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ooh after reading the comments here (some bad some good, as usual) I am reminded of svn's use of 'trunk'. I like this as it makes total sense within the context of how git repositories are structured.

That's it, I'm sold on "trunk". Then people can't make the argument of "what if your 'master' branch is not your 'main' branch?". Trunk is unambiguous and defines its purpose with its name.

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Decoupling my personal apps from my work apps has been cathartic these past few days. Better security keeping things separate.

fun with linux 


I have the Zoom client installed on my computer (the only things I use it for don't need encryption). And every time I leave the computer for any length of time, when I come back, the Zoom client has started on its own.

It's not a specific interval. It's not a specific time. It just seems to be any time I'm away from the computer for more than 15 minutes; when I wake the computer back up, Zoom's sitting there, waiting.

I check running daemons, I poke at background tasks - nothing.
Finally, it occurs to me: "when I wake the computer up". So on a hunch, I check xscreensaver - which has an oooold screensaver called "zoom". I don't have that screensaver installed, but it's listed in the possible screensavers, so xscreensaver checks for it - and it doesn't just check the screensavers directory, it checks $PATH too.

I remove the "zoom" line from ~/.xscreensaver - and the problem goes away.

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What’s the most recommended way to encrypt a db backup now days? Still gpg? For sure looking for public/private as don’t want my worker doing the backup and shipping it to storage to have a key to decrypt it.

But problem comes if I ever want to automate a restore in anyway.. 😶

This is, hands down, the best email sign up form I have ever filled out (I didn't omit any fields).

The check box at the bottom is about enough to make me want to buy something from the author, just to say thank you.

For Void users: do you use the version with musl? If yes, how do you manage software which is not in the musl repository?
Is the musl version really faster/lighter/whatever you want with respect to the glibc one?

Pretty soon, programmable paper will become a reality–and even Post Offices will start issuing "smart" stamps. Instead of e.g. George Washington’s head, it'll have a moving image of Washington.

But the technology won't be ready for the kind of abuse envelopes receive. Most smart stamps will become corrupted and “crash” and just end up displaying “GENERATING IMAGE…” permanently.

Moral of the story: If you want a vision of the future, imagine a human face booting on a stamp forever.

I somehow missed that the Stack Overflow 2020 survey came out a couple of weeks ago,

Maybe this has already been discussed to death, but it *really* bugs me that their "Development Environments and Tools" section now has a subsection on "Collaboration tools" (a broad category that somehow includes GitHub, Slack, Trello, and Azure) – but *cut* the question about text editors/IDEs.

Text editor mind share is one of the few useful data points the survey used to provide!

Thanks to massive protests against racism and police brutality across the U.S., IBM ended its face surveillance program. Amazon is pausing police use of Rekognition for 1 year. Microsoft should be next.

Wow, you can have a _complete_ set of digital computing devices for less than $500 USD with @PINE64 stuff.

* PineBook Pro: 199.99
* PineTab+keyboard: 119.98 (pre-order)
* PinePhone: 149.99 (uBPorts ed.)
* PineTime: 24.99 (dev kit)
= Total: $494.95 USD

They're all designed with FOSS in mind and schematics are provided. That's awesome.

Fosstodon has always taken the approach of supporting what we're focused on; open source projects. As such, we're preparing to make another round of donations and, this time, we're make 2 donations in the amount of $200.00 each!

In the next few days, we'll be posting a survey link seeking your submissions for open source projects that you want us to show some love to. While submissions will be open to our Fosstodon Community Members, the final vote will be determined by our Patreons.

Questionary to Tails users:

How often do you use the "unsafe browser", to access captive portals?

The "unsafe browser" is a known security risk. For that reason, there are plans to not enable it by default/option to disable it by default.

I haven't seen it mentioned in my timeline, but the CE has been out of stock on the @PINE64 store for some days.

I don't know how many phones there were in this batch, but this is again good news. Thousands purchased one, fully knowing that they're getting a phone with missing features to start with. I'm confident the community will step up to iron out the issues that are left. 😄

So I went and made a fresh installation of 20.04 and it's so much faster already! My previous installation was an from 19.10 to 20.04 - is that it, then? Either way, really enjoying it now.

I'm trying out and noticed that, when I SSH in to my desktop, it fires both an X server and gnome-shell (even though I'm not connecting graphically or using X-forwarding)

When I would SSH in to the computer running , it wouldn't bother with either of those.

Does anyone know why that is/how I can stop running a pointless Xorg process?

(Despite the hashtag, I *did* look for this a bit and came up oddly empty)

Questions to supporter and potential supporter that like to donate:

1. Which issues did you came across, that could solve if we change something?
2. Could you imagine to become a regular supporter, if we would change something about the donation process? What is hindering you, that we could improve?
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, The Amnesic Incognito Live System is .

You can download, use, and share it with no restrictions. Forever!

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