The World Wide Web is a Cesspit of Misinformation. Let’s Do Something About It.

Posted in Deception, Site News at 9:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Social control media is a culmination of that and by far the worst, a principal culprit

Roy baby

Summary: It would be nice to make the Web a safer space for information and accuracy (actual facts) rather than a “Safe Space” for oversensitive companies and powerful people who cannot tolerate criticism; The Web needs to become more like today's Gemini, free of corporate influence and all other forms of covert nuisance

ABOUT four months ago I left my job at Sirius ‘Open Source’ (one of the first FSF sponsors) after nearly 12 years at the company. I will be publishing a lot more about how this company robbed its own staff, probably posting an update just once or twice per week. The company is under investigation at the moment; it’s also losing some very big clients.

“My plan is to devote a lot more time/energy to these Internet issues; they’re about as important as Software Freedom and are arguably a prerequisite.”I left my job when I was 40 and since then I’ve focused on many other things. I didn’t lack projects to work on and I finally had a lot more time in my hands. As noted here last night, one aspiration of ours is to curate what’s left of the World Wide Web algorithmically, seeing that a lot of today’s Web is spam or sponsored propaganda. Gemini does not have this issue (yet).

Another issue is censorship; Ryan just wrote about that, based on his own experience. My plan is to devote a lot more time/energy to these Internet issues; they’re about as important as Software Freedom and are arguably a prerequisite. The photo at the top is me by the way, I stumbled upon it last night when searching old photos because my sister gets married later today. She’s a Debian user and programmer, leading a small team despite being in her mid 20s. She is also my closest sibling.

Ryan Farmer: I’m Back After WordPress.com Deleted My Blog Over the Weekend

Posted in Apple at 7:40 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from Ryan

Minutes after posting the commentary on the NBC news article about Apple (post prior to this one), my blog became “suspended”.

I didn’t know what was going on, so I assumed I had been cancelled again, like Reddit, where if you post anything anywhere some special snowflake decides (often through a bot designed to sniff out no no words) that you should be banned.

Automattic (WordPress.com) refuses to say what led to the ban, but it’s quite obvious through my history of posts about Apple’s censorship, proprietary software, the Microsoft Stabber, etc. that there are probably outfits that would rather that I just go away and not come back.

Automattic says that there’s no robot going around killing blogs without human review, but beyond this, I have no idea and I’ll never be able to prove anything.

Things became a little more complicated when I went ahead and shut down my account, and then someone suggested I should appeal the ban.

I think I’ve been on the “modern” Internet too long where people just silently “murder” your account with a gun pressed up to a pillow and was just no longer thinking in terms of “You can appeal this and there’s actually going to be someone that considers it.”, because again, Reddit.

I deleted my account at Reddit a while back because I was running into issues where I would say something like “That’s crazy!” in response to something incredulous and I would get banned, by a bot, which said “You said crazy, and crazy is an ableist term!” *spank spank spank*

Combined with the fact that Reddit just went and handed over tons of data about some users on one of its forums to a copyright troll didn’t help all of this go down much better. It got me thinking, you know, if you browse around, they’re watching you. Logging you. Would it not be best if they didn’t have that data?

So I’ve been increasingly “disconnecting” from proprietary “social” media, because it’s all rather bullshit anyway, full of trolls and creepy companies.

After this run in with Automattic I’m seriously considering just backing up this entire blog and self-hosting so that nobody else can “complain”.

You know, the whole thing about “You violated the terms!” Oh, what terms? “TERMS!”

Apparently this is just how Automattic rolls.

And why should we be surprised in this day and age?

Civil Liberties Threatened Online and Offline

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 7:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 388650e7d4e9f734a4572fd0265c3c95
Free Speech Online, Banking Digitally, and More
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: A “society of sheeple” (a term used by Richard Stallman last week in his speech) is being “herded” online and offline; the video covers examples both online and offline, the latter being absence of ATMs or lack of properly-functioning ATMs (a growing problem lately, at least where I live)

THE video above is an outline of topics we’ve been covering, dealing with, barely coping with (like struggling to get cash out of ATMs where I live), and may cover some time soon. One recurring theme will be “online” banking or banking with “apps”.

The video starts by discussing online censorship. Days ago a longtime contributor, Ryan Farmer, had his blog suspended for no sane reason! None at all! If one tries to access anything on his blog it says “baronhk.wordpress.com is no longer available. The authors have deleted this site.”

This deletion was actually a protest after he had been unjustly suspended, having published this article (OMG! Someone call the cops! The headline had the string “porn” in it!).

There will be a lot more details in IRC scrollbacks, including today’s (to be publish shortly). As an associate noted on the day of the suspension, “hugo or jekyll or pelican would be a better choice than wordpress.com” (where the ban/suspension happened; we’re in discussion with them about restoring the blog).

“The video starts by discussing online censorship.”Free speech online is threatened. Self-hosting is one way to curb this trend. We’ve spoken strongly in favour of self-hosting for several years already, cautioning about the inflation of censorship in the COVID-19 era. Yes, it predates COVID-19, but it has been getting a lot worse in recent years.

After discussing Ryan’s situation I pivot to a completely different topic, namely ATMs (or “cash machines” as we call them here). Our ATM journeys are over for now because machines that dispense cash have become less dependable. We’ve surveyed quite a few machines over the past fortnight. Got cash? One nearby shop let an ATM run out of it (it already had a chance to restock when it cautioned it had run low) and there are a lot fewer bank branches/offices in the city, so contingencies are very limited and overcrowded, maybe by intention. They try to herd all the “clients” into their “apps” and “sites”. The video above speaks of some recent experiences of mine. It focuses on NatWest, but I tried in 3 different banks. They’re all acting similarly. They used to offer actual services, but they are “consolidating” though (fewer staff, fewer services, fewer places you can go). In the case of NatWest, they have just 2 branches left in the centre of town. There used to be a lot more.

In some places it’s even worse; some banks “have only a single office with highly restricted visiting hours,” somebody recently told me. Speaking of this from a surveillance/tracking perspective, there’s much to be said about the “war on cash” and what happens when clients cannot withdraw physical money. More people need to protest this “war on cash”; one person mentioning the problem is better than zero people naming the problem, e.g. cashless ATMs (literally no cash in them, one can just do an account’s balance check!).

“A society that cannot pay anonymously is a society that’s easier to censor, surveil, and abuse in all sorts of other ways.”These things won’t be improving. We’re heading down a dark path.

“Once people accept that there is no cash in the ATMs they will get removed because few will complain at that point,” one person told me. “That’s an other problem which Microsoft has provided: getting people to accept abuse without complaining and a general learned helplessness about the situation. Worse, many people have become Microsoft sympathisers due to disinformation and just plain “magical thinking” about the situation. [...] there is a lot of disinformation out there combined with wishful, unrealistic thinking and denial of empirical facts. Then there is the learned helplessness which is even more harmful. Microsoft [leads to] incompetence. Their sales pitch is that it is so simple that trained monkeys can run it, but then when it inevitably fails to work as advertised, whine that it is too hard and that they lack the knowledge and skill to make it work. In truth those products only have to look good enough to make the sale to the manager with purchasing authority. After that, it is the fault of the “IT” dept for not making it work, even though it doesn’t have the possibility to work. Managers love Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange because the latter loses mail left right and center, giving them plausible deniability for their claims that the mail was lost when they neglect a task. [...] hey love Microsoft Exchange because then people have to give them the benefit of the doubt about the mail having been lost whenever they use that excuse.”

Either way, back to ATMs, we need to encourage people to still use them and still pay with cash. Otherwise, we’re going to lose them. A society that cannot pay anonymously is a society that’s easier to censor, surveil, and abuse in all sorts of other ways.

Techrights Develops Free Software to Separate the Wheat From the Chaff

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Site News at 12:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: In order to separate the wheat from the chaff we’ve been working on simple, modular tools that process news and help curate the Web, basically removing the noise to squeeze out the signal

THE concept behind Free Software emanates from many programmers’ desire to not only produce useful software but also to share this usefulness with many other people, either in exchange for recognition or further improvements to that software.

Lately we’ve developed a number of programs (Free Software of course, GPLV3-licensed) that help produce/curate Daily Links. Some time later this month or next month we’ll properly explain what they are and how they work. Other people too deserve access to the toolsets.

Links 26/03/2023: MidnightBSD 3.0 and FreeBSD 13.2 RC4

Posted in News Roundup at 9:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: Nigeria

      We cover user groups that are running in Nigeria. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • It’s FOSSFramework Unveils a New Laptop With Game-Changing Open Source Module System

        Framework is a company that specializes in providing modular laptops that feature open-source hardware modules.

        At their Next Level Event 2023, the company showcased something new and a few updates to its previous laptop lineup, but it was the 16-inch laptop that caught our attention.

        If you are a gamer, creator, developer, and a power user looking for customizability on a laptop, you are about to get excited!

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxVentoy 1.0.90 Adds Support for LibreELEC 11.0 and Chimera Linux

        In Ventoy 1.0.90, the devs added support for new GNU/Linux distributions, including Chimera Linux and the recently released LibreELEC 11.0 and later versions. With this, Ventoy now supports more than 1,100 ISO images!

        Fans of the Fedora Linux distribution will be happy to learn that this new Ventoy release optimizes Fedora Linux ISOs’ boot process and improves the detection of the Fedora Rawhide install media.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • University of TorontoApache 2.4′s event MPM can require more workers than you’d expect

        For our web server’s current usage, these settings are okay. But they’re unfortunately dangerous, because we allow people to run CGIs on this server, and the machine is unlikely to do well if we have even 1,000 CGIs running at the same time. In practice not many CGIs get run these days, so we’re likely going to get away with it. Still, it makes me nervous and I wish we had a better solution.

      • Rob LandleyImplementing VisiCalc

        I’m writing this in preparation for the Computer History Museum’s The Origins and Impact of VisiCalc panel on April 8th 2003. This is basically a draft and I hope to do some more editing as time permits and you should expect many typos until then. I’m also going to continue to edit and change this as I remember details.

        This is my long-delayed attempt at writing about my experience in writing VisiCalc and the many design decisions that we made along the way. But even after nearly a quarter century I remember many of the details though maybe my memories have evolved. The process of writing down this experience is already evoking many memories and, unless proven otherwise, I’ll assume that they are memories of real events but others may view it differently and I will try to correct the more creative aspects of my memory.

        Even simple decisions were only simple in context. They were all intertwined and I will try to reduce the confusion by separating aspects of implementation, design and business.

        For more details on the history of VisiCalc and even a version that still runs on the IBM PC, see Dan Bricklin’s VisiCalc History pages.

      • LibreOffice Czech User Guides are now in the Bookshelf

        The Czech Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the Czech LibreOffice User Guides in the LibreOffice Bookshelf. Thanks to the efforts of Zdeněk Crhonek and Stanislav Horáček, the bookshelf has now all recent user guides in Czech, available in PDF, OpenDocument (LibreOffice’s native file format) and HTML for online reading…

      • It’s FOSSHow to Install and Use Neovim on Ubuntu and other Linux Distributions

        Want to use Neovim? Here, we show you how to install it and get the ball rolling.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install Budgie Desktop 10.7.1 in Ubuntu Budgie 22.04

        This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest Budgie Desktop 10.7.1 in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Ubuntu Budgie is one of the official Ubuntu flavors features the Budgie desktop. While Ubuntu Budgie 22.04 ships with Budgie Desktop 10.6.1, the latest version has reached v10.7.1.

      • FOSSLinuxStreamlining your workflow with Tmux: Tips for developers

        In this guide, we will provide tips and tricks for developers on how to streamline their workflow using Tmux. We will cover the creation and management of Tmux sessions, window and pane manipulation, and customization options. We will also explore some popular Tmux plugins for further customization.

      • Tom’s HardwareHow To Create Your Own AI Chatbot Server With Raspberry Pi 4

        Harness the power of the latest AI models using your Raspberry Pi 4.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Tor Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        The Tor Browser is a powerful tool for those who value privacy, anonymity, and the ability to access restricted content online. It offers a unique browsing experience by encrypting your internet traffic and routing it through a network of volunteer-operated servers, known as the Tor network.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Debian 12, 11 or 10

        The Cinnamon desktop environment is a modern, sleek, and highly customizable alternative to the default GNOME desktop environment found on Debian. Created as a fork of the GNOME Shell, Cinnamon focuses on offering users a more traditional desktop experience.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        NGINX is a powerful, open-source web server, reverse proxy server, and load balancer that has gained significant popularity in recent years for its flexibility, performance, and scalability.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Modsecurity with Apache on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        ModSecurity is a popular and powerful open-source web application firewall (WAF) designed to protect your server from various web-based attacks. As a module for the Apache HTTP Server, it provides real-time monitoring, logging, and access control capabilities to secure your web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities.

      • Real Linux UserQuick Fix – How to solve AppImage not running on Ubuntu

        When Ubuntu version 22.04 came out, users ran into strange issues that didn’t play a role before.

      • Upgrading a server from Karoshi V13 to V14

        Introduction Karoshi V13 server and LinuxSchools V14 server are built using Ubuntu LTS releases and when they reach the end of update support will either have to be re-installed with the newest version or updated to the newest version.

      • TechtownDelimited Files: Understanding and Utilizing Various Delimiters

        Delimited files are a common format for data storage and exchange. These files store data in a tabular structure, where each data value is separated by a specific character, known as a delimiter.

      • ID RootHow To Install Mixxx on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Mixxx on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • ID RootSimplify Your Process Management With pkill Command on Linux

        Have you ever wanted to kill a process running on your Linux system but didn’t know how to do it efficiently?

      • ID RootHow To Install Draw.io Desktop App on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Draw.io Desktop App on Rocky Linux 9.

      • ID RootHow To Install SMPlayer on Fedora 37

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SMPlayer on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, SMPlayer is a free, open-source media player that supports a wide range of audio and video formats.

    • Games

      • TechdirtGame Jam Winner Spotlight: The Pigeon Wager

        So far in our series of posts showcasing the winners in all six categories of the fifth annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1927, we’ve featured Best Remix winner Lucia, Best Visuals winner Urbanity, and Best Adaptation winner To And Again. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the winner of the Best Deep Cut category: The Pigeon Wager by Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SOME CHANGES TO THE DISCORD CHANNELS. [Ed: Discord (proprietary) has not worked out for makululinux, so why not use IRC, Matrix etc.?]

      We have had to do some repairs to our Discord channels, everything should now be up and running. We had a childish team member exit and tried to sabotage the discord channels

    • New Releases

      • MidnightBSD 3.0

        3.0 i386 packages haven’t been built for the release yet. There are some older ones available but without the full desktop environment. We’ll be building those this weekend. We’re uploading some ISOs but still need to do final testing on them…

      • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.2-RC4 Now Available
        The fourth RC build of the 13.2-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
        Please note that a fifth RC build will be arriving very soon with one more
        bug fix; 13.2-RC5 is expected to be the final release candidate.
        Installation images are available for:
        o 13.2-RC4 amd64 GENERIC
        o 13.2-RC4 i386 GENERIC
        o 13.2-RC4 powerpc GENERIC
        o 13.2-RC4 powerpc64 GENERIC64
        o 13.2-RC4 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE
        o 13.2-RC4 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
        o 13.2-RC4 armv6 RPI-B
        o 13.2-RC4 armv7 GENERICSD
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 GENERIC
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 RPI
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 PINE64
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 PINEBOOK
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 ROCK64
        o 13.2-RC4 aarch64 ROCKPRO64
        o 13.2-RC4 riscv64 GENERIC
        o 13.2-RC4 riscv64 GENERICSD
        Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
        console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
        freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
        the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
        to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
        Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
        The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
        If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
        system or on the -stable mailing list.
        If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing
        system, use the "releng/13.2" branch.
        A summary of changes since 13.2-RC3 includes:
        o A fix to recalculate mitigations after reloading microcode on resume; this
          unbreaks suspend/resume on some laptops.
        o A fix to stack unwinding of kernel dumps on arm64.
        o A kernel panic fix in carp(4).
        o Fix bug resulting in misdetecting endianness on any platform when using
          endian.h sometimes.
        A list of changes since 13.1 is available in the releng/13.2
        release notes:
        === Virtual Machine Disk Images ===
        VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386, and aarch64
        architectures.  Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL
        (or any of the FreeBSD download mirrors):
        BASIC-CI images can be found at:
        The partition layout is:
            ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
            ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
            ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)
        The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
        formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
        respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.
        Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
        loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
        virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:
        To boot the VM image, run:
            % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
        	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
        	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
        	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
        	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
        	-netdev user,id=net0
        Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.
    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSUSE S.A. appoints Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen as new CEO

        A veteran of the enterprise software industry, Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen has spent nearly two decades at Red Hat, a global leader in open source solutions. Since joining Red Hat in 2004, he has held various senior management positions overseeing sales, marketing and operations, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America, and before that of APAC.

        Melissa Di Donato, the current CEO, has decided to step down as she embarks on the next chapter of her career. Under her leadership SUSE listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2021 and became one of Europe’s most valuable public software companies. During her tenure, SUSE has also completed the strategic acquisitions of Rancher and NeuVector, which position the Company strongly in the high growth markets of container management and security. SUSE has increased its revenues by over 60% and its adjusted EBITDA by over 70% under Melissa Di Donato’s leadership.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosSparkFun Thing Plus module supports Bluetooth 5 Low Energy

        The SparkFun Thing Plus NINA-B306 is a compact embedded device optimized for portable and wireless applications. This product is enabled with BLE 5.0 connectivity and it features a MicroSD card slot, 6-DoF IMU, an Environmental sensor and LiPo battery management.

      • Linux GizmosArduino UNO gets Renesas hardware update

        The upcoming Open Source board will be equipped with a 32-bit Renesas RA4M1 processor instead of the 8-bit ATmega328P chip. Moreover, there will be a UNO R4 version featuring an ESP32 module for wireless connectivity.

      • ArduinoArduino UNO R4 is a giant leap forward for an open source community of millions

        The history of making is now ready for the future: a 32-bit UNO will soon be available thanks to a powerful Renesas processor Here at Arduino we are thrilled to announce a new, revolutionary revision of the iconic UNO board, which will expand the concept of the open-source brand’s most iconic and popular product…

      • HackadayIs Your USB-C Dock Out To Hack You?

        In today’s installment of Betteridge’s law enforcement, here’s an evil USB-C dock proof-of-concept by [Lachlan Davidson] from [Aura Division]. We’ve seen malicious USB devices aplenty, from cables and chargers to flash drives and even suspicious USB fans. But a dock, however, is new. The gist is simple — you take a stock dock, find a Pi Zero W and wire it up to a USB 2.0 port tapped somewhere inside the dock. Finding a Pi Zero is unquestionably the hardest part in this endeavor — on the software side, everything is ready for you, just flash an SD card with a pre-cooked malicious image and go!

      • HackadaySingle Flex PCB Folds Into A Four-Wheel Rover, Complete With Motors

        You’ve got to hand it to [Carl Bugeja] — he comes up with some of the most interesting electromechanical designs we’ve seen. His latest project is right up there, too: a single PCB that folds up into a four-wheel motorized rover.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Volker KrauseFOSSGIS 2023

      Last week I attended the FOSSGIS-Konferent 2023 in Berlin
      and spoke about KDE Itinerary’s use of OSM data there.


      With three days of three parallel conference tracks with tightly packed 20 minute slots I only got to see a small
      subset of the talks, focusing on the topics most relevant for KDE Itinerary.
      Some takeaways for me:

      • OSM core data model evolution: The initial steps discussed here aren’t directly impacting KDE’s uses of OSM data yet,
        the possible improvements for more efficient and accurate tile expiry are something potentially interesting for our raw data
        tile server though (although we currently don’t implement any form of tile expire yet).
      • Indoor positioning (with GPS usually not available inside buildings there is no similarly prevalent solution yet, let
        alone one that works without needing extra infrastructure in the building and without
        requiring non-standard/not-yet-standard hardware in phones): Two possible approaches for this were presented, one using
        common inertial sensors and map matching to compensate the drift, the other using a camera and a
        SLAM-like algorithm.
        Nothing published yet unfortunately, so we have to see how well those actually perform in practice.
      • Indoor map data: I found it particularly interesting to see for which very different usecases people need
        the same kind of data, from navigating through a train station to city-scale earthquake risk assessments with a scary level of detail and accuracy.

      I also did my first major conference talk in German there, which I hopefully managed to do without using
      an English term for every other word.

    • Programming/Development

      • Patrick Jordan BeneExplaining my fast 6502 code generator

        I reckon my compiler isn’t doing more when it comes to high-level optimizations, so the gains must be from the code generation side. This makes sense, as most compilers are multi-target, with backends designed for modern RISC-like systems, not the ancient 6502. It doesn’t matter how good GCC or LLVM’s high-level optimizations are if they falter at the last leg of the race.

        Still, my compiler also beats those designed for retro and embedded systems, like VBCC, SDCC, and KickC. For this reason, it seemed like a good idea to write about my technique.

      • RlangHow fast do the files read in?

        I will demonstrate how to generate a 1,000 row and column matrix with random numbers in R, and then save it in different file formats. I will also show how to get the file size of each saved object and benchmark how long it takes to read in each file using different functions.

      • Greg Casamento: Swift->ObjC interop

        Some interesting notes. I will update this posting as i find more: * https://dart.dev/guides/libraries/objective-c-interop

      • Greg Casamento: Compatibility project almost complete

        As the much villified theme for star trek enterprise says “its been a long road getting from there to here” i am almost done with all of the work that needed to be done to get us to Catalina compatibility in GNUstep. The reason this is still significant is because Apple hasn’t made many changes to either the Foundation or AppKit APIs since then. I have been workinf hard over the last three years. All of the new classes are fully tested. Once this effort is completed I am going to focus on printing, which has always been a problem in GS. And possibly a “reference” distribution.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Ruben SchadeRyan Barrett on HTTP content negotiation

        I’ve been bitten by this before, and agree with Ryan’s thoughts:

        Content negotiation is a feature of HTTP that lets clients ask for, and servers return, different content types based on the request’s Accept header.

        Sounds great, right? Well, no. Content negotiation is the classic example of an idea that sounds good in theory, but for the vast majority of web developers, turns out to be net harmful in practice.

  • Leftovers

    • The Local SETen secrets you can’t keep in Sweden

      Swedes have a reputation for being private people, so it might seem paradoxical that details from age to salary to your home address are easily available to anyone who knows where to look.

    • Science AlertHere’s How to Rewire Your Brain So You Actually Look Forward to Mondays

      Yes, it’s possible.

    • TediumA Side of Gloss

      Tedium continues on its long journey to fill its glossary with hundreds of entries, and today’s list takes a long, hard look at all things food-related.

    • Tolkien GatewayTolkien Reading Day

      Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event held on the 25 March to celebrate and promote the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. It was founded by The Tolkien Society.[1]

    • Computers Are Baddocker

      There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Docker, mostly about their boneheaded reversal following their boneheaded apology for their boneheaded decision to eliminate free teams. I don’t really care much about this event in terms of how it impacts my professional work. I long ago wrote off Docker, Inc. as a positive part of the DevOps ecosystem. But what’s very interesting to me is how we got here: The story of Docker, Docker Inc., Docker Hub, and their relation to the broader world of containerization is endlessly fascinating to me.

      How is it that Docker Inc., creator of one of the most important and ubiquitous tools in the modern software industry, has become such a backwater of rent-seeking and foot-shooting? Silicon Valley continually produces some astounding failures, but Docker stands out to me. Docker as a software product is an incredible success; Docker as a company is a joke; and the work of computing professionals is complicated by the oddly distant and yet oddly close connection between the two.

    • CNX SoftwareGetting Started with GL-S200 Thread Border Router kit

      Last week we checked out the hardware for the GL.iNet GL-S200 Thread Border Router kit with three nRF52840 Thread Dev Boards, and I’ve now had time to work with the kit, so I’ll report my getting started experience in the second part of the review. GL-S200 Initial Set Up I connected the WAN port to my Ethernet Switch itself connected to my modem router and the LAN port to my laptop, so I could access the web interface using the default IP address ( The GL-S200 uses the same Admin Panel as other GL.iNet routers such as the Beryl AX router we reviewed at the beginning of the year.

    • Common DreamsBanning Eagle Song, Dragons Love Tacos, A Thai Lullaby and Pink! To Protect the Children

      The zealots are out in force these days, feverishly banning pernicious texts like Sneezy the Snowman, Grandmama’s Pride, A Storm Called Katrina and Dim Sun For Everyone because they’re “putting children at risk” while they quietly sit through live-shooter drills. Happily, some are calling out concerns “their kids’ minds may be opened by a book.” Among them is Grace Linn, 100, whose husband died long ago fighting her era’s brownshirts. “Fear is not freedom,” she says. “Fear is control.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Slot diegetics

        The spell slot system as implemented in 5e was first seen in a video game called Wizardry; they called it “spell points” in that game but you had separate pools of “level 1 spell points”, “level 2 spell points” and so on, just like 5e’s slots.

        So for a more JRPG-like vibe, you could lean into that. Call slots spell points or mana points or magic points or whatever game you’re more familiar with—not only video games, there are other table top games that uses MP. The hack, compared the cockamamie spell point system option in the DMG, is to just keep “the separate pools per level”, just like slots work non—i.e. don’t change anything, it’s just a new name for them.

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • Container JournalDocker, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Alliances

        Docker, Inc. celebrated the 10th anniversary of the namesake artifact used widely for building cloud-native applications by announcing alliances with Ambassador Labs to improve the developer experience and Hugging Face to make it simpler to launch and deploy machine learning applications on a cloud service using DockerFile. In addition, Docker,

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Linux Links100 Essential and Must-Have GUI Linux Applications

        There is a staggering amount of proven open source software available to download. But it’s really difficult to keep up with the cream of the cream. That’s where this compilation aims to help.

        We select the best-of-breed GUI (Graphical User Interface) software ranging from projects coded by individual programmers, small teams of enthusiasts, extending to large multinational corporations. The compilation largely reflects software that our volunteers use as their daily drivers.

        We mostly recommend cross-platform software, but, where appropriate, make some exceptions. We include a select few proprietary applications along the way. We try to avoid duplication as much as possible. A few of omissions will definitely raise some eyebrows. For example, there’s no room for Firefox even though it’s open source software (unlike Chrome) and some of our volunteers strongly prefer it over any other web browser.

      • OMG! LinuxTuba is a Magnificent New Mastodon App for Linux

        Faithful fans of the Fediverse need to check out Tuba, a new Vala/GTK app for Linux that is fine-tuned for social interactions.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Command to Install UNRAR in Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        UNRAR is a free command utility (GPL licensed) on Linux systems for decompressing and extracting files that are compressed and archived in the RAR archive format. RAR is a popular archive format that is proprietary but commonly and widely used to compress large files.

      • Glances installation on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux

        Glances is a free open-source command line software solution for Linux systems to monitor computer activity in real time. It can be considered a good alternative to top/Htop command line system monitoring tools for Ubuntu. Here in this tutorial,

      • UNIX CopHow to enable mod_headers on Apache Web server?

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to enable mod_headers on Apache web server. The tutorial is intended for Debian / Ubuntu or some derivatives of these. Let’s go. Introduction According to the information provided by Apache This module provides directives to control and modify HTTP request and response headers.

      • Linux Made Simple2023-03-24How to install the Brave Browser on a Chromebook in 2023
      • Linux Made Simple2023-03-24How to install Flowblade video editor on Linux Lite 6.2
      • Linux Made Simple2023-03-23How to install FreeOffice on Linux Lite 6.2
      • Linux Made Simple2023-03-23How to install Pinta on a Chromebook in 2023
      • DebugPointHow to Fix: pip command not found error in Ubuntu

        A quick and simple guide to fix pip command not found in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. You might have encountered the |pip command not found” error while installing any Python package or module. This error occurs when the system cannot locate the pip package manager used to install and manage Python packages.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow I created a Red Hat OpenShift cluster on tiny hardware

        Build an OpenShift cluster on a small, sub-$300 computer.

      • 2023-03-20Firebird 5 compiling on Oracle Linux 8 Ampere V1 (arm64)
      • FOSSLinuxQuick and efficient Tmux session and window switching

        This guide provides tips for quickly switching between Tmux sessions and windows, including keyboard shortcuts, navigation commands, and customization options.

      • FOSSLinuxThe guide to installing and using Ruby on Ubuntu

        In this guide, we will provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to install Ruby on Ubuntu. We will cover the installation process using both the command line and package manager, as well as how to check the installation to ensure it is working correctly. We will also explore some popular tools for setting up a development environment, including Ruby on Rails.

      • KifarunixConfigure Log Retention Period in ELK Stack

        How do I change the log retention policy in elk stack? In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure log retention period in ELK stack. Elasticsearch uses ILM (Index Lifecycle Management) policies to define what actions to be applied to indices according to your performance, resiliency, and retention requirements.

      • TechRepublicHow to manage multiple SSH sessions from a single window with EasySSH

        Jack Wallen shows you how you can wrangle all of those SSH connections you use daily into a single, easy-to-use application.

      • TechtownDeploying Your XAMPP Project to a Web Server

        XAMPP is a popular solution for web development and testing on a local machine. However, once you have completed your web application, you will need to deploy it to a web server to make it available to the public.

      • TechtownSecuring XAMPP: Best Practices and Tips

        XAMPP is a popular web server solution for developers who need to test and develop web applications on their local machines. However, like any other software, XAMPP can be vulnerable to security threats if not configured and managed properly. In this article, we will discuss best practices and tips for securing XAMPP.

      • TechtownConfiguring XAMPP for Your Development Environment

        XAMPP is a free and open-source web server solution that includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl. It is widely used by developers for testing and developing web applications on their local machines. Configuring XAMPP for your development environment can be a straightforward process if you follow the steps outlined below.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install WildFly Java Application Server with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04

        Wildfly is a simple, lightweight, and flexible application runtime used to build Java applications. This tutorial will show you how to install Wildfly with Nginx as a reverse proxy on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Make Use OfHow to Type Accented Characters in Linux

        You may wonder how to type accented characters in Linux. Fortunately, it’s easy to do so with a keystroke or a character map application.

      • The New StackInspect Container Images with the docker scan Command

        If you’re serious about container security, then you know it all begins at the beguine…images. No matter how much work you put into locking down your deployments, your network, and your infrastructure, if you base your containers on images with vulnerabilities, those deployments will simply not be secure. And simply trusting that a random image pulled from Docker Hub is enough is a big mistake.

        Sure, there are verified images to be had on Docker Hub, but those verifications cost quite a bit for a company, so not every image is verified. And although you can generally trust verified images, it’s best to know, first-hand, that trust is warranted.

        And as far as unverified images, every single one you attempt to use could cause you problems. To that end, you must scan them for vulnerabilities. If you find an image contains vulnerabilities, at least you’re informed and, in some cases, you could mitigate a vulnerability by updating the packages contained within an image.

        Fortunately, there are a number of tools you can use to scan those images. One such tool is built right into Docker, called docker scan. It’s very easy to use and reports back very simple information about any known vulnerabilities it finds.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: Distro upgrades for Fedora KDE in Discover

          With the new XwaylandVideoBridge utility, you can now screencast native Wayland windows from Xwayland apps like Discord (Aleix Pol Gonzalez and David Edmundson, Link)

          Dolphin now has an option to not change the information and preview shown in the Information Panel when hovering over files, and to instead only do so when deliberately selecting files (Oliver Beard, Dolphin 23.08. Link)…

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Make Use Of2023-03-2212 New Linux Distros That Launched in 2022

      Hundreds of new Linux distros spawn each year, with many becoming the norm among the community. Here are some distros that were released in 2022.

    • Why I Will Never Use Alpine Linux Ever Again

      Nowadays, Alpine Linux is one of the most popular options for container base images. Many people (maybe including you) use it for anything and everything. Some people use it because of its small size, some because of habit and some, just because they copy-pasted a Dockefile from some tutorial. Yet, there are plenty of reasons why you should not use Alpine for your container images, some of which can cause you great amount of grief…

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Dominique LeuenbergeropenSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2023/12

        Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

        This week we released only 5 snapshots, but one was hefty in size and we needed the extra time for the mirrors to settle again and get the bandwidth back under control. The large snapshot was due to the change in the default compiler: Tumbleweed has been rebuilt entirely using GCC 13. The released snapshots were numbered 0316, 0317, 0318, 0319, and 0321.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2013-12

        Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

        I have weekly office hours most Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time). Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: Use sysfs to restart failed PCI devices (WiFi cards, sound cards, etc.)

        This article describes one method of restarting PCI devices. It demonstrates restating a wireless device. But the concept should work on any device whose device driver has adequate hotplug support.[1]

        Computers typically consist of several interconnected devices. Some devices can be physically disconnected and reconnected with ease (for example, most USB devices). Others might require a specific interaction with the operating system or specific software. And others will require a full reboot.

        Built-in laptop wireless cards are PCI devices that could fail at runtime but might not be easy to physically disconnect and reconnect without a full reboot. In many cases these devices can be restarted through Linux’s sysfs interface without having to do a full reboot of the computer.

        This article will specifically demo how to restart an Atheros wireless card which has locked up.

      • Fabio Alessandro Locati: Fedora Sericea and Sway Spin beta

        The Fedora Project released Fedora 38 beta images. The Fedora Sway Spin and the Fedora Sericea ones are in the long list of released images!

        This is a critical point in the release of those Fedora artifacts based on Sway since it is the first time it has been possible to test them for the wider public. Although the Fedora Project has been creating Sway artifacts for a couple of months, those were based on Rawhide, which is “a not always stable” version of Fedora, since it tracks far in the future (4-10 months) versions of Fedora.

      • Enterprisers ProjectChatGPT: Top 3 industries that can benefit now [Ed: Red Hat keeps prompting this overhyped proprietary spyware of Microsoft; who does Red Hat truly work for these days?]
    • Open Hardware/Modding

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Emmanuel MaggioriI’ve been employed in tech for years, but I’ve almost never worked

        When Twitter fired half of its employees in 2022, and most tech giants followed suit, I wasn’t surprised. In fact, I think little will change for those companies. After being employed in the tech sector for years, I have come to the conclusion that most people in tech don’t work. I don’t mean we don’t work hard; I mean we almost don’t work at all. Nada. Zilch. And when we do get to do some work, it often brings low added value to the company and its customers. All of this while being paid an amount of money some people wouldn’t even dream of.

        What is happening right now in tech may be one of the greatest market inefficiencies—or even deceptions—in history. I am writing this article because I think outsiders deserve to know what’s really going on in the field.

      • Project Management for Software Engineers

        At some point in your career you will be asked to manage a project. This can be intimidating, it can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. We can leverage some time-honoured techniques, and adapt them to the unique approach required for software projects to deliver on time, on budget, and with success.

        This article is a collection of techniques I’ve learned for managing projects over time, that attempts to combine agile best practices with project management best practices. If you study project management to any level of depth, it is inevitable that you will come across the Project Management Institute, or PMI. The PMI is a global professional body that provides training and certification in project management topics. PMI provides different certification options, including some for Agile processes and Scrum.

      • Jordan KayeGo slow to move fast

        Technical debt is an often debated topic. Like most concepts in software, it isn’t particularly difficult to find arguments supporting opposite sides of the spectrum – in a single minute of searching I was able to find that some believe that technical debt doesn’t exist, while others feel that technical debt is the most important aspect of product development. From the conversations that I’ve had with others in the industry, both within my place of work and with technical leaders from other companies, I’ve come to believe that one of the root causes of the gap between these viewpoints is primarily definitional.

        Part of the reason that some people don’t like the term “technical debt” is that they feel it becomes an excuse. To these individuals, everything that software engineers don’t like within the system on which they’re working gets labeled as debt, and that debt becomes a boogeyman that gets blamed for all of their problems. Those on the other side of the argument feel almost the exact opposite: technical debt gets little attention and they’re forced to spend inordinate amounts of time struggling against implementations and concepts that make it more difficult to make changes than it otherwise could be. An interesting realization (and something that makes this conversation particularly difficult) is that both groups can be right at the same time. This can be true only because the two groups are misunderstanding one another. But where does this misunderstanding come from?

      • Why people misuse inheritance

        In the thread, he recalls the adage “prefer composition over inheritance”. This is a well-known principle of good OOP code, and yet inheritance is commonly used where composition would serve better; the question that comes to my mind is, “Why?” I think I have at least a partial answer, but let me meander a bit before getting to it.

        The thread gives an example use case of a map that counts explicit insertions, which is the example I’ll use here. If you inherit and override the put() method, the behavior you get may be wrong, or may be right in one version and wrong in the next. On the other hand, you didn’t have to write a lot of code.

        (One post, an oldie but a goodie, that significantly influenced my thinking on this matter, suggests that you should never override a method that was not designed to be overridden, and talks about how building this into the language slightly improves ergonomics when you do override.)

        Suppose I did the “right” thing and used composition (in this case, also delegation, and also the decorator pattern, for people who think in GoF design patterns). I would have to implement the map interface, calling down to a map implementation that stores the actual data. To implement the Map interface in Java I would need to implement 25 methods! Most of them would be boilerplate, just passing the arguments to the equivalent method on the delegate. Other languages are not better (the Haskell Data.Map module has more than 100 functions).

      • Lawrence TrattHow Big Should a Programming Language Be?

        Reading the thought-provoking “Patterns & Abstractions” post reminded me of a long-held opinion I have about programming language design: we have a tendency to keep adding features to a language until it becomes so big [1] that its sheer size makes it difficult to use reliably. Since most of us spend most of our time programming in one language, it can be difficult to see a common trend amongst languages in general.

  • Leftovers

    • Kev QuirkI Re-Joined Twitter

      I’ve decided to re-join Twitter. I miss an awful lot about it and I might leave Mastodon too.

      Yes, you read that right. I’ve decided to re-join Twitter. There’s a lot of stuff I miss from the social network – the community, the threads, the hot takes. the fun.

      I feel like Mastodon is becoming way too serious…it needs more of those fun-time Twitter folk. Because I intend for Twitter to be my primary social network, I’m thinking about putting my Mastodon profile out to pasture too.

      But what lead me to these decisions? Well dear reader, that’s a looooong story. So I decided to do a video about it instead of writing War and Peace.

    • Quartz4 ways for execs to leverage social media better [Ed: No, social control media is a waste of time, going down the drain, even banned.]

      As a business community, we’ve tried to shame execs into being on social media for at least 10 years, and the results are decidedly mixed. Despite the expectations from employees and consumers, only half of the CEOs in the S&P 500 are on social media.

    • Culture Viruses

      In large organizations, culture is key. The values and habits of an organization, and what it rewards and punishes, are the background radiation driving towards discrete outcomes in a world of infinite possibility.

      Your culture is a living thing – it changes and adapts to new teammates, external forces, and the broader environment. And sometimes it gets sick; sometimes your culture gets a virus.

      A Culture Virus is a contagious idea that hooks into your culture like a pathogen, passing from person to person, and very often preying on the weak and struggling – the people who are susceptible to convenient excuses.

      Below we’ll work through examples of common culture viruses that can occur as companies grow. These elements of culture aren’t matters of style – if you let them creep into your company, they will meaningfully deflate, devalue, and debase your company.

    • Gemini* and Gopher

      • Personal

        • Duckburg Family Trees (Rota vs Rosa)

          It’s neither OK that Elvira and Scrooge are siblings nor that they are Donald’s parents (kind of contradicts Scrooges early appearances in Barks). It’s even less OK that they are both those things. That book came out in Swedish in 86 (two years after its original Italian publication), I saw it and always wanted to read it, but when I did get a chance to a few years later, in the later eighties, I was super weirded out and not happy. (The Swedish book also contained two Lockman/Strobl stories and they were pretty good.)

        • body image

          I have found myself more relaxed with certain aspects of my body the past few months.
          I remember as a teen, it was basically normalized to be obsessed about your body in a way that doesn’t even make sense and that you hopefully, usually, grow out of; at least I did, gradually, but did most of my growing the past year or so, I think.

        • Retcon-style mechanics

          The playtest for the version of D&D that’s codenamed “D&D One” has Guidance and Resistance spells be post-hoc instead of pre-hoc and I thought that seemed great at first but through playtesting we’ve run into trouble. The more we use it, I’ve gone from “sure, that makes sense” to hating it, but my players are becoming more entrenched in loving it.

          To me it feels like retconning and I’m not into it. Jarring and unfun.

          I like fortune at the end and dislike “fortune in the middle” mechanics, like how you can retcon your attacks by spending points, and this is even worse since what you add retroactively is even more dice. It’s “fortune in the middle and then even more fortune”.

        • Wither proficiency dice?

          When 5e was being playtested, the proficiency bonus wasn’t a static +2, +3, +4, +5, or +6. It was a d4, d6, d8, d10 or d12. The character sheet was much simpler, too. You had your basic ability modifiers and then you would just note if you were proficient. So if you had +3 strength, you’d roll d20+3 if you weren’t proficient but if you were, you’d also toss on a d4 (at lower levels, and more at higher levels).

        • Fortune at the End

          I love what RPG designers call “Fortune at the End”; making your decisions before the roll and then the roll shows you what happened. You have all kinds of ways to influence the roll but you do that first, and then there’s the showdown. Poker and roulette are similar in that regard. You think you’ve figured out when to hold’em and now it’s time for a prayer on the flop. I hate fighting in real life but these kinds of mechanics feel, to me, appropriate to how a good swashbuckling movie should feel. You’ve swung your sword or drawn back your bow and now all you can do is see how it landed.

          This is contrasted with “Fortune in the Middle” or “Fortune in the Beginning”, where you roll your dice but then you get to fiddle endlessly with the result with points and chips and spends and this and that and the other. Legalized fudging. Not my jam. I want tension and release, not tension and hold-​on-​let-​me-​just-​tweak-​some-​levers.

      • Politics

      • Technical

        • Re: Systemd-free

          There’s a recent post by Lesogorov about SystemD-free distros that’s worth a read if this sort of thing interests you.

          Around 2017 I started migrating away from using old crappy X86 desktops as home servers to a small army of Raspberry Pi’s. I immediately ran into a few SystemD related issues that somewhat soured my feelings towards it.


          The heart of the issue is that SystemD was attempting to mount all disks before that disk had even finished spinning up, causing the mount to fail because the kernel didn’t even know the disk existed yet.


          I’ve since found Void. I am extremely positive about Void. It’s not perfect, but it really is very good. I love that it uses Musl libc. It uses Runit for init and process supervision, which is crazy simple.


          I’ve got Alpine in a VM for evaluation. I have to say, I’m totally impressed. I can see this replacing Arch as my development environment because it’s actually up to date (Void lags just enough to annoy me) and it is also Musl libc based. There are a couple things I’m not entirely happy with though. I don’t particularly care for BusyBox, as I’ve seen the code, and I’m also not entirely happy with the way packages are split.


          This is not a great tendency. I’d point out that Unix was originally brought up in large part because Ken Thompson needed an OS to run his Space Travel video game on the PDP-7. A few collaborators, notably Dennis Ritchie, who were frustrated with how large Multics had grown, chipped in and it took off.


          Would I recommend a non-systemD distro? Depends. If a person has a bit of experience Void makes a great server and a decent desktop. I actually think Alpine makes a great desktop, but you have to have some knowhow to bring it up. I wouldn’t recomment Artix.

        • A New Firefox Workflow

          It feels like the web has really changed a lot over the past decades, but innovation in web browser workflows has been stagnant by comparison. For the most part everyone is still just doing the address bar and horizontal tab list at the top of their screen, and it’s only been fairly recently that some browsers like Vivaldi and even Edge have started experimenting beyond that.

          I gave Vivaldi a try yesterday and really liked it. I had it set up with a vertical tab bar on the left and a side panel with various bookmarks at the right, a setup that I think makes a lot of sense since I can sometimes end up with dozens of tabs. Hardly any websites make full use of the available screen width anyway. I almost stuck with Vivaldi, but a couple obscure bugs with keyboard shortcuts had me coming back to Firefox in the end.

        • A Retro-grouch and ATB computer

          “Retro-grouch” is a facetious term I believe was originally meant pejoratively to denote a bike geek out of step with the current trend in new bicycle technology. Now I see it laughingly and affectionately adopted by many folks passionate about steel all-terrain bicycles, practical commuter accoutrements, and resistance to keeping up with new, useless, expensive bike technology ‘innovations.’

          I favor just this kind of riding for a few reasons. It values tried and true tools and technology. We don’t need to adopt hydraulic brakes, tubeless tires, and internal routing. These things are more expensive in the first place, and require new tools and specialized parts, and often expert level knowledge. Alternatively, classic bike setups can be understood reasonably by me, an amateur, through experimentation, how-to books and tutorials, and they use fairly universal swappable parts.

        • Going Github

          The main reason is I’m kind of tired of the amount of spam bots that keep signing up to my Gitea. The juice of self-hosting a public-access git forge, even locked down to prevent arbitrary repo creation, that juice just isn’t worth the squeeze.

        • Oddball Technologies

          One of my core principle to IT: Try to use different stuff. Don’t be afraid of the _weird_ things. In a lot of cases, the weirdness is your friend. Usually the weird is a deisgn or feature to solve a need that is not met by the mainstream. Even if not, there’s a lot to learn from the weird.

          This is why I write web services in C++, investigate GNUnet, use a TLS library that’s not OpenSSL, maintains OpenBSD support for libraries, and so on. Maybe Gemini to a certain degree. See, I run into problems. A lot of them. I see certificates breaking, connection reset and even code that just don’t work on certain OS-es that is not used widely. But I also learned a lot from the process. The fact that OpenSSL is not fully compliant to the RFC, that opening a file is not always possible even if permission is correct.

        • Saying LLMs Lack “Understanding”
        • The “Tens-Complement” system

          One thing to know with houserules is that you’ve got to know when to walk away if the houserule is about a part of the game that’s not mainly under your purvey.

        • Announcements

          • Gemtexter 2.0.0 – Let’s Gemtext again^2

            I proudly announce that I’ve released Gemtexter version `2.0.0`. What is Gemtexter? It’s my minimalist static site generator for Gemini Gemtext, HTML and Markdown written in GNU Bash.

        • Programming

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