I just donated to Software Freedom Conservancy, a not-for-profit home to many of the most admirable Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects in this planet. Today is a good day to donate if you have not done so. Let us help the home base do work to help the software which help us do our work.
If you're using Android on some phone or tablet and you're not using #fdroid yet, do yourself a favor and install it.
It's an alternative appstore with purely OSS software apps. Overall improved security and privacy on your mobile device (alternative apps for pretty much everything are available, with reduced tracking, no ads, no backdoors, reproducible builds, and so on).
Also follow @fdroidorg while you're at it.
If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on https://webcompat.com/ when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.
When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.
Apparently I will be using RHEL in my new job, so I thought I would try Fedora on my old laptop just to reacquaint myself with that ecosystem. Now I'm playing with the heretical thought of replacing Debian with Fedora on my main machine. I'm using Gnome anyway, and would get newer packages. So far I haven't seen any stability issues... hmm, I need to sleep on it.
I finally decided to quit academia. I love research and teaching, but constantly having to apply for funding and doing a lot of extra work trying to improve your chances to maybe some day getting a permanent position was getting rather stressful.
I was offered a job as Machine Learning Specialist at CSC, starting January, and I feel pretty good about that 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSC_%E2%80%93_IT_Center_for_Science
I just shut down the last thing I was self-hosting: "Gandalf" - my trusty home server running in our living room book shelf. Over the years it has hosted, among other things, my personal web page, my OwnCloud/nextCloud and last my pump.io server. It was a Mac mini (from my old freedom-hating days 😉) running Debian GNU/Linux.
It's now two months since I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I can't say that I've missed them so far. Mostly it's a sense of relief that I don't have to think about if I should check my feed or not. On one occasion a friend wanted to tag me on a photo in Facebook and complained that it wasn't possible. I was quite happy with not being tagged ☺
I just pruned our bookshelf and removed around 80 books. Duplicate books and books that I won't ever read. We're taking them to the local Reuse Centre. I estimate that we still have more than 900 books left, so I've still got stuff to read 🙂
First part of my summer vacation started (it's split in two parts this year). Project 1 is to continue the attic cleanup from last summer. I'm mostly done, but still wondering what to do with all my old music CDs. I haven't looked at them for years (everything digitized a long time ago). Yet it still feels bad to throw them away. I wonder if someone still wants them (e.g., library or second-hand stores?).
I had a weird problem: #Emacs would reliably lock up any time I tried to save a file on a drive mounted over sshfs. Turns out Emacs lock files (weird symlinks that don't point to actual files) where somehow not interpreted correctly over sshfs. Emacs ended up in an infinite loop trying to create and verify the symlink. My solution was to simply disable lock files, like this: (setq create-lockfiles nil). I've never had any use for them anyway 🙂
I thought I'd document this somewhere 😉
Current location: balcony. Current beverage: https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/magic-rock-dark-arts/145150/
I'm a computer scientist. I care about social and economic justice.
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