ownCloud 8 already? https://owncloud.org/blog/owncloud-server-8-0-for-users/
Beginning a Deep Dive into Libre Music
While I prepare to resume a lot of the music activities I put on the backburner to move out/get married/have kids/etc. around 2009/2010, some things are depressing and others are super exciting.
Licensing and copyright is depressing. I'm still having trouble wrapping my mind around how I can really licence my music freely and co-exist with PROs, which have automatic copyright assignment (whereas I'd really like selective assignment), and get their authority to collect royalties from Copyright Board Tariffs, rather than from the way music is actually licensed (i.e. they assume all music is proprietary). Nevermind the PRO angle for neighbouring rights in Canada, which is where I'd have the largest opportunity to collect royalties as a session musician but might have to choose between that and restricting my ability to licence my own music freely...
But looking at building a live music rig is super exciting. I'm exploring MIDI controllers, KXStudio, OpenAV, MOD Duo... while there's still a lot of proprietary stuff to work around (will this hardware work properly with free software? are there sound libraries available? Everyone assumes you're using Ableton Live and Logic/ProTools on OS X, etc.), there's a lot that really has me excited... Maybe I just haven't hit the dead-ends yet! :)
On violin with my cousin!
On violin with my cousin Stan Klich in a new video for his tune, Too Perfect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahhSsuTgcaE
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Apparently, I can't select my own seats with Ticketmaster now without using... Flash?
Seriously? I guess it's been a while since I bought a ticket from Ticketmaster, but... only a company like Ticketmaster / LIve Nation would add a Flash dependency nowadays...
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Help: Google is disappearing my email from the Internet...
Well, from Gmail -- which is more or less the same thing, unfortunately...
I've just realized that my email is going straight to spam. Even simple personal emails that I send, from multiple domains that I have tried which are configured on my mail server.
It's been happening for weeks too... that is, first reports I received from people were back in December... and it's really hard to tell if it started earlier... I think if I'm in someone's contacts, then it goes to Inbox, but otherwise it seems that mail from my server (IP address?) is going straight to spam...
I'm not on any blacklists: http://mxtoolbox.com/SuperTool.aspx?action=blacklista220.127.116.11&run=toolpage
And I have a perfect 10/10 from http://www.mail-tester.com/
And all I can find from Google is this page of Bulk Sender Guidelines -- no way to confirm if you're IP has been blacklisted, or to request removal...
... what do I do?Show all 16 repliesThis happened to me once when an agency was working with me to improve my CV. The man there said he didn't receive my email, however I asked him to check his spam folder and sure enough it was there. He was using a Microsoft Outlook setup I believe.
My belief is that someone you sent an email to marked your email as junk which has then caused the spam filter to treat your email address as spam for anybody else receiving your email. I know you have checked your email address for that, however there is no way of knowing for certain.
Hopefully it will right itself in time.
Nasty Rosegarden bug in Ubuntu Studio
I'm planning to switch from Ubuntu Studio to KXStudio on my music production machine, but I'm in the middle of arranging strings for 13 songs and I know better than to try to upgrade now.
But there's a really nasty bug in Rosegarden in Ubuntu Studio (14.04 LTS) -- 8/10 when I try to copy/paste... the application segfaults!
I know it's not the most recent Rosegarden running in 14.04 LTS... but man... I started saving every time before copy pasting, but now I've just given up on copy/paste entirely... kinda cramping my style...
snowdrift.coop -- am I the only one a bit confused?
I feel like I'm supposed to give money to snowdrift.coop (it sounds amazing), so I'm going to make a pledge.
But I must admit... while I get the general idea, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around exactly how the system is going to work in practice without sitting down for half an hour to read through the whole website, try a demo, etc...
The elevator pitch is great at selling me on the high-level need for a better solution to the funding problem, but I don't really have a concrete sense of what it will mean for me as a patron without doing a bunch of homework...Show all 6 replies
Cc: @Aaron Wolf (re: above conversation), in case this feedback is in any way constructive or useful for a better explanation / elevator pitch. (I hope it doesn't come across as whining or anything -- I love what you're doing and just donated to the project!)
Maybe, what would make a difference, is if very early on in the introduction, there's a clear explanation and example of what it would mean for me as a patron of the project (like what precisely I would be paying and how that is determined), without diving into the economic problem of funding non-rivalrous goods or the mechanics of the funding formula, etc., to try and figure that out.
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I don't know if they've added it, but I'd be worried about depleting my funds too quickly if I didn't have some way to cap the amount I was willing to donate to a project in a month. In the demo I went from donating 8c/day to $1.10/day until the other guy ran out of money.
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Right, yeah, me too.
Snowdrift.coop seems to have lots of new interesting ideas, but one of the really interesting things about Flattr in its simplicity is that your monthly costs are totally fixed.
That helps combat the mental transaction costs of micropayments -- there isn't really any mental transaction cost when each Flattr doesn't change how much you're paying, but just how it's divided up...
I'm switching my calendars/contacts from SOGo to ownCloud.
I've been using SOGo for ~3 years. I set it up when ownCloud was still pretty new, and the calendar didn't quite feel mature enough, and SOGo was focused on Thunderbird integration.
It's served me well, but ownCloud has a ton of momentum now, I'm already running it for other things, and it just seems way easier to manage. I borked my SOGo calendar on Saturday -- not SOGo's fault at all, and I have backups, but... I can't even figure out how to easily restore a backup for a primary calendar! I can't even delete or clear it. And I don't feel like I know or understand how SOGo is running, or where/how data is being stored (compared to ownCloud, which is familiar to me as a PHP application)... Meanwhile, ownCloud has a great web UI (I was using CalDAVzap because SOGo's web interface was really awkward), and a ton of momentum, and it seems way easier to manage and share calendars.
So, rather than restoring my backups to SOGo, I think I'm just going to move my calendar and contacts (as well as my wife's and parents') from SOGo to my ownCloud install. That seems like a better bet for the future.
The #OO Show Interview
I'll be appearing on the #OO Show at 6pm CT (very soon).
Thanks to @Doug Whitfield for setting it up!
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Inexpensive VPS/Cloud Servers With ~1TB storage?
Over the past couple years, I've been moving away from a few monolithic dedicated servers to smaller VPSes. One one of my old dedicated servers though, I've got one service remaining that I'm finding it hard to move: rsnapshot.
I run nightly rsnapshot backups for all my other servers to this one dedicated server. It has ~1TB storage, and is only using maybe 300-400GB right now. But, the server is only $80/month...
I really don't need much... a single CPU, 1GB of RAM (maybe even 500MB)... and don't necessarily need a SSD... but just lots of storage.
(I do have some self-hosted hardware at home and at the office doing the same thing, but the uplink speed is so slow that I can't rely on those backups for a quick restore of large amounts of data. I need something in a data center, with a fast uplink, so that I could restore GBs of data in short order if needed.)
It seems like I could get by with a $5 Digital Ocean VPS... if only I could hook it up to larger storage. Is this what OpenStack Swift / Amazon S3 is for? (Though, that seems like it's more complicated than it needs to be...) Or, pricing wise, am I better off just sticking with a dedicated server at $80/month that has ~1TB of storage?
If Companies were Unix Commands
via @mmasnick on Twitter:
- dir - Yahoo
- find - Google
- rcp - Dropbox
- man - Stack Overflow
- w - Twitter, Facebook
- finger - LinkedIn
- | - IFFT, Zapier
- sudo - GCHQ, NSA
Removing ownCloud from Ubuntu: Since when does "upgrade" mean "remove"?
Ugh. Okay, so I don't care about all the debates about what's best for security right now, but the UX is freaking terrible.
I run updates on my Ubuntu machine, and owncloud gets removed??? Since when should
apt-get upgradehave essentially the same effect as running
apt-get remove owncloud???
Bah. Now my owncloud install is gutted and I've got to spend time this morning setting up a new package that I was not planning to spend today.
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>> Stephen Michael Kellat:
“A number of upstreams do not want to be packaged such as calibre oddly enough. We don't want to eviscerate the archive.”
Then maybe they shouldn't release their work as Free Software, should they? O_o
I understand the distribution not wanting to "fight" with unwilling upstreams, but something like "ok, we won't include it in the next release" sounds more coherent.
Removing packages from under users' feet sounds pretty crazy to me. Especially when said packages are Free Software, not a case of "whooops, this was illegal software and we didn't know!".The we don't want distros to include this in the package manager (despite my POV that direct download is far better for these kinds of applications) sounds suspiciously like some major sponsor is about to take OC open-core.
In other words, it seems like it is more about revenue extraction than about product quality (else project could attempt to assist distro maintainers in keeping packages up-to-date).
I've already switched to the OBS repository. I was planning to do that anyways, having heard about the issue... just, wasn't planning on spending time on it this morning.
The debconf warning screen did pop up through the Ubuntu updater GUI, but there wasn't (or didn't seem to be) any way to abandon it at that point -- it cleared out everything but my files and database.
It actually wiped out my config.php too! But, I have backups.
It wasn't too hard to install via OBS, drop my old config.php in place, and connect with the MySQL db and my data directory. It's just, I wish I didn't have to do that today.
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Nagios or Zabbix or... ??
I'm preparing to decommission an old Ubuntu 10.04 system that's running Nagios. Plan was to set up a new VPS just for Nagios, with a more recent distro release, but... does it make sense to stick with Nagios? This would be a good opportunity to switch, if there's reason to switch. How does Zabbix or anything else stack up against Nagios?
I'm currently using Nagios, with NRPE on my servers as well as Munin on most servers too.
Daycares and Big Data
So, my daycare just started uploading information about my kids' activities, moods, diet, development etc., and possibly photos in future, to a 3rd party for-profit company that stores that data in another country and I know very little about.
The daycare also seems pretty technologically illiterate, so (a) I doubt they'd appreciate the concerns, and (b) on the other hand, using technology to share this information with parents is a pretty good thing -- it's just using some proprietary service as the intermediary that has me pretty annoyed.
TV documentaries on the Internet from the 80s/90s
"So, I would suggest finding a local internet service provider, which you can find in any of your local newspapers."
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Google and Screen Sharing
Just had a call with someone re: Google Dynamic Remarketing Tags in Magento for a client.
- Google rep: May I go ahead and start a web meeting with you?
- Me: I'm not sure if that will work. I'm using GNU/Linux.
- Google rep: ... sorry?
- Me: I'm using GNU/Linux
- Google rep: No, uh, what I mean by that is I would be initiating a web meeting through which I can share your screen.
- Me: Right. What are the system requirements for that?
- Google rep: Okay, we have multiple platforms for that, we use WebEx or Join Me or any other platforms like that. Which operating system are you using?
- Me: I'm using Debian testing.
- Google rep: Ok, so, I believe WebEx should work on that. right? It's based on Linux-platform?
- Me: But does WebEx require Oracle Java?
- Google rep: Um, I'm not 100% sure on that, but a plugin is definitely required.
- Me: Okay, so, I don't have any proprietary software on my laptop. If it's going to require proprietary software, I can't do the screen sharing.
- Google rep: Okay... but, does it allow you to run .exe files?
At that point, we both gave up. He's emailing me instructions. For some reason, I assumed Google might be better than usual with respect to this kind of thing. (Though, I could imagine another conversation where he invites me to join Google+ and use Hangouts... )
Software Freedom and the WordPress Ecosystem
I always like to talk about WordPress as a bit software freedom success story, but it's kind of depressing how much proprietary software is a part of the ecosystem, even despite say the WordPress.org GPL focus.
e.g. at WordCamp here, devs on Macs using Sublime and MAMP and proprietary WordPress plugins and themes is just the norm...