Tinkering with SBCs is so much more fun since I have automated the basic setup. Still not sure if I really like but after I got a running playbook extending it is rather easy and I know I can replicate my setup again.

Any suggestions for good light vim color schemes? solarized light and gruvbox light don't work for me.

If you check the news automatically - how do you do it?

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Using to make the basic setup of my toy server reproducible (starting from an Arch Linux ARM installation) took way too long but it's pretty cool once it works. Also, I cannot stomach all these yaml DSLs, but then again I think I equally hate shell scripting.

Does anyone know a good 101 for writing playbooks? I find the documentation frustrating so far.

Trying to give new life to my old 2, but I can't even use a keyboard ... not sure if my power supply is at fault or if the raspberry pi is just broken.

If you experience the open source community through popular platforms like reddit it can be pretty depressing. It is ridiculous how much hate projects like Gimp, systemd, firefox or Gnome attract. That goes way beyond any technical criticism. These are "true" open source projects (no CLA, no open core), yet people throw shit at them as if these projects were robbing their first-born or something ...

Wasted half a day just to find out Matlab had a backward-incompatible change in the way it runs its parfor loop if no parallel pool is initialized. Meh ...

20 Million Downloads from the LVFS

is such a cool project. I'm still amazed they managed to get quite some big vendors on the service. My old lenovo is not supported, but I'm looking forward to not having to install Windows or boot into freedos or whatever just to update some firmware.

Still looking for a comment solution. I mean realistically about zero people will actually want to leave a comment atm, but it feels incomplete without the option. Leaning towards a simple mailing list as a public inbox where anyone can post. Though I'm wondering how people handle spam on these kind of open mailing lists.

Still trying to free my old code from Matlab: a (hacky?) labindex implementation for : julianmehne.de/posts/2020-09_o

Dabbling in some years old matlab code is quite the blast from the past. Good thing octave can run my analysis code just fine. The simulation itself would take forever though, because octave doesn't support `parfor` it seems. They have a parallel package, but I just hope I'll never have to touch the simulation code again - fingers crossed.

Also, talking about tying tools together: jc and jq are pretty cool. jc can parse the output of some common cli tools and convert it to json, and with jq you can run filters and transformations on json.

Can we stop pretending that tying several little "do one thing well" tools together doesn't introduce its own additional complexity, as soon as we don't just talk about piping commands into each other? As every approach it has its strengths and weaknesses ... mind-blowing!

I finally understand my old vim/latex setup again 😂 After hours of frustration it is kind of fun again to work with it. But I'm getting too old for this shit, I don't have time any more for tools that give you 100 ways to shoot yourself in the foot until you find the right way (TM) of doing stuff.

After several years, having to touch some old documents again. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Is there an up-to-date best practices guide? Regarding tools and packages. I'm using latexrun with lualatex and biber - no idea why the last two, I guess someone recommended it back then ....

I can finally automatically deploy my website. My repository is hosted on where I register a webhook that notifies my webhoster to pull the repository on updates: nmehne.de/posts/2020-07_source

But of course, this was all only an elaborate procrastination scheme ... back to whatever I was supposed to do in the first place ...

Trying to "usb boot" from a 2 v1.1. I don't get what I'm doing wrong. Supposedly you can put the /boot/bootcode.bin file on the sd card and put the real os on a usb drive. The rpi should read bootcode.bin and then use the usb drive. But I only get lit up red+green LEDs which means it didn't work. Not sure what I'm missing - do I need to specify somewhere which partition it is supposed to use for the boot, or does it automatically detect it?

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