Inspired by @dziban , I will try to post a thing in Japanese everyday as well, as practice.

fosstodon.org/@dziban/10581547

Here goes nothin'.

このポストは難しいです、毎日は日本語を勉強しませんから。

M. Collさんのポストは新しいの単語を教えました。「しようとする」です。ありがとう!

I like how, Mastodon will just randomly stop loading any and all images once I scroll down for long enough. It's taking care of me, not letting me get lost in memes.

It's funny how, in school, we were learnings things like installing Linux (Ubuntu) on a VM, operating the system through the CLI, and I was thinking "What's the point, GUIs exist for a reason, why would I ever use the command line to access, make, remove files, etc."

Fast forward some time and I'm greatly benefitting from the knowledge I so unwillingly received back then. Maybe I should get in touch with that teacher and say thanks.

So in the process of installing Arch Linux, one of the commands to use is "pacstrap /mnt base linux linux-firmware" which, among other things, downloads and installs the linux kernel. And I just wonder, if not even the kernel is included in the ISO installation file, what the heck is actually in there, that takes up over half a gig? What is actually included in the installation file?

Although the local timeline is filled with people casually doing things many times more impressive, it still makes me excited so dangit I'm gonna share.

Getting Arch Linux (my first look at Linux beyond Debian) not only to work, but also to run smoothly in a VM (that's a first for me, everything always chugged for some reason) is the most impressive tech thing I've done in months.

So here's my entry into (It's actually 3 AM on Monday for me, but shh...)

I had to retry the installation FOUR TIMES because I was having some big problems with the network, and it still looks very rough and there's much to do, but I can at least honestly use the phrase "I use Arch, by the way"

Noticed that my website wasn't running. Checked status on nginx, it "failed to start a high performance server". I checked a bunch of things, like IP referral on the domain and SSL certificate. It was failing at the default configuration check. Apparently it couldn't find some error and access logs, so I just went to the folder and made empty files with those names, reloaded nginx and now it works...? Why does it need empty files to function... if it couldn't find them, why not make them new?

It's annoying when a language is described as "easy to get into but harder later on". When is the "later on?" I've been learning Japanese for some time, and it's already getting to be rather complex, is this the hard "later on" people have been talking about, or am I just a dummy and have yet to reach the really mind-boggling stuff...

Imagine a comedy TV show or anime about a marketing team, and at the end of each episode there is a previev of the next episode, and it's always in the form of "X did Y. What hapened next will shock you!" or "X used Y. You wouldn't believe what happened to X afterwarrds!"

Does Linux collect bloat over time, and if so, how do you clean it? What are Linux's alternatives to Windows' Disk Cleaning utility and such?

I've noticed my disk space getting smaller with no specific input from me. Like, I'll have 100 GB free and after a month I'll have 95 GB free, even if I haven't installed 5 GB worth of software (unless updates do that?), and I keep my personal data folders clean.

Whoops, I forgot to use the hashtag on the post I wrote earlier this week: dougbelshaw.com/blog/2021/02/1

(number 87, but I don't include weeknotes in that figure, nor posts I publish other than on my personal blog)

Remember how, back in the days, "select all images with [ ]" captchas had things like cats, dogs, and such? Nowadays I only ever get things like trucks, traffic lines, motorcycles, and other road crap. Really shows that Google's just using Captcha to train its AI to get better at autonomous driving.

Fellow citizens, please consider signing this European Citizens' Initiative petition against biometric mass , for protecting our .

reclaimyourface.eu

I really like how, entering my name into Google Images, I only get only two images of me across several hundred search results, and they're both nearly 10 years old. Besides those two and an old Facebook account I haven't touched in almost 7 years, I cannot find any other pictures of me online at all. I shared some in PMs with friends on occasion, but on the publicly-available internet I pretty much don't exist, which is nice. Accidentally practiced privacy without being aware of it. Yay old me!

Well then... Don't know if it's just a quirk of my system and/or my Firefox installation, but opening the History window and selecting a large amount of history links for deletion is... unadvised.

I tried removing history for one month (2000 links) and it completely froze my computer. My mouse movements took 20 seconds to register, and even waiting 10 minutes did nothing and I was forced to restart the system. Why you be like that, Firefox.

A good read about the physical structure of the internet and how, if FOSS had a physical analogue, the internet would be the exact opposite of it.

currentaffairs.org/2020/08/rec

With how unpopular Facebook is with many younger people, to the point where it's often called "Boomer Book", I find it fascinating how many people - young and old - still use it.

According to a report from the Swedish Internet Foundation, some 80% of all Swedish internet users use Facebook (60% do so daily), and a lot more young people use it than old people (85% vs 65%).

Show older
Fosstodon

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.