This post is a little more esoteric, but in the spirit of helping others from the future we’re gonna dive into this.
I'll stop posting relevant xkcd comics when Randall stops making relevant xkcd comics... I picked up an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite over a year ago, and I have been tearing through books at an alarming rate. In the course of finding more books to read I did what I’ve always done for as long as I can remember: visit my local library.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
The virtue of being forgetful I suck at passwords. To be fair, so does everyone else. Everyone else being bad at passwords doesn’t help me, though. It only increases my awareness every time I hear about the latest data-breach, password leak, or programming error.
The thing is, I know what I should be doing, but the one-two punch of laziness and procrastination constantly seem to beat me into submission.
I finally got around to setting up my own Nextcloud!
I’ve been a file-syncing service user for a long time. There’s just so much convenience in services like Dropbox and Google Drive. File syncing and access across all of my computers and devices is awesome. The ability to automatically backup all of my phone photos to the account is also awesome.
However… Only having 7GB of available space is not awesome.
Writing is hard. Just look at the post dates for my own blog posts to see what I mean. It takes discipline and hard work to put together any sort of non-trivial writing. If the topic is about a community as diverse and loosely collected as Free Software projects then the effort is exponential. Most Free Software projects don’t have a media/public relations person to interact with.
Today I wanted to talk briefly about both a writer and a PR person: Alexandre Prokoudine and what he’s doing over at Libre Graphics World.
Way back in May of 2017 I made my first commit to start a new project for some friends of mine.
Seven months later and we were finally able to publicly push the results: a new website for the awesome folks at darktable!
(I already published a post about this on the darktable blog.)
So, I’m on Mastodon.
Well, I’ve been on Mastodon for a while now, but thought I’d talk about it briefly here.
On most modern social networks, you are the product.
Your habits, friends, and interests are all consolidated, packaged, and sold to anyone willing to pay a few bucks to rent your attention (whether you like it or not).
If not you directly, then your habits, likes, dislikes, age, gender, sexual orientation, and the same information for all of the people you may know (including ones you may never had connected on that network).
It’s ridiculous what information you’re giving away for advertisers and marketers to exploit.
I updated some old GPG keys last year after using the same 1024-bit RSA key from 2004.
(Honestly, I was just impressed that I managed to dig up the private key in order to revoke it.)
I had set the new subkeys to expire every year, and while renewing them I took another look around to see if GPG/encryption had gotten any easier.
My wife needed a headshot recently for a work related thing.
So I broke out some old and simple equipment to do a quick impromptu shoot for her.
This is one of the outtakes from that shoot (she didn’t like how her hair looked in this shot so it wasn’t used).
Comments were something that I wanted to include on posts from the beginning for PIXLS.US.
My problem was how to include comments in a way that would lessen exposing visitors to third party tracking, that would let users control and keep their comments if they wanted, and that would integrate nicely into the community in some way.
Luckily all of those requirements were nicely met by integrating the modern forum software Discourse.