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John Goerzen: Really Enjoyed Jason Scott’s BBS Documentary
https://changelog.complete.org/archives/10385-really-enjoyed-jason-scotts-bbs-documentary
June 14, 2022, 12:13 AM
Like many young programmers of my age, before I could use the Internet, there were BBSs.  I eventually ran one, though in my small town there were few callers.  Some time back, I downloaded a copy of Jason Scott’s BBS Documentary.  You might know Jason Scott from textfiles.com and his work at the Internet Archive.
The documentary was released in 2005 and spans 8 episodes on 3 DVDs.  I’d watched parts of it before, but recently watched the whole series.
It’s really well done, and it’s no...
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Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, May 2022
https://www.decadent.org.uk/ben/blog/debian-lts-work-may-2022.html
June 13, 2022, 6:30 PM
In May I was assigned 11 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS
  initiative and carried over 13 hours from April.  I worked 8 hours,
  and will carry over the remaining time to June.
  I spent some time triaging security issues for Linux, working out
  which of them were fixed upstream and which actually applied to the
  versions provided in Debian 9 "stretch".  I rebased the Linux 4.9
  (linux) package on the latest stable update, but did not make an
  upload this month.  I started backporti...
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Edward Betts: Fixing spelling in GitHub repos using codespell
https://edwardbetts.com/blog/fixing-spelling-in-github-repos-using-codespell
June 13, 2022, 5:24 PM
Codespell is a spell checker specifically designed for finding misspellings in source code.
I've been using it to correct spelling mistakes in GitHub repos sine 2016.
Most spell checkers use a list of valid words and highlighting any word in a document that is not in the word list. This method doesn't work for source code because code contains abbreviations and words joined together without spaces, a spell checker will generate too many false positives.
Codespell uses a different approach, inste...
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Iustin Pop: Somewhat committing to a new sport
https://k1024.org/posts/2022/2022-06-12-new-sport/
June 12, 2022, 2:00 PM
Quite a few years ago - 4, to be precise, so in 2018 - I did a couple
of SUP trainings, organised by a colleague. That was enjoyable, but
not really matching with me (asymmetric paddling, ugh!), so I also did
learn some kayaking, which I really love, but that’s way higher
overhead - no sea around in Switzerland, and lakes are generally too
small. So I basically postponed any more water sports 😞, until
sometime in the future when I’ll finally decide what I want to do (and
in what setup).
I...
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Russ Allbery: Review: The Shattered Sphere
https://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/reviews/books/0-8125-3016-0.html
June 12, 2022, 3:48 AM
Review: The Shattered Sphere, by Roger MacBride Allen
      Series:
    Hunted Earth #2
        Publisher:
    Tor
        Copyright:
    July 1994
        Printing:
    September 1995
        ISBN:
    0-8125-3016-0
        Format:
    Mass market
        Pages:
    491
  The Shattered Sphere is a direct sequel to
The Ring of Charon and spoils everything
about the plot of the first book.  You don't want to start here.  Also be
aware that essentially everything you can read abo...
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Junichi Uekawa: What's in sid?
http://www.netfort.gr.jp/~dancer/diary/daily/2022-Jun-11.html.en#2022-Jun-11-14:27:28
June 11, 2022, 5:27 AM
What's in sid?
  I wanted to check what version of libc was used in current Debian sid.
  I am lazy and I used podman to check.
  However I noticed that apt update is very slow for me, 20kB/s. Wondering if something is wrong.
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Iustin Pop: Still alive, 2022 version
https://k1024.org/posts/2022/2022-06-10-still-alive/
June 10, 2022, 9:22 PM
Still alive, despite the blog being silent for more than a year.
Nothing bad happened, but there was always something more important
(or interesting) to do than write a post. And I did say many, many
times - “Oh, I should write a post about this thing I just did or
learned about”, but I never followed up.
And I was close to forgetting entirely about blogging (ahem, it’s a
bit much calling it “blogging”), until someone I follow posted
something along the lines “I have this half-writte...
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Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer: Qt 6 in Debian bullseye
https://perezmeyer.com.ar/blog/2022/06/10/qt6-in-debian-bullseye/
June 10, 2022, 4:45 PM
As announced some time ago on Debian Backport’s mailing list I will be backporting Qt 6 to Debian 11 “Bullseye”. This comprises the (so far) 29 source packages that compose Qt 6 and libassimp.
The Qt Company wanted to let us Debian users also enjoy Qt 6 on Bullseye, so they contacted me (and by extension my employer ICS) to bring this forward. As said in the mail I sent to the backports list I’m making the commitment to maintain the packages myself, but I’m really happy the Qt Company ...
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Louis-Philippe Véronneau: Updating a rooted Pixel 3a
https://veronneau.org/updating-a-rooted-pixel-3a.html
June 10, 2022, 3:45 PM
A short while after getting a Pixel 3a, I decided to root it, mostly to
have more control over the charging procedure. In order to preserve battery
life, I like my phone to stop charging at around 75% of full battery capacity
and to shut down automatically at around 12%. Some Android ROMs have extra
settings to manage this, but LineageOS unfortunately does not.
Android already comes with a fairly complex mechanism to handle the charge
cycle, but it is mostly controlled by the kernel and cannot b...
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Thomas Koch: Know your tools - simple backup with rsync
https://blog.koch.ro/posts/2022-06-09-know-rsync.html
June 10, 2022, 11:40 AM
Posted on June  9, 2022
            Tags: debian, free software
    I’ve been using rsync for years and still did not know its full powers. I just wanted a quick and dirty simple backup but realised that rsnapshot is not in Debian anymore.
However you can do much of rsnapshot with rsync alone nowadays.
The --link-dest option (manpage) solves the part of creating hardlinks to a previous backup (found here). So my backup program becomes this shell script in ~/backups/backup.sh:
#!/bin/sh
...
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Thomas Koch: Missing memegen
https://blog.koch.ro/posts/2022-05-01-missing-memegen.html
June 10, 2022, 11:40 AM
Posted on May  1, 2022
            Tags: debian, free software, life
    Back at $COMPANY we had an internal meme-site. I had some reputation in my team for creating good memes. When I watched Episode 3 of Season 2 from Yes Premier Minister yesterday, I really missed a place to post memes.
This is the full scene. Please watch it or even the full episode before scrolling down to the GIFs. I had a good laugh for some time.
With Debian, I could just download the episode from somewhere on the...
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Thomas Koch: lsp-java coming to debian
https://blog.koch.ro/posts/2022-03-12-lsp-java-coming-to-debian.html
June 10, 2022, 11:40 AM
Posted on March 12, 2022
            Tags: debian
    The Language Server Protocol (LSP) standardizes communication between editors and so called language servers for different programming languages. This reduces the old problem that every editor had to implement many different plugins for all different programming languages. With LSP an editor just needs to talk LSP and can immediately provide typicall IDE features.
I already packaged the Emacs packages lsp-mode and lsp-haskell for Debia...
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Thomas Koch: Waiting for a STATE folder in the XDG basedir spec
https://blog.koch.ro/posts/2014-02-18-state-folder-in-xdg-basedir.html
June 10, 2022, 11:40 AM
Posted on February 18, 2014
            Tags: debian, free software
    The XDG Basedirectory specification proposes default homedir folders for the categories DATA (~/.local/share), CONFIG (~/.config) and CACHE (~/.cache). One category however is missing: STATE. This category has been requested several times but nothing happened.

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