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I've been playing around a lot with PGP since I have an openPGP card in my phone.

I made a backend to have my PGP card sign and encrypt messages in Chatty, the hope being that I can add transparent encryption/signing to SMS/MMS and the other protocols Chatty supports:

What's left now is to work on the UI to have friendly user integration.

Among the list of reasons modern cars are unappealing to me: in addition to uploading location data, they also sometimes have cameras that upload video to the vendor. In this case employees at Tesla found the juiciest videos and shared them internally:

My weaving and other projects are put on hold for a bit, but it's for a good reason! After completing this first self-published book (which I hope to launch in the coming weeks), I've been (re)bitten by the writing bug.

I want to ride this wave of writing productivity so my off-work time and weekends will be devoted to writing a brand new book! I'll share more once I get a bit further in the process, but the outline is already done and I'm ready to start writing.

Do I know anyone who knows the person working on PWA support in #GNOME Web (Epiphany?).

This is looking pretty good!

Some might find it interesting that all of the work to turn a bunch of disparate articles into a properly-formatted book, from the additional writing and formatting work (VIM + LaTeX plugin), digital page proof review (Evince), LaTeX research and integration with the self-publishing platform (Firefox), cover photo tweaks (GIMP), happened not only with FOSS tools, but all on my personal computer, which happens to be a Librem 5 phone attached to a lapdock.

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I worked on my book all weekend. I finished the book layout in LaTeX and reviewed the 200-page digital "page proof" word by word, correcting any formatting mistakes and other errors. I finished my final tweaks to the index and this evening uploaded the completed and proofed PDF, designed the cover, and submitted all of the rest of the information.

The final step before I release "The Best of Hack and /: Linux Admin Crash Course" is printing and reviewing the finished physical product.

Our new episode is out! @katherined @dsearls @kyle and @shawnp0wers talk about Shawn's head's appearance at the #SCaLE conference, #3Dprinting, and more, while having way too much fun.
Click link for full episode -

#Technology #Privacy #Podcast

This weekend I managed to climb the steepest part of the learning curve with formatting a book using LaTeX.

Watch this space, as I should be able to complete and publish this proof of concept pretty quickly. If this book works out to be worth my time, you can expect quite a bit more publishing from me soon.

Congrats to the winners of the give-away raffle supported by Purism at the SCaLE 20x – the 20th Annual Southern California Linux Expo held in Pasadena, California. 🎉

Just in case you're wondering why we need regulation to control the data broker market ASAP, here's the FBI circumventing the courts by buying data from the commercial sector.

And both that morning equally made
My book formats in white and black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing the learning curves at play,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two apps to format books, and I--
I took the one that used vi,
And that has made all the difference.

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The App Not Taken

Two apps diverged to format books
And sorry I could not master both
And be an expert, long I stood
And tried out Scribus as far as I could
Its GUI promising rapid growth;

Then took on LaTeX, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because of its history and lofty air;
Though with no GUI present there
The learning curve was not the same,

A few months ago our family got a new kitten, which put our cat count at three. Beyond two cats, it's a challenge keeping your house from smelling, so my requirement for the kitten was investing in a high quality automatic litter box.

We had tried cheaper units in the past for vacations, and they never worked well. While it was expensive, we got a Litter Robot and I have to say, it is worth every penny. No smell, automatic, reliable, easy to dump litter, no proprietary consumables.

Purism President @kyle caught up with Matthias Kirschner, President of @fsfe to talk about the inspiration behind the children's book "Ada & Zangemann: A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and Raspberry Ice Cream", and the need to raise awareness about free software

I met someone else on campus who has a #librem5

I think this qualifies for the highest concentration of L5's/campus.

According to Plutarch, in exchange for being forced into marriage with strangers, these Sabine girls were not required to perform any household labor apart from spinning. Apparently this was considered a fair deal, and says a lot both about the sensibilities of the time and how important spinning was!

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I started reading Plutarch's Lives, beginning with Theseus and Romulus. So far I learned that (according to Plutarch) a husband carrying his new wife over a threshold derives from a Roman tradition. It is intended to commemorate a time when Romulus was first settling Rome and needed more wives for his citizens. He lured Sabine citizens to a sporting event, then at a signal Roman men captured all the Sabine girls that were present and carried them away to be their wives.

I've published a full write-up of the inspiration, design, assembly, and installation of my @hackaday inspired knitting clock: Tempus Nectit!

I had to learn quite a few new skills to complete this project from controlling stepper motors with electronics to 3D modeling. I tried to document everything I could so that someone else could follow step-by-step and make one of their own.

I'm not writing an entire blog post about how stupid a US TikTok ban would be because this is all that needs to be said:

If the Chinese government is in your threat model, don’t install TikTok on your device. Otherwise, your actual problem is surveillance capitalism.

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