Carol Chen

Tampere, Finland

Community Development Manager at Red Hat, F/OSS lover, gadget geek, world traveler, pianist, timpanist, Devaamo cofounder, previously: Jolla, Nokia, Taiwan, Singapore, Texas.

  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang at 2018-02-15T10:47:49Z

    "A KDE Love Story: Translating Kalzium into Chinese", an amazing journey as told by Franklin Weng.


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  • The New KDE Slimbook II: A sleek and powerful Plasma-based Ultrabook

    at 2018-02-08T21:41:25Z

    There is a new KDE Slimbook on sale as from today. The KDE Slimbook II is svelte and smart on the outside, but powerful and fast on the inside.

    To start with, it comes with a choice between an Intel i5: 2.5 GHz Turbo Boost 3.1 GHz - 3M Cache CPU, or an Intel i7: 2.7 GHz Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz with a 4M Cache. This makes the KDE Slimbook II 15% faster on average than its predecessor. The RAM has also been upgraded, and the KDE Slimbook now sports 4, 8, or 16 GBs of DDR4 RAM which is 33% faster than the DDR3 RAM installed on last year's model.

    Other things to look forward to include:

    • a crisp FullHD 13.3'' screen,
    • the dual hard drive bay that gives you room for a second hard disk,
    • a bigger multi-touch touchpad that supports all kinds of gestures and clicks,
    • a slick backlit keyboard, more powerful WiFi antennas,
    • and 3 full-sized USB ports, one of which is the new reversible USB-C standard.

    You can check out the KDE Slimbook's full specs here (note that the Katana II is made by the same people and is the same hardware, but does not come with KDE neon pre-installed and pre-configured).

    The KDE community has worked closely with Slimbook to make sure that everything works as it should. After test-running the KDE Slimbook II extensively, we can confirm it is sleek, we can confirm it is powerful, and we can confirm that beginners and power users alike will enjoy this full-featured and modern Plasma-based laptop.

    Niiiice =)

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  • AkariXB v0.5 is out!

    at 2018-01-11T17:57:20Z

    New year, new releases!

    Today I'm releasing a new version of AkariXB, my bot for the decentralized Jabber/XMPP network with a graphical interface.

    Some of the main changes include:

    • Honor "Send Messages To" setting in Activities.
    • Log outgoing private messages in corresponding chat module tab.
    • Ability to detach processes for commands of "Run program" type. *** Previously defined commands of this type will need to be reconfigured. *** (This means it can launch GUI programs).
    • Keyword-based commands will list possible queries when no parameter is given.
    • Qt 4 is no longer supported.

    Release post:

    Cheers! 🤖 beep!!

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  • False Alarm

    at 2018-01-13T19:33:58Z


    HPR on the radio stated that they haven't received any emergency broadcast and officials were tweeting there is no alarm before I received this alert.

    However, this alert did test that Hawaii's emergency management agency's (HEMA) website can't handle the flood of traffic from such alerts. I wonder if that was what they were really testing...

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  • Support for SF conservancy... renewed

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2018-01-06T10:01:57Z

    Like every year, I've just renewed my support for Software Freedom Conservancy.

    The victims people at Conservancy are doing the hard and/or boring work of dealing with lawyers, accountants and other undeads so that we hackers don't have to, and this alone should be enough to earn our support.

    btw, there are still a few days, until january 15th, to have your donations count twice thanks to a matching donation.

    [Edit: fixed formatting broken by the passage friendica ->]

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  • Sumana Harihareswara [on Mastodon] at 2018-01-02T15:00:34Z

    RT Charles Worthington‏ @cew821
    If you know someone discharged from the military due to:
    - PTSD
    - TBI
    - sexual assault
    - don’t ask don’t tell

    please tell them about this new tool from @USDS and @DeptVetAffairs , designed to help veterans upgrade their discharge

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  • Dianara 1.4.1 released

    at 2017-12-30T17:43:35Z

    Happy holidays, pumpers! 🎄

    I've just released a new version of my client, Dianara. The main change since v1.4.0 is the ability to save and restore drafts in the post editor. (Full CHANGELOG is here)

    As announced some time ago, v1.3.7 was the last version to support Qt 4.x. Qt 5 is required since 1.4.0. The bad news is that, at this time, users of distributions such as Debian 9 can't build with the version of QOAuth present in their repositories, based on Qt 4. Current Debian Testing/Sid is fine though. Debian 9 might get the required versions in backports at some point.

    Release post:

    Cheers! 🙌w

    EDIT: I've found this great information source to keep track of package versions across GNU distributions: Neat!

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    could qt be built from source on systems that don't have the packages

    (or any system - the user might want a local install)


    anyway these days I prefer to have local installs of applications just as the user rather than root.

    less chance of anything breaking the system or anything making changes to libraries used by other unrelated applications or any other still-wanted applications disappearing or breaking

    Michael at 2017-12-31T12:19:11Z

    Cool, someone is working on getting Dianara into Fedora's repositories! Big thanks! =)

    » Michael:

    “could qt be built from source on systems that don't have the packages (or any system - the user might want a local install)?”

    I'm not sure I understand the question, but I don't know either way, sorry.

    JanKusanagi at 2017-12-31T16:36:52Z

    Happy GNU year!! And thank you for this Xmas present!!

    I think I remember talking about this feature but since you made to get this awesome one, I'm writting it down: any option to automatically save the drafts? like LibreOffice does: every X minutes your work gets saved. I think it would be very cool to have here :)

    Kind regards!!

    Alberto Moshpirit at 2018-01-01T14:51:26Z

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    » Alberto Moshpirit:

    “any option to automatically save the drafts? like LibreOffice does: every X minutes your work gets saved.”

    Well, it could be considered, yes =)

    On another subject, Dianara is now in Fedora's repos, for F26 and later \o/

    JanKusanagi at 2018-01-02T18:19:36Z

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  • Happy GNU year!!

    at 2017-12-31T23:06:42Z

    Happy 🐃 year, pumpers! =)


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    happy gnu year to u too

    Michele Montagna at 2018-01-01T04:33:28Z

    Feliç any nou :)!

    XeQuinPasme at 2018-01-01T13:24:05Z

    Happy bear year! Has GNU changed its mascot? ;-)

    EVAnaRkISTO at 2018-01-01T18:21:27Z

    Happy GNU year to you too.

    Vladimir at 2018-01-01T22:35:57Z

  • JanKusanagi at 2017-12-24T00:13:35Z

    Happy solstice!!

    Enjoy your gift! Even if that keyboard looks painful xD

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  • at 2017-12-24T16:22:12Z




    自由時報 2017-11-20 報導:
    〈文化部「科技藝術實驗創新輔導推動計畫」起跑 年底前徵召6團隊〉


    計畫申請應以科技藝術為主要對象、實驗性為核心。創作計畫的團隊組成不限制所串聯的、合作的領域與範疇,包含國內外等。可盡情想像外,申請案也盡可能有完整的構想、以及細節規劃。每案最高補助額度為新臺幣 60 萬元整。

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  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang at 2017-12-01T13:59:31Z


    "Stakkurin is a sea stack, hundreds of feet above the ocean, at the northernmost point of the island of Streymoy in the Faroe Islands.

    The owners of Stakkurin have sheep grazing there and once a year they use a human pulled cable car to go out and bring back the sheep to sell at an auction in the village Tjörnuvík.

    The money from auction goes to benefit the community of Tjörnuvík, and was used to build the community house."


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  • FSF giving guide

    Krugor at 2017-11-27T16:33:19Z

    A new phone or computer can be the highlight of the holidays,but with proprietary software lurking under the wrapping paper,your thoughtful gift may be more naughty than nice…This guide introduces better devices from ethical companies,no creepy remote deletion of files or punitive and mean rules about copying and sharing.Just products and software that respect the freedom and privacy of your loved ones.


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    The sad part is, very few of us would be happy with those gifts. What a depressing world we're making...

    Also, nobody should miss this list of proprietary software surveillance, linked there.

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-29T16:08:55Z

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    » JanKusanagi:

    “The sad part is, very few of us would be happy with those gifts. What a depressing world we're making...

    Well, honestly I wouldn't be very happy with the "stay away" alternatives either: a phone or a laptop IMHO aren't a good fit for a christmas gift, unless the precise model has been agreed in advance with the person who is going to use it (and if somebody asks for the latest apple laptop, you may try to let them opt for something with similar features that is more freedom friendly, but an almost 10-year old refurbished laptop is probably not going to be very helpful as an alternative).

    As for media, at least this year they have added some DRM-free shops to the list instead of just of stuff you can get gratis off the internet, which in some cases is pretty good stuff, but has always struck me as something that in my culture would look pretty odd as a christmas gift (i.e. I wouldn't give somebody a book from for christmas, I would just recommend it to them at any time in the year when I stumble on it).

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2017-12-02T14:31:36Z

  • Jason Self at 2017-11-26T13:09:59Z

    Who knew that, as part of working on linux-libre-firmware, I'd also need to resurrect development of an assembler that's been unmaintained for 20 years?

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    Hah! Seems about right :D

    Best of luck!

    AJ Jordan at 2017-11-26T14:58:36Z

    I've seen some frustration in the #guix channel lately along the lines of "I can't package gradle because I don't have gradle". Bootstrapping is such a knot. ❌ at 2017-11-27T02:26:33Z

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  • FramaTube

    Krugor at 2017-11-24T09:51:45Z

    Fed up with YouTube? Let’s build a free libre alternative that combines federated hosting and peer2peer viewing.
    Learn more and support the PeerTube project here:

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    Any reason why things will be different this time?

    Doug Whitfield at 2017-11-24T16:34:26Z

    >> dw:

    “Any reason why things will be different this time?”

    Than what?

    B. Ross Ashley at 2017-11-24T21:44:49Z

    Well, there was p2pU. There's mediagoblin. There's Frostclick. The Free Culture Foundation in general was pretty much dead the last time I looked into it. Free Culture Media is definitely dead. I could probably pretty easily find more examples of organizations and software projects trying to tackle this problem.

    Doug Whitfield at 2017-11-25T18:09:27Z

  • Backpack done! or is it?

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2017-11-20T19:59:51Z

    My new backpack!

    I started this project in august (pattern and material list) / september (actual sewing) and finally, this evening, it is usable!

    It wasn't the only project running (not even the only *sewing* project), but still it took enough time that I'm glad I can finally use it, even if right now it doesn't really have any real advantage over what I could have bought from any store for less money than I spent on materials (but I have many leftovers — and plans to use at least part of them)

    It also was pretty challenging, both for my skills and for my home sewing machine, and there are a few things that could have been done better (and maybe they will, in the next backpack I'll make?)

    But is it really done? No, that webbing in the front (and sides) is there to attach extensions, and I have at least a couple planned (one easy, that I will do soon, and another complex one that will wait until I've recovered from the project fatigue with something completely different).

    I'm also still waiting for the buckles that will close the compression straps in the front (not that they are really needed now that there are no extensions to keep compressed), but they are details I can take care of later.

    P.S. I took pictures and notes, and the pattern is already on git, but a full tutorial will have to wait, probably even months, as now I have a bit of sewing backlog.

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    not yet :)

    but probably it will just be one (or three) pin(s), or something similar.

    Right now everything is basically functional.

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2017-11-20T21:04:11Z

    That's really impressive, must have been a lot of work!

    Ben Sturmfels at 2017-11-20T21:54:07Z

    I lost track of the numbers of hours spent, altought most of it must have gone into simple but repetitive (and boring) things like attaching all the webbing to the panels.

    (That caused a break in the project, when I did something else for a while to keep my sanity, and so did the zipper, that required 3 attempts before I finally managed to attach it correctly)

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2017-11-21T07:41:39Z

  • Nan Shan Cemetery 南山公墓

    at 2017-11-18T18:35:45Z

    I asked Jeanette about her plan for the weekend when I met her at the conference banquet. The conference had brought friends and acquaintances to Tainan, my home city. When she mentioned Oliver were planning to take her and David to a cemetery Saturday morning, I immediately asked to join them. Oliver has been surveying and researching tombstones all over Taiwan. His findings are presented in meetings like this one in Tainan. Several times I sit in his talks. I knew I would not want to miss a field trip organized by him.

    We met at 8:30 at Jeanette's hotel. By car, about 9 am we were already at the Nan Shan Cemetery. Oliver expertly walked us into a maze of old and not so old tombs in this massive public cemetery, pointing out things to look at and explaining them on the way. He took us to a tomb from the Dutch period, probably the oldest tomb in the island. From the inscription on the tombstone the person was buried in 1642 (崇禎十五年), a time this island was yet to be claimed by any Chinese emperor. The tombstone proclaimed however the buried person, a Chinese, a subject of the Ming emperor (皇明). The tomb is now a designated cultural site (Class 3). We explored a part of the cemetery mostly used in the Japanese period. The Japanese tomb styles there are totally new to me. The three-hour field trip ended at the Christian quarter. Oliver led us to the tomb of Thomas Barclay (1849 -- 1935, and those of other missionaries. Young missionaries from the England and Scotland would serve long years in this island called Formosa. Some would die soon after they arrived. Many of them would rest here in Tainan.

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    Tyng-Ruey Chuang at 2017-12-02T09:09:13Z

  • Pingsi Station

    at 2017-10-27T16:54:10Z

    It was very crowded on the train. I was on the first car and was squeezed to the very front. Standing beside the driver booth, by luck I saw this young boy and the driver gazing each other. People on the street were waving hands at us, and taking pictures of the train as it slowly left Pingsi (平溪).

    Earlier we had lunch at Wanggu (望古), an obscure stop on the Pingsi line. The occasion was the 70th birthday of Prof. Lin, a mentor of many of those who were gathering that day.

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  • We have 'Federation' ... we have 'Planets' ... where's the 'United'

    Nathan Willis at 2017-10-15T14:59:40Z

    Following up on an earlier thought about Mastodon/identica/pumpio/pubhubsuburb/etc...

    I suppose that I am less convinced than are others about the notion that 'federatable services' ought to be identical with 'everyone run your own server'. In truth, what I want from a communication platform is the ability to _choose_ plus the existence of some service provider that I can align with.

    How many email providers are there? Statistics are a bit hard to come by, but this bundle of stats: suggests that there are eleventeen or a dozen that, collectively, account for the majority of the email sent every day.

    That's fine; that's enough to ensure that they are interoperable, and for the majority of people who cannot and should not spend their time worrying about adminning their own MTA, they have choices. The choice threshold also means that there are niche players, such as the lavabit-like options for those with specific technical requirements.

    I would greatly prefer it if the next iteration of federated microblogging would focus on standing up a good service and allowing their competitor to do the same. No significant advantage comes from there being 700 Mastodon services to choose from, and my gut feeling is that the initial "sign up for and get shuttled to for the rest of your life" deployment strategy hurt more than it helped.

    It would have been better, in my estimation, to find a sustainable home for as a high-quality hub, and to allow other hubs to grow up on their own if their communities warranted them.

    Now we have Mastodon, repeating that same initial-barrier-to-entry mistake: "want to use the service? First sit through a boring lecture about network protocols, then go look at a list of third-party services that we claim no responsibility for. Good luck, sucker".

    And what's the gain from forcing new users through that cheese grater? DO they get a better service or experience at the other end of it? No, certainly not. Do they end up rolling the dice and choosing a service that they then are unhappy with hundreds of messages later, either because it goes down or changes its T&C? Maybe. And that's a minus.

    Bottom line: If we had eleventeen good, interoperable microblogging services available on the web today, that'd be plenty. It's a shame that we don't have any large, freedom-centered organizations willing to run one — instead we have the debilitating 'choose-your-mom-and-pop-adventure' problem and a new protocol suite / software stack every five years.

    But maybe that's just me.

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    Email is  a little different from social media since it is default private. You can all sorts of incompatible people with different values and interests using the same email provider, and none of them care because they are largely unaware of each other.

    Social media is default public, and it seems we're struggling with how to best negotiate this space. It seems clear having a single, venture capital backed, host of a social network doesn't work. Heaps of abuse and other anti-social behavior abound, and users don't appear to have much influence beyond being the subjects of experiments. But it's not clear to me that only a dozen federated networks is the sweet spot. However, if it is, perhaps a larger set of federated networks is the appropriate starting point. They will get winnowed down from there? After all, isn't that how email progressed?

    Charles Stanhope at 2017-10-16T00:29:11Z

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    By default private, I meant my use of an email service is mostly invisible to others unless specifically addressed, and the contents of my email conversations are not visible even if you happen to know my email address. If you don't know my email address, you may not even be able to discover it unless I happen to leave it someplace public. You can use email in a public manner, but that's not the default, and generally requires deliberately addressing or using external services (unless communicating with a small group).

    I didn't mean to quibble about the numbers too much. I'm just reflecting on what I've seen on social networks, and reflecting on past social networks like forums, chat rooms, and other things. It seems like there has always been a large number of them regardless of the technology used. Facebook and Twitter seem like anomalies.

    Having said all that, I also don't mean to argue against the idea that the large number of places to join of dubious quality is an obstacle to adoption. I think it is, and you bring up important issues. These issues were certainly on my mind before I created another account.

    Charles Stanhope at 2017-10-16T17:04:27Z

    for services in which you don't want to run your own server, I'd rather it be serverless (P2P, like twister, or maybe like secure scuttlebutt) than having to depend on someone else's infrastructure.  if you're not going to keep your data to yourself, it's a lot better to have your account and data in a resilient distributed network than in a single node that's prone to fail and leave you out of service, more so if it's hard to migrate out of it once you started using the service

    Alexandre Oliva at 2017-10-16T18:55:18Z

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    Alexandre: very true. The back-end network plumbing is every bit as important as the front connection point.

    Nathan Willis at 2017-10-17T11:02:15Z