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from .pabrobet

I'm terrible at keeping my expenses and I really should do something about it. The first part, maybe the easiest, is to keep a registry of expenses that actually makes sense, that is well organized, clear and accesible, so it doesn't become a horrible chore to add new entries... “Where did I leave that little yellow notebook where I was writing down my expenses for like the past three days... can't find it anywhere... meh, I'll use this piece of paper and remember to write it down when I find it, oh, shit, now I need something to write with, ok I'll do it later”... aaand, you never did and now there is no point because what's the use for that data if it's incomplete? Amiright??? The second part, of course, is to do something about that data you have so dutifully registered, but I'll get there when I get there. So I thought about making some simple terminal command that would allow me to quickly enter any new expense, before I forget it, and have a relatively well organized file with all my expenses, even if then I need to manually add the amounts later. Here's what I came up with. The next part would be to make a program that reads the resulting file and takes the numbers from there and add them up. I'm guessing that probably involves regular expressions, tho, and why are they so hard? Or, you know, a sane person would probably tell me “just use a spreadsheet, dude”, but I don't wanna. Incidentally, have you ever tried programming in Spanish? Or any language that is not English, actually. There is no such thing really, us Spanish speakers have to keep switching from one language to another; you can name variables and functions in Spanish, but that is about it. More often than not, for me, it is actually easier ti just think in English.

#!/bin/bash
# appends a string starting with today's date to a file.
# $1: string to input
# $2: file name;

f="[insert directory path here]"$2
str=$1
d="$(date +'%d-%m-%Y')"    # Spanish date format, day-month-year.
day="$(date +'%a')"

# Esta sección es para hispanohablantes, traduce los días de inglés a español.
# Leave this block out if you do not want to translate day names.
case $day in 
	"Mon") day="Lun";;
	"Tue") day="Mar";;
	"Wed") day="Mie";;
	"Thu") day="Jue";;
	"Fri") day="Vie";;
	"Sat") day="Sab";;
	"Sun") day="Dom";;
	*)
esac

d="$day $d"     # generate full date string with day of the week.
new_entry="$d - $1"     # generate complete input string.
echo $new_entry >> $f     # append entry to file.

And that's it. There is probably a lot that can be improved, but it was mostly just an exercise for myself. I learned about switch statements and formatting the 'date' command output.

So after doing the necessary steps to make it executable, it produces something like this:

log "mercado: \$45" gastos.txt

(Remember to escape $ sign if you want to use it).

cat /filepath/gastos.txt =>
Mie 21-01-2021 - mercado: $45
 
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from flotillaiot

Benefits of Fuel Monitoring

Transportation is an integral part of many industrial operations. Regardless of the scope of the business, the movement of goods is done in some way. The excessive fueling expense is a nuisance and puts a significant financial strain on the business. That is why many industries rely on outsourcing fleet operations. Although the GPS tracking systems help in managing fueling expenses, the companies still want more.

It is a manager’s job to monitor the fuel levels and keep the consumption under control. However, tracking solutions perform this duty these days. The strict monitoring of fuel consumption results in many benefits, and we will discuss them in detail.

Cutting down fuel Costs: The growing fuel cost is a worry for most of the fleet managers. Many factors are responsible for excessive fuel consumption, and addressing them is the right approach to adopt. Usually, the carelessness of the drivers during trips results in more usage. If the managers can monitor the real-time fuel levels, they have a better chance to stop any extravagant consumption.

One great way to keep track of consumption is the usage of fuel cards. They not only keep the record of every transaction but also offer discount deals. The current GPS tracking systems allow the integration of fuel cards. All the financial records of the fuel purchase can be viewed on the monitoring software. It helps prevent the chance of fraud and ensure transparency.

Monitoring Driver's Efficiency: Every manager desires for a good driver that gets the job done effectively. What is a good driver? A significant indicator of an excellent driver is fuel-efficient driving. Regardless of the skillset and professional attitude, if the drivers consume too much fuel during trips, they cannot be deemed ideal. Various technical skills help them in fuel-efficient driving. For example, frequently shifting gears, smoothly accelerating, and applying brakes can help preserve fuel.

The GPS tracking systems help the managers keep an organized record of every driver’s performance. They can generate driver reports based on fuel consumption. It can give an overview of the consumption trends of every vehicle. Managers can also compile the fuel expenditure reports that can be helpful in the accountability of the drivers. The tight monitoring of every driver's fuel expense makes them more efficient during trips.

Stopping Leaks: Whether you talk about petrol, diesel, CNG, or any other fuel type, the leaks are a constant threat for the managers. Despite all the precautions, it is hard to eliminate the probability of leakage. Therefore, it is essential to have a mechanism that can detect them immediately. A fuel or vehicle monitoring system can be a big help in this regard. It can identify the leaks and convey them to the concerned person to fix them quickly.

There are many cases where the leaks keep on happening for hours and remain completely unnoticed. Such a scenario is not only costly but can also be hazardous. The modern monitoring solutions have sensors that can detect a subtle drop in the fuel level and notify the managers. They can take the necessary steps immediately to prevent excessive wastage.

Preventing Fuel Theft: Fuel theft has always been a nuisance for managers. With the more efficient countering mechanisms, the thieves have also become smarter. The biggest problem is that the threat is not only from the outside but also from inside. Most of the time, the drivers are culprits for theft. Therefore it is necessary to have a mechanism that can counter a theft scenario effectively.

An efficient GPS tracking system is the appropriate choice for preventing theft. It comes with the integration of alarms that can set off any time there is an attempt of theft. Managers can also set notification alerts for theft, helping them to counter the situation immediately. The modern solutions allow multiple options to set notification alerts ranging from web and mobile popups to SMS and email.

Fuel Monitoring is Imperative! Fueling is an integral component of fleet operations. It is of great cost and also provides excellent ROI (return on investment). Therefore, enhancing fuel efficiency means not only lesser expenses but also more profitability. So, it is recommended that all businesses deploy Fleet Management system for monitoring their consumption.

 
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from .pabrobet

This is my first entry in this here fediverse blog, yay! I've been digging into the fediverse lately and will try to move in permanently.

I'm not so big on introductions, but I'm a beginner web developer, I started learning front-end but have been trying to get into back-end a little more, and I also enjoy learning about Linux and bash scripting. Anyway here's a nifty little bash script I made that creates a new file with today's date as the name, with optional file extension and also gives the option to automatically open the file in a specific program, like vim, mousepad, codeOSS, or whatever.

#!/bin/bash

#create a new file with name of today's date. 
#Optional parameters -p: program to automatically open file (must be valid console command); -f: file extension

# Options 
while getopts p:f: option
do
	case "${option}"
		in
		p) PROGRAM=${OPTARG};;
		f) EXT="."${OPTARG};;
	esac
done

#default date format is dd-mm-yyyy
day="$(date +%d)"
month="$(date +%m)"
year="$(date +%Y)"

file=$day"-"$month"-"$year

# If file extension ($EXT) is set create file name with extension, 
# if not, # only the file name. 
if [ ! -n "$EXT" ]
then
	file=$file
else
	file=$file$EXT
fi
# Create the file
touch $file

# If program ($PROGRAM) is set, open file with that program
if [ -n "$PROGRAM" ] 
then comm="$PROGRAM $file"
	eval $comm
fi

Might be useful if you keep track of things daily or keep some kind of blog.

I will post more later, maybe also about cool things I learn about JavaScript, PHP, MySql and other stuff. Cheers!

 
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from Le Petit Tricoteur

La maille endroit et la maille envers sont les deux mailles de base du tricot.


Plan de l’article

  1. La maille endroit
  2. La maille envers

La maille endroit

Noms :

Instructions :

  1. Fil de la pelote derrière
  2. Piquez l’aiguille droite dans la première maille de l’aiguille gauche :
    • de la gauche vers la droite
    • de l’avant vers l’arrière
    • l’aiguille droite passant dessous (derrière) l’aiguille gauche
  3. Faites un jeté autour de l’aiguille droite, dans le sens antihoraire (en regardant la pointe de l’aiguille droite)
  4. Faites passer la boucle formée autour de l’aiguille droite au travers de la maille, en la ramenant vers l’avant (dessus)
  5. Resserrez la maille nouvellement formée en tirant légèrement sur le fil de la pelote
  6. Laisser tomber la maille de l’aiguille gauche

Démonstration en vidéos :

Micro-tuto Tricot : Maille endroit par Joueuse de Pelotes :

Phildar – La maille endroit (point mousse) par Phildar (à partir de 00:14) :


La maille envers

Noms :

Instructions :

  1. Fil de la pelote devant
  2. Piquez l’aiguille droite dans la première maille de l’aiguille gauche :
    • de la droite vers la gauche
    • de l’avant vers l’arrière
    • l’aiguille droite passant dessus (devant) l’aiguille gauche
  3. Faites un jeté autour de l’aiguille droite, dans le sens antihoraire (en regardant la pointe de l’aiguille droite)
  4. Faites passer la boucle formée autour de l’aiguille droite au travers de la maille, en la ramenant vers l’arrière (dessous)
  5. Laisser tomber la maille de l’aiguille gauche

Démonstration en vidéos :

Micro-tuto Tricot : Maille envers par Joueuse de Pelotes :

La maille envers (point Jersey) par Phildar (à partir de 00:07) :


Date de publication initiale : 30 avril 2020 Date de dernière mise à jour : 19 janvier 2021

Image d’entête : Debobbling (modifiée) par MTSOfan

 
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from Le Petit Tricoteur

Toutes les couvertures du magazine anglophone Vogue Knitting, de 1982 à aujourd’hui.


Pour télécharger une archive contenant toutes les couvertures en plein format, cliquez sur ce lien.


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Vogue Knitting : 2018 Late Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2015 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2014/15 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2014 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2014 Crochet

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Vogue Knitting : 2013/14 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2013 Crochet

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Vogue Knitting : 2012/13 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2012 Crochet

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Vogue Knitting : 2012 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2011/12 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2011 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2011 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2010/11 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2010 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2010 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2010 Early Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2010 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2009/10 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2009 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2008 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2007/08 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2007 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2006/07 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2006 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2005/06 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2005 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2004/05 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2004 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2004 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2004 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2003/04 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2003 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 2003 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2003 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2002 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2002 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2002 Men

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Vogue Knitting : 2002 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2001/02 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2001 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2001 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 2001 Kids

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Vogue Knitting : 2000/01 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 2000 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 2000 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1999/2000 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1999 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1999 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1998/99 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1998 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1998 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1997/98 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1997 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1997 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1996/97 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1996 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1996 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1995/96 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1995 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1995 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1994/95 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1994 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1994 Crochet

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Vogue Knitting : 1994 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1994 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1993 Fall/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1993 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1993 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1992/93 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1992 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1992 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1991/92 Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1991 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1991 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1990/91 Winter Special

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Vogue Knitting : 1990 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1990 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1989/90 Winter Special

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Vogue Knitting : 1989 Fall

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Vogue Knitting : 1989 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1988 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 1988 Fall/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1988 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1987 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 1987 Fall/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1987 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1986 Holiday

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Vogue Knitting : 1986 Fall/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1986 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1985/86 Autumn/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1985 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1984 Fall/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1984 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1983 Fall/Winter

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Vogue Knitting : 1983 Spring/Summer

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Vogue Knitting : 1982 Fall/Winter

Couverture du magazine Vogue Knitting, numéro 1982 Fall/Winter



Date de publication initiale : 18 janvier 2021
Date de dernière mise à jour : 20 janvier 2021

 
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from kqzx

Hi. Welcome to my pitiful little blog.

I'll mostly talk about philosophy, music and tech stuff. I might also jot down a few irrelevant thoughts and daydreams here.

I'm not going to talk about polarizing or inflammatory topics, and even if I do, I'll try to frame them as questions. So you can be sure you'll not have a very bad time here. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee you'll have better than an average time...

Cheers.

 
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from Friends Near and Afar


Introduction

Power tools for Power Users – a better text editor for your Slowly letters? Adding Word Count and other functions, full screen and No Distraction modes? Plus spell checking, emoji support, and free of cost. Maybe a better alternative to the limited editor in the Slowly Web client?

This started out as a reply to a user comment in another topic - and evolved into a longer post, with both my suggestions to them, as well as notes on my impressions of a new Text editor tool I just went looking for. ( when the Reddit post editor closed on me and lost the almost complete, 400 words or so response I had composed. ARGH...)

It also explains that we can use a nice community to find new pen pal friends — at the Reddit Slowlyapp sub. And even how to use its 'Chat' function to send full blown letters, instantly, when desired.


The original reply follows :

To be honest, that and a couple of other lazy replies have slowly begun to turn me off to writing to people. I seem to keep getting the same types too, except for one or two people maybe. As a writer it's made me feel my efforts are best directed elsewhere.

Thank you for posting here and sharing your suggestions and experience. I do hope you meet some nice people to keep you interested in the Slowly environment.

There are good people, as we can see from the comments people post and the fan-hood which has built up around the app — even with minimal support from the developer's team.

Things do change, and everyone's experiences are different; I keep an eye out and see the newer users telling about recent experiences, sometimes pretty discouraging. 🤔

Don't despair, it's part of the package, we got to enjoy the good moments when they happen and remember then later while we plug away at less interesting times.


How to find good people to write to?

A suggestion of a possible way to find interesting pen pals is to keep an eye on the topics here, and engage in comments too. I have various penpals currently who I have met that way, initially via comments and replies in various topics, at some point evolving into Reddit Chat messages, and in some cases a pen pal friendship.

Interesting too that we have two channels sometimes – slowly letters are the preferred channel, it's a lovely writing environment, all messages are in one location, easy to find and indexed by time and date. Plus they can have the added cool stamps and sometimes photos and image attachments if we have that enabled.


Pre-formatted text, paste and send via Chat

The second channel is here, via the 'Chat' facility. Besides allowing the quick messaging in sequential form it was intended to support, Chat is wonderful in respecting and preserving the layout if you write a message or letter in another editor, and copy/paste it in. Blank lines are intact, paragraphs look perfect – which does NOT happen with the Reddit 'Direct Messaging' tool. (that one is dreadful – collapsing all blank lines and paragraphs into a wall of text. AVOID)


A good Text Editor is an Essential Tool

I am writing this in a new text editor (FocusWriter) I am trying out, and really enjoying it. 🙂😎

The Reddit Chat being friendly with pre-formatted text, it can become a channel to send full letters — which can get immediate delivery, whenever the user is logged into Reddit again.

This has been wonderful in various occasions, specially when something requires a faster reply than Slowly allows. We lose the chance of image attachments (can be done via an URL pasting, but not the same as a nice illustration at the end of a letter). But otherwise, it works very well.

I remember one time when we had a sequence of 3 or 4 letters sent that way, in quick succession. And later I copied all of those and sent in one package via a Slowly letter to preserve them for future reference (something all the IM messengers are not good at).


Things I am enjoying in FocusWriter so far?

Very nice and light editor. Comes with various Themes pre-configured, and you can also edit them or create your own.

No distractions. Simple, option of which tools to show in toolbar (which is hidden by default).

Spell check built in. Accepts emoji, unlike my older text editor. And crucially, a Word Count function is built in — and shows whenever you want to see it.

Bottom left corner, mouse over and it displays a bottom status bar with Word Count, current time, a percentage of your daily writing goal (if you select to have one). And the file names of currently open documents.


Using a simple Word Count option without changing editor?

Ah yes a word count would be useful.

We can use the wonderful WordCounter.net site in the mean time.

Just copy all the text, paste it into the site in a second tab, and it shows you a word count plus other interesting info too. VERY useful. 😎👍


Other free Editors to consider?

I found an excellent page with detailed listings of many nice ones for Windows nd Linux systems. I wanted to share a recommendation of a nice editor with the friends here, and searched for one which was simple and free, plus not overwhelming with too many features and functions. Which FocusWriter seems to fit perfectly.

I enjoy the Word Count and many other features in another tool here, called MarkText Editor — which I use for MarkDown formatted posts, like the ones for my blog. I even wrote a whole page about it..

For general writing and simple needs, I find FocusWriter could be a valuable tool to consider.

You simply write your Slowly letter replies on it, and when done (knowing the word count anytime you need to), you can copy and paste it into the Slowly editor, save a draft or send.


Famous Last Words

Special Thank You to the folks behind this wonderful app — all the hard working people at Slowly Communications.

Letters we share, with pen pals all over the World, via the magic of the Slowly App. A modern day take in the traditional penpal experience.

Come and join us, if you are not yet using Slowly.


Follow Blog via your Fediverse/Mastodon account :

@friends-near-and-afar-letters-we-share@wordsmith.social

This page created entirely in MarkDown language. Thank you for reading, feel free to comment about this post – reach me at my Koyu account.

... or post a comment in the Reddit thread for it here.

@yann2@koyu.space ^—top of page

 
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from MasalaMachi

A new beginning, for a new person, not new to the world, been here for quite a while now, but new to a special corner of my life. I kept writing away from my head for a long time. But not anymore!

I'm gonna write about some ideas which I have. These can be on a variety of topics. I keep my head in topics such as philosophy, technology and life in general. If you think that sounds cool then, cool.

 
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from Googleless tech

Part 1 and Part 2 covered the mobile side of things, and in this final post I'll go through the cloud part of things and how I managed to keep my things “in the cloud” in a seamless experience, similar to what you would get from Google.

Google offers some nifty features with its photo storage, where you can just take a picture and rest assured that the photo is stored in the cloud and easily accessible from your desktop just by accessing photos.google.com. They also have google docs, which is awesome and easy to use, google calendar, gMail (of course), tasks, google keep (notes), google contacts and the list goes on and on. And it is free (free as in free beer, and only up to a certain level of usage). This kind of convenience is what we expect and have from Google, Apple and Microsoft. Some will say that this convenience is nothing more but pampering, just use a pen and paper to keep track of your events. Or that these small conveniences can take over your life and one should take a step back from all of it. They are right in saying that.

But, for those of us who need these conveniences or some of them and would like to have them available from a source which is not big tech and open, and free, what possible options can you have? Well, not many. But there are a few options. And it can be kind of mix and match. The main requirement after the obvious non big tech is open source. Nextcloud and Owncloud are options which fit the bill and are capable of covering many if not all of the features Google offers.

My choice was Nextcloud, simply because it seems to have more popularity than Owncloud, despite of it being a fork of Owncloud.

Nextcloud is an “on premises” solution to hosting your own content, apps and services. You can register for an account with a company which hosts nextcloud instances and provides nextcloud as a service, or host an instance of nextcloud yourself and use it from there. Nextcloud has contact management, calendar, notes, photo and document management, tasks and many other services which can be accessed and enabled on your nextcloud instance as an app.

On the Android side of things, there are apps which allow you to access nextcloud services, similarly to how Google's apps would work. The main Nextcloud app will handle syncing to your server and photo / document sync (so that when you take a picture it will be uploaded to the server just like Google's photos app does). The other apps will pick up on the sync settings set by the main app and will prompt you to use those setting when you first start them up. As a side note, for syncing contacts and calendar straight to Android use DAVx5.

Setting everything up on the Android side is a bit more involved than just buying a Google Android phone and start it up of course, but once everything is setup it's working just as well and seamless as Google.

Costs? To start off, I recommend just using one of the free Nextcloud providers. They will offer a limited suite of apps, but all the basics included. Try syncing with it from your phone and see how it works out for you. At first, I just synced my contacts and calendar to get a feel for it. If you then decide to commit to it, you will want to store your photos, videos and documents as well. The free nextcloud providers will offer you 8GB of data storage at best, which is nowhere close to enough for your average storage needs. So you will have to choose if you want to go for paying one of the nextcloud providers for a more complete service with more storage, or if you go the self hosting route. There are benefits and cons to either of them. Using a provider will make it so you don't have to worry with security, updates, and service stability. But then again, your data will not be in your hands, and it will be more expensive. For self hosting, you need some technical knowledge or willingness and time to learn. And you have to manage security and updates by yourself. But it will be cheaper and the data will reside in your hands.

I went for self hosting on a VPS, since I don't trust my home network with hosting a server. For hosting I went with Contabo, which is based in Germany but they have servers in the US as well (you will want to pick a provider who has servers which are geographically close to you) and has amazingly good starter deals. I am using on of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) options they have. I have a nextcloud server setup on the server, serving just my partner and I. It is by no means quick, but it works flawlessly, and I even have Collabora (a Google docs alternative) working on it. And it has 300GB of storage, which is enough for our storage needs when it comes to photos/videos and documents. This is for €4 / month. Compared to Google, who starts charging €2 / month once you hit 100GB on their photos storage, so I feel that Contabo's prices are more than reasonable. And the service is full root access, so you can set up any kind of server you want. Although if you are using the cheapest option as I am and already have a Nextcloud server on it, don't try putting anything else on there, it will bring it to a stop.

There are other more popular services which offer decent VPS options such as Linode or Vultr, so feel free to shop around and see what option is better for you and your needs.

As a takeaway from all of this, it is important for us to know that there are options and alternatives to what big tech offers us for free. And in this journey, the most shocking realization I had was how cheap you can get a self hosting solution going. Running my own server is €4 / month, and I pay another ~ €20 / year for my own domain and email. That is all the financial cost you need to break free from having your data used for the profit of large companies, and many times used by large companies against your own interests. If you can afford the financial and time costs of not using these mainstream services, it is something you should be looking into.


Let me know what you think on mastodon @robb@mastodon.technology

 
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from Googleless tech

In part 1 I went through the the reasons and the steps I took to start off my degoogling journey and suggested that F-droid is worth a try to explore open source alternatives.

Part 2 will focus on getting things running on an Android phone. As mentioned before, replacing your Android OS with an AOSP based OS will be conditioned on what phone model you own. Ironically, the easiest and safest (from a cyber security point of view) devices to get an AOSP based OS on are Google's Pixel phones. As a rule of thumb, you want a Pixel model which is not extremely recent (it takes a few months for developers to get AOSP running smoothly on a just-out model). There are many other devices which can run various google-less android operating systems, but it is hit and miss. XDA Developers forum is an excellent place to start searching with what your phone model is compatible with.

Since I own a Pixel 3a, I will keep to refer to my experience with getting things running for the rest of this post. After trying out open source alternatives from the F-droid store for a few months, I considered that I was able to make the jump to degoogling my mobile device and I settled on GrapheneOS.

This is a security (cyber security) focused operating system. It strips all Google from Android, including the DNS server which is set by default to Google Public DNS on Android AOSP. It also has numerous other security features which you can read about in detail on their website. It only works on Google Pixel phones and thanks to Pixels being so open about other Android OS (ROM) being installed, the process of installing GrapheneOS is extremely straight forward, especially when compared to other phones. The process is explained in detail on their website. An alternative to GrapheneOS which focuses similarly on security and is completely Google free is CalyxOS. CalyxOS is similar to GrapheneOS in many ways, a bit less secure than GrapheneOS, but will fit the security needs of any average user. It also seems to be a bit faster. CalyxOS also has a very limited list of supported devices. That being said, if you don't have a phone model which is not in the list have a look on the XDA Developers forum and see what ROMs are available for your specific model, LineageOS is a popular option. Changing the operating system on a phone is risky, so thread carefully and follow instructions precisely.

Be extremely careful when installing a ROM. It must be the correct version on the correct phone model. Getting it wrong will most likely turn your phone in a paperweight!

After booting into a fresh GrapheneOS installation, and getting over the fact that it just boots in to the system without having to give my email and personal details, the first thing to do was to get F-droid installed off their website so I can install my preferred apps. In my previous post I did mention that there will be some compromises to be made. The compromises are both for feature which you accept that you will not have access to. And security compromises. You might decide to keep using an app which is not open source and it's collecting your data because you don't really have a choice or the alternative is just not good enough. These compromises depend on your use case and on your wishes / expectations.

Further more, you can use microG, an app which simulates Google Play Services (without actually having any contact with anything Google related). This in itself is a compromise, although many will argue it is not a compromise at all since microG is open source and doesn't have any connection to Google. MicroG is not a perfect solution, some apps will not work with your de-googled phone even with microG installed. I do use microG in order to facilitate WhatsApp on my phone. As much as I would love to ditch WhatsApp, my family and other institutions I am linked to use it as a main way of communication, so I am stuck with it. In order to get applications which are in the Google Play Store, I (and many others) use Aurora Store. This has exact copies of the apps on the Google Play Store, and it enables you to download and install them anonymously (or with your google account if you wish to give your credentials).

For maps, many people are “addicted” to Google Maps, which is by far the best maps application out there. The open source alternative is OsmAnd+, an app which enables you to use the Open Street Maps API, an open source effort to create a Google Maps alternative. I am perfectly happy with using OsmAnd+, but many others who rely more on Google Maps will go through the hoops to get Google Maps working (microG can allow you to run GMaps). One other type of app to test before diving in is your banking app. It may or may not need Google Play Services to function. Most users report that banking apps work just fine, but there will be some which won't even let you login to check your balance.

One other thing to keep in mind is that in Google's Android, notifications are handled through Google Play Services. That means that on a de-googled Android getting notifications from apps relies on the apps implementing their own notification system. Most open source apps you will get from F-droid will have this implemented. And with apps like WhatsApp you should expect inconsistent notifications (WhatsApp will notify me of messages instantly if it is open in the background and up to 1h later if it's not already open).

If you get to this point, you should already know what you are comfortable with using as alternative and what you think you should keep from the closed source main stream apps.

In the next and last part I will talk about cloud backups and email alternatives to your de-googled experience.


Let me know what you think on mastodon @robb@mastodon.technology

 
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from Googleless tech

In the past few years it has become more and more obvious that big tech companies – most notable Google – own more and more of our information without us explicitly giving consent at any point. This is pushing people to move over to alternative solutions. The first obvious one is Apple. And although Apple seems to take security and privacy seriously, there is no guarantee that it will stay like this in the future.

These posts are not supposed to be tutorials, just a small journal of my journey and an introduction for you to which steps you can follow in order to de-google your digital life.

So I put myself down a path of completely stripping off Google's services from my life, up to the point that now I only use an email occasionally and still watch you tube on their website for certain things.

I started off with my phone. Android is an open source project, maintained mainly by Google. On top of Android, Google puts Google Play Services, which handle things like incoming notifications for all apps, payments, offer google maps API for all other apps and other similar services. Getting AOSP, or an AOSP based operating system to replace your Google Android operating system requires some technical knowledge and is highly conditioned to the exact phone model you own.

One can use Android open source (AOSP) on some phones and miss out on Google Play and Google Play services. What is left to use / do then? Happily, F-droid is a completely open source Google Play alternative which offers open source apps created by developers who believe that open source should be the way to go.

Before changing the operating system, I installed F-droid on my phone. Google Play does not allow F-droid to be present on their store because it is an alternative app store, so we can't allow competitors on there, now can we? So download the f-droid apk from their website, then install it by allowing your browser to install third party apps. F-droid has an antiquated look and its search function is pure trash. Both of this aspects have fixes in the works, but this is months down the line. To explore app alternatives, feel free to have a look or ask questions down at /r/fdroid and /r/degoogle, alongside searching on the f-droid app itself.

To get you started, look at NewPipe – You Tube front end which requires no login but still allows you to subscribe (locally) and has more features than Google's client. Twidere is a good twitter and mastodon client, Twire is a Twitch client, Slide for reddit and the list goes on and on. I've started by exploring F-droid and its apps for a month or two before making the jump to the next major step.

Open source alternatives are usually lacking in some features compared to their more popular, corporate backed counterparts, so there will be compromises to be done by you, on your part, both when it comes to you letting some feature go or you using a closed source app or service because you need a certain feature, despite the fact that you know that the company is using your data. The key, in my opinion is for the user to be completely aware that the product or service they are using in not open source and, despite it not costing any money, the user does pay with their data. Using open source apps and alternatives will not have advertising, which greatly helps with making users aware of how they are in fact the product which large companies use to make money, and not the benefactors of a free service / app. Try it out, get some open alternatives running alongside the ones you would normally use and see for yourself how it benefits you.

In the next post, I will be going through changing the operating system from Google's Android to and AOSP version of Android and all of the caveats this comes with.


Let me know what you think on mastodon @robb@mastodon.technology

 
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from Forever Adventure

Illusions

There are two main phrases I’ve used in my previous, first post that I would like to clarify before I go further into my ideas, in order for us to be on the same page and for you to understand me even if you haven’t or won’t read the books I have mentioned.

The first one of these is “Illusions”. The definition of the word is “false belief”. Something that is not real, only we think it is. I would say illusions are concepts, objects, behaviors, thoughts, and just generally creations created and upheld by individuals and therefore by masses without them realizing. According to Wikipedia, “although illusions distort our perception of reality, they are generally shared by most people”.

Neal, the author of the book I have previously mentioned has a whole book on the topic of Illusions. Now, I don’t feel like I am somebody who is yet another person repeating the same things in writing, so I’ll just say, if you feel called to it, read it, listen to it, or simply choose to remember. As I said in the introduction, I believe you need nothing (this could be something relevant a paragraph later) to remember who you are, you need no books, gurus, or anything. You yourself can decide to remember who you are. Explaining and having a written form of the truth is available. I honestly mean that I am somebody who enjoys explaining and answering to questions, but note that the general truth will be the same from my side too. So the reason for me recommending Neal is not because his work is my bible or my القرآن but because I would literally say the same and you may understand why after you've read it. The book is called “Communion with God”. However, I will use the list of 10 illusions the book features so as to get the idea through.

The 10 illusions and next to it, the universal truth.

  1. Need exists. — God needs nothing.
  2. Failure exists. — God cannot fail, and neither can you.
  3. Disunity exists. — Nothing is separate from anything.
  4. Insufficiency exists. — There is enough.
  5. Requirement exists. — There is nothing you have to do.
  6. Judgement exists. — You will never be judged.
  7. Condemnation exists. — You will never be condemned.
  8. Conditionality exists. — Love knows no condition.
  9. Superiority exists. — A thing cannot be superior to itself.
  10. Ignorance exists. — You already know all this.

These are all perceptions that some people, a 'long, long' time ago made up, and people are living in this world, acting like these are the rules of nature, acting like these illusions are equal to the simple fact that if you don’t get oxygen in your system for a couple of minutes, your body will stop functioning. I encourage you to take a moment to think about it. Think about the fact that literally everything around you, physical or institutional wouldn’t exist if society decided so. We made it, we choose, every day to uphold it, and we can choose to diminish it. This is true for everything except the functional minimum we, as monkeys evolved on this planet with – air, food, water. Everything else is a product of years and years of mostly unconscious creation by a species who has the creating power, but does not recognize it, because they forgot about it. We are on a ship that is going towards an iceberg, screaming in fear, yet we choose not to recognize that the ship is driven by us.

The illusion of need is the base of it all, where it all comes from. You do not NEED anything besides what I have already mentioned, the functional minimum (which many people these days don’t, nor do they have the opportunity to have so others can have it by multitudes – apparently people call this a working society/system).

I’d like to come back to the term “the functional minimum” meaning that in nature, there is no need. In the place humans have evolved, you didn’t need to wear clothes, heat your house – in fact, you didn’t need a house – or work in order to have food. Nature provides the water for you to drink from a spring or any water body, the fruit to eat from a tree, while basic body function is guaranteed by intelligent cells and organs. The rest is a creation, conscious or unconscious. You can have it, but consider not fooling yourself by refusing to take responsibility, blaming it on long dead people who made up all these concepts.

If this seems like an interesting topic, I encourage you to read the book, as I can see my truth on those pages. Not the other way around.

I see a community fully conscious of its creating power, where people, instead of living in the illusions, choosing not to realize they are in fact, creations, use their creating power to live in a way that’s in alignment with them/their beliefs. Where people use the illusions to consciously and mindfully create experiences they wish to live through. I would love to go back to nature, to my natural form. The condition of the planet and the attitude of society affects this to a significant degree, nonetheless I would like to experience this. I invite you to be together, if you desire to create and experience this too.

As you may remember I mentioned, that there are two things for me to explain, and the next post possibly will be about that, namely remembering. In that post I also plan to include why I refer to this experience as Forever Adventure. Thank you for reading this. I am thankful for you. (yellow heart emoji)

 
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from Team H2O Spray

What Are The Differences Between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?

Exterior cleaning services are a popular way to restore a property's appearance. It doesn't matter if it's a commercial or residential building; cleaning services like soft washing and power washing can completely transform the curb appeal. Whether you're considering cleaning services for your commercial property or would like to enhance the look of your home, you may be curious about the top methods for cleaning and how they can affect your home or business.

Both soft washing and pressure washing offer incredible benefits. One feature many homeowners enjoy is the removal of harmful contaminants like algae, mold, and mildew. These allergens often play a significant role in an individual's health, especially for respiratory problems. But which works better for cleaning specific surfaces? Is there a difference? What should you look for when hiring a professional exterior cleaning company?

What Exactly Is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is an industry-leading service that eliminates dirt and, more importantly, algae, mold, and mildew. Technicians will choose soft washing for more sensitive areas like siding and roofing that require a gentler approach. While soft washing uses less pressure, it can implement other strategies like detergents to assist with containment removal. For those that don't want chemicals used for cleaning, there are great alternatives available that deliver the same great results without harming the environment.

Soft washing is most commonly used on roofs. Roofs require a gentle approach to cleansing so as not to disrupt the roofing shingles or cause damage. Your exterior cleaning company will likely choose soft wash paired with a detergent to extract algae, mold, and mildew that are commonly found on roofing surfaces.

What Is Pressure Washing (Also known as Power Washing)?

Pressure washing, as it sounds, uses high water pressures to remove dirt and debris. With sheer force, many things that cause imperfections can be quickly removed. Often, exterior cleaners will use pressure washing on firm surfaces like concrete. They can remove rust, oils, dirt, and much more. Pressure washing isn't as delicate as soft washing but is quite useful.

Technicians can use electric or gas power washers. Typically, gas-powered is the preferred method for pressure washing. Most gas-powered pressure washers can reach greater PSI (pounds per square inch). The higher PSI, the better results, or more effective at removing tough stains.

Team H2O Spray provides a wide range of exterior cleaning services, including power washing, gutter cleaning, deck cleaning, commercial cleaning, and much more. To learn more about Team H20 Spray, visit their website online at https://www.h2ospray.com/.

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from cruisinit

In Markdown and in several CMS sufficient code beautifiers work out of the box. But what if you dislike the color pattern or need more control? Manually apply HTML styles to every key word? And if you need the styles inline because your CMS ignores <styles>, but let's you insert inline format commands? You would not do that.

You need pandoc, and if you need inline styles, you need premailer. If you are content with the first results, you are done in a few seconds. If you want to author your own style patterns, that will take you some hours the first time. But never as long as a manual edit would take.

This has been tested on Linux Mint Ulyana. Since Python and pandoc exist for almost every real system around (not for the little pocket play machines), you should be able to do this on every serious machine.

Preparation (once):

Download pandoc. Play with my sample command and the several styles you can use. Create your own styles, if you want.

Only if you need inline styles: Ensure Python and PIP in your System. Install premailer.

Beautify a peace of code works this way:

1. pandoc works easiest with Markdown input. Embrace the code part by at least three ~~~ and define the language (cf. list of languages pandoc supports and highlights, in its man pages / command line help or on its website.)

  ~~~~~~ {.powershell}
  [...code...]
  ~~~~~~

Tip: To show markdown code on a markdown site, nest two ~ row pairs, use another count of ~ for start and end row of the inner pair than for the other.

2. Have pandoc convert your .md to .html. Fenced code blocks (those embraced by ~~~) are automatically syntax highlighted. With -s, pandoc writes a standalone html that you can open in your browser and immediately check the result. If you don't like the color pattern, set another highlighter on the command line. If you want, you can create your own highlighter for repeated use.

$ pandoc "/path/file.ps1.md" -s -o "/path/file.ps1.html" --metadata pagetitle="file.ps1"

If you have full control over your website's code, you can use the <style>s and the lines of code directly in your html. If your target is an edit control in a CMS or a mail body editor you will need the next step.

3. Have premailer convert <style>s into inline styles.

$ python3 -m premailer -f "/path/file.ps1.html" > "/path/file.ps1.inline.html"
 
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from cruisinit

To produce a widely accepted signature that validates as a PAdES signature, you need to sign your PDF with an SSL signature of X.509 standard, that the issuing Certificate Authority (CA) has flagged to be intended for code / object signing. In this contribution I stress on the act of signing PDF documents, and just say: Inform yourself e.g. on the website of the association cacert.org how to obtain a code and object signing SSL certificate, and how to handle, configure and use certificates in your system(s), browser(s) and applications. As long as you don't have an SSL certificate, you cannot use this kind of official signature method, but can sign it with GPG.

The process itself is very easy if you use LibreOffice and Firefox. You can export to PDF every LibreOffice document and in the export dialogue select your personal digital signature certificate. Or you sign an existing PDF by (menu) File / Digital Signatures / Sign Existing PDF. But before doing it for the first time, you might need to tell LibreOffice where your Firefox profile with the Firefox certificate store is located, and maintain a list of timestamp servers' URLs that work for you.

When I first selected (menu) File / Export as / Export as PDF / (tab) Digital signatures / (button) Select..., I saw ... nothing.

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It took me hours to find the reason: LibreOffice on Linux searches for signing certs in Firefox' or Thunderbird's certificate store, I had migrated my Firefox profile from Windows, and instead of throwing the profile contents into the default profile folder I had used another folder and edited Firefox' configuration. So I manually gave LibreOffice the differing path in Tools / Options / Security / Certificate Path, and could select my certificate. I could sign my PDF, open it in LibreOffice Draw, and it validated as a correct Adobe signature.

NSS path in LibreOffice Options.

Since timestamping signatures is a good idea, I searched and found a list of free timestamp servers. I inserted some URLs into the list in (menu) Tools / Options / Security / (button) TSAs, tested them, and when I selected one of the entries to timestamp my signature in the (menu) File / Export As / Export As PDF / (tab) Digital Signatures / (dropdown) Time Stamp Authority, my signature validated as a PAdES signature in LibreOfficeDraw.

 $ pdfsig path.pdf -nssdir (Firefox profile path) -dump

revealed that the timestamp server URL is part of the signature. (pdfsig is part of the poppler-utils, Linux Mint Software Center installed them for me.)

 
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from Welcome to the Saladhax Blog!

New Year, New Stuff

There are a lot of thing's I've always wanted to do, but I always kind of forgot about them since I never had much time, or because I just got lazy and decided to push them off until I just forgot about them. But after the dumpster fire that was 2020, and a bunch of staying at home doing nothing, I decided to start the new year off by doing some of the things I've been wanting to do for a while, and trying to stick with them as best as I could.

First thing is starting a YouTube channel. Ever since I started watching videos by YouTubers like MKBHD and Linus Tech Tips, I've always thought it would be fun to have a YouTube channel of my own for tech stuff. Of course, since I was a very involved person all throughout high school, I never had time. I also tried to hold myself to a high standard for my videos, and make videos like the YouTubers mentioned above, which just made things harder. But now, I've decided it would be fun to start making videos on YouTube, LBRY, and PeerTube! I've also decided to take a different approach in making my videos than I had before. No scripts, no unnecessary fancy stuff, no unnecessary planning, just point the webcam at myself, talk, and do things on my computer if necessary. That should make things simpler, take up less time, and make things a little more fun!

I've also started to work more on cybersecurity stuff. I've been wanting to learn some more cybersecurity stuff for a while now, since it interests me, and I haven't gotten that far in my college classes yet. I started working with TryHackMe a while ago, but just kinda got lazy and forgot about it. And while I did have classes and marching band to worry about, I still just kind of spent free time watching TV. But now, I've given myself the challenge of doing a small bit of TryHackMe every day I can. I feel like this will not only give me a head start for my cybersecurity classes later on, but it will also be a fun thing to do when I'm bored.

Finally, I'm going to try and get back into running. I've been running for fun since I was in 4th grade, and I did cross country and track all through out middle school and high school, as well as ran a couple of half marathons. Then, college came along. My first semester, classes and marching band kept me reasonably busy, so I didn't get much of a chance to run. Then Covid happened, and with the lockdown, and the general idea of staying inside, I just never got around to running. I also gained the “Freshman 15” over my freshman year, which didn't help. But I always had fun going out on runs, so I might try to find a place to run in the town my college is in, and try to go on a run every once in a while.

Now, will I run out of time to do some of this? Maybe. But I figured it would be a fun thing to try in case I don't!

This is post 13 of #100daystooffload

 
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