analog device 

I have an "analog" folder with three subfolders "postcard", "rolodex", "typewriter".

Thinking I might need to add "vinyl" to this - it would be really nice to play some of our collection at home, and my current setup is unsatisfying.

"postcard" is going well of late, I have figured out how to send a card a day for the last 3 days straight.

"rolodex" is a matter of hauling one of my into Workantile (to support the postcard habit).

Not sure about the typewriter yet. It's portable.

office equipment 

my favorite office equipment is the shredder

My paper mail accumulates, and I sort through it all at once, processing it methodically. Can't say my methods are perfect but they are far, far better than they were a few years ago.

I wish I got more postcards and letters in the mail, though I do know that the fix to that is on me, and if I send more written correspondence I will get more written correspondence in return.

Getting some good useful use out of pre-commit.com which is a framework that makes running all sorts of git pre-commit hooks relatively easy.

My particular use is to run `markdownlint` before I commit a file, so that broken markdown doesn't cause my CI system to glitch out.

My linter doesn't yet know about Hugo shortcodes, so if I get one of those wrong it doesn't get caught until much later. Maybe github.com/HitkoDev/md-shortco ?

fixing errors before you commit them 

Getting some good useful use out of pre-commit.com which is a framework that makes running all sorts of git pre-commit hooks relatively easy.

My particular use is to run `markdownlint` before I commit a file, so that broken markdown doesn't cause my CI system to glitch out.

My linter doesn't yet know about Hugo shortcodes, so if I get one of those wrong it doesn't get caught until much later. Maybe github.com/HitkoDev/md-shortco ?

checking your work before you check it in 

I am writing a lot in Markdown, and really want all of my work to pass `markdownlint`. This has a bunch of easy to pass rules, and then some fiddly ones that are not so visible to the eye.

I want to catch as much of them on my machine as I can, so that the CI systems I run that also check for lint always pass and I don't have to wait for a full CI loop to catch a stray extra space.

Discovered pre-commit.com/ tonight, too late to try it.

finding computer parts 

Anyone have a good idea of a source that might have the Raspberry Pi compute modules (CM4) in stock?

The Canakit page at canakit.com/raspberry-pi-compu for the part I might want with 4GB + 32GB eMMC doesn't ship until July. But someone else somewhere in the world might have inventory.

Following this tutorial to try out KDE on my Pi 400:

itsfoss.com/install-kde-on-ubu

It's a stupidly large set of packages to install, but I'm installing them to an SSD and not the SD card. Seems to be chugging right along just fine.

I have been around computers long enough to remember quite well what it was like to use a desktop window manager that's not X based. The Apollos had a very nice setup that was great for what it was. Sun's "Sunview" was better than the earliest X releases.

Following this tutorial to try out KDE on my Pi 400:

itsfoss.com/install-kde-on-ubu

It's a stupidly large set of packages to install, but I'm installing them to an SSD and not the SD card. Seems to be chugging right along just fine.

I have been around computers long enough to remember quite well what it was like to use a desktop window manager that's not X based. The Apollos had a very nice setup that was great for what it was. Sun's "Sunview" was better than the earliest X releases.

The year of Linux in the keyboard 

Late night hacking session in at Workantile to get my new Pi 400 configured to my liking.

I'm using an automated user configuration tool (Comtrya) to avoid the need to manually tweak everything. Still there are a lot of things I expect from a system and it was two 2-hr sessions of install and check and change to get everything acceptable for now.

I am promised by itsfoss.com/install-kde-on-ubu that I can also install KDE, and swap as needed with Gnome.

One of the tools I bring with me to nearly every machine I turn up is "csvkit"

csvkit.readthedocs.io/en/lates

A bunch of utilities for managing CSV formatted data files, following the familiar Unix pattern and including tools to get data out of Excel and query with cut/grep or SQL.

hey @djsundog - this management tool for tunnels caught my eye - perhaps of use for ?

github.com/tonarino/innernet

blog.tonari.no/introducing-inn

"Think of innernet as an opinionated configuration system on top of WireGuard that comes with some added features to make life easy, and is friendly with various sizes of networks: one for your organization, one for your project, one for your social circle to create an idealistic alternate internet universe — your imagination's the limit.

gmail 

mysteriously, gmail is being reluctant to auto-fill email addresses, and simply says "Recipients" instead of listing them.

is it just me or is everyone seeing this?

technology, the year of Linux on the desktop 

Installing Ubuntu Deskop 20.10 on a new Pi 400.

This is my first time using GNOME for a long time, and it also looks like snapd is here. The initial install takes a while because lots and lots of packages need to be upgraded over wifi.

This Pi 400 only has 4GB of memory, so I am very suspicious of additional processes and GUIs and the like. So far I see an "evolution-calendar-factory" that is gone berserk.

technology 

My next technology goal is to take a brand new Raspberry Pi 400 and its new SSD storage and turn it into a cyberdeck for use at Workantile. There are a few more parts I'm missing - particularly a little screen - but for now the thought is just to plug everything into whatever HDMI monitor is available.

The primary challenge is to get a 64-bit Raspbian onto the SSD. The kit I bought comes bundled with an SD card, but I don't know how big it is.

Always up for a challenge.

gmail 

mysteriously, gmail is being reluctant to auto-fill email addresses, and simply says "Recipients" instead of listing them.

is it just me or is everyone seeing this?

One more thing it looks like I need to do when setting up a new system is hauling over a recent version of git.

Debian buster has v2.20.1
Ubuntu 20.04.2 has v2.25.1
Latest is v2.31.1

There's instructions for a Ubuntu PPA at git-scm.com/download/linux but no sign so far of precompiled .deb files for arm64 for my Pi.

Looking forward to Opening Day, which signals a new season of DX'ing AM baseball broadcasts on the nationwide network of KiwiSDRs.

I don't really have favorite teams or favorite players, but I definitely do have favorite announcers and favorite stations.

I made a mistake in git, and was able to recover from it with "git revert".

That will teach me to YOLO in a branch, rather than in main.

Most of the pain here is self-inflicted, having to do with using a Hugo theme that is not actively maintained and that seems to break in mysterious ways when built with the latest Hugo. There is a path forward from here (switch themes to a similar one) but my naive try didn't work the first time out (that was the YOLO step above).

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