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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012

The why and how of Red Hat/Fedora's solution for Linux and UEFI secure boot

Red Hat/Fedora have put a solution in place in order to ensure that Linux runs on systems that ship with secure boot. Other distributions are welcome to get in on the deal at each.

What Google's doing with Quickoffice, and what it could mean for Microsoft and Apple

I'd hate to be a company looking for growth by selling a packaged office suite. Now Google is acquiring Quickoffice to bolster its mobile offerings. I'm not sure why they need it. Development of Google Docs / Google Drive seems to be moving rather rapidly on Android, though not so rapidly on the iPad, from what I can see. I have no idea about Docs/Drive on the iPhone.

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Debian releases a diversity statement

It was nice to see Debian's new diversity statement bake in the oven, as it were, on the mailing list, and now it's here:

The diversity statement itself is refreshingly brief:

Diversity Statement

The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone.

No matter how you identify yourself or how others perceive you: we welcome you. We welcome contributions from everyone as long as they interact constructively with our community.

While much of the work for our project is technical in nature, we value and encourage contributions from those with expertise in other areas, and welcome them into our community.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012

I'm almost ready to turn dlvr.it back on

I made a big deal out of turning off dlvr.it updates to identi.ca and Twitter. Now I'm ready to turn the service back on. Hashtags are great and all, but what's also great is creating all of my content here and then pushing what I own and control to those services. Notice how these last few posts are short? I want to do more of that.

I don't understand The Tweeted Times

What good is The Tweeted Times? I'd like a nice output of what I'm posting to Twitter. I don't care much for such a web page from the people I follow. No offense, (you) people. My Tweeted Times would be useful. It appears they don't do that.

GNOME 3.4 is making its way to Debian Wheezy

GNOME 3.4 is making its way to Debian Wheezy. But getting it there is not so easy.

Sometimes LibreOffice Draw is overkill for PDF shuffling -- and PDF-Shuffler does it better and faster

I stopped using PDF-Shuffler for awhile. I reinstalled it in Debian a few days ago and have been using it a lot. LibreOffice Draw can't do everything.

The site is back

It's funny. I was thinking about the last time one of my domains expired and whether or not I changed the contact e-mail address to something I actually check so such a thing (an expired domain, that is) wouldn't happen again.

But I didn't (change the contact e-mail address). And it did (the domain expired).

I renewed the domain, and a couple of others, one of which was set to expire a few days from now.

The domain on which this site lives is pretty much all the way back. Chances are DNS will work and you'll get the site, but it could be a day or so until some DNS servers catch up.

The moral of the story: Keep an eye on your domains.

  • Make sure your contact e-mail addresses are up-to-date (and maybe filter that mail so you'll stand a better chance of finding it)

  • Make a list of your domains, their expiration dates and where and how to renew them. Keep this in a list with the other important information about your web site.

  • Make a habit of doing some web-site maintenance. Go through your site(s) and:

    1. Make sure all services you're offering are actually working

    2. Get rid of files and directories you no longer need

    3. Do regular backups and keep a backup archive (yearly, monthly, weekly ...)

    4. Check on any applications (like WordPress) that require a software update/upgrade.

    5. Watch for things like expiring domains.

Do you have any other webmasterly maintenance chores that belong on a list like this?

The next day: Google's DNS finally caught up, and I can see the site from my laptop that uses those DNS servers.