Aug 30/31 Workshop: Contribute to Free and Open Source Software
Have you ever imagined yourself coding on a Free Software and Open Source project? We'll help you get started in this mentored workshop https://dif.vic.gov.au/event/10088280-a/contribute-to-free-and-open-source-software-workshop
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Gnome offering to save my GPG key passphrase forever seems like it's tempting me into bad security habits. My GPG is relatively important to me, and unlike lesser accounts that I use a password manager for, I commit this passphrase to memory. What do other people think of this?
Running a new X230T with Coreboot
My good friend Damien Zammit has ported CoreBoot to the Lenovo X230T and provided me with one of these machines. I'm super happy with it; it's significantly more powerful than my X200, more cores, more memory, better 3D graphics performance, DisplayPort, USB3, great battery life, better screen, but still very compact. I can compile big Guix packages like qtwebkit in the background while I'm working without any issues. I didn't realise, but the tablet screen is actually a proper Wacom tablet with a pressure-sensitive stylus. Super useful for annotating PDFs, but who knows, even some art?
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Slightly creeped out that my accountant's Windows laptop is showing an animation of an eyeball and "looking for you..." while it attempts to to do facial recognition on an empty chair.
I'd like it to be different, but at least in Australia, the systems are so heavily stacked in favour of proprietary and SAS accounting tools that I imagine it would currently be nearly impossible to be an a professional tax accountant using free software.
The Australian Tax Office is in the process of rolling out processes where you must report payments to employees monthly online. I need to investigate, but I suspect I won't find any good news.
Meanwhile, I do all my business bookkeeping with Ledger which works well for me!
GNU Guix reached version 1.0 today
This is one of the #freesoftware projects that's most inspiring to me at the moment and that I use every day https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/blog/2019/gnu-guix-1.0.0-released/
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From the noise, I have a feeling that the podiatrist next door has started a side business in medieval torture. Or blokes just aren't good with pain.
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@Karl Fogel: What words would you use for the opposite of "free of charge" when specifically talking about price and not about software freedom? Eg. I installed the "pay to download" plugin for WordPress.
McClane likes this.Hey, Ben. Are you talking about situations where the bits are freely licensed but a particular distributor is charging you a fee to copy from them as a source? If so, I try to do what you do above: attach the fee to the verb (the act of copying) not to the thing being copied -- as long as the fee really is imposed only by that source, and is not part of the licensing terms for the bits themselves (because in the latter case, obviously it is not free software and so there is by definition a software freedom non-freeness going on too). So, assuming the former: "convenience fee for copying", or "trusted-source copying charge", or something like that -- the best phrase will depend on the context in which it's being used. I think there can't easily be one set phrase that works in all circumstances, precisely because the fee is specific to the verb -- to the particulars of *this* copying situation as opposed to some other way of obtaining the bits -- and not specific to the bits themselves, which would be more or less the same whatever source they're obtained from.Er, is that useful?
I'd totally misjudged WooCommerce, the e-commerce module for Wordpress, assuming that it was proprietary. Turns out that the free of charge base shop and all the pay to download plugins are GPL v3 licensed free software. I'm seriously impressed.
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What are your favourite piano songs?
I'm starting up piano lessons again as an adult and really enjoying it! I'm looking for ideas for some new favourite songs, so if you played/play, what songs do you always go back to? My top 3 are probably Wedgewood Blues, Chariots of Fire and Brick by Ben Folds Five.
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Whoa, YouTube is giving me gold today
Just got this hilarious YouTube advertisement written by the Museum of Modern Art in Tasmania (Australia) for a local fish and chip shop. At least I hope it's still a little bit funny if you're not Australian. I've also eaten there and concur the the food is flipping excellent.
Whoa, apparently the majority of modern pop music is written by just two men: Max Martin and Lucasz Gottwald. I had no idea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVME_l4IwII (about 8 mins in, but the whole video is amazing). I've tried to convey the "intentional stripping of diversity and flavour" in relation to YouTube when writing talks on MediaGoblin, but I'd never done any investigation to back it up like this person has.I listened to Clipping's Splendor and Misery about 4 times over the last 4 weeks, partly because it's not like so much of the stuff out there. https://plus.google.com/+SarahElkins/posts/MTiEQLjz6mT
GovHack 2018: Right to the Night
Spent the weekend at GovHack, an event to make things with government data. Neroli, Tamara and I focused on the Right to the Night public safety survey run here my home town of Ballarat. Here's our project:
I enjoyed getting to know new folks and learnt a lot about QGIS. Thanks to the volunteers for a great event.
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Haven't posted to pump.io for a bit, but still enjoying checking in every day or so to see what's happening!