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Wed, 19 Aug 2015

Go 1.5 is released

Go 1.5 has been released, removes C code, enhances concurrency https://blog.golang.org/go1.5

Tue, 18 Aug 2015

Debian founder Ian Murdock surfaces

Debian founder @imurdock surfaces http://ianmurdock.com/blog

Sun, 16 Aug 2015

They use a lot of #golang at @dropbox

They use a lot of #golang at @dropbox https://twitter.com/jamwt/status/629727590782099456

Collaborative coding with Leaps, written in Go and Javascript

Collaborative coding with Leaps, written in Go and #Javascript #golang

QOR is the first E-commerce & CMS SDK written in Go

QOR is the first E-commerce & CMS SDK written in Go http://getqor.com #golang

Hollywood Reporter: L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne Bemoans Kardashian, Hilton and "Boring, Gauche" Celeb Culture

L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne Bemoans Kardashian, Hilton and "Boring, Gauche" Celeb Culture http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/la-billboard-diva-angelyne-bemoans-812987

Thu, 13 Aug 2015

Love for Perl unites diverse community

Love for #Perl unites diverse community http://opensource.com/life/15/8/embracing-diversity-perl-community

Installing the Compton compositor with Xfce in Fedora

Installing the Compton compositor with #Xfce in @Fedora https://mralphaville.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/fedora-20-xfce-compton

Fri, 07 Aug 2015

My new coding regimen

I've been coding a little every day.

Way back, say a year ago, I could write code in the course of my job.

Not so much lately. I'm just too busy and focused on news production and other requests.

So I've been taking my "lunch" time (a loose term when you start work at 5 a.m.) to walk a bit, laptop bag in hand, to a coffee shop (Starbucks/Coffee Bean/Western Bagel depending on seating) to do a little coding.

In the past two days I've worked on my Ode Counter addin in Perl (which is live in the upper right side of this blog, and played around with writing files in Node.

It's a little time every day, and so far it's been fun.

Wed, 05 Aug 2015

Running GNOME 3.16 in Fedora 22

Since my home Internet connection has been so bad, I haven't been using my Fedora 22 laptop as my main production machine for Citrix apps, and that means I can run GNOME 3 on it without trouble.

Instead, I use the laptop for writing, web browsing, development and watching media.

And instead of my usual Xfce, I've been using GNOME 3.16 as the desktop environment.

I have few complaints. GNOME 3 is getting better and better with each release, and even between releases there have been little improvements here and there.

Right now my only complaint with GNOME 3 is with file management in Nautilus. When you drag a file into a folder, if you linger too long over the folder, you end up in it. That should be something you can configure not to happen.

To avoid this problem, I've been using Nautilus' move to feature. It's clean.

My problems with the upper panel (I'm using the TopIcons GNOME Extension) are pretty much gone. Everything shows like it's supposed to.

I like the notifications system.

GNOME Software's notion that you want to reboot for every update is absurd. I use the Yum Extender for DNF to update, and that doesn't require any rebooting. The new Yum Extender fails about 25 percent of the time. I'm confident that the Fedora team will continue polishing the application. In the meantime, dnf in the terminal works without fail.

I'm having a PulseAudio issue that presents itself in both GNOME and Xfce: When I switch audio to HDMI via PulseAudio Volume Control (aka pavu), there is no audio over that connection unless I log out and log back in. I can switch back to local audio and hear it on the laptop speakers, but going back to HDMI requires another logout/login. This fairly recent issue is not a deal-breaker but is annoying.

Otherwise, my 2-year-old HP Pavilion g6 laptop is running better than ever under Linux.

Notes:

  • While I said I was going to stop obsessing about Linux, I reserve the right to talk/write about software I'm using. Tools are still interesting. And important. My focus remains on programming. And the rest of life. (Or so I tell myself.)

  • I am getting ready to pull the trigger on 100Mb/s Time Warner Cable broadband to replace my sub-1Mb/s DSL Extreme "broadband." That would mean I could work at home more, and I would probably swing back to Xfce for production because it plays so much better with the unwieldy Citrix apps I must use.