well after 10+ years of no claims on my car insurance my current provider has been hit with two in the space of a week. I foresee a rise in my premiums up ahead.

Alex boosted

We published a statement on our stance on neutrality of free software (and why we won't stay neutral in this case): f-droid.org/en/2019/07/16/stat

Alex boosted

The German chancellor, the president of the EU commission, the president of the German Conservative party (and as of now also German minister of defence). I don’t have to support them politically, but three women in powerful positions is a Damn Good Thing IMHO. Via Instagram.

RT @nicferrier@twitter.com

Awesome article about Margaret Hamilton, brilliant computer programmer who invented the term Software Engineering and probably has@more claim than most to having actually done it running Apollo software. twitter.com/info_activism/stat

🐦🔗: twitter.com/nicferrier/status/

Alex boosted

open source software development advice Show more

Alex boosted

open source software development advice Show more

While upgrading today it has become apparent that some apps respect my abuse of XDG_CACHE_HOME and some don't.

The sports gods are having a laugh today.

Apparently not - this could be a while...

Today I am mostly learning about mobile and broadband coverage in Wales.

git bisect certainly feels like a super power. If someone actually gives you a nice test case for a regression it's easy to zero in on the fault with git bisect run. Usually it doesn't take long from identifying the bad commit to proposing a fix. *ding ding* another happy customer.....

Alex boosted


Additionally, if you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine

This is why I put in a package anything needing more than user permissions at installation time, also why I do not want something like session startup other than ~/.profile and similar (and don’t even try to edit theses or it’s a permanent ban from my sandbox(1) config).

I used to donate to a number of projects/creators using flattr but I let those lapse as the site went through it's various iterations and changes. I've come to prefer the direct subscription model and after a modest prompt from @xvilo I've finally setup for a few projects I use heavily. I have to say I was expecting to aggregate the various donations and do one regular payment rather than setting a payment cadence (and provider!) for each donation.

Watching the centre court right now. Electrifying stuff, even the kids are into it

Tommy Robinson guilty of contempt of court for a 2018 broadcast. This is my surprised face 😲😗😀👍

BBC News - Tommy Robinson guilty over Facebook broadcast

Alex boosted

It eliminates cross-platform build issues by forcing you to focus so much on autotools that you have no time to fix cross-platform build issues

*sigh* yet again I can't actually use the @CapitaSIMS@twitter.com website to actually pay for my son's school trip. Truly the worst of the web-apps I've used.

I generally find are pretty good at dealing with returns but I did bridle a little at "return window has already expired...refund will be process automatically as an exception for being a loyal customer". I mean that's great but I have a automatic 2 year guarantee thanks to law which you have to honor (for now).

Show more

General purpose mastodon instance