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Alright, time for a new home. Fosstodon has been recommend to me by quite a few people as the place that matches my interests, so, uh, here I am!

For those not following me over from, I'm a FOSS community manager, wannabe data scientist, sysadmin and devops enthusiast. Currently very interested in and , but will happily talk endlessly about pretty much anything.

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Back to work then, I guess. That was a nice holiday though :)

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Another thing: I can't stand people that pretend passion for a trade/practice, then proceed to gatekeep. My knowledge is free, and I'm eager to help when others run into issues I have experience resolving. Even if I don't, I'm willing to learn with you.

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I jotted down some of the reasons why I don't use . I thought maybe some people may find it useful.

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I’m looking at some of the 404s we've gotten in the last few hours. Of interest:

- /login/username/.wp-config.php.swp

(Don’t vim your config file on the prod server, kids)

- *.php

As if.

- Various permutations of ‘backup.sql’
- Lots of…/.ssh/id_rsa
- Lots of .svn and .git
- Lots of paths to /etc/passwd
- Lots of paths to Jenkins admin stuff

A friend bought a present for my child, and it's lovely, my child adores it... but... this has got to be some of the *best* "bad translation" text I've seen in ages.

Apologies for not captioning the images, it's a lot of text, but includes such gems as:
* please do not belong to the plastic bags
* has magnetic zero
* enhances the baby to begin the brain

I'm dying here :D

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climate emergency 

Ah, for an evening of infra stuff and tinkering with new projects. A little music on the bookcase speakers. Tea in a bit. Good times.

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Stunning day in Scotland today. Not a cloud in sight, roughly 18C, a light breeze... Perfect.

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Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.


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I had forgotten what a genuinely *satisfying* waste of time a good jigsaw can be ...

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FOSS / tech / privacy musings 

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I really hate when communities use Slack. I have a Pinebook as my main laptop, and my phone cost $200 since I try to use cheap computers that last.

But Slack wants to use all of my RAM. I can't actually run it on most of my devices.
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My company let me release this as Free Software:

It's a pytest plugin to let you mark Python certain unit tests as supporting, or "honoring" constraints. Say you have some design requirement tests that are super important, or tests that validate compliance with some ISO 27001 controls. Now you can mark them for easy identification, run reports to show which tests demonstrate which constraints, and enforce in CI that you never accidentally remove a marked test.

So I appear to be building a site for a local group. Blogging, content, events, probably a private area for drafts, maybe a private reading area for members. Feels CMS-y to me...

What's a good CMS du jour? Trying to avoid WP, Grav is markdown (so possibly out for nontechy authors). What else should I check? Ghost? Drupal?

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Heard of a cool tech-bro-weeding interview technique the other day. A male and female engineer conduct the interview session together. If, when the female engineer asks the candidate a question, he directs his answer to the male engineer, then he's out. They said it happens a lot

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