Shameless plug:

If you've been social distancing and doing your part to self-isolate, you've already made a ton of hard decisions. Tonight, you don't have to. Tune in at 8pm US EDT (GMT-4) and let me pick the tracks for your stay-at-home dance party:

Hope you can join us!

I've never tried live streaming before, but thought it might be fun to DJ a dance set this Friday night. If you want to tune in, I'm going to spin for an hour at 8 pm US EDT (GMT-4). Open source shout out: I'll be using OBS Studio ( on my Fedora setup for the streaming.

Late for and about a week behind peak — that’s my relationship with fashion in a nutshell :-) My workhorse is a Razer Blade Stealth 13” with nVidia GPU. I run Fedora for serious work and Windows 10 for video games. All Logitech peripherals, b/c they play nice with Linux and Windows alike. Window manager is Gnome with theme, icons, and background from elsewhere.

Shameless plug:

Red Hat's big annual tech conference went virtual this year (thanks COVID-19). But also, the two day virtual event is free to attend now!

If you're interested in checking out all of the amazing content from Red Hat Summit for $0, learn more about it and register here:

Full disclosure: I'm a Red Hatter and my team has built a pretty incredible Kubernetes + Kafka + Knative + Tensorflow + Ceph demo for this event. I am super proud of their hard work!

Truck driver so my workspace office looks like this...essential worker...everyone still needs TP and food during the pandemic..

This seems obvious, but I'll say it here: don't ask the owner of any open source project to write the objective Point of View statement for all projects in that technical space. The result will be embarrassingly biased.

In fairness to open source project owners everywhere, they wouldn't be leading those projects if they didn't think that their way was the best way to solve a given technical problem.

Now that my wife and I are both working from home for the duration, we were suddenly short on some necessary tech. I went out and bought myself a mechanical keyboard.

It's loud and clicky and I love it 🙂

This past Saturday I posted a half-marathon-length run on the rail trail near my house. But that’s not what’s important right now. What’s important is that I introduce the hashtag to Fosstodon, because this is the appropriate reward for any such physically challenging endeavor :-)

Major accomplishment of coronageddon so far: migrated my two pet projects to be hosted on, running as Linux containers:

The ‘Stars Without Number’ sector generator:

The most important website ever:

career advice? 

hi guys! i recently took beginner lessons in python programming...i can code but struggle to understand concepts like classes and inheritance...i applied to a post "python integration developer" in a startup and they will be interviewing me next week...a technical task will also follow

i desperately want a job (any job) but i am naturally scared of what is coming..i like to code but is it a lost cause? and how should i prepare considering my background? please boost

So... I updated the driver for my laptop keyboard. And now I’m telling you about it from my iPad. So you can guess how that went. 🤔

It would appear that Linux kernel 5.4 does not play nice with my laptop. The problem does not occur with 5.3.x, so it is clearly some recent change.

The failure mode is: I close the laptop lid, then the laptop never correctly suspends, and when I open the lid the screen is dark and unresponsive. I have to hard boot the laptop to get it responsive again.

Can anyone point me at a decent kernel troubleshooting guide?

Hey all -- shameless plug for some job openings that I am looking to fill at Red Hat:

Principal Software Engineer

Senior Principal Software Engineer

New year -- new job?

Questions for anyone who is self-hosting their infrastructure (minimally e-mail but perhaps full groupware like Nextcloud): What do you do to prevent data loss? What do you do to ensure uptime? With email, I’d hate to be traveling and suddenly have to find a way to log in and debug my mail setup. More than that, having to constantly stay one step ahead of spammers and stay up to date on security patches sounds like an endless amount of work. Curious to hear how you deal with these things.

Okay FOSS friends -- there are two iOS + iCloud-based apps that I use quite a bit in my daily life: Notes and Reminders. I'm looking for FOSS alternatives that don't sacrifice functionality:

The Notes alternative needs to support nested folders of notes, and notes with attachments. The Reminders alternative needs to support multiple lists _plus_ very smart recurring rules (like, "first Saturday every two months").

I need an iOS client and a web client.Any suggestions?

I finally got my laptop to play nice with Fedora 31. It’s a late 2019 Razer Stealth with a discrete nVidia GPU. The magic steps: 1) swap out nouveau for the nVidia drivers (admittedly not a FOSS move) and 2) pass a flag to the kernel that tells it how to deal with Razer’s special laptop-lid-close shenanigans. So happy to be able to get some real work done with this thing now!

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