I’m a computer science researcher. I care about digital rights and social justice issues. It might be a good idea to also follow my backup account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've been crazy busy the last few weeks. Academic funding applications, preparing lectures, preparing a benchmark, etc. This was my first free evening in several weeks, where I didn't have to continue working after the kid went to bed... Well, what did I do on my first free evening, you might ask. Yes, I spent it messing with my Emacs configuration of course!Show all 5 replies
Email in Emacs
I seem to be in my yearly I-should-use-emacs-for-email phase again. (I know I'll be back with mutt pretty soon, though :-)
What do people use for email in Emacs these days? @cwebber: do you still use mu4e?
Christopher Allan Webber likes this.Show all 8 repliesI ran "grep -ri ^User-Agent . | cut -f 2 -d ' ' | cut -f 1 -d '/' | sort | uniq -c" on recent guix-devel messages and saw these MUAs with a defined user-agent. (Shockling guix is filled with emacs users)
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2017-01-03T10:40:59Z via AndStatus To: Public
Ironic weather. Christmas and New Year's celebrations are over. Now, winter starts with a heavy snowfall... (Also testing image upload on AndStatus.)
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Moved my pump
I moved my pump.saz.im instance to another server, and upgraded pump.io, nodejs and npm. I hope everything still works :-)Show all 6 replies
Yay, my Fairphone 2 arrived - a week early :-) Current status: replacing the Google-infested standard Fairphone OS with the Fairphone Open OS. They are probably the only manufacturer that provide such an option. They even recommend using F-droid :-)
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re g - infested stuff
should I be worried?
(sometimes it even prevents pages from loading)
Pebble without the cloud
(I just cloned gadgetbridge just in case they try to pull it down or something :-)
I just made a very minor release of Pumpa: v0.9.3, mainly to fix an issue with the newer version of libtidy in Debian testing. Here's the changelog:
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Don't drop your phone!
I clumsily dropped my phone (Fairphone 1) and something broke which made the screen output corrupted. The screen seemed physically OK, but several rows of pixels to the left were black and the whole screen had strange effects and "fuzzyness". I tried opening it up to get to the display cabling (using the official instructions), but I couldn't find anything visibly broken, and adjusting the cables had no effect.
I emailed Fairphone's support, but it turns out they are out of replacements for screens since their supplier no longer makes them. This is pretty bad for a phone that is supposed to be environmentally friendly and repairable, and they claim to have fixed this problem by making the Fairphone 2 modular. I guess with that design they can more easily change manufacturers if needed. In my case, the only thing they could offer me was to use their buy back program, in which they take your old Fairphone back in exchange for getting the Fairphone 2 at a ~100€ discount. They will use it to scavenge for spare parts for other phones.
I have been looking at getting the Fairphone 2, but I did not do that since a) I had a working phone, and b) it was a bit too expensive for me. This situation changed both points, and I decided to go for the offer. Unfortunately their support could not say for how long the offer was in effect, and the Fairphone 2 won't ship until December 16. As a result of this I decided to send my old phone back today, and I'm now without a smart phone for up to two months.
I'm currently using a 30€ dumb phone I've kept as a backup. I think I'll try to live without a smart phone during this time, just as an experiment. It will be interesting to see just how addicted I've become to having a smart phone. If I really need one, I have a really old Android lying around somewhere, and a Nokia N9 :-)Show all 9 replies
“I noticed that I often used to pull out my phone at the slightest hint of boredom. Now I'm forced to let my mind wander instead, or e.g. observe life around me. Not that bad actually.”
I have noticed this too (In the procedd of divorcing my smart phone). It lessens quickly..
As to your third point. I live quite rural so no mass transit.. For me it was noticing people picking up and checking their devices in the middle of a conversation just because there was the tiniest lul in it.. Which since I have nothing to check on my phone (which seems to now be the expected result) I'm left looking around and wondering what just happened. Quite an odd feeling.. like the other person just suddenly tuned out for 90 seconds.
- Adopt a pump.io server
As most of you know, E14N is no longer my main job, and I've been putting my personal time, energy, and money into keeping the pump network up and running. I haven't always done a good job, and some of the nodes have just fallen off the network. I'd like to ask people in the community to start taking over the maintenance and upkeep of these servers.
- Larjona did a great spreadsheet of all the servers that are available. http://lacaja.larjona.net/shared/vSm84lM8lLw6WTX4k44QX_Ezx14RjIqug0xTvehwcKz Almost all of them are on $5/month Digital Ocean droplets, which makes them relatively cheap for a single person to support.
- If you decide you want to adopt a server, E14N will sell you the domain and all the software and data for $1. But you'll be obligated to keep the server running pump.io for at least a year, and if you decide you don't want to run it, you have to sell it back to me.
- Other parts of the pump network, like ofirehose, pumplive, openfarmgame, etc. are also up for grabs. I'd love to get your help running them.
- identi.ca is a big site and I'd like to find a trusted non-profit to run it.
Thanks to everyone who's supported the pump network so far. Working together, we can make this an even more distributed and vibrant social network.
Pumpa font size
Hey, people that have requested the ability to change the font size in Pumpa, what exactly do you mean? The font of the posts, or also the GUI fonts? Is it a high DPI issue, or something else?
If it's high DPI, I suppose ideally it should be solved on a Qt-wide level, and not in Pumpa.
If you can test it, in the Pumpa git repository there is now a version where you can set the font size of the posts in the config:
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Pumpa minor release upcoming
I'm planning to make a (very) minor Pumpa release in the "near future". (Although, nowadays that might mean weeks, as I have rather little free time these days and things move slowly.) Are there are any "low hanging fruit" bugs that I could still fix for the release? The things in the bug tracker are mostly big feature requests or things which are not fixable in Pumpa :-)
BTW, any KDE users know about this one? I'm using just standard Qt, so you'd think it would honour any KDE settings.
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“[...] BTW, any KDE users know about this one? I'm using just standard Qt, so you'd think it would honour any KDE settings. [...]”
I no longer have Plasma 4.x, but I run Pumpa (0.8+) several times under it, and the color scheme was what I expected, same as the rest of my Plasma environment.
This user's problem might be that they're building Pumpa with Qt 5, which would cause it to, for instance, use a different widget theme than the Qt4-based Plasma environment... and maybe colors, although IIRC, Plasma4-colors were respected in that case.
So, TL;DR, I couldn't reproduce, sounds like a weird issue =)
I'm famous now
I was interviewed by Svenska Yle at the MyData 2016 conference last week. (Article in Swedish, and yeah, I just have a single quote there :) https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2016/09/04/internet-me-du-ska-fa-storre-makt-over-dina-dataShow all 5 replies
Current status: catching up on recurrent neural networks (reading on my phone), with a baby sleeping in my lap :-)
They are pretty cool BTW: http://karpathy.github.io/2015/05/21/rnn-effectiveness/ - check the examples in the "Fun with RNNs" section.
For those affected by the Pumpa crashing bug in Debian stretch, I am working on it. It's just going slow due to very limited free time :-)
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Hi, are you able to test Pumpa from the git repository? If so, could you please test the font size now?
There is now a setting, available only in the config file (typically
~/.config/pumpa/pumpa.conf. Set in the
[%General]section a line with the desired point size, e.g.:
Currently it only affects "rich text" labels in Pumpa, though. Not other GUI elements. Not sure if that is sufficient?
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Linux 25 seminarShow all 8 replies
@Lars Wirzenius Yes, indeed. I was in the audience... somewhere in the middle :-) Patrik Floréen, who was leading the seminar, and was apparently Linus' Bachelor's thesis teacher, is my immediate boss.
The quality of the talks was a bit varying, I liked your talk the best! :-)
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Got married today
I married my long-time girlfriend today. We've been together for 15 years, so we thought it was time to make it more official. (Also makes things legally simpler with the baby and all...)
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