Just finished watching the Netflix series "Another Life". Well worth a look. I won't give any spoilers.

Can you believe this?

I went to my doctor's surgery to collect a prescription for medication and was told that I'm required to show photo-id before I could have it.

I informed the receptionist that I didn't have any photo-id on me and I had no medication left. If she refused to hand over my prescription then would she be prepared to accept the consequences of withholding my medication?

The prescription was handed over. I have arranged repeat prescriptions to be done via the chemist without id

Great job @libreoffice team. With LibreOffice-6.3.0 on Linux you can now select GPG keys and sign documents.

Thinking about audio recording interfaces.

They connect to a PC using a USB cable. The PC operating noise is often a problem and the USB connection length is limited.

Aside from the benefit of USB being able to supply power for the interface, wouldn't it make sense to use an ethernet connection? No such limitation on cable length, more bandwidth and you might be able to use power-over-ethernet.

Why isn't this done?

My first upgrade of Linux Mint 19.1 to 19.2 went without incident.

These point releases of Linux Mint don't fill me with the excitement and anticipation that I used to experience with fedora.

The end result is pleasing though. Sure it's mostly performance and resource usage improvements with a few feature enhancements. You are left feeling that your system is "improved" overall.

Found a big flaw with FreeBSD jails. Networking is implemented using interface aliasing which makes it a problem for services which listen on all interfaces. Oh well, bhyve it is then!

Am I thinking sensibly is seeing the emergence of RISC-V as a competitor for ARM? Will phone manufacturers adopt it?

Thinking about my next home server and migrating from a Linux KVM host with FreeBSD clients to a pure FreeBSD solution.

Should I go with bhyve clients or jails? The jail solution appeals for the possibility of making the base OS immutable.

I had the need to email members of a club I belong to. Many of them have a GMail account and my mail system is clever enough to create a multi-recipient submission to GMail. Unfortunately, GMail isn't clever enough to accept the email.

Digging deeper and sending the email by my GMail account, it works. So I look at GMail's Bulk Sending guidelines and they say "use the same IP for all submissions" and "authenticate your email“. I do both of those, correctly, and it doesn't work.

GMail sucks!

Blender 2.80 release will be within the next few days. I've only tinkered a little with the 2.7x series but the new version has lots of new features.

The gloss of VSCodium has worn off for me. I think it was the repetition of toolchains I already have on my system (installed by VSCodium and PlatformIO) that finally did it.

I've had vim-tiny installed forever but I added vim-gtk3 for just a little glitz and I'm enjoying the simplicity of editing without filesystem trees and a plethora of sidebar icons.

Python gurus. I want to dabble a little bit with Python in VSCodium using the Microsoft Python support extension.

There are multiple choices for formatter and linter. Being mindful that Python 2 will reach end-of-life soon, and wanting a Python 3 solution for both, I trawled the Linux Mint (Ubuntu) repositories for them.

For the formatter I selected yapf3 and for the linter I selected mypy. Are these good choices? Much of the other stuff seemed to be Python 2 or provided for both versions.

I'm really enjoying the curiousmarc video series on the restoration of the Apollo AGC.

In these days of multi-gigahertz 64-bit CPUs, and associated graphics cards, it's refreshing to see how real work was achieved using much less capable hardware.

We often encounter multi-megabyte executables on our Linux systems and yet the largest Assembly language 8-bit application I wrote was under 32KB.

Are we using excess as an excuse for convenience these days?

Well, it looks like Oracle are pulling the plug on my free-for-life products I receive from Dyn.com as an early supporter of dyndns.com when it first started.

I now have to research alternate DNS providers and, I guess, I'll end up paying a monthly fee. You've just gotta love corporate acquisitions of businesses.

I know of Peertube but is there a federated platform that would be suited to Podcasts?

We're not all video content creators so I figured that something dedicated to audio would be good.

pixelfed - - > podfed? - - > peertube maybe.

I ran-up Clear Linux in a VirtualBox VM and while it installed nicely I was unable to install additional packages (Flatpaks) afterward. The software manager would just indicate "Pending installation" and do nothing more. 😕

@schestowitz Hi Roy. Could you please attend to the expired, self-signed, SSL certificate on techrights.org? Maybe implement a Let's Encrypt solution.

If you're using VSCodium on a Debian, or derivative distribution, from the paulcarroty repository.

Be aware that the package name has changed from *vscodium* to *codium* and your existing install will be marked as local/obsolete.

Isn't WSL a complete misnomer? Surely it's a Linux Subsystem for Windows.

Maybe it's an attempt by Microsoft to "own" the technology.

@fedilab I noticed that my toots from Fedilab are attributed to Mastalab (in the lower right). Is this intended or an oversight?

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