Michael michaelmd@identi.ca

Sydney, Australia


  • 2018-05-21T10:15:26Z via spraci.info To: Public

    looks like the "redmatrix" android app works with friendica too. its much the same as the old friendica one except red :)
  • 2018-05-01T11:36:41Z via spraci.info To: Public

    laptop problem:

    How do I get a dvi monitor connected to a thinkpad laptop via a displayport docking station (via usb) to work in linux? (debian-based distros)

    The screen goes bright green when its connected (so guessing its seeing a driver?) but thats all I get.

    tried playing with xrandr options but nothing works
    (other than switching the laptop screen off or on)

    Whatever I try there the dvi monitor just stays the same bright green.

    how do I send anything to that monitor?

    I'm pretty sure mine didn't work by default, but was able to get it going with arandr.

    Also, silly mistake on my part, but the DisplayPort socket was particularly tight on my docking station and I didn't realise I wasn't pushing it all the way in.

    Ben Sturmfels at 2018-05-02T10:18:40Z

  • 2018-04-30T18:01:20Z via spraci.info To: Public

    interesting idea ..

    do they mean the same disc is playable on both a turntable and a cd player?

    Severed Heads - Donut Hybrid CD/Record:


  • 2018-04-28T15:58:30Z via spraci.info To: Public

    I really should look at doing some repairs on that SH-101

    Only the keys at the low end the keyboard are working right now and a couple of the buttons get stuck "on" sometimes.

    it still makes some VERY nice sounds though!

    it might just need a bit of cleaning inside.

    by "SH-101" I mean one of these:


    Hope you're able to fix it!

    Ben Sturmfels at 2018-04-28T23:58:34Z

  • 2018-04-27T01:22:36Z via spraci.info To: Public

    looks like it still works :-)

  • 2018-04-25T20:24:17Z via spraci.info To: Public



    I guess they forgot about the sound of misaligned azimuth :-)
  • 2018-04-23T19:32:17Z via spraci.info To: Public

    just saw some spraci events come into my network stream so looks like federation for spraci listings events might be working!

    eg: https://spraci.info/profile/x2london

    that relays public events listed here:

    also for Sydney: https://spraci.info/profile/sydney

    Melbourne: https://spraci.info/profile/x0melbourne

    and quite a few other cities

    next thing here is to make something to sync public events people add to those pages back to the listings
    so if you want to post your events feel free to do so.

    It is not intended to be one-way and hoping other listings sites will eventually wake up to federation and do something like this too.

    I run both sites so its not a problem to do this and I don't need to send anything anywhere else to do it.

    Liberate your public events from those walled gardens!

    note: if you post events to those pages only post public events please,
    anything with non-public permissions will be ignored by sync scripts.

    also for it to work events MUST contain machine-readable dates

    so if posting from Friendica or Hubzilla post it as an EVENT
    or if from elsewhere add this at the top of the description:

    Date: YYYY-MM-DD
    (the start date of the event in year-month-day iso date format - in the same timezone as the city of the page)
    if you know the start time you can do YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss

    mask sure theres an empty line between that and the rest of your description

    #events #gigguide #gigs #parties #nightlife #clubbing #festivals

    make Friendica and Hubzilla addons for other sites to use to display a list of events in date order with user-configurable filtering rules.

    also I need figure out how the new events types in the new Diaspora protocol work and add support to Friendica and Hubzilla.  (saw a "todo" about that in the source code so I guess there)
    (guessing Diaspora will soon have events features using that - when its widely supported by real sites it would probably be better to use that!)

    Michael at 2018-04-23T19:59:46Z

  • 2018-04-22T01:27:18Z via spraci.info To: Public

    what network looks at /siteinfo.json ?

    seeing a lot of requests for that

    its 404 here

    should there be something there?
  • 2018-04-21T12:48:21Z via spraci.info To: Public

    just heard a hiphop track on the radio by an artist calling himself Mastadon

    I wonder if theres a connection :-)

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  • 2018-04-21T12:10:15Z via spraci.info To: Public

    I REALLY need a way to more easily test in a few different web browsers.

    Why does it have to be so hard to do a safe non-root local install of some of the most popular browsers?

    Installing, updating or using a web browser should NEVER need root!
  • 2018-04-19T10:44:57Z via spraci.info To: Public

    looks like https for my site works on an old phone with Android 2.3.3

    I wasn't sure if it would

    maybe the ciphers are new enough and tls issues with old Android browsers are only about SNI?
    (using a multi-domain cert - one cert for three domains so on all of them the server default would be the right one anyway)

    or maybe something on the phone updated itself?

    anyway its good that it works without problems or warnings.

    the old app for Friendica and Hubzilla that is on it still works too
    (and now over tls)

    not so lucky with the fdroid client app though.
    There was an ancient version of the it on there
    (which I had installed on it years ago)

    after trying to get it to update failed I tried downloading and installing the current version.

    but now when I try to start it the screen just goes blank and nothing happens :-(

    not the end of the world though - could still download apps from there via browser/https if I can't get the client working.
  • 2018-02-16T16:05:25Z via spraci.info To: Public

    if people are so worried about privacy why do so many people copy/paste links with ?utm_ query strings into their posts?

    you'd think they would want to remove stuff like that in those query strings first


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  • 2018-02-16T15:41:34Z via spraci.info To: Public

    erk ,,

    looks like that old connector loop problem with te pumpio connector in friendica is back ..

    lots of duplicate posts on pumpio ..

    might turn it off for now because I don't have time.

    anything not part of the core features of the spraci main site right now
    can consider itself on notice.

    don't expect much more than me turning off things that break right now

    and any bigger breakage or requirement to do an "update" or anything else that might take a lot of time or create outage risks could lead to rm -r

    think about that before putting obfuscation like an "autoloader" into anything

    admins need to be able to find and fix things as quickly as possible when something breaks .. often that involves looking for things in the code

    anything that makes it harder to work out where something is should be considered harmful.

    ALL "platforms" can consider themselves on notice
  • 2018-02-15T05:00:37Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers


    would have liked to go to something like this

    didn't know ... I live in Sydney

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    Yes, it's a shame it wasn't publicised more widely to FSF supporters and members.

    Have you met Andri Effendi, who is also from Sydney. He's been working on establishing a regular free software meet-up in Sydney: https://freesoftware.org.au/sydney/. There hasn't been anything organised for a while, but I'm sure he'd be glad to know you're interested.

    Ben Sturmfels at 2018-02-15T12:02:57Z


    I'll go to that ..

    might need a reminder closer to the date though

    (need to set up something for reminders .. trouble is Im lazy and don't like typing on phones ..

    Michael at 2018-02-16T16:51:05Z

    hang on .. thats 2017

    last year

    Michael at 2018-02-16T16:51:58Z

  • 2018-02-12T05:34:42Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    need to find a replacement email client for my Mum (on windows)

    thunderbird looks like its turning into some kind of prison trying to force everyone to use gmail



    there needs to be to total boycott of those gangsters.

    don't ever give any company that is part of that cartel or helping them in ANY way cent for anything.

    do whatever it takes to avoid/bypass their attempts to hyjack everyones data.

    their behaviour is unacceptable and nobody should EVER give in to their bullying.

    make sure everyone knows and pushes back - send the bastards bankrupt!

    yeah I'm angry

    Michael at 2018-02-12T05:53:55Z

    Hm? What's with Thunderbird and gmail?

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2018-02-13T00:35:02Z

    >> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):

    “Hm? What's with Thunderbird and gmail?”

    ok ,, didn't relise there was a reply ..

    on my mum's computer -

    she was trying to reply to someone and it found a gmail address (possibly in contractsm not sure) and kept trying to use that instead of the actual email address the person she was replying to was actually using (an email address at her contact's isp) .. eventually got it to use the right one but it wasnt as the ui kept trying to change it to the gmail address..

    could be a bug.. but its not one I've seen before and she hasn't changed any settings or done any new installs of anything that recently ..

    its worrying that it would favour email addresses from any single provider over aver any other so much that it makes it hard to use another even the one the in email she was repying to.

    its ok to have a choice there if it exists (and that "exists" should be by a user action and nothing else) but not ok to make it hard for a user to choose what they want to use.

    I was probably a bit harsh in that post but can you really blame me after what Ive been through over the past few years?

    even the slightest hint of nastyness, even if not intentional has me fuming these days

    regarding thunderbird I still prefer it over some other options ..

    such as that outlook prison where you can't even look at the headers (which any half decent email client must be able to show a user! - they often contain important clues that users should learn about to avoid scams!)

    I was just about to delete the comment but saw your reply

    apologies to any mozillians reading this ..

    maybe I overreacted to what could be just a small ui bug

    Michael at 2018-02-13T03:47:01Z

  • 2018-01-31T08:17:41Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    major server failure - something in the old debian 6 couldn't be fixed apparently (it went to 100% cpu on boot and not possible to log in)

    so now have to set it all up from scratch on a fresh debian 9 vps

    starting with the main parts of spraci of course .. every hour downtime is critical

    the Friendica and Hubzilla instances will have to wait till I get spraci's events working again at least the basics.

    if anyone has any tips about new things and gotachas I might encounter on debian 9 please reply (the old vps instance was debian 6)

    first things first .. have nginx and php (7) on there already .. need mysql .. should I have another look at Maria or not?

    (ram usage was a worry a few years agi but not sure if thats still an issue)

    will also need to set up a fastcgi thingy for perl .. possibly the same one as before (can't remember what it was called - it was on cpan and did the job pretty well)

    it will be a long night