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Random personal notes

Retrospectacle

At the beginning of 2017, I was a programmer (mostly Python, and a little bit of C++) and spent most of my day at my desk, with an IDE open and a cup of coffee at hand. At the end of 2017, I’m a programmer (mostly C++, and a little bit of Python) and spend […]

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Switching Distro’s

Obviously I still use FreeBSD on the desktop; with the packages from area51 I have a full and modern KDE Plasma environment. We (as in, the KDE-FreeBSD team) are still wrestling with getting the full Plasma 5 into the official ports tree (stalled, as so often it has been, on concerns of backwards compatibility), but […]

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Randa-progress post-hoc

So, back in Randa I was splitting my energies and attentions in many pieces. Some attention went to making pancakes and running the kitchen in the morning — which is stuff I take credit for, but it is really Grace, and Scarlett, and Thomas who did the heavy lifting, and Christian and Mario who make […]

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Take Randa and Stuff It

[[ Written monday, but I did not get around to posting it then. Since I do not feel like applying a modal time-shift operator to the text, I will publish it on tuesday, even though that introduces some temporal disparities.]] It is almost 3pm. At three, the presentations from the Randa attendees will start, where […]

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ERR (En Route to Randa)

Today I traveled from Zurich to Randa, which is about three hours by train. The day’s views started with a city, and trams and buses and high buildings. And then they got better: The trip from Visp up to Randa is impressive every year. The moment you can see the ice of the glacier above […]

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Akademy Results

At the beginning of the summer I went to Akademy in Almeria. So what did it bring, in terms of development? I can point to the FreeBSD-on-KDE-Slimbook posts as one technical result of Akademy, although I suppose I could have just had the machine shipped to me, too. (There need to be more posts about […]

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Keyboard Layouts the way Sun Microsystems Intended Them

I am a long-time Sun Microsystems fan. So in the time that I worked on KDE 4 on OpenSolaris, I had a bunch of Sun hardware, including keyboards and mice. It’s always useful to have Stop-A available, even if the system the keyboard is attached to is not a SparcStation and doesn’t react to that […]

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Geeko in the Wild

Post-Akademy, I’m spending a couple of days in the south of Spain, enjoying the scenery, snorkeling, climbing hills, finding CMake issues, playing with the Slimbook, and generally having a two-thirds-vacation. Today after lunch I was staring vacantly at the tree next to my cabin-by-the-beach, and then I saw it; a Geeko, staring back at me! […]

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Akademy BoFs

Here at Akademy in Almería, we have moved from the conference portion — two days of talks at the University — to the hacking week portion. The conference days were very busy; most of the talks were recorded and those recordings will be up when they’re done post-processing. I haven’t heard a date for that […]

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KDE Slimbook and FreeBSD

Yesterday I picked up my new KDE Slimbook. It comes with KDE Neon pre-installed. Of course it also works well with openSUSE, and Manjaro, and Netrunner Linux (some things I’ve at least booted the Live CD for). But for me, “will it run FreeBSD” is actually the most important bit. Yes. Yes it does, and […]

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