Blaise Alleyne

Toronto, Canada

Technologist, musician, writer, theology student, free culture/software advocate.

  • Performing in Ottawa Today

    2015-03-26T15:02:57Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Ottawa! I'm on violin with Darrelle London ​today on Rogers Daytime TV, and at the Black Sheep in Wakefield tonight!

    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....

    George Standish at 2015-03-27T02:28:19Z

    Thanks! It went pretty well! We were on first, so off stage by about 9:30 or 10pm anyways, but I'll let you know the next time I'm playing in Ottawa. I managed to extract an MP4 from the Canada AM Flash player, will share soon!

    Blaise Alleyne at 2015-03-27T16:40:04Z

  • Live TV Performance Friday Morning with Darrelle London

    2015-03-19T17:32:35Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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! likes this.

  • OpenERP... doesn't hash passwords?!

    2015-03-11T19:22:39Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers


    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??

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    That github issue doesn't look like a wontfix -- the module is now automatically installed.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-03-11T22:33:31Z

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    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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  • 2015-02-10T20:12:34Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I didn't realize until just now that I can click avatars in Pumpa to pull up a menu with a few key options!

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  • Beginning a Deep Dive into Libre Music

    2015-01-29T01:11:58Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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! :)

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    Sounds like you have plenty of fun ahead :D

    Arcee at 2015-01-29T01:30:24Z

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  • On violin with my cousin!

    2015-01-21T22:02:40Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    On violin with my cousin Stan Klich in a new video for his tune, Too Perfect.

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    Thank you, that was beautiful. And a welcome break from discussions about software and licencing. Glad I'm not the only violinist around here. :-)

    mark_luchkow at 2015-01-21T23:45:37Z

    Hey, nice to meet another violinist! What kind of music to you play?

    Are you based in the Vancouver area? I'm heading to Burnaby and Powell River in a couple weeks, on violin for another songwriter.

    Blaise Alleyne at 2015-01-22T03:07:21Z

  • 2015-01-11T06:41:05Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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... likes this.

  • Help: Google is disappearing my email from the Internet...

    2015-01-08T22:17:45Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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:

    And I have a perfect 10/10 from

    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?

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    This 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.

    jrobertson at 2015-01-09T01:09:37Z

    Actually, no trouble with gmail for me, only some RBLs.

    joeyh at 2015-01-09T03:22:17Z

    @Christopher Allan Webber yikes.

    @joeyh ah, that's good... RBLs are annoying, but at least there's usually some kind of removal request mechanism...

    Blaise Alleyne at 2015-01-09T05:39:07Z

    It has to be more than a single person marking you as spam though, it would have to be a trend or a critical mass of users...

    Blaise Alleyne at 2015-01-09T05:39:52Z

  • Nasty Rosegarden bug in Ubuntu Studio

    2015-01-08T19:34:57Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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...

  • -- am I the only one a bit confused?

    2014-12-29T03:31:27Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I feel like I'm supposed to give money to (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... , Jason Self like this.

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    Yes, it should be simplified.

    Jason Self at 2014-12-29T04:07:18Z

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    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.



    Blaise Alleyne at 2014-12-29T04:28:11Z

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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.

    Efraim Flashner at 2014-12-29T08:45:00Z

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    Right, yeah, me too. 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...

    Blaise Alleyne at 2014-12-29T09:01:52Z

  • s/SOGo/ownCloud/g

    2014-12-29T03:23:33Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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.

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  • The #OO Show Interview

    2014-12-19T23:51:37Z via Pumpa To: Public , Doug Whitfield CC: Followers

    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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  • Glenn Grenwald: Why Privacy Matters

    2014-12-18T15:30:22Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

  • Inexpensive VPS/Cloud Servers With ~1TB storage?

    2014-12-16T03:36:14Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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?

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    No experience of these people, but seems suitable for your use case:

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2014-12-16T11:32:40Z

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    You can get a storage server from Kimsufi (OVH) with 1 TB and 4 GB of RAM for as little as € 10/mo.

    Benjamin Cook at 2014-12-16T17:48:23Z

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  • If Companies were Unix Commands

    2014-12-05T14:56:51Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    via @mmasnick on Twitter:

    • dir - Yahoo
    • find - Google
    • rcp - Dropbox
    • man - Stack Overflow
    • w - Twitter, Facebook
    • finger - LinkedIn
    • | - IFFT, Zapier
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  • Removing ownCloud from Ubuntu: Since when does "upgrade" mean "remove"?

    2014-12-04T14:32:43Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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 upgrade have 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.

    I'm pretty pissed...

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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!".

    JanKusanagi at 2014-12-04T17:59:38Z

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    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). at 2014-12-04T18:34:11Z

    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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    Isn't ownCloud already open core? It has Community and Enterprise Editions.

    Blaise Alleyne at 2014-12-04T18:54:11Z

  • Nagios or Zabbix or... ??

    2014-12-01T14:51:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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

    2014-11-20T22:37:54Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    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.


    Data and privacy issues pop up in surprising places. Gah, indeed.

    Charles Stanhope at 2014-11-20T22:55:12Z

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