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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair
Sat, 25 Jul 2015

Still using Linux, just not talking/reading/obsessing about it

I'm probably using more Linux than ever. My laptop runs Fedora. I'm the admin on a server running CentOS.

I will keep doing those things.

But today I unsubscribed from most of the mailing lists that have been flowing through my Gmail account over the past few years.

The Debian, Fedora, Xubuntu and Lubuntu users list? All gone. So are the development lists for Debian, Fedora and Xubuntu, and most of the others. I'm keeping a few low-volume lists. For now anyway.

I was always more of a lurker than active participant on all of those mailing lists.

Lately, and probably before that, I didn't find much of value in most of that mail. Even though the quality of the Fedora lists is a bit higher than average, I wasn't getting a whole lot out of them. I'd scan the mail, maybe read one or two posts every few days, then delete the whole lot.

At this point, I see my operating system as a tool. To get things done.

I'm not interested in Linux evangelism. If you want to use it, that's great. I still do and will do.

If not, that's cool. Do what makes you happy.

I'm still a satisfied user of Linux. It's pretty much all I've run on my laptops since maybe 2009, and I messed around a whole lot with it before that, starting in late 2006 if I remember correctly.

There's more to life.

There's my family. I sure as hell want to do better where they're concerned.

Putting together coherent sentences? I'm still very much interested.

I've threatened to write about more than Linux for years. I'd like to write about things that aren't technology. It's been in the sidebar of this particular blog for as long as I've been writing it.

I see the "tech guy" on the morning news, and I wince. Is that me? Other than the fact that I'm very obviously not on TV, I worry that it is.

There's more to life than gadgets and apps.

That being said (there's always a that being said) ...

It sounds like I'm just on the other end of the same pool, but lately programming has dominated what little free time I have. I read a whole lot about it. And occasionally do it. Maybe I'll be able to tip the scales toward more doing in the near future.

I've been playing with Go, Perl, Python and Ruby. I need to focus.

Coding is what interests me at the moment.

What I'm not playing with are Linux distributions. I don't burn ISOs of anything, don't install just to see what something's like.

New releases of obscure distributions, or even not-so-obscure ones? I'm just not into it.

The ins, outs, politics and boiling pots of the Linux world? Not interested.

Give me my working Fedora system (or maybe Debian if the hardware is willing) and let me do my work, write my code, live my life.

If that sounds melodramatic, so be it.

I reserve the right to change my mind. But for now, I'm 50 other things first and a Linux user after that.

Fri, 24 Jul 2015

Writing with Vim, especially for Mac users

Writing with #vim, especially for #mac users https://lilii.co/aardvark/writing-with-vim

Paragraphs in the Web - a deep dive into typography

Take a deep dive into paragraphs on the web https://lilii.co/aardvark/paragraphs #CSS #javascript

11 JavaScript Code Snippets for Dynamic Web Projects

11 #JavaScript code snippets for dynamic web projects https://webdesignledger.com/tips/javascript-code-snippets

Thu, 23 Jul 2015

Reasons for choosing Perl web framework Mojolicious

From @jhthorsen: Reasons for choosing Perl web framework Mojolicious http://thorsen.pm/perl/programming/2015/07/10/a-restful-backend.html

I am working on my first Ode addin

I am working on my first http://ode.io addin. Made much progress today.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015

Did you know that Reddit is open source?

Did you know that @reddit is open source? https://github.com/reddit/reddit

Blog comments in the age of social media

The comments problem is hard. Because spam, most blog software punts by using @disqus

This Ode-to-Twitter thing is working out

This blog-to-Twitter setup, in my case using http://ode.io, to create social-media entries, is working out.

The Now time toolkit in Go

I'm very interested in time as it applies to code, and Now time toolkit is available in Go https://github.com/jinzhu/now #golang