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  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • CitizixHow to set up Wireguard on Ubuntu 22.04

        WireGuard is a communication protocol and free and open-source software that implements encrypted virtual private networks, and was designed with the goals of ease of use, high speed performance, and low attack surface. It is a lightweight Virtual Private Network (VPN) that supports IPv4 and IPv6 connections.

      • ID RootHow To Install Ansible on Fedora 37

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ansible on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Ansible is an open-source IT automation and configuration management tool that can help system administrators automate tasks, deploy applications...

      • ID RootHow To Install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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

      • Net2How to Install MongoDB on Ubuntu 22.04

        MongoDB is a real popular way to store and manage lots of unstructured or semi-structured data. It's a type of database that focuses on documents, so you can be more flexible with the structure of your data than you could with a more traditional database.

      • peppe8oTranscribe audio files to text with SpeechRecognition and Raspberry PI (python)

        Whether you're a content creator looking to transcribe interviews, or just someone interested in the capabilities of speech recognition technology, SpeechRecognition with Raspberry PI offers

      • The New StackGrab a Snapshot of Your Container Image with Checkpoint

        Have you ever been in a situation where you have a Docker or Podman container running exactly how you need

      • UNIX CopInstall and Use iostat on Linux

        In this post, you will learn about iostat on Linux. This tool allows you to monitor CPU usage and provides information about input and output processes on the system. The command iostat Reports Central Processing Unit (CPU) statistics and input/output statistics for devices, partitions, and network file systems (NFS).

      • nixCraftHow to add an IP alias on Amazon Linux 2

        IP aliasing is nothing but associating more than one IP address to a network interface such as eth0. For example, using the following methods, you can add an IP alias on Amazon Linux 2.

      • FOSSLinux10 must-know Bash shell scripting tips and tricks for beginners

        Bash shell scripting is a versatile and flexible tool for automating tasks and streamlining workflows in a Unix-like environment. It has become a popular language for both beginners and experienced developers alike. In this article, we will provide some tips and tricks to help you become more proficient at Bash shell scripting.

      • FOSSLinux15 essential Bash debugging techniques and tools

        Bash is a widely used command-line interface and scripting language in Unix-based operating systems. As with any software, Bash scripts can contain bugs that lead to errors, unexpected behaviors, or even crashes. Debugging is the process of identifying and resolving these issues, which is essential for maintaining script reliability and performance.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install Google Chrome on Debian 12 BookWorm

        Mozilla FireFox is already there on all Debian Linux as a default browser. However, those who are interested in setting up Google Chrome on Debian 12 bookworm, can see this guide.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install UFW Firewall on Debian 12, 11 or 10

        Firewalls are essential in securing computer systems and networks from unauthorized access, cyber-attacks, and other security threats. The traditional method of configuring firewalls on Linux systems involves using iptables, a powerful command-line tool that offers granular control over network traffic.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on Debian 12, 11 or 10

        Google Chrome is a free web browser developed by Google that has gained widespread popularity among internet users worldwide. It was first released in 2008 and has since become one of the most widely used web browsers, with a market share of over 60% as of 2023.

      • Linux CapableHow to Configure Unattended Upgrades on Debian 12, 11 or 10

        Debian is a widely used Linux-based operating system renowned for its versatility and expansive collection of software packages and tools. However, keeping the system up-to-date and secure can be challenging, given the significant volume of packages and updates available. To help streamline this process, the Unattended Upgrades Package can be utilized.

    • Games

      • CubicleNateSteamDeck | RetroArch and mGBA for Trading Pokémon

        I bought the SteamDeck for a number of reasons. One such reason was to turn it into a portable retro gaming station. I know there are a lot of other options out there to do this task but this one was the most economical and already had Linux installed on it.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Linux Hint7 Best Ubuntu Screen Recorders for Everyday Use

        Comprehensive guide on the top 7 reliable screen recorders available in the market for Linux and on the latest and older Ubuntu versions for everyday use.

      • Linux Hint100 Best Applications for Ubuntu 2023

        Comprehensive guide on the best 100 set of applications and software for Ubuntu in 2023 to make the best use of your operating system according to your need.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosM5Stack launches compact Kmeter Isolation Unit

        M5Stack launched this month a compact K-type thermocouple sensor unit based on the STM32F030 microcontroller. This device is equipped with a 14-bit thermocouple sensor allowing readings from 200€°C to 1350€°C and €±2€°C accuracy.

      • ArduinoImprove your data analysis with the Advanced Chart Widget for Arduino Cloud

        We're excited to announce the release of our latest Arduino Cloud feature, the Advanced Chart Widget! This new and improved widget is a significant upgrade from our previous chart widget, offering more customization options and functionality that will make it easier than ever to visualize and analyze your device data.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: pkgKitten 0.2.3 on CRAN: Minor Update

        A new release 0.2.3 of pkgKitten arrived on CRAN earlier, and will be uploaded to Debian. pkgKitten makes it simple to create new R packages via a simple function invocation. A wrapper kitten.r exists in the littler package to make it even easier.

        This release improves the created ‘Description:’, and updated some of the continuous integration.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • HackadayComputers For Fun

        The last couple years have seen an incredible flourishing of the cyberdeck scene, and probably for about as many reasons as there are individual ’deck designs. Some people get really into the prop-making, some into scrapping old tech or reusing a particularly appealing case, and others simply into the customization possibilities. That’s awesome, and they’re all different motivations for making a computer that’s truly your own.

      • France24Mice born from two fathers could take human reproduction into new territory

        Scientists in Japan say they have succeeded in breeding mice with two fathers, using eggs originating from male cells. While the scientific breakthrough could pave the way for new fertility treatments, experts say it is still a long way from being used in humans.

      • Federal News Network3D-printed rocket remains grounded after more launch aborts

        A rocket made almost completely of 3D-printed parts remains grounded after back-to-back launch aborts. Relativity Space's rocket came within a half-second of blasting off Saturday on its debut flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The engines ignited, but abruptly shut down, leaving the rocket standing on its pad. Launch controllers reset the countdown clocks and tried again. But once more, on-board flight computers halted the countdown, this time with 45 seconds remaining.

      • GizmodoWatch Live: Relativity Space Re-Attempts Launch of First 3D-Printed Rocket
        Editor’s note: After several holds and aborted attempts, Relativity Space scrubbed its Saturday afternoon launch of the Terran 1 rocket. The company said further updates and a new launch plan will be issued soon. Check Gizmodo’s Spaceflight in the coming days for more information.
      • Federal News NetworkProstate cancer treatment can wait for most men, study finds

        A study finds long-term evidence that actively monitoring localized prostate cancer can be a safe alternative to immediate surgery or radiation. The results published Saturday are encouraging for men who want to avoid treatment-related sexual and incontinence problems. Researchers followed more than 1,600 U.K. men who agreed to be randomly assigned to get surgery, radiation or active monitoring.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA Fancy Connected Caliper For Not A Lot

        An essential for the engineer is a decent caliper, to measure dimensions with reasonable accuracy. Some of us have old-fashioned Vernier scales, while many up-to-date versions are electronic. When entering large numbers of dimensions into a CAD package matters can become a little tedious, so the fancier versions have connectivity for automatic reading transfer. [Mew463] didn’t want to shell out the cash for one of those, so modified a cheaper caliper with an ESP32-C3 microcontroller to provide a Bluetooth interface.

      • HackadayA Retro-Style Trainer For Motorola’s 1-Bit Chip

        If you want to program a microcontroller today, you pop open your editor of choice, bang out some code, and flash it over USB. But back in ancient times, when your editor was a piece of paper and you didn’t even have a computer of your own, things were a bit different. In that case, you might have reached for a “trainer”: a PCB that included the chip you wanted to program along with an array of switches, LEDs, and maybe even a hex keypad for good measure. Grab yourself the programming manual (printed on paper, naturally), and you’re good to go.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Science AlertSleep Disturbances Linked With Higher Dementia Risk, Study Finds

        Here's what we know.

      • France24Fukushima disaster: Japan marks 12 years since deadly tsunami as support grows for nuclear power

        Japanese offered tearful prayers Saturday on the anniversary of the deadly tsunami that triggered the Fukushima disaster, but public support for nuclear power is growing as memories of the 2011 meltdown fade.

      • Pro PublicaA Norfolk Southern Contractor Is Testing East Palestine Homes

        Last month, Brenda Foster stood on the railroad tracks at the edge of her yard in East Palestine, Ohio, and watched a smoky inferno billow from the wreckage of a derailed train. The chemicals it was carrying — and the fire that consumed them — were so toxic that the entire area had to evacuate. Foster packed up her 87-year-old mother, and they fled to stay with relatives.

        With a headache, sore throat, burning eyes and a cough, Foster returned home five days later — as soon as authorities allowed. So when she saw on TV that there was a hotline for residents with health concerns, she dialed as soon as the number popped up on the screen.

      • TruthOutNYC Retirees Fight Their Own Unions to Stop Catastrophic Health Care Cuts
      • uni Emory1,095 days: Three years of COVID-19 response at Emory

        Three years ago, Emory University joined higher education institutions across the country in announcing that, after an extended spring break, classes would switch to online, marking the start of Emory’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      • Off GuardianItaly 2020: Inside Covid’s Ground Zero

        Michael Bryant On the third anniversary of the WHO declaring “Covid” a “pandemic”, we take a detailed look at how Italy provided the perfect platform for creating, and then spreading, the Covid narrative. Three years ago the Western World came to a standstill. The official Covid-19 narrative depicted a strange suddenly-super-spreading, deadlier-than-flu virus hailing from …

    • Security

      • SANSOverview of a Mirai Payload Generator, (Sat, Mar 11th)

        The Mirai[1] botnet is active for years. It was the first botnet targeting devices running Linux like camera recorders. Our first diary about it was in 2016![2]. Still today, my honeypot is hit by hundreds of Mirai requests every day! I found a Python script that generates a Mirai payload (SHA256:f56391e9645df1058847e28af6918c64ddc344d9f328b3dde9015213d5efdc7e[3]) and deploys networking services to serve it via FTP, HTTP, and TFTP. Nothing very fancy but it will give you a good idea about how Linux hosts are abused to deliver malicious payloads.

      • Djalel OukidThe best open-source 2FA apps for Linux & Android
      • Government TechnologyTech School 'Prevented Catastrophe' with Antivirus, Backup

        A cyber attack on a server at the Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center was discovered Wednesday, and antivirus and backup procedures “prevented a catastrophe” and “a lot of problems,” Administrative Director Anthony C. Guariglia said Thursday.

        The regional vo-tech high school in Plains Twp. shut down its computer and Wi-Fi network, along with all computers, on Wednesday and used a flexible instruction day to provide remote instruction to students on Thursday, Guariglia said. […]

        School information-technology staff is working with law enforcement and Computer Visionaries Inc. to determine who is responsible for the cyber attack and how it happened, Guariglia said.

      • Data BreachesWeekend update: Non-US hospitals hit by cyberattacks

        DHnet in Belgium reports that Saint-Pierre hospital in central Brussels temporarily closed its emergency room and diverted line 112 to other institutions due to a cyberattack early Saturday morning. The attack reportedly disrupted the functioning of many applications, including patient records and telephone lines.

        By 5:00 pm Brussels time, most of the blocked apps were functional again. Line 112 and emergencies are expected to be restored later in the evening.

      • Data BreachesAnother ransomware attack results in a HIPAA breach: Florida Medical Center

        In a notice issued yesterday, Florida Medical Clinic (“FMC”) confirmed that unauthorized individuals gained access to its computer network and used ransomware to encrypt files.

        FMC detected suspicious activity on January 9, 2023, and the incident was fully contained within hours. FMC states they were able to “proactively isolate the exposure.” DataBreaches has sent them an inquiry asking they accomplished that.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

      • Confidentiality

        • Data BreachesNotice of Privacy Incident of Historical Health Records – California Secretary of State
        • Data BreachesZOLL Medical notifying 1,004,443 patients of data breach — HIPAA

          A number of large recent breaches have involved trackers or analytics, but not all large breaches these days involve trackers. ZOLL Medical is notifying 1,004,443 patients whose protected health information (PHI) may have been compromised in a recent data security incident that didn’t involve pixels or trackers at all.

          According to ZOLL’s notification, the Massachusetts-headquartered firm’s security team first detected unusual activity on their internal network on January 28. They responded promptly to mitigate the incident and investigate it with the help of third-party cybersecurity experts.

        • Data BreachesHighly sensitive files from Berkeley County Schools dumped by ransomware gang

          In early February, Berkeley County Schools in West Virginia experienced a ransomware attack. On March 3, the district issued a notice on its website that stated their investigation determined “some data stored in Berkeley County Schools’ network may have been accessed that included employee Social Security numbers and direct deposit information.”

        • Data BreachesData Exfiltration Trends in Healthcare
        • Data BreachesBone & Joint Clinic reports “network disruption” caused HIPAA breach of employee and patient information

          The Bone & Joint Clinic in Wisconsin has notified current and former employees as well as current and former patients of a data security incident that they describe as a “network disruption.”

          According to their notification of March 10, the disruption was experienced on January 16, and the personal and protected health information may have been involved: names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, home addresses, phone numbers, health insurance information, and diagnosis and treatment information.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Common DreamsDenying Reports, White House Says 'No Final Decision' on Willow Project

          White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday denied reports that U.S. President Joe Biden would imminently approve the Willow Project, saying "no final decisions" have been made on the highly controversial $8 billion ConocoPhillips oil drilling endeavor in northern Alaska slammed by critics as a "climate catastrophe."

        • HackadayEnzymes Make Electricity From Thin Air

          There’s an old magic trick known as the miser’s dream, where the magician appears to pull coins from thin air. Australian scientists say they can now generate electricity out of thin air with the help of some enzymes. The enzyme reacts to hydrogen in the atmosphere to generate a current.

        • Modern DiplomacyEnergy Crisis in Pakistan

          Pakistan is land with ample indigenous natural resources. These resources can play a pivotal role in helping and running country’s economy. The mismanagement of the resources and ignorance can lead to several crises.

        • ReasonSen. Pat Toomey on Cryptocurrency and FTX's Collapse

          "It's not clear that FTX would have existed, at least at its scale, if we had domestic guidelines for American companies," the former senator tells Reason.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsThe Tucker Carlson-Led Effort to Whitewash the History of January 6 Will Fail

        Dominion Voting Systems has provided a public service for the American people. As a result of its pending defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Dominion has laid bare the extraordinary con game that Fox carried out in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and that continues today.Fox elevated and affirmed for their millions of viewers former President Donald Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen from him by giving airtime to Trump’s team. But even as they put them on the air, Fox hosts and executives admitted privately that they knew they were airing lies and “insane” conspiracy theories. The big three Fox propagandists, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham privately complained about their lying guests. But they never bothered to tell this to their viewers. Their texts, obtained by Dominion as part of the lawsuit, also reveal that some worried they would lose viewers if they actually told the truth.

      • Common DreamsI Love Bernie Sanders Because He Has More Guts Than Any Politician Out There

        A few weeks ago, Bernie phoned.

      • ScheerpostCalifornia Considers Giving the Incarcerated a Right to Vote

        It takes a constitutional amendment followed by a statewide vote to legalize balloting behind bars. Will it happen?

      • TruthOutInside the Private Conservative Group That Promises to “Crush Liberal Dominance”
      • Modern DiplomacyBetrayal of Trust: The Selfish Actions of Pakistan’s Leaders

        Authors: Asad Ullah and Tanzeela Aslam* Behind the curtains of Pakistan’s political landscape lies a dark and mysterious truth – the betrayal of trust by its leaders through their selfish actions.

      • Modern DiplomacyChina’s rise is vital for geopolitics

        China is an old civilization and its history goes back several thousand years. It has passed through many ups and downs in history. But, the worst era of two centuries was a bitter experience, where it was colonialized by the West, suppressed, harassed, coerced, and invaded.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtGame Jam Winner Spotlight: Urbanity

          Last week, we had the first of our series of posts showcasing the winners in all six categories of the fifth annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1927, and the spotlight was on Best Remix winner Lucia. This week, we’re taking a look at the winner of the Best Visuals category: Urbanity by Government Name.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Exhausted

        I'm exhausted. It's simple mathematics: I wake up too early, and go to bed too late. Not even because I'm procrastinating, but because it's what my family's schedule demands. This will mess your system real fast. And, unlike in my younger years, I cannot catch up in the weekends.

        Noone has sympathy for the exhausted. The plight of sleep deprivation is great: reduced cognitive abilities, stress and anxiety, mood swings, vulnerability to diseases, injuries, despair.

      • Back, and I'm writing stuff.

        I just remembered the midnight existed and decided to pay a visit. Luckily it's kind of slow around these parts so it doesn't take me long to catch up. I've been attending game development classes lately and it's going quite well! I've also started writing some stories, and they're coming along nicely as well (although they do seem a bit inconsistent at parts). So I've been enjoying myself lately. Hopefully the same goes for everyone else here.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: BGOPUSR Wordo: FOSSA
      • What is privilege?

        Almost three years after the murder of George Floyd, it feels like American society has gone backward when it comes to social justice. Once touted by many politicians and major corporations, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) is now a "dirty" topic an increasing number of businesses are staying out of. There was a time when Corporate America had an influence even in deep red states (think of, in 2015, how North Carolina quickly backtracked on the infamous "bathroom bill" when several major companies decided to pull their business out of the state). Now they are on the defensive in the face of the "anti-woke" movement in the Republican Party epitomized by Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

    • Technical

      • XMPP!

        XMPP peeps: Email is a lost cause, a dead horse, it’s unpossible

        Also XMPP peeps: Everyone needs to get on OMEMO, all old jabber clients are obsolete and need to be thrown away

        Not sure why one of them can be improved and the other can’t…

        If you're here looking for my XMPP address, it's sandra.snan@idiomdrottning.org same as my email address. I prefer email.)

        I was hanging out with some XMPP fans and they were very gracious & kind & patient, and have not consented to this blog post so I’m gonna be super vague about them!

      • Running Multiple Servers

        When I started my gemini capsule I added some hobby stuff to the page. Specifically info about amateur radio. My webpage for amateur radio is pretty "old school" with no JS, very little CSS and all generated using Linux command line tools. As I never remember to update it I thought I might as well make the transition to just use Gemini and point my gemini to http proxy and all is good.

        The issue is I already have this capsule running on my VPS where I also host that page. I could use a different port but that is always sucks. Similar to how hosting multiple sites on a single box, I found that you can use nginx to proxy incoming connections based on the SSL cert used and direct them to a specific server. Setup multiple gemini servers on different ports and now I have both pages working:

      • Programming

        • Feature Poor Sudo Replacement

          ... the `sudo` program is made up of 108,255 lines of C code ... this is simply unacceptable in a utility that is installed suid root ... 95% of the code is just sitting there ... just waiting for someone to find the next exploit. We could easily have a suitable replacement that would cover just about everyone's needs in no more than a few hundred lines of code ...


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



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