Once again, I did some updates on my Fedora 20 system. And after happily suspending and resuming the laptop for days, I crashed in the OpenShot video editor and had to do a hard reboot.
Except that I never got to the login screen. Just like the last time this happened, I suspected that the Catalyst driver I downloaded and installed from AMD's
.run package was not playing well with the latest kernel from Fedora.
I've been messing around with scripting, and I created a static Ode archive page that lists every entry on this site.
I hacked it quickly. It needs some work. I think this would work better as a full-on Ode extension. For that I'd have to write it in Perl and figure out how Ode add-ins work. It could also be an extension of the Indexette add-in.
I'll be thinking about how to do this.
I decided to script my blog updates via a Bash script for Unix/Linux that runs both my Unison sync and the Indexette reindexing necessary to to make those entries live.
You're probably not running Unison like I am (and I still need to write up my Unison tutorial), but the reindexing line is worth sharing because I find it very useful to reindex the blog without using the web browser.
First of all, you need to install
wget on your Unix/Linux system. It's available in just about every distribution. Use your favorite package manager to install it.
It's a pretty big bug that is being closed. Says Tomas Hoger in the bug report:
It was discovered that GnuTLS X.509 certificate verification code failed to properly handle certain errors that can occur during the certificate verification. When such errors are encountered, GnuTLS would report successful verification of the certificate, even though verification should end with failure. A specially-crafted certificate can be accepted by GnuTLS as valid even if it wasn't issued by any trusted Certificate Authority. This can be used to perform man-in-the-middle attacks against applications using GnuTLS.
Selena Larson of Readwrite.com writes:
A variety of Linux distributions are vulnerable to hacks because of a bug that allows people to bypass security protocols to intercept and disseminate encrypted information. A member of the Red Hat security team discovered a bug in the GnuTLS library that allows hackers to easily circumvent the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and secure sockets layer (SSL).
The vulnerability affects the certificate verification, meaning secure connections that are supposedly going through as secure, are not. Someone could compromise a secure connection by using a “man-in-the-middle” attack, acting as the server to intercept traffic, financial transactions or secure information.
My shared host offers AWStats, and every once in a while I take a look.
I was prompted to look by Jim Lynch's article, Why You Should Delete Your Facebook Account.
Like Jim, it turns out I'm also not getting any traffic from Facebook. Maybe two views a month. I get a little more from Twitter, but nothing earth-shattering.
At some level, ends and means in computer programming dictate that whatever language gets you there is the right one.
If you want to work on a certain project, and that project's code happens to be written in PHP, that is something to think about.
Do you want to attract collaborators? From among the languages you like, pick a popular one.
I have tweeted a bunch and written some, too, about Buffer, the web and mobile app that allows you to space out your social posts and reposts and have them released at specific times during the day.
Having Buffer "baked in" as a browser extension is a killer feature.
As a user, my company has gone all in for Buffer. We are a subscriber. A business can part with much more than the $102 that the Awesome Plan costs for a year. $102 a year is something most businesses scrape off the bottom of their boots on a slightly wet morning.
This post is here more so I don't lose track of this extremely detailed tutorial on how to deal with iOS 7 devices under Linux, especially Fedora.
(Because friends don't let friends use iTunes)
If you're not following blogging and RSS pioneer Dave Winer, you should be.
Here are some recent, important (yet short) Dave Winer posts on blogging and social media's evisceration of it:
A blog post has lasting value. A tweet stream is more ephemeral, it can evaporate almost instantly.
The blogging tools developers aren't giving the users anything new and/or interesting to do. ... Since when does a software category survive without introducing new stuff every so often?
Okay so people who used to blog now prefer to post their observations on Facebook for the immediate interaction of it. I know what they mean now that I've been using Facebook for a few months. Hearing the likes and the comments is a kind of Pavlovian reward. It's true, I know the feeling.
People like Facebook because when they post something there, they get responses from people they care about.
I use Red Hat's OpenShift, and I'd like to use it more. I'm aiming to get the hang of all the different moving parts: the web interface, the
rhc command-line interface, getting in with SFTP, git ...
I still maintain that PaaS (platform as a service) solutions like OpenShift need to be as easy to manage as shared hosting, which you can deal with via FTP and which doesn't need a special command-line utility.
I'm not saying that everything shouldn't be configurable for full-on developers. But there should be a simpler way to run cloud/networked applications. And yes, I recognize that we still do have shared web hosting, which can be pretty darn easy.