Tag: Tech

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Mastodon web client

I have only been on Mastodon for about 10 days, but I have found the concepts easy to understand because I am familiar with Twitter. The familiarity is enhanced because the standard Mastodon web interface looks very much like TweetDeck. There were however some deficiencies in the web interface which were niggling me.

The main problem was the column widths for each "activity" (Editor,...

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.

The Motivation

I've been considering using some kind of social network in addition to this blog...

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...

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...

From Hot Space to 32GB

I decided recently to dig out some of my old cassette tape music albums. Most of them are pre-recorded tapes of albums purchased in the 1980s, but there are also many home recordings of vinyl LPs . I wanted to make digital copies of the albums and include them in my collection, which I carry with me on my mobile 'phone. I had a quaint notion that with a bit of work the music on the tapes could be of...

Hidden GTK3 scrollbars

My continuing journey of discovery after upgrading to Debian Stretch has led me to the hidden vertical scroll-bars in some of the latest GTK3 apps. Presumably, the idea is that hiding the scrollbars gives the user more visible screen area for displaying content. Another possibility is that scrollbars are considered to be a visual distraction and should be hidden until needed. I haven't...

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...

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.

The only way I knew of doing it previously...

Google Mesh Wi-Fi

Saw this section in a review of Google Mesh Wi-Fi on Alphr:

Google Mesh Wifi
Alphr review

Posted by fitheach on Fri 07 April 2017

Audible alerts without visual confirmation

For a few weeks now my laptop has, on an intermittent basis, been playing a two second musical alert. Is my CPU burning so hot it is about to imitate a China Syndrome? Is my fan spinning so fast that it resmbles a pulsar? Could it be my battery is about to explode? Maybe it is just an incoming email matching a particular pattern. The thing is I have no idea what the alert is for as there is no accompanying visual confirmation. I certainly don't remember manually setting any alerts. It is...

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