the TUXEDO Pulse 15 Linux laptop is now in its second generation with a newer AMD Ryzen 7 processor, namely the 35W Ryzen 7 5700U with only 15 watts TDP, a single-fan/single-heatpipe cooling system, and integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics, which promises to offer virtually the same performance as the Ryzen 7 4800H processor used in the first generation of the laptop but with much less power draw.

      • Beta NewsTUXEDO Computers Pulse 15 Gen2 Linux laptop is powered by AMD Ryzen 7 5700U with 35W TDP

        Now is a wonderful time to be in the market for a laptop that comes pre-loaded with a Linux-based operating system, as there are many great options. Linux laptops used to be a bit of a rarity, but as Linux gains popularity, these computers are becoming more commonplace. Currently, my recommendation is the HP Dev One which runs System76′s Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS, as that notebook is affordable, well-built, and offers an overall excellent experience.

        Today, yet another new Linux laptop is announced, this time by TUXEDO Computers. Well, technically it isn’t entirely new, but actually, it is the second generation of its Pulse 15. Yes, after two years, the company has decided to refresh the computer with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor (with 35W TDP) and 15.6-inch 165Hz WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS display.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • HackadayNeed A Linux Kernel Module? Scratch That | Hackaday

        If you have been for (or against) Rust in the Linux kernel, get ready for a Linux kernel module written in… Scratch. That’s right. Scratch, the MIT-developed language with blocks popular for teaching kids to code. We didn’t mean “from scratch.” We meant IN Scratch. The bootstrap code and Makefile is out there on GitHub.

        Of course, it is a simple module and the reason it is possible is because of the scratchnative system that lets you compile Scratch into C code. If you want to look at the decidedly simple code, you can open it in your browser.

        We don’t t think anyone is seriously suggesting you start doing this kind of development in Scratch, but it is sort of amazing that you can do it at all.

      • LWNKernel prepatch 5.19-rc5 [LWN.net]

        The 5.19-rc5 kernel prepatch is out for testing. “So everything looks ok – we certainly have some issues still being looked at, but on the whole 5.19 looks normal, and nothing particularly bad seems to be going on”.

    • Applications

      • Its FOSSmassCode: A Free and Open-Source Code Snippet Manager – It’s FOSS

        If a tool makes things faster and efficient, that is a life-saver for many developers.

        While there are different services and platforms that try to make the coding experience quicker, you still have several other options to consider.

        For instance, a code snippet manager. With a snippet manager, you aim to save a section of code that you want to quickly access. It is more like assigning shortcuts to add the required code in your program.

        This is not a new concept, but the tools available for the job may not be entirely open-source.

        Fortunately, I stumbled upon a decent project that provides you with a free and open-source snippet manager, i.e., massCode.

      • MedevelFood-Tracker is An Open Source Privacy-Friendly Calorie Tracker

        Food-Tracker is a free open-source Android app that helps you track calories in thousands of food items. The app is available to download, use for free from F-Droid and Google Play application store.

        Beside the search, the user also can save the items and bookmark them in a simple straightforward interface.


        The Project is released under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or later.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • DedoimedoPerf Trace, Private Tux – Solving Linux mysteries

        Perf trace is a versatile, flexible powerful option in the perf toolbox, allowing to combine the power of strace with additional capabilities, which give you a multi-dimensional view of your system’s behavior. For instance, by default, strace is a bit more difficult to follow and analyze, whereas perf trace helps more easily bucket results per thread, filter out unnecessary information, and conversely, zero in on the specific data you need.

        Hopefully, this tutorial is a good reference point for getting started with perf trace. You do need some background knowledge, you need to know how your software behaves, but then you can use it to figure out possible performance bottlenecks, and improve and optimize its execution. Perf may also need some tweaking to run well in userspace, and you have tons of flags and options to narrow down the troubleshooting to what you need. And that would be all for today.

      • How to Test Your Website Speed on Linux – Linux Stans

        Website speed, often called website performance, refers to the amount of time a web browser renders web pages from a specific site.

        A site’s loading speed can significantly affect user experience (UX). For example, a slow website response time (SRT) can lead to high bounce rates. Subsequently, having a poorly performing website can harm your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts.

        This article will cover three tips for testing a website’s speed, including how to do it in a Linux Terminal. By identifying the areas for improvement, website owners can optimize website speed more efficiently.

      • OSTechNixDocker Commands Tutorial | Getting Started With Docker – OSTechNix

        This detailed Docker tutorial covers the essential Docker commands, such as how to create a new container, run the container, remove a container and so on. In addition, this guide also explains how to build your own Docker image from an existing container and how to remove containers and images. Without further ado, let us get started with Docker basics usage!

      • How to Install ReactJS on Ubuntu 22.04 – LinuxTuto

        React (also known as React.js or ReactJS) is an open-source JavaScript front-end library for creating web frontend and UI components.

        It is developed and maintained by the Facebook and a large community of developers. This is also useful for creating mobile applications.

        In this tutorial you will learn to install and create ReactJS Application on a Ubuntu 22.04 OS.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Plex Media Server on Fedora 36 Linux – LinuxCapable

        Plex Media Server is a piece of software that allows you to store all your digital media content in one place. It is extremely popular with people who have large TV and movie libraries, as it allows them to share their content with friends and family. Plex Media Server organizes your files and content into categories, making it easy to find what you are looking for. It also supports a wide range of client applications to access your content on your TV, NVIDIA Shield, Roku, Mobile App, and many more platforms. If you have a good enough connection, you can share your content with friends and family. Plex Media Server is a great way to keep your digital media content organized and accessible. It is worth considering if you have a large TV or movie library. It supports a wide range of client applications and allows you to share your content with others.

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogApplying DISA STIG hardening to SLES installations | SUSE Communities

        The DISA and SUSE have authored a STIG (Secure Technical Implementation Guide) that describes how to harden a SUSE Linux Enterprise system.

        The STIG is a long list of rules, each containing description, detection of problems and how to remediate problems on a per rule basis.

      • H2S MediaInstall XAMPP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux – Linux Shout

        Learn the commands to install XAMPP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux using the terminal for setting up Apache web server and MySQL environment quickly.

        With the free software collection XAMPP, preconfigured web servers based on Apache can be conveniently set up. For this purpose, the open-source package also includes the database program MariaDB as well as the scripting languages PHP and Perl combined in one installation routine

        Also on board are useful tools such as the FTP server FileZilla, the mail server Mercury Mail Transport System, Tomcat for Java applications, phpMyAdmin, the analysis tool Webalizer, the mail tester Fake Sendmail and OpenSSL encryption. The modules are conveniently operated via the XAMPP Control Panel.

      • ID RootHow To Install Dashlane Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Dashlane Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Dashlane is one of the popular password managers that is available in both free and premium versions. Dashlane is more than just a password manager. It fills all your passwords, payments, and personal details wherever you need them, across the web, on any device. It’s the app that makes the internet easier. Do note that Dashlane can only be used on one computer or device for free. To enable cross-platform sync you have to stump up $39.99 per year.

        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 the Dashlane Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • TecMintHow to Install Fedora 36 Server with Screenshots

        Fedora 36 is released for desktop, server & cloud environments, and the Internet of Things, and in this tutorial, we shall go through the various steps on how to install the Fedora 36 server with screenshots.

        There are some crucial improvements in the server edition, before we proceed to the installation steps, we shall look at some of the new features and improvements.

      • Linux LinksEssential System Tools: gWakeOnLAN – turn machines on through Wake On LAN – LinuxLinks

        This series highlights essential system tools. These are small utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems. The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities. For details of all tools in this series, please check the table in the summary section.

        gWakeOnLAN is a small graphical utility that lets you wake up machines using the Wake on LAN (WOL) feature. WOL lets you wake a computer from a low-power state when a network adapter detects a WOL event. Typically, such an event is a specially constructed Ethernet packet, often known as a “magic packet”. When the packet is received, the target machine’s network device (Network Interface Controller or NIC) wakes up the rest of the machine.

      • How to install Visual Studio Code on Fedora 36 [Ed: No, do not install proprietary spyware from the company that attacks GNU/Linux. Use free/libre software which does not spy on the user and is not controlled by Microsoft]
      • How to install Visual Studio Code on Opensuse 15.4
    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Fcitx 5 Plasma Theme support | CS Slayer

          Kimpanel is a plasma applet that uses plasma and dbus to display the input method popup window. In X11, people who want to have native plasma theme based input method window may use it to provide a nice integration with plasma.

          So you might ask, we already having kimpanel in Plasma desktop, what’s point to have this feature in Fcitx 5?

          Well, if you use the wayland.. you will notice that kimpanel does not work properly in terms of window positioning. The input window is a small popup window used by input method. It needs to be shown at the cursor position in order to make user eye focused at the point where they are typing. This popup window is critical for CJK input method users.

          And you might ask again, why can’t we just fix kimpanel? Unfortunately, it’s hard to fix.

        • Carl SchwanKDE PIM in May and June

          KDE PIM is the set of applications that helps you manage your email, contacts, appointments, tasks and more.

          In the months since the KDE PIM March-April report there have been two patch releases for Kontact, and over 1300 changes made by more than 30 contributors have been integrated. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerEasyApps 3D-CAD entry fix

      Rick reported that the “apps” icon on the desktop, “Graphics -> 3D-CAD” does not work. It is supposed to run SolveSpace, and it does work from the menu.

      I found a typo, fixed. The version of the EasyApps PET is now

      Rick also reported that none of the pupTelly (see pupRadio/puptelly entry in “Multimedia” menu category) work.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • FSF

      • LinuxiacMicrosoft Did It Again, SFC Urges Developers to Quit GitHub

        Microsoft’s new service for automatically writing AI-based code, Copilot, has sparked outrage in the Open Source community.

        “Microsoft loves open source.” So much has been put on this slogan recently, only to change the Open Source community’s perspective toward the Redmond company.

        And while Microsoft was no longer demonized as the worst thing that could happen to the Open Source, certain of the Redmond tech giant’s tactics remained regardless of the times.

        It must be said unequivocally, now and forever, that Microsoft loves open source! However, with one additional qualification: when it can generate a profit from it.

        While this may appear to be perfectly acceptable from a business standpoint, it is quite the opposite regarding moral violations. And Microsoft did it again.

    • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareMini review of ORICO USB 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD enclosure – CNX Software

        ORICO has sent me a sample of a USB 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD enclosure for review, which was timely as I did not have a fast USB storage option for testing. In this post, I’ll check out the hardware, show how to install an NVMe SSD, and test performance in UP Xtreme i11 mini PC since it happens to come with a USB 4.0 port.

    • Proprietary

      • The Register UKRufus and ExplorerPatcher make Windows 11 less onerous • The Register

        The latest beta of the popular Windows USB creation tool Rufus adds some handy features, such as removing Microsoft account requirements and turning off TPM chip detection – and there are others too.

        In olden times, PCs used to come with recovery disks so that if your hard disk died you could fit a new one and reinstall. Then optical drives started to fade away, and PC makers found it saved money if they didn’t include the disks and just put a recovery image on the hard disk. Happily, though, Microsoft made downloads of ISO images of Windows free on its website.

        If you try to download on another copy of Windows, it tries to push the Microsoft Media Creation Tool at you, but you can refuse and use your own. If you do, Rufus is a good alternative.

        The latest beta version of Rufus, which in future will be version 3.19, has some interesting new additions. While it writes your ISO, you can optionally disable some of Windows’ more annoying features.

    • Security

      • Cloud OSINT. Finding Interesting Resources

        I had a curiosity driven excursion into the public clouds of AWS and Azure to find what is publicly hosted and who by. As anticipated, the results were extremely broad and interesting as I found PII, various web applications, login portals, source code, and adult material.

        Please note that this blog will not include all steps of reconnaissance as that is a topic for another blog.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (gnupg2 and kernel), Fedora (golang-github-apache-beam-2, golang-github-etcd-io-gofail, golang-github-intel-goresctrl, golang-github-spf13-cobra, golang-k8s-pod-security-admission, and vim), Oracle (.NET 6.0, compat-openssl10, compat-openssl11, cups, curl, expat, firefox, go-toolset:ol8, grub2,, gzip, java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, java-17-openjdk, kernel, libarchive, libgcrypt, libinput, libxml2, pcre2, postgresql, python, rsync, rsyslog, ruby:2.6, subversion, thunderbird, vim, xz, and zlib), Scientific Linux (firefox and thunderbird), SUSE (python-nltk and salt), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-hwe-5.13, and linux-oem-5.14).

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • AccessNowUzbekistan region in information vacuum, authorities must #KeepItOn – Access Now

        Access Now is demanding the immediate end to an information vacuum that is exacerbating social unrest in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan. In response to the decision by Uzbek President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to amend the constitution and curtail the autonomy of the Karakalpak people, protests erupted on July 1, 2022, that were reportedly swiftly met by an internet shutdown.

        “Internet access gives people power,” said Felicia Anthonio, #KeepItOn Campaign Manager at Access Now. “And that’s why authorities are likely targeting it in Karakalpakstan. We call on the government of Uzbekistan to ensure an open internet for all, and allow freedom of expression across the region.”

        While the President dropped plans to curb Karakalpakstan autonomy from his constitutional reform plans, the situation is far from stabilized. The state of emergency that has been implemented in the region, and set to run until August 2, 2022, means people are denied freedom of movement. This has the potential to provoke further clashes. According to some reports, Karakalpakstan has experienced connectivity issues with mobile internet since June 27, 2022, followed shortly after by the loss of fixed-line internet.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Politics

      • The Cooperative Principle

        When talking, most people expect that the cooperative principle is in play.

      • Freedom and minority rule

        For no particular reason, I’d like on this day to reassert my belief that all systems of minority rule are illegitimate.

      • Happy 4th & Stuff

        Hello! Happy 4th of july for fellow americans. Hope you are celebrating the ‘murican way! Indulging on yummy food and watching colorful magnesium compounds explode in the night sky. I myself plan to get terribly intoxicated and listen to music on top of those things but thats optional.


        I had a job interview at a winery/renaissance faire for the position of Electrical Helper. The guy who interviewed me was the single electrician the company had. Apparently he had been working there a decade and only now they decided it was time he could use a helper. I really liked the guy and the work doesn’t seem too terrible all things considered, a lot better than my work in the printing press as a maintenance tech.

        He walked me around the faire grounds and showed the electical boxes and how they were run. Cleverly disgused in places the average faire goer would never notice walking by. In a place thats supposed to look historical and stuff its important to hide the electrical wires else it kills the vibe lol.

        For some reason the prospect excited me. It wouldn’t be making me a lot of money but its different. Outside work around cute castles and checkerboard gardens instead of being trapped in an industrial complex having to wear hearing protection all the time just to not go deaf.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • What is this space for?

          It is probably safe to say that everyone hanging out on the smol Internet has experience in the precise cycle that I am about to discuss, and it has been causing me to pause and wonder if it is even worth addressing. But as this is my very infrequently trafficked space and probably the only place on the web that is specifically for me to be entirely self-indulgent, I will roll with it.


          It is sad to consider not looking in on people I have encountered who live on the other side of the globe or those in my local community who I have only met through online spaces. I feel like I am losing the only way I know to find what was the beautiful promise of the Internet way back when.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

Links 04/07/2022: LibreOffice Impress Improvements and History of Rocky Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 3:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Its FOSSDarktable 4.0.0 is Here with a Revamped UI and Improved Color Saturation

        darktable is an open-source photography/raw developer program. It is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        Recently, the developers unveiled new stable release as an upgrade over its 3.8.x series.

        The latest upgrade is about new features, bug fixes, and significant changes.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Its FOSSFixing “cannot find signatures with metadata for snap” Error

        The other day I was trying to install massCode application. For installation, it provided a Snap file to download.


        There are no signatures involved here.

        What happens is that you have downloaded a Snap installer file from a third party. The snap mechanism in Ubuntu expects you to get the snap packages from the official snap store.

        Since it doesn’t come from the snap store, you see the ‘cannot find signatures with metadata for snap’ error message. The error message is not descriptive, like most error messages.

      • TecMintHow to Install WordPress with LAMP on SUSE Linux Enterprise

        Written in PHP, WordPress is one of the most popular and widely used CMS (Content Management Systems). It is free and open-source and is used for creating stunning websites by providing prebuilt feature-rich templates that are easily customizable. As such, you can create cool websites without the need to write any code.

        In this guide, we will demonstrate how to install WordPress with LAMP on SUSE Enterprise Server 15.

      • ow to install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 20.04|22.04 [Ed: No, do not install proprietary spyware from the company that attacks GNU/Linux. Use free/libre software which does not spy on the user and is not controlled by Microsoft]

        In this article we are going to learn how to install Visual Studio code also know as (VScode) on Ubuntu 22.04…

      • OpenSource.comManage your files in your Linux terminal with ranger | Opensource.com

        The most basic way to look at your files and folders is to use the commands ls and ll. But sometimes, I want to see not just the file metadata but also the contents of a file at a glance. For that, I use ranger.

        If you love working out of your console and using Vim or Vi, and you don’t want to leave your terminal for any reason, ranger is your new best friend. Ranger is a minimal file manager that allows you not only to navigate through the files but also to preview them. Ranger comes bundled with rifle, a file executor that can efficiently choose programs that work with a given file type.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Darktable on Fedora 36 Linux – LinuxCapable

        Darktable is a free and open-source photography application program and raw developer. Rather than being a raster graphics editor like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, it comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw image post-production. In addition to basic RAW conversion, Darktable is equipped with various tools for basic and advanced image editing.

        These include exposure correction, color management, white balance, image sharpening, noise reduction, perspective correction, and local retouching. As a result, Darktable is an incredibly powerful tool for photographers of all experience levels. Best of all, it is entirely free to download and use.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Darktable on Fedora 36 Linux workstation using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Pinta on Fedora 36 Linux [Ed: This gets one's system infested with Microsoft Mono]

        Pinta is an excellent image editing tool for both novice and experienced users. The user interface is straightforward yet still packed with features.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is an open-source program for many different purposes. Its primary function centers around graphic design and editing images and transcoding between various image formats, free-form drawing, and many more specialized tasks. GIMP is released under GPL-3.0-or-later license and is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye using the apt package manager or the flatpak package manager, along with some tips for maintaining or removing GIMP in the future.

      • LinuxOpSys12 lftp Commands to Manage Files with Examples

        In this guide, we are going to install LFTP, which is a command-line FTP client. LFTP supports many protocols in addition to FTP, such as HTTP, HTTPS, HFTP, FISH, FTPS, and FXP. It supports mirroring directories and you can have commands entered in two modes.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Nmap on Fedora 36 Linux – LinuxCapable

        Nmap is a free, open-source network scanning tool widely used by network administrators to discover vulnerabilities and perform network discovery. Nmap can scan for live hosts, identify services running on those hosts, and determine the host’s operating system. Nmap can also scan for specific vulnerabilities, such as unpatched software or open ports.

        Additionally, Nmap can be used to gather information about a network, such as its layout or the types of devices connected to it. While Nmap is a potent tool, it is essential to note that it can be misused. In the hands of a skilled attacker, Nmap can be used to launch attacks against systems or to gather sensitive information about a network. As a result, it is essential to use Nmap responsibly and only with permission from the system owner.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and use Nmap on Fedora 36 Linux with a desktop workstation or headless server using the command line terminal to install and use commands with the network scanner.

      • UNIX CopHow to install PHPMyAdmin on CentOS 9 Stream?

        Hello, friends. We already know that CentOS 9 Stream is a quite new and attractive system for many developers. So, we keep on pushing it. Today, you will learn how to install PHPMyAdmin on CentOS 9 Stream.

      • TecMintHow to Install Packages on RHEL 8 Locally Using DVD ISO

        Often, when we want to have a local repository for our RHEL 8 system to install packages without internet access for extra safety and using RHEL 8 ISO is the easiest way to do that.

        In this guide, we will be showing you how you can configure and use locally downloaded RHEL 8 ISO images as a repository for installing packages in RHEL 8 Linux.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install R Lang on Fedora 36 Linux – LinuxCapable

        R is an open-source programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphical representation created and supported by the R Core Team and the R Foundation. R’s popularity is widely used amongst statisticians and data miners for statistical and data analysis software developers. The R language, otherwise called GNU S, was created in 1992 by Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, with support from the Statistical Society of New Zealand. R has become the de facto standard among statisticians for statistical computing, data analysis, and machine learning.

        R is so popular because it’s a versatile tool that can be used for everything from simple data analysis to complex statistical modeling. For example, R can be used to clean and prepare data for analysis, Perform statistical analyses, Create publication-quality plots, and Present results in an interactive web application. As a result, it’s no wonder that R has become one of the most popular programming languages in the world.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install R on Fedora 36 Linux using the command line terminal, along with some basic commands and examples of what can be achieved with R Programming.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Linux Shell TipsThe History of Rocky Linux [Enterprise] Distribution

        Developed by Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation, Rocky Linux is an opensource Linux distribution that was designed to be a downstream and 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

        Rocky Linux is a community-supported, and production-grade operating system designed to offer rock-solid stability and regular security updates for production workloads. It has increasingly gained traction since its inception and now sits with the big boys such as SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

        Let us take a trip down memory lane and see how one of the most celebrated enterprise-grade Linux distributions came to be.

      • Enterprisers Project7 books that CIOs should read this summer

        As many of us dip our toes back in the water of travel and in-person events this year, those hours at the airport could be a great time to brush up on some reading. Or maybe you have an actual vacation planned and need a beach read. If you’re a CIO or IT leader looking to spruce up your leadership skills, we’ve rounded up seven books that should be on your radar this summer.

        The following books are impactful, insightful, and full of quality leadership advice for what’s next in our industry. Check out our recommendations.

    • Debian Family

      • Trend OceansBest 15 Debian-based Linux Distributions – TREND OCEANS

        The difference can be major, depending upon the maintainer of the distribution. For example, Ubuntu is a Debian-based distribution maintained by Canonical.
        However, Ubuntu is geared more towards user-friendliness and has a more corporate feel. On the other hand, Debian is more concerned with software freedom and options.

        Even the installation part of Ubuntu is more user-friendly than the installation of Debian, although they both share the same structure.

        Remember, Ubuntu is not the only distribution in the race to provide you with a rich and dynamic user experience with advanced tools and applications.

        Today, you will learn about the 15 best Debian-based Linux distributions, which might include your next favourite distribution.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareSTEPFPGA FPGA board is programmable with a Web IDE (Crowdfunding) – CNX Software

        STEPFPGA MXO2Core miniature FPGA development board is based on Lattice MXO2-4000 FPGA, and designed for education with an easy-to-use Web IDE, instead of the more traditional tools that can be frustrating to use, and detailed tutorials.

        The board also comes with a 2-digit segment display, some LEDs, push buttons, and a 4-way DIP switch, as well as two rows of twenty pins for I/O expansion, and a USB Type-C port used for power, programming, or mass storage.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Programming/Development

      • QtHow do top Premier League teams maximize their performance potential?

        What is the common denominator for over 40% of NHL, Premier League, and Bundesliga teams? What solution is used by over 23 000 athletes in over 1 000 teams worldwide?

        The common denominator is that they use science-based sports software to maximize their performance through long seasons. The company behind the solution is Firstbeat. We at Qt teamed up with Firstbeat to keep world-class players up and running.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Linux GizmosASRock unveils Edge AIoT Platform based on Alder Lake “S” processors

        ASRock released iEPF-9010S and iEP-9010E as part of their Edge Artificial IoT Server platforms. These AIoT servers are equipped with Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors along with extensive I/O peripherals and wide RF connectivity, including 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi6E, BT 5.2 and even 5G.

        Both models feature Intel’s 12th generation Core processors (R680E Chipset) with support for up to 16 cores and 24 threads. According to ASRock, both series also offer an upgraded memory capacity by combining up to four SO-DIMM DDR4 2933MHz for a total of 128GB.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Internet Freedom FoundationDigital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for June 2022

          For the month of June 2022, IFF has filed 21 Right to Information (“RTI”) applications and 14 first appeals. In a response to the RTI application on the current status of the Aarogya Setu Data Access and Sharing Protocol, 2020, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (‘MeitY’) responded that it had been discontinued since May 10, 2022. It also stated that the Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management – which notified the protocol in May 2020 was dissolved in September 2020.


          One of our key areas of work is ensuring that public authorities respect data privacy and engage in practices which will ensure that the right to privacy is protected. We filed 10 RTI applications with various authorities this month to ask for information pertaining to projects which affect the data privacy of Indian citizens.

          Under IFF’s Project Panoptic, we routinely file RTI applications with various public authorities after we come across news reports that they are developing or using facial recognition technology (FRT). This month, we filed an application with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited over their proposed use of facial recognition on the people using the metro services.

          For more information on the use of facial recognition technology and how it increases mass surveillance, visit IFF’s Project Panoptic.

        • MedevelCalorieScope is A Calories Calculator for Android That Cares About Your Privacy

          CalorieScope is an android application which is designed to help the user to maintain healthy lifestyle.

          Unlike most of the calorie calculator apps, this app does not contain any third-party script or share your details online to any service.


          The app and the source code is released under the GNU General Public License V2.0.

    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: The Willie Wagtail

          Any time I see a cute bird as Wikipedia’s featured picture, I have to share it. This is a Willie wagtail, taken by JJ Harrison in Lithgow, about a hundred kilometres north-west from where I am in Sydney. It probably flew away by now.

    • Finance

      • Ruben SchadeInterest rates in 2022

        Interest rates are used, theoretically, to encourage or discourage demand. But to use a tech analogy, I feel like we’re operating a black box right now, and with completely different inputs. We’re in uncharted waters.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • AccessNowGlobal Coalition of NGOs: Repeal MR5 and its amendment MR10 – Access Now

        Note: Access Now co-signed this statement along with 8 other organizations from around the world in calling on Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information to repeal MR5 and its amendment, MR10— both regulations contain content moderation provisions which are inconsistent with internationally-recognized human rights, including freedom of expression and opinion.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The Dark

        Went up to SBUX to get out of the house even though nobody is home.
        If I stayed there, I probably would not have given myself time to
        write. So I set a timer for 60 minutes before I can leave.

        Now that I’ve done that, I can’t think of much to write about, so if
        this becomes garbage, you have been warned.

        Right now, I feel so out of touch with everything that has been
        going on in the world, in the communities I frequent, with my
        friends, with my family. This has been probably over the past month
        or so. There is a built-in safety mechanism that gets tripped when
        I become unwell and have exceeded my limitations to cope. I put
        myself in the dark, shields up, red alert! I know it is a safe
        place, but I do not like to go there. It has been years since I had
        to go there and it feels wretched being there, but I know it is safe.

    • Technical

      • Programming

        • Good book, bad language

          That is legit. I’ve learned a lot from books about languages that aren’t necessarily my fave languages, like Smalltalk, Perl, and even COBOL.

          Books like Design Patterns, Principles of Program Design, and Deep C Secrets comes to mind,

          Sometimes people who are stuck in a bad language need to develop discipline or structure or formalize their thinking since otherwise they’d be lost (since their language doesn’t let them create abstraction) and that can be interesting. It can also help us in langages that do have good metaprogramming facilities; there’s this old adage that most of the patterns in Design Patterns are like one line of Lisp (for example, why do you need Template Method or Visitor when you can just pass a proc🤦🏻‍♀️) but sometimes it can help you know what that line should be.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

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