Toronto gigs this week
I'm playing a couple new cover tunes solo at UofT on Friday night in support of CAFEX, and on violin with Dave Borins and band for our weekly residency every Wed 6-8pm in May/June at The Cameron House!
I've been getting him with spam users on a few Drupal websites I admin, but this one I can appreciate: "New User: john.snow"
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My wife bought this onesie for our newborn daughter as her first outfit to wear.
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Born about two hours ago!
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Performing in Ottawa Today
Ottawa! I'm on violin with Darrelle London today on Rogers Daytime TV, and at the Black Sheep in Wakefield tonight! http://blaise.ca/events/I hope your show is going well (you might be on stage right now? It's 10:30.) I was planning on making the trip into the Belle Provence to see you, but had a meeting which finished at 9:30 and was just to tired/lazy to drive. Congrats on the CanadaAM thing BTW! I didn't see it, but was impressed to hear about it -- I watch CanadaAM during the spring/summer/fall, but not during the winter....
Live TV Performance Friday Morning with Darrelle London
Tomorrow (Friday), I'll be live nationally on CTV Canada AM on my new MIDI keyboard with Darrelle London and band! We've got one song at ~8:50am EST.
I'll be rocking some Yoshimi synth sounds courtesy of KXStudio's Debian repos!
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OpenERP... doesn't hash passwords?!
I'm going through a PostgreSQL dump of our OpenERP database to manually reset a password for an administrative user... and all the user passwords are sitting there in plain text in the PostgreSQL dump file...
What on earth kind of application at this level doesn't hash passwords at all??Show all 6 replies
Ah, you're right, I guess as of Sept it's auto-installed (and I think that means auto-enabled in an Odoo context). The version I'm running isn't that recent...
So, downgrade my shock from brain-turned-inside-out to simply horrified...
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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?