Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted
Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

I built a script that downloads `gemini://` sites and plays them as audio. It removes unreadable parts like URLs and preformatted text. It adds sound effects to things like headings, list items, etc..


I built it because I have trouble reading long texts (possibly #dyslexia but never bothered to check). I hope other people find this useful. Just a starting point/toy at this point.

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So... after having to browse Amazon myself quite a lot recently I've decided to get started writing a frontend for it. It's currently still in beta, that means you can only search but the product pages still are on amazon itself. Everything you can see on the site itself is proxied though, so you don't ever ping amazon yourself. But you can check it out here: amazon.simple-web.org

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What's the strangest thing you've ever found in a book?

Here's my story...

About 20 years ago or so, I was at a Salvation Army auction one morning. They were selling of tons (literally) of junk they'd had donated to them over the last few years or so; stuff that wasn't easily sold in their actual stores. A lot of it was good stuff, too.

One thing that immediately caught my eye was a pallet (6' high, 4' wide X 4' wide) of nothing but boxed up hardcover books. I looked through some of the books in the top boxes and realized that there were some very old, and often valuable, books in this boxes. I decided I'd bid on it a bit and see where it goes.

The auctioneer kept bringing up lot after lot, but not the pallet of books. I was getting impatient by the time the morning wore on. Finally, when he'd pretty much sold everything that was in the yard back there that morning, he brought up the pallet of books. There was only a small crowd of folks left by then (about 20 or so). He described the contents of the pallet briefly by saying, "Here you go, folks... a bunch of books".

He looked around at the faces in the crowd and said, "I'm opening the bidding at one dollar." I about shit myself. I bid the $1 immediately to get things rolling. Well, after I bid, he looked around and said, "Once, twice, sold that man there for $1." I just laughed... and wondered how the Hell I was going to get this pallet home and what I was going to do with all those books.

When I asked the auctioneer afterwards why he'd let it go so cheaply, he said, "Did you see anyone trampling you to get in a bid?" I said no, I didn't. His reply, with a smirk on his face, was, "Gotta' know your audience in this job."

Well, needless to say, I got the books home and spent a few years going through them and selling some, giving some away, etc. However, that's not the point of this story. The point was finding things in books. So, with that in mind...

There were quite a few books in this collection that had the name of a fellow in them. His name was Charles Lounsbury. He was evidently a well-educated man; many of his books were text books from Cornell University. Anyway, whilst thumbing through one of them one day, a small business card fell out into my lap. It was a dentist's appointment card for Mr. Lounsbury. It also had his address and phone number on it.

Just for grins and giggles, I called the number on the card. An older-sounding man answered on the first ring. I said "Hello" and gave my name. I then asked the fellow if he was Charles Lounsbury. He said he was indeed. I told him about all the books I'd bought and how I had found this dentist appointment card in one of them. He was BLOWN AWAY immediately upon hearing about the books.

He told me that his sister had possession of his personal library at the time of her death, but he had not spoken with her in many years. When she died, it seems that someone cleaning out her house had donated all her possessions, including Charles' books, to the Salvation Army. Mr Lounsbury was very interested in possibly seeing his books again. He was wanting to leave some of them to his grandchildren upon his demise.

I made a date for him to drive from Sarasota, FL up to my home in Tampa and take whichever of his books he wanted back. The following Saturday he showed up. He was absolutely amazed to find all his books in the middle of my living room (huge stack of books, here's a sampling):

Anyway, he picked out 10 of 15 of his prized books and asked if he could take them. I, of course, said yes... for sure. After that we sat and had some coffee and he told me his life story. It was a wonderful afternoon! Charles and I became pretty good friends after that for about 10 or so years, until his death at age 88.

It's amazing, sometimes, the things you find in books. :)

*This posting previously published on my blog:

Nocturnal Slacker v2.0 | Letters to the void…

Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

I was looking forward to listening to the "Untold Stories of Open Source" podcasts from The Linux Foundation. Unfortunately they chose to use and I can't find any way to download it to listen offline in my car 🤬. I don't want a spotify account or their proprietary app. Why do these "advocates" keep using closed source solutions?!? Any suggestions anyone has to listen to these offline without a account?

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Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

@RL_Dane I personally use a patched , but really I'd recommend any dynamic wm rather than manual. I find it does a nice job of handling the layout for me while staying out of my way!

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After five failed attempts and setting the project aside for a few days, I succeeded in making a folding 3D printed rhombic dodecahedron. It takes significant pressure to snap together (video speeded up), so the design needs more work, but it's nice to see that it's possible.

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So the dev of FairEmail (best mail app on android) decided to quit and stop developing all his android based software. One of the reasons is google being twat and removing his app from play store for no reason and second haters. As much as I dont give a fuck about playstore users (just use Fdroid), I don’t understand people hating. Is it really so hard to understand that you are making it hard to yourself by removing your possible choices? Do you really get kicks out of it? You get paid for it? You don’t understand that someone is doing work for you for free in spare time? Think about it. Noone forces you to use software so if you dont like it don’t use it. Noone wants to read your fucked up opinion about shit specially when there is nothing constructive you have to say about it. So haters, fuck off! Go do something productive. Here, now thanks to you we have one less mail client to choose from so perhaps you pull your shit together and create the ultimate best and coolest client there is since you apparently know best how to make one.

All the love to Marcel and his girlfriend. Hope he comes back.

Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted
Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

JXL Art, genious.

"Generating intriguing pictures by entering parameters in a program"

Looks like they were looking to improve compression, which can be used, the other way around, to generate pictures.

Inteview with Jon Sneyers, chair of the JPEG XL adhoc group of the JPEG committee.


Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted
Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted
Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

I seriously hate that the default #uxn rom is a launcher, a way that only lets you launch pre-made programs.

I found this excellent comment the other day that explains this better than I could:

"Early computers were designed from the ground up to be truly general purpose. When you turned them on, you'd be presented with the word READY, and a blinking cursor. It was an open invitation to PROGRAM the machine! This is no mere appliance, it's a beckoning gateway to intellectual discovery!"

Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

: Again and again and again 🤦‍♂️ « Internet users who download the web browser from the official website get a unique identifier attached to the installer that is submitted to Mozilla on install and first run » ghacks.net/2022/03/17/each-fir

Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted
Jason Lenz :nixos: :openbsd: boosted

One doesn't have to be a developer or programmer to to !

Here are a few easy ways that I've experienced (and enjoyed) myself:
- Help train 's recognition engine with your own voice and ears!
- Improve data either via their website's editor or an app such as .
- Translate using the platform (this morning I translated for !).

What other and methods have you used?

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Is it possible to easily share #NixOS derivations (packages) on a network? I'd like to avoid downloading packages on all systems when upgrading.

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