GNOME: 18 and moving

Well, what do you know: The GNOME Unix desktop project is about to celebrate its 18th ‘birthday’, anniversary, … by tomorrow, August 15, 2015. I guess there’s more interesting news these days, and I also just noticed while incidentially stumbling across the GNOME web site earlier this morning…

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Windows 10, GNU and actual “open-ness”?

Business as usual, one could say… All along with the announcement of Microsoft Windows 10 being released, I found an FSF statement on Windows 10 in my inbox, boiling down to what I by now consider the usual statements, like outlining that privacy and personal freedom is important, that it is important to choose software

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Streams

11:24pm. 27°C. System offline, all communication endpoints detached. Not a recipient anymore for tonight. Eyes closed, looking inward, trying to filter out and ignore the noise of the city. Rain would be really nice right now. Rain to wash away the dust and the heat of a glowing day. Rain to cool down the system

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Google Now und das Private?

“’20 Minuten mehr bis nach Hause, Stau.’ – Wat?!” Mein Erstkontakt mit Google Now liegt jetzt schon eine ganze Weile zurück. Nach wie vor nutze ich die App bestenfalls sporadisch und aus Neugier, aber gedanklich treibt mich das Thema immer noch um. Ich nutze seit vielen Jahren Technologie mit einer Mischung aus Begeisterung und Selbstverständlichkeit.

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antergos: simple, straightforward Linux desktop

Installed antergos Linux on my everyday working laptop yesterday after quite a while running ubuntuGNOME. After upgrading 14.10 to 15.04, some things on my installation became somewhat messy (in example system losing connectivity when switching between WiFi and LAN); I was pondering a clean re-installation after all but so far hesitated as these problems weren’t

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Complexity and the book.

Spent most of the evening trying to track down an InstantiationException thrown in some arcane branch of a procedure way too long to handle, let alone understand. Grown software. A large, fragile complexity, step by step built by adding small, simple changes, straightforward and in a disputable understanding of pragmatism. Documentation is tough. Tough when

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In the beginning there was the … command line?

Re-occuring read on my pile of (electronic) books, yet as far as I can tell I never so far wrote about it: In the beginning there was the command line. Neal Stephenson, most likely known at least to some as author of novels such as “Snow Crash” (which might be considered a later cyberpunk classic

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Places of old

From the Book Of Travels, Vol. 2, Chapter 5: “[..]Time travels? They say there’s no such thing… I disagree. Though, it might be different than people would expect. This is not your old, clichy trip through years forth and back, causing confusing by seeing things unseen so far, or making your own life difficult by

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