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28 Oct 23:24

[ridgeline] Come Walk With Me

by Craig Mod
Ridgeliners — A week from now the big walk begins. I’d like for you to walk it with me. A distributed, global, walk across Japan, together, during a year when it’s impossible to do so in person. I’m starting a time-boxed newsletter called Pachinko Road. It’ll run from November 3 - 30. On Dec 1st I’ll delete the list and we’ll be done. Sign up here. From my new essay announcing the project, “Let’s Walk Across Japan, Together”:
28 Oct 23:23

Washington Post public editor: the powerful have realized they don’t need the Post

Hamilton Nolan, Columbia Journalism Review, Oct 28, 2020

I have long said that the future of media portends the future of education, and nothing I've seen over thirty years dissuades me of this. So reflect on this: "Tesla... has done away with its media relations department—effectively formalizing an informal policy of ignoring reporters... we should also recognize this for what it is: one more glaring data point showing that powerful people no longer think they need the mainstream press, especially critical and ethical outlets like the Washington Post." A free press is essential to a democracy, just as is a free educational system. Neither estate has served the public well, however, eschewing social responsibility in favour of the needs of the wealthy and well-connected (who are often also their owners and alumni). So I can see why journalists would consider abandonment by the powerful a "horrifying assault". But perhaps like educational institutions they need a concordat with the public, not one tailored to serve business and industry (as discussed yesterday), but one addressing the needs of the people, one taking seriously the idea that all people deserve and ought to enjoy security, identity, voice and opportunity.

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28 Oct 23:23

Baltasar Gracián on patience

by Doug Belshaw

Know how to suffer fools. The wise have always been the least patient, for as knowledge increases, so does impatience. It’s difficult to satisfy someone who knows a great deal. The greatest rule in life, according to Epictetus, is to endure things, and he reduced half of wisdom to this. If every type of stupidity is to be tolerated, a great deal of patience will be needed. Sometimes we tolerate most from those on whom we must depend, which fact enables us to triumph over ourselves. From tolerance arises peace, the inestimable joy of the world. Those who find themselves unable to tolerate others should retreat into themselves – if they can actually tolerate themselves.

Baltasar Gracián, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence, 159

I’ve often said that I “don’t suffer fools gladly”. And I don’t; I have zero patience for those that mess me about, are disingenuous, or otherwise exist more for entertainment than industry.

However, Gracián points that we all depend on other people and it’s necessary to tolerate them. Further, without developing patience, we may end up in a situation where we find it difficult to tolerate ourselves.

Marcus Aurelius writes in a similar, albeit tangential vein:

[L]ook at the characters of your own associates: even the most agreeable of then are difficult to put up with; and for the matter of that, it is difficult enough to put up with one’s own self. In all this murk and mire, then, in all this ceaseless flow of being and time, of changes imposed and changes endured, I can think of nothing that is worth prizing highly or pursuing seriously.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 5

I wouldn’t necessarily agree with his assertion that there’s “nothing worth prizing highly or pursuing seriously”, but I suppose that’s the logical conclusion of a lack of patience.

My conclusion? Patience is worth practising and cultivating.

This post is Day 55 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Want to get involved? Find out more at 

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28 Oct 23:22

Halloween 2020 Humor

by swissmiss

This made me laugh.

28 Oct 23:22

Reconsidering the Zoom University, synchronic/asynchronic and online teaching and learning

by Raul Pacheco-Vega

I am absolutely exhausted. And it’s only late October 2020.

face I want to preface this blog post by saying that I love teaching, and that I know that part of the reason why I am tired is that I am honoring all the commitments to my previous institution (CIDE) and my current one (FLACSO Mexico) so I am teaching more courses than I am used to. I am definitely not a stranger to online teaching, did it over the summer with wild success and I have enough technological literacy.

I also have a passion and interest in pedagogy so I have taken courses over the summer, experimented with sample classes, etc.


My good friend, Dr. Juliette Levy, sums it up:

I have been an educator since I was eleven years old. I love teaching, mentoring, tutoring, educating. But doing this online thing via synchronic (and I would say even asynchronic) delivery is not sustainable, at least in the way we seem to be doing it right now.

I do miss being physically in the classroom, surrounded by brilliant students.

I draw energy from my students. I also can walk throughout the room. I can also scribble on the whiteboard.

A lot of proponents of asynchronous delivery suggest recording short segments so students can watch them on their own time. I have seen great lectures that are recorded in a way that puts much less stress on the speaker by using a camera and recording the lecturer as they walk students through whiteboarded ideas.

But the kind of applied, hands-on stuff I teach is not really very easy to deliver in the YouTube lecture kind of model. I also wonder about spending so much time physically sitting in front of a computer – to take classes, to do homework, to email, to coordinate with friends and colleagues for group work. This is very concerning.

I know that online teaching works. It’s been working for ages. The problem is that we have multiple compounding factors making online teaching harder. Students are worried about funding, worried about their parents’ and loved ones’ health (hoping they won’t catch COVID19), frantic about their own health. Can they really take online classes and just focus on that? No, I don’t think so. Because if they are parents, they don’t have daycare (because they’re closed in most countries).

Perhaps we need to just keep the sound for some classes, or record short segments (VERY short) with quick online meetings with students. I don’t know, but this is getting very tiring. I wrote a Twitter thread reflecting on this that might be of interest to my readers:

Here, I explain my new model for 3 hour classes:

And I added one last bit: perhaps just listening into some classes would be better? Others won’t work, of course, but maybe this is a thought.

At any rate, I really hope we can control the COVID19 pandemic because this is getting really out of hand.

28 Oct 23:21

Notes on Installing PeerTube on Reclaim Cloud

by Reverend

Most of last week was eaten up by playing with PeerTube on Reclaim Cloud. Tim installed on a VPS through Reclaim Cloud following this guide, and he said it wasn’t too bad, just a lot of copy and pasting of commands. He also figured out how to store all the videos and server them through Amazon’s S3 according to these Nginx rules, which is quite slick.

I, on the other hand, went the Docker route and documented that process already on the Reclaim Hosting community forums. I ran into some issues with the CLI  tools working with my instance (which let to me re-installing at least once) which was a bummer for me because the CLI tools enable you to migrate entire YouTube or Vimeo channels (including metadata) in one feel swoop. I kept getting  413 “Payload Too Large” errors when videos over 95 MB were uploaded. It was frustrating. I even posted an issue to the PeerTube Github, but it turns out the Proxied DNS status through Cloudflare was causing the error. Took me longer than I care to admit to figure that out, but once I did all my videos from Vimeo came over easy. So, today’s pro-tip is if you are running your DNS through Cloudflare and using PeerTube’s CLI Tools, make sure the main domain is not proxied, you want DNS Only.

I want to spend a moment just recording my process with the CLI Tools element of PeerTube because it is a separate setup then the actual PeerTube server. You need to install Node.js version 10.22.1 using NVM, the latest version of  the package management tool Yarnffmpeg, and Git. All the links in the previous sentence are to resources  for Ubuntu 18.04 which is the VPS I used to create a separate bavatube CLI server. It is far more practical to have these running on your desktop/laptop, and to do that I used the Homebrew package manager for the Mac. I will avoid trying to link to the resources given it is a rabbit hole, but in shirt I installed Node.js version 10.21.1 on my Mac using NVM as well as the latest version of Yarn.  I ran into issues with the following error:

Error on CLI video Import: "ENOENT: no such file or directory,"

This was a result of my not having ffmpeg installed on my laptop, so learn from my mistakes. You can install ffmpeg using Homebrew as well, which is nice.So, I have the CLI for PeerTube both running on my laptop as well as on a VPS on Reclaim Cloud. The latter was a result of the former not working, but it has been convenient for testing so keeping it for a bit. You can almost track my entire process via the PeerTube tag on my Pinboard given I have been using social bookmarking a lot as of late, and it is super useful to keeping track of all the sites I use to figure something out.

node dist/server/tools/peertube-import-videos.js -u '' -U 'username' --password 'mypassword' --target-url ''

Once I had it working the above command effectively copied every pubic video from my Vimeo account into rather quickly using the youtube-dl codebase, which right now is the greatest command ever.

Anyway, consider this post simply notes that I wanted to get down here before I lost track of my process. Now for the one-click installer of PeerTube on Reclaim Cloud…YEAH!

28 Oct 23:21

Clips 3.0

by Volker Weber
Clips 3.0 ist in Kürze im deutschen App Store verfügbar und das bisher größte Update der App. Es bringt Anwendern eine Reihe großartiger neuer Funktionen, darunter eine völlig neue, vereinfachte Benutzeroberfläche, Unterstützung für Videos im Hoch- und Querformat, HDR-Videoaufnahme auf dem iPhone 12, neue Effekte und vieles mehr. Mit Clips 3.0 ist es für jeden unglaublich einfach, unterhaltsame Videos mit mehreren Clips zu erstellen, um diese mit Freunden, Familie und Klassenkameraden zu teilen – ohne jegliche Vorkenntnisse in der Videobearbeitung.

Das ist eine meiner Lieblingsapps auf dem iPhone. Ich benutze die jedesmal, wenn ich jemandem Glückwünsche oder ein kurzes Update aufsprechen will. Bisher leider nur im quadratischen Format, aber das hat nun ein Ende. Sehr cool.

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28 Oct 23:21

If not SPAs, What?

by Tom MacWright

A few months ago, I wrote an article about how the SPA pattern has failed to simplify web development. The SPA pattern (Single-Page Apps), I tried to define, was about the React model, which also covers, to a large extent, the model of Vue, Angular, and other frontend frameworks.

Like any critique, it begs for a prescription and I didn’t give one, other than gesturing toward server-side frameworks like Rails and Django. But I think there are some trends starting to form. I had queued up some time to really dive into the frameworks, but things like walking in parks have taken priority, so here’s just a grand tour.

Opinionated full-stack JavaScript frameworks

Primarily I’m talking about Remix, RedwoodJS, and Blitz.js, though I’m sure there are similar efforts in the non-React world that are relevant. Next.js almost falls into this category, but as far as I can tell, it’s still unopinionated about the data layer and most sites that use Next.js are still going to use a separate API stack. But that’s subject to change, because all of these are moving fast.

It’s interesting to note that Remix, Redwood, and Next are all backed by companies or foundations, and that Blitz is aiming early on to be a sponsor-funded project. These projects, I think, are trying to sidestep the “tragedy of the commons” failures of earlier open source, wherein overworked and unpaid maintainers service a large userbase and eventually burn out and abandon the project.

To take Remix as an example, it re-ties data loading with routes, and then gives the pretty amazing promise of no client side data fetching by default. These frameworks are also opinionated about status codes and caching strategies. RedwoodJS automatically creates an ORM-like interface using GraphQL and Prisma.

As context, Remix is backed by the folks from React Training, who are also the folks from React Router, which is as much React pedigree as you can get without joining the team at Facebook. Redwood is run by Preston-Werner Ventures, of Tom Preston-Werner, a GitHub founder. Next.js is sponsored and heavily promoted by Vercel, neé Zeit.


It’s worthwhile to just mention Turbolinks. I didn’t use it until this year, and apparently there were issues with it before, but the pitch for Turbolinks 5 is: what is the bare minimum you need to do to get the SPA experience without any cooperation from your application?

So it’s a tiny JavaScript library that sits on top of an existing server-rendered application, like one from Ruby on Rails, the project that spawned it, and it replaces full pageloads with SPA-like partial pageloads in which page contents are replaced and client-side navigation updates your URLs. Basically, it prevents the ‘blink’ of real page transitions and saves on all othe sorts of costs of fully loading a new page.

In terms of power-to-weight for user experience improvements, Turbolinks is a standout: it adds very little complexity and a tiny size impact for a big user experience improvment.

Server-side-state frameworks

There are the spiciest new solution. The main contenders are Laravel Livewire (in PHP), Stimulus Reflex (for Ruby on Rails), and Phoenix LiveView (on Phoenix, in Elixir).

The pitch here is: what if you didn’t have to write any JavaScript? It sort of hearkens back to the critique of JavaScript in _why’s ART && CODE talk, that web development is the only kind where you normally have to write in three (or more) languages. These languages also most remnants of “client-side” logic, putting it all on the server side.

How do they do this? Well, a lot of WebSockets, in the case of Reflex and LiveView, as well as very tightly coupled server interactions. As you can see in the LiveView demo, which I highly recommend, these frameworks tend to operate sort of like reactive DOM libraries on the front end – in which the framework figures out minimal steps to transform from one state to another - except those steps are computed on the server side and then generically applied on the client side. They also do a lot more data storage & state management on the server-side, because a lot of those interactions which wouldn’t be persisted to the server are now at least communicated to the server.

These frameworks are exciting, and also extremely contrarian, because they are the polar opposite of the “frontend plus agnostic API layer” pattern, and they also wholeheartedly embrace the thing everyone tries to avoid: mutable state on the server.

Modest progressive-enhancement JavaScript frameworks

These are typically used “in addition” to the above, but they certainly deserve a shout-out because I think a wide swath of frontend-programming concerns actually only need a tiny hint of JavaScript. But the main caveat is that they assume that you know JavaScript and the DOM, which are not necessarily universal skills anymore. A lot of developers growing up on React have acquired a real blind spot for native browser APIs.

The main ones I’ve looked at are Stimulus (out of the Ruby on Rails camp), Alpine, and htmlx. They’re all tiny, and work great in existing pages. I think – and here come the flames – Web Components also fit into this sphere of progressive enhancement! If you just use good web components - only ones that GitHub writes is a good rule of thumb - then they can fit the role of just improving an existing static UI. It’s where you start to use Web Components as an apples-to-apples replacement for full-fledged frontend frameworks is where things seem to get dicey.

These frameworks have the luxury of operating on a deeply improved web stack, one with fundamental components like fetch() and MutationObserver. These things were previously at the core of the utility of progressive enhancement frameworks, and now they can just be the utilities that those frameworks build on.

I’m sure that there are additional patterns out there! But these currents all seem strong right now, and it’s fascinating to see some really divergent and adventurous – and common-sense – approaches start to crop up.

28 Oct 23:10

Automatically setting my Slack status when I'm in a Zoom meeting

by (Peter Rukavina)

Prompted by Aaron Parecki’s efforts, I set out to conjure up a system to set my Slack status when I’m in a Zoom meeting.

Like this:

A detail from a screen shot showing my Slack status showing I'm in a Zoom meeting.

The secret sauces turned out to be:

After configuring everything up, every time I start a Zoom meeting my Slack status gets updated to “In a zoom meeting,” and when the meeting ends it gets removed.

Automation for the win!

28 Oct 23:07

The Best Gaming Headsets

by Kimber Streams
The Best Gaming Headsets

Great audio in a video game can draw you into a digital world with bold effects, realistic details, and moving soundtracks. A great gaming headset can make that possible while you chat with your friends and teammates, too. But even the best sound quality won’t do you any good in a headset too uncomfortable to wear for long stretches. After testing more than 50 headsets for this update, we found that the HyperX Cloud Alpha is still the most comfortable, best-sounding gaming headset for the price.

28 Oct 00:55

Need To Belong vs. Need to Be Different

by Richard Millington

Once you look beyond support-based communities (communities which people visit for need rather than desire) you find members follow a fairly similar assimilation process into the group.

First, your members will try to understand the group norms.

They will look for clues about the language to use, the topics members discuss, what the group’s likes and dislikes, the agreed common-knowledge of the group, and, in the analogue world, how the group dresses and behaves with one another.

Aside, this is why you often see newcomers who have read 50+ posts while contributing few of their own. They’re trying to figure out the group norms. Sure, some jump right into the fray (or are dragged immediately into it), but most people tentatively try to understand the group first.

These newcomers will then increasingly adopt the group norms until they feel they’re seen by others ‘as one of the group’. This might be as simple as making a few close friends within the broader group.

However, members also want to be seen as unique within the group. Or achieve what psychologists call ‘optimal distinctiveness’. This often leads people to start blogs, podcasts, customise their equipment, get tattoos, etc…The challenge is balancing the need to be unique against the desire to still be accepted within the group.

i.e. you want to be as unique as possible while still being seen as a member of the community.

If you’re managing a community, you can help members at every stage of the process. You can highlight group norms and ‘what you should know about this community’ material early on. You can use labels and references in content to help people be seen as part of the group. And you can find unique roles for members and promote their unique efforts to the broader community.

28 Oct 00:55

Acquia Engage Keynote 2020

by Dries

Acquia Engage took place last week. For the first time in seven years, it was an all-virtual event.

Dries standing in a virtual conference lobby.
The virtual conference lobby of Acquia Engage, modeled after our Boston office's lobby.

The best way to learn about what Acquia has been up to, is to watch the recording of my opening keynote. In 30 minutes, I cover 10 major updates to Acquia's Digital Experience Platform. We packed the presentation with short product demos. You can also download a copy of my slides (65 MB), but you won't get to see the demos.

Acquia Drupal Cloud updates

First, I talked about new features for Acqiua's Drupal Cloud. All features are focused on helping developers migrate, develop, design and launch Drupal sites faster.

I covered the following new features for Acquia's Drupal Cloud:

  • Acquia Migrate: A family of products that help you migrate to Drupal 9 five times faster and easier.
  • Acquia Cloud IDE: A cloud-based development environment optimized for Drupal and Acquia.
  • Acquia CMS: An easy, out-of-the-box distribution of Drupal 9. It comes pre-integrated with Acquia's products.
  • Acquia Site Studio Page Builder: A new page builder for Acquia's low-code/no-code website building tool. It's optimized for marketers and content creators.
  • Acquia Cloud Next: A container-based cloud hosting environment optimized for speed, scale and security.

Acquia Marketing Cloud updates

Next, I covered new Marketing Cloud features. Marketers today are using more and more tools to get their jobs done. Unfortunately, many of these tools are not well-integrated. This lack of integration results in siloed customer information and inefficient marketing. Ultimately these silos lead to poor customer experiences. Acquia Marketing Cloud solves these problems by eliminating these silos. We combine or unify customer data profiles, segments, analytics, and machine learning capabilities into a single, easy-to-use platform.

Dries delivering his presentation in front of a virtual audience

New announcements for Acquia's Marketing Cloud include:

  • Unified real-time user profiles: Aggregates customer actions across platforms into profiles in real-time. Use them instantly in marketing campaigns.
  • Universal segments: Use consistent segments across every tool within Acquia Marketing Cloud. A segment created in our Customer Data Platform (CDP) automatically becomes available in our website personalization product and multi-channel marketing automation solution.
  • 360º marketing analytics: Measures marketing campaign effectiveness across the Acquia Marketing Cloud.
  • "Predictive sends" machine learning model: Uses machine learning to predict the best time to send campaign emails.
  • COVID-19 dashboard: Helps you understand your customers' shift from offline to online, as well as changes in channel preferences, product preferences and opportunities for growth.

Closing words

I'm proud that Acquia is innovating faster than ever before. I want to thank our product and engineering teams for working incredibly hard in the midst of a pandemic.

28 Oct 00:54

Zoom rolls out end-to-end encryption for paid and free users

by Aisha Malik
Zoom icon on iOS

Zoom is officially rolling out end-to-end encryption for both free and paid accounts around the world as a technical preview.

You can activate the setting on Zoom’s desktop app and Android app. End-to-end encryption will be available on iOS once Apple approves an app update.

Users have to manually turn on the feature in their settings, and all meeting participants will have to turn it on in order to join an end-to-end encrypted meeting.

You’ll know if the setting is enabled when you see a green shield logo with a padlock in the middle in the upper left corner of your meeting screen.

“End-to-end encryption is best for when you want enhanced privacy and data protection for your meetings, and is an extra layer to mitigate risk and protect sensitive meeting content,” Zoom notes.

The setting is currently in technical preview, as Zoom is hoping to receive feedback from users during the next 30 days so it can enhance the feature.

Zoom initially announced plans to only offer end-to-end encryption for paid users and not free users, but later reversed its decision after facing backlash.

Source: Zoom

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28 Oct 00:44

Surface Pro X mit SD2 in Platin jetzt im Handel

by Volker Weber


Auf meinem Tisch wohnen zwei sehr ähnliche Rechner, der eine mit iPadOS, der andere mit Windows 10. Durch die Software haben beide sehr unterschiedliche Fähigkeiten. Aber sie haben auch eine Gemeinsamkeit, die ich sehr schätze: Sie sind mucksmäuschenstill. Kein Lüfter.

Vor drei Wochen habe ich mir das neueste Modell des Surface Pro X angeschaut, das sich von meinem durch den neueren Snapdragon Chipset SD2 unterscheidet. Das macht vielleicht 10% Performance-Verbesserung aus. Spüren kann ich den Unterschied nicht.


Was mir aber richtig gut gefällt, ist die neue, alte Farbe. Surface Pro X gibt es jetzt auch in Platin. Und ab heute ist es im Handel. Nur die beiden teuersten Versionen mit 16 GB RAM und 256 oder 512 GB Storage werden auf SD2 umgestellt. Die älteren mit SD1 bleiben verfügbar. Ich vermute, Microsoft hat noch genug davon.

28 Oct 00:44

Anker cuts prices of wireless chargers and portable chargers

by Ian Hardy
28 Oct 00:43

Polyvalent Low Kicker and More Fall Arrivals at VO

by (VeloOrange)

by Kevin

The Polyvalent Low Kicker has landed. After many, many months of design, development, and testing, we are beyond stoked for the arrival of the latest addition to the Velo Orange lineup. The Low Kicker is a major update to our Polyvalent platform that introduces a low-slung top tube for easy riding while retaining a "do-it-all" design ready to tackle everything from paved commuting to gravel touring. 

We will begin to fill pre-orders in the coming days. For those that missed out on the pre-order, the Low Kicker is now available for order direct from our online store.

And the Low Kicker didn't come alone. As the weather cools down and the days grow shorter, a new shipment of Velo Orange essentials has arrived just in time for your fall and winter bike projects. 

Crazy Bars are back in stock in silver and black. We've received no shortage of questions about when more would be in. A close second, however, is the Klunker Bar, and we're not here to disappoint. Klunkers in their noir finish have also been restocked. We've also received more Left Bank handlebars in 22.2 mm and 23.8 mm sizes as well as Granola Bars in silver and black. 

On the topic of handlebar swaps, if you have been looking for an easy way to convert that old threaded fork to use modern threadless designs in a variety of clamp diameters, our Threadless Stem Adapter is also back in stock. 

We've received more fenders in a variety of popular styles and sizes. 650b x 58 mm fenders are back in black in Smooth and Wavy finishes along with 700c x 52 mm Zeppelin Fenders in Noir. 

And the list goes on. More items back in stock: 

We have also received more stock our Comfy Cotton Bar Tape and Colored Brake Cable and Derailleur Cable kits to add a splash of color to that fall/winter bike build. 

If you have been waiting for something in particular and don't see it in stock, we'll have even more arriving within the next month or two, including the brand new Pass Hunter, a new colorway for the Piolet, and more. 

28 Oct 00:43

Little Ships

by Michael Kalus
Little Ships

Morning light, interesting clouds and an armada of ships anchored in the bay.

28 Oct 00:41

United States v. Google

by Rui Carmo

If, like me, you’ve been caught up in work and real life, this is a pretty decent summary of where things are at, including a bunch of ancillary topics.

I’m a bit curious if the EU is going to do anything at all, but the cynic in me believes they’ll ride in on whatever precedent is established.

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27 Oct 20:39

Youtube-dl ist wieder auf Github online!Nicht ganz ...

mkalus shared this story from Fefes Blog.

Youtube-dl ist wieder auf Github online!

Nicht ganz freiwillig auf Seiten von Github. Die haben da seit Ewigkeiten einen Bug, dass beliebige Leute in existierende Repositories Daten hochladen können. Das ändert am Checkout erstmal nichts, denn der ist per Crypto-Hash an einen bestimmten Stand gekoppelt. Den aktuellen Hash kann man so auch nicht ändern, man kann nur zusätzliche Daten in ein Repo laden. Die sind dann allerdings über einen direkten Link auf den Hash abrufbar.

Das hat jetzt halt jemand mit dem GMCA-Repo gemacht, in dem Github die DMCA-Meldungen ablegt.

Ich sitze da jetzt seit ein paar Tagen drauf, weil ich mir dachte, wenn ich drauf linke, dann machen die das sofort weg. Aber offensichtlich sind die gar nicht in der Lage, das wegzumachen. Dann kann ich auch drauf linken.

Die Homepage von youtube-dl hat auch relativ schnell ihre Links zur aktuellen Version gefixt.

Ich bin mir sicher, dass die RIAA da einfach weiter Drohbriefe verschicken wird.

27 Oct 20:37

3 for Tuesday

🔥 Incendiary devices were thrown at the Robert Koch Institute of Berlin early Sunday morning. The institute is the government agency responsible for Germany’s response to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. It’s really sad that people do this, no matter where in the world.

🌲 Soon, you’ll be able to replace your plastic charge card with a wooden one. Apparently, more than 300,000 cards can be produced from the wood of one tree. On the other hand, I’ve converted most of my card spending to contactless Apple Pay.

🙋‍♀️ Looking for a job? First Round has published 40 questions you could ask during your next interview with a prospective employer. Interviewing is a two way process, and these questions can help you decide if you want the job you’re applying for. One I really like is: "What relative weight do you put on the way people conduct their work, versus the work product they generate?”

27 Oct 04:45

Twitter Favorites: [rcousine] The movement for UTC Everywhere is gaining steam. There are dozens of us!

Ryan Cousineau @rcousine
The movement for UTC Everywhere is gaining steam. There are dozens of us!…
27 Oct 04:31


Badgebot, Oct 26, 2020

Self-styled as "the world's first open badges issuing twitter bot", Badgebot allows people to award badges and post the results using their Twitter account. I heard about it in today's ePIC conference. It "uses Twitter timelines and tweets as evidence, displayer of badges, and access to badges" and "saves all badge data as public gists" which you can view here. You can find code here and here. Here's the (short) list of badges. Here on Twitter I awarded myself a badge and here is the result.

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27 Oct 04:31


Freedombone, Oct 26, 2020

Despite its odd name, this is an interesting project. "Freedombone is a home server system which enables you to run your own internet services, individually or as a household. It includes all of the things you'd expect such as email, chat, VoIP, web sites, wikis, blogs, social networks, media hosting and more. You can run Freedombone on an old laptop or single board computer. No ads and no built-in spying." This is in many ways similar to NextCloud. Or, here's another option: Bonfire. It's an actual device you can use to host your own node on a decentralized federated social network.

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27 Oct 01:14

How it started How it’s going

by Chris Kendall (ottocrat)
mkalus shared this story from ottocrat on Twitter.

How it started How it’s going

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27 Oct 00:24

Vier richtig gute Apple-Produkte

by Volker Weber


Ich musste gestern Abend geschwind dieses Bild schießen, weil darin alle vier Produkte sind, an denen ich gerade großen Spaß habe. Das Licht ist so komisch, weil das mein Kino ist. 13 Zoll in 40 cm Entfernung ist für mich so wie ein 130"-Fernseher an der Wand gegenüber*. Mit dem Unterschied, dass ich in 40 cm Entfernung perfekt scharf sehe und an der Wand eine Brille brauche. Damit ich nicht ganz im Dunkeln sitze, schalte ich den Eve Lightstrip auf 100% rot.

  1. Das Bild kommt vom iPad Pro 12.9. Der Film von Apple TV: On The Rocks von Sofia Coppola mit Rashida Jones und Bill Murray in den Hauptrollen.
  2. Den Ton liefern die AirPods Pro. Der Spatial Sound haut mich jedesmal wieder um. Das Haus ist still und ich habe Surround Sound.
  3. Das Magic Keyboard stellt das iPad genau senkrecht. Ich war ja wegen des Preises sehr skeptisch. Aber ich benutze es derart viel, dass die Leertaste schon blanke Stellen bekommt, wo ich sie mit dem Daumen drücke. Mittlerweile hat auch Microsoft Office eine Unterstützung für das Trackpad. Damit wird das immer PC-ähnlicher.
  4. Zuletzt das neue iPhone. Boah, ich liebe dieses flache Design. Das exakte Gegenteil von dem, was gerade bei Android modisch ist. Kein flitschiger Handschmeichler sondern wieder in der Tradition von iPhone 4/5/SE.

Ja, das hört sich schwer nach Fanboy an. Ich probiere auch immer gerne andere Produkte aus. Aber das hier ist einfach supergut.

*) Der Fernseher ist nur eingebildet. Ich habe einen 55"-Samsung von 2012 und ich will nicht noch einen.

27 Oct 00:24

Bruce Springsteen :: Letter to you

by Volker Weber

Wer AppleTV hat, unbedingt anschauen. Der Film geht unter die Haut. Für guten Sound sorgen. Die Sequenz ab 6:15 habe ich x-mal geguckt.

Hier Playlist mit allen Titeln des neuen Albums.

27 Oct 00:23

Nova is Here.

by Cabel
mkalus shared this story from Panic Blog.

A quick belated announcement: after years in development, Nova, our next-generation, fully native, future-focused code editor — only available for macOS — is here.

The Future

Rewritten from the ground up, Nova is lighter, faster, more flexible, and deeply feature-packed. It has a modern, hyper-speed editor with all the features you’d expect. It has a customizable user interface. It has a robust extensions ecosystem. It can work on local projects, or work directly off your server. It has tools like a Terminal and Transmit-based File Browser. It’s designed from the ground up to enable complex web workflows that might have build, run, and deployment phases… but it’s still great for a good old static site.

I could go on all day, but you should just check out the website, and try the free 30-day demo.

Own It Forever

Nova is $99. And when you buy it, you own it — it will never expire. It also includes one free year of updates — including new features and fixes — which we’ll release the moment they’re ready. Also, if you want, you can get additional years of updates for only $49 a year. But that’s totally optional, and there’s also no penalty to signing up for updates later, either when you’re ready, or when we’ve added a new feature you want.

Just The Beginning

We have big plans for Nova. We are, as they say, just getting started.

If you have any questions, first check the Panic Library, which is an invaluable resource. Then, feel free to drop us a line.

We hope you enjoy it. And welcome to the future!

27 Oct 00:23

'Students may also be prompted to do a “room scan” where they turn their computer camera 360 degrees to show that nobody else is in the room with them' why are we treating teenagers like this? the only thing they are learning is that nobody involved here respects or trusts them.

by Internet of Shit (internetofshit)
mkalus shared this story from internetofshit on Twitter.

'Students may also be prompted to do a “room scan” where they turn their computer camera 360 degrees to show that nobody else is in the room with them'

why are we treating teenagers like this? the only thing they are learning is that nobody involved here respects or trusts them.

1155 likes, 269 retweets
27 Oct 00:23

RT @Foone: @internetofshit I wonder how long until some company uses an hourly-wage-adjustment that automatically pauses your paid-time eve…

by foone (Foone)
mkalus shared this story from internetofshit on Twitter.

@internetofshit I wonder how long until some company uses an hourly-wage-adjustment that automatically pauses your paid-time every time your eyes can't be tracked to be on the screen.
you looked down at your phone? well, clearly you're not working, so you don't get paid for those 2 minutes

Retweeted by Internet of Shit (internetofshit) on Monday, October 26th, 2020 6:23pm

333 likes, 77 retweets
26 Oct 23:59

Google commits to 100 percent plastic-free product packaging by 2025

by Aisha Malik

Google has announced that it’s committing to making its product packaging 100 percent plastic-free and 100 percent recyclable by 2025.

The tech giant notes that it’s already made a reduction in plastic use in its packaging since 2016, but that it still has a lot of work ahead in order to meet this new goal.

“To get us there, we need to uncover alternative, recyclable materials that will still protect our products. It’ll take partnering with our suppliers, tinkering in the lab and sharing learnings across the industry, but we’ll get there,” Google stated in a blog post.

Further, the tech giant has announced a commitment to using recycled or renewable material in at least 50 percent of all plastic used across all of its hardware products by 2025.

“Our new 50 percent commitment raises the bar well beyond industry standards. We hope this is a milestone on the path to a future where we design out waste and pollution and keep materials in use longer,” Google notes.

It also hopes to achieve a “Zero Waste to Landfill” certification by 2022. The certification means that the vast majority of waste from its operations will be recycled.

The tech giant notes that it’s invested in integrating sustainability into its products and operations, and that its new commitments are the next step.

Source: Google

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