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The Fediverse

This is an account of my five-day mission to explore to the far extremeties of The Fediverse. Although I am a complete newbie to The Federation and The Fediverse I hope this very naivety has some value. If the free social network is to grow and prosper it needs to attract people who, like me, don't completely understand it.

Renaming MP3 podcasts

I have been an avid listener to the Linux Voice podcasts since they began, and before that I listened to the same guys when they did the TuxRadar podcasts for the Linux Format magazine. Sadly though it would appear that the Linux Voice podcasts have ended[1] as there hasn't been a new one since November last year. Previously, the podcasts were produced once every two weeks.

Pinentry confusion

Signing email messages is a requirement that I have several times a day. Claws Mail handles this requirement very nicely with the GPG Plugin. The plugin provides a configuration option to set a time period for the pinentry passphrase to be stored. For example, I have set the passphrase to be stored for 600 minutes. This means that when I enter the passphrase in the morning it is being cached for the rest of the working day, i.e. for 10 hours. If I need to sign an email after this period, the pinentry dialog will appear again and I re-enter the passphrase. Once entered the passphrase is stored for a further ten hours.

Manual browser opening in Liferea

I recently did an upgrade from Debian Jessie to Stretch on my laptop which as expected, and desired, brought in a whole lot of new versions of the packages I am using. One such package was the highly configurable and versatile feed reader Liferea. One of the features of Liferea I have used for many years is the ability to open web pages in a manually selected external browser rather than the default or Liferea's built-in browser.

Import Open Symbols into Inkscape

I just recently came across the Inkscape Open Symbols library project and could kick myself for not finding it sooner. There are thousands of freely1 available symbols which are very handy for using in web or print design jobs but were always a faff to import into Inkscape.

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