My Pioneer edition FreedomBox running on in-built battery backup during a minor power outage today.

I have minor power outages of a few minutes a day at my place during the rainy season. When I was running FreedomBox on a bare Raspberry Pi 2 earlier, I had to replace the microSD card once a year due to damage. The Pioneer edition has solved this problem for me.

Created a account at njoseph@poddery.com

I think I'll be mostly posting/ranting about on that account.

Dual-booting Windows + Debian is such a nightmare these days.

I remember the good old times when it was so easy that my 17-year-old self could do it with barely any effort or technical knowledge.

Looks like Windows and Intel are joined together at the hip. Are AMD machines any better for dual-booting?

Debian's bug tracking system called debbugs is from 1994.

It continues to teach the younger generations of Debian users that it is possible to interact with remote machines via email.

It also teaches you that patience is a virtue as you continue to wait to see your comment posted on the email thread, and the futility of doing so, making you realize that your millenial brain has been habituated to seeing forms instantly update as you click on the submit button in the www.

Since @praveen hasn't written an toot yet, let me introduce him with a short podcast interviewing him on the Free Talk show.

freetalk.show/002/

Pirate Praveen is a Debian developer and social justice activist in India. He is known for bringing the massive free software projects diaspora* and GitLab into Debian.

I'm glad that he chose to join us on this tiny instance among many. Welcome Praveen!

Follow Friday starts early this week! 🎉

MediaWiki's VisualEditor extension is a big improvement to the editing experience. Unfortunately it's not easy to install it on Debian systems. There were too many gotchas when I was trying to install it.

Here's my distillation of the installation process after 4 hours of struggle.
njoseph.me/mediawiki/FreedomBo

Having fun trying to Debian package a node module today. I just can't believe how many packages there are in NodeJS.

I have been hosting all of my free software code on Salsa for the past 6 months. The free software community of my city called hosts a GitLab instance too.

Let's try to find some instances hosted by organizations we can trust, instead of simply moving to the centralized gitlab.com which might meet a similar fate as in the future.

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