Just finished revisiting a Ubuntu ISO customisation script I collaborated on a long time ago... Needed a custom ISO for a workshop...

It can now take a customisation script to auto-run during the process for a repeatable build, and I tested it against Ubuntu MATE 18.04


It still needs quite a bit of cleanup though.... maybe I'll properly revisit it during my holiday...

nominations. highlighted as a "villain" for being a threat to freedom of expression. nominated as a "villain" for trying to protect freedom of expression. Makes total sense.


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Une fois n'est pas coutume, je viens de publier un billet de blog. Oui, je sais, à cette heure-ci. Mais j'avais envie de le publier depuis un petit moment maintenant !
« Jeu libre : Minetest »
#blog #gaming #minetest

Shameless plug / reannounce. It was hard getting a new venue, and I'm not sure I'm done hunting yet... our previous meetups exceeded attendance expectations... and the capacity of the wee room we had...


Next up at EdLUG: "Where's my open smartphone?" 2nd of July at Akva


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So I just discovered that to get pre-built for Windows... you need to go to Red Hat 🙂


Where's my Open smartphone ? The state of open source and Freedom-friendly smartphones is next up at the User Group talks on Tue 2nd July 2019 opentechcalendar.co.uk/event/8

@Jephjacques Hold on, wait, what, which page did they have that conversation in ??

Other than that, this is looking interesting....

...can we not formally name updatable items "MoM"? I can hear the frat-quips coming a mile off....


(it may say something about me that I notice this but in my defense.... to prevent security breaches, think like a hacker ; to prevent bad puns ruining your brand, think like a muppet...)

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"What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone. Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week" => washingtonpost.com/technology/

Et dire que les Apple fans y croyaient "ouaaais la vie privée sous iMachin c'est top prioritaire pour Apple, le prophète Steve Jobs l'a dit avant de mourir"

Ben en fait non. Comme d'hab en fait.

#marketing #apple #privacy #vieprivée

logo change:

* Pro: No more sinister feel
* Pro: Still recognizable

* Con: Looks childish on white, is an eyesore on dark grey (the other company colours)
* Con: Looks like a GIF lifted off a Google image search
* Con: Looks like it was downsampled through MS Paint
* Con: "Took the human out of the picture"

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Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (bloomberg.com/news/articles/20).

Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.

A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:



You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.

(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)

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An excellent reason to promote open source in schools.

From DebianEdu wiki:

"Why consider it?

It is Free software: not only in price but also in the way schools are allowed to use it. This is ethically important to an educational environment as it should avoid being an arena where piracy is accepted or encouraged but a place that promotes the making and sharing of knowledge. This project provides user-friendly licenses that gives rights not responsibilities. "



Multi-platform note taker, including web and terminal, with a web clipper, tasks, markdown, and sync through nextCloud ??

It's EVERYTHING I've been wanting!

(cue disappointment when I realize there's something I definitely didn't want :-p)

But seriously, this looks immensely promising...!


Nevermind. It's normal for Firefox, and probably amongst all web browsers supporting Push API

"Sites can use this feature to provide you with notifications or update data in the background."



Anybody know why I'm getting notifications for ... even if Mastodon is not open in any tabs? (in fact, no tabs open at all...!) (on my )

Only just noticed.... I don't get many interaction notifications :-/

Muck it. shows full-screen forced-interaction ads at every install. If the screen sleeps while you wait for the countdown.... the countdown resets.

Managed to install Bitwarden, Signal and Termux from it before giving up, but now not really sure if they're the real deal. Re-flash time... AGAIN.


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