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TIL: Catherine de Medici is a secret time traveling vampire.

no, really

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XBLBfWNH7I

(TV;DW: reaction video from a few corseted dress historians on youtube to a generic-history video on the history of corsets. Painful and hilarious at the same time :) )
Too vapid; didn't watch?


The Workwoman's Guide (1840) page 11 ha scritto:

The gathers at the top of the sleeve should be set into a space exactly the same as the wristband, to make it lie flat also.These little attentions are a great assistance to the washer-woman.

omg. I must try this.

#HistoricalSewing
Wonderful!
I think to limit all those useful infos to just women (and specifically workwomen!) is a waste of knowledge…
THE <br>WORKWOMAN'S GUIDE, <br><br>CONTAINING <br><br>INSTRUCTIONS TO THE INEXPERIENCED IN CUTTING OUT AND COMPLETING <br>THOSE ARTICLES OF WEARING APPAREL, &c., WHICH ARE USUALLY <br>MADE AT HOME ; ALSO, EXPLANATIONS ON UPHOLSTERY, <br>STRAW-PLATTING, BONNET-MAKING, KNITTING, &c. <br><br>BY A LADY. <br><br>" METHOD SHORTENS LABOUR."
the amount of *-ism in that book is just as can be expected from a book of the early 1800 that is meant to be used when teaching the poor so that they can become exploitable domestic workers.

But then, it was the early 1800s, it's not like one could expect anything better.

And for people who are interested in historical clothing, it's full of useful bits.


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I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that the easiest way to check if an application is running on XWayland is to run xeyes and see if the eyes track into the window
@hazel :ms_asleep: Thank you for this genuinely helpful tip!


E intanto in lombardia gli slot vaccinali ci sono, ma la gente non ci si iscrive :(

https://www.varesenews.it/2021/06/fine-giugno-portale-poste-permettera-modificare-la-data-del-richiamo/1346597/

se avevo qualche senso di colpa per essermi fatta vaccinare anche se lavoro da casa, beh, non ne ho più.
Qui è al contrario :(
Poi “ci sono gli slot” non vuole necessariamente dire che siano la settimana dopo e non dopo tipo un mese.

Però insomma, non si è più in una fase in cui pensare di essere vaccinati è un sogno remoto.

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A qualcuno in zona como / varese interessano due o tre forni solari a pannello di cartone e stagnola?

Li ho fatti per provare forme diverse e li ho usati per qualche mese, funzionano, ma nel frattempo me ne sono fatta uno di compensato per cui non li uso più e ho bisogno di liberare lo spazio.

boost welcome
Per le lattine, direi che questo possa andare bene :D

youtu.be/8tt7RG3UR4c

(spoiler: fonde l'acciaio)
Questo con una lente di Fresnel è meno "hi-tech", ma per me andrebbe già bene.
Al momento non ho in previsione fusioni in ghisa!

https://invidious.tube/watch?v=eaRpXHutaEg

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Ever used this?
"wget <url-to-gpg-key> | sudo apt-key add -"

man:apt-key says
"apt-key - Deprecated APT key management utility"

It has been deprecated for (quite) a while now, but most people probably missed that.

https://michael-prokop.at/blog/2021/02/16/how-to-properly-use-3rd-party-debian-repository-signing-keys-with-apt/

is an excellent blog post describing what you should use instead.

It also describes a feature to restrict a gpg key to a specific repo (available since apt 1.1):

deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/example.gpg] https://example.com/…

#Debian #Apt

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@Bevilacqua Gustavino

Uno dei posti da cui di tanto in tanto compro cose online sembra avere una sola misura di scatolone (enorme), da loro non riesco ad avere bisogno di così tante cose da riempirla, e di consequenza mi son trovata con un grosso sacchetto pieno di chip di mais da imballaggio, quelli che si attaccano assieme con l'acqua.

Ora, a parte farci modellini, che però non farò mai, e una volta fatti rimangono comunque ad occupare spazio in casa, c'è qualcosa di utile e pratico che ci si può fare?

L'alternativa è provare a sentire conoscenti di conoscenti se hanno bambini dell'età giusta per giocarci (ma tra i conoscenti non ce ne sono, che io sappia).
Cerca qualcuno che fa commercio online e rivendiglieli 😉
Se c'è qualcuno qui nel fediverso e in zona como - varese che ha bisogno di un sacchetto di chip di mais da imballaggio, e magari altro materiale da imballaggio (tipo plastica a bolle), fatevi vivi :)

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BTW, I feel I should mention that of course I'm also leaving freenode, you can find me on both Libera.chat and OFTC.

I may still be on FreeNode for a few days, to help with the ongoing migration of one channel, but if you need to contact me it's better to use one of the other two.


TFW you get almost stuck in traffic *twice* when driving what were supposed to be 600m.

And no, I couldn't just walk there, the whole point of it was bringing the car over there for maintenance.

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RT @offlinemark@twitter.com

Here's my favorite git feature that no one knows about:

You can reference commits using the commit message instead of the hash. The ":/" syntax accepts a regex that matches any part of the commit message, returning the youngest matching commit.

https://git-scm.com/docs/revisions/2.29.0#Documentation/revisions.txt-emlttextgtemegemfixnastybugem

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/offlinemark/status/1387833240321417222
Immagine/fotoImmagine/foto

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Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, free of copyright restrictions, and free of cost

See https://standardebooks.org/

#technology #opensource #ebooks #reading #nodrm

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This is so cool. I wanted to try one ebook on my #Mobian #Pinephone so I went to install gnome-books.

...It wants to install the whole LibreOffice suite! 😱
that's gnome-books going "you're a book lover? tell me the names of all the books you wrote!"
ugh. libre-#$$@#$-office.

I've looked into it and it's because the package has a Recommends on unoconv (converter between LibreOffice document formats), which in turn Recommends the whole suite.

I've found that apt install --no-install-recommends gnome-books brings down the dependency list to a much more reasonable size. (of course, some features of gnome-books will be missed, notably all those that relate to dealing with office formats).

Disclaimer: I had to work with uno (accessing libreoffice from python programs) and I got traumatized by the experience :)

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Interesting news from the #xmpp world: there is been funding to work on improving / bringing back user portability for xmpp.
#xmpp



* one tiny bit of kneadable eraser
* some pencil lead shavings (from a 2mm lead rather than a regular pencil, so that there was no wood)

kneaded together for a while, applied with a toothpick over an #SMDjumper

profit!

no more cleaning a jumper that has been written over with pencil every time I try to update the firmware on my #espruinoPico

http://www.espruino.com/Pico#advanced-reflashing

disclaimer: wash your hands after kneading the eraser and before touching sensitive electronics, as they may be more conductive than usual :D

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💌 I like email. There is no expectation that it is answered quickly, so I can check it once a day, and only on workdays. It's good both for short answers and long-form discussions, with one person or many. It's federated and at least partially decentralised. There's a client serving all kinds of needs, from phones to the command line.

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New shirt!

Sewn by hand, pattern by Bernadette Banners on youtube with minor changes (all of the non-historically accurate details are mine).

Light blue (with a purple tint) shirting that I bought a few years ago, so it counts as stashbusting, right?

Worn tucked in



and loose, with a belt (I guess it can be worn without the belt, but I don't think I like that look)



It is pretty long, almost reaching to above-knee lenght.



Also, is it me, or am I accidentally ending up with a pidgeon breast look even when wearing things from a different era?
Next step, cutting the linen for a new one, and… well, that wasn't stashbusting, that went more like "went to the shop to buy linen for one shirt like this one, came back with enough for two shirts”.


Ma vogliamo parlare del fatto che il mio spacciatore di tessuti di fiducia ha la sede legale¹ in via del Sarto?

¹ (vende al mercato, la sede legale è scritta sullo scontrino e immagino sia il magazzino)

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#avviso
Prendiamoci cura della nostra istanza! Se pensi che una conversazione stia degenerando in un flame o in un loop non costruttivo, intervieni postando una bandierina bianca tra i commenti (la trovi tra le emoticon o con la formula : waving _ white _ flag : senza spazi). Se vedi delle bandierine bianche tra i commenti di una conversazione alla quale stai partecipando, prima di postare nuovamente pensa: per quale motivo sto intervenendo? sto contribuendo in modo costruttivo? sto aggiungendo un nuovo punto di vista?


Is anybody going to do #meMadeMay here on the fediverse?

https://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2021/04/me-made-may-21.html

I'm not really sure about it, but then I already wear me made quite often, but I'd be glad to see some #fediSewing :)

#sewing

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It’s Saturday, so you know what that means!

I am once again asking that you start your own instance. Just do it. Control your own data, make your own rules, and choose what you see. It’s fun. And as the Fediverse scales horizontally, we will each individually hold a larger stake in the network.

Again, if you are having any trouble, please (!) feel free to reach out to me. I will be more than happy to help you out with whatever problems you have.

Set it up on a server that is yours or will be yoursPay someone else to host it for you
Immagine/foto

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TV;DW: through the last few centuries of the history of western fashion, women's #pockets were HUGE (even during the periods when the fashionable siluette was slimmer).
no, I'm not obsessed with pocket size, why do you ask? :D
and in case you are going to download the video without accessing the description, the footnotes with references are on https://bernadettebanner.co.uk/womens-pockets

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If you're annoyed by the shit #Signal is doing, don't switch to the next centralized thing. They all tend to go bad after a while and you can't do anything about it. Use decentralized messengers instead, like #XMPP, #Matrix or #Deltachat. Federated protocols like them can't add features unless a lot of people agree.

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Even if you put ecological destruction and so on aside, it makes the target on their back bigger. Payment service providers are regulated in a lot of countries. The regulators in the EU will probably want to know who sends money to whom. It’s a good excuse to block and/or raid signal.

@unsuspicious

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Dear fediverse: do you know of any online shop in Europe that sells food-grade paper packaging such as bread bags in quantities suitable for the needs of a household (a min quantity of 100 pieces is fine, 1000 is not, 10000 is definitely way too high)?

Excluding amazon / ebay / other big platforms.

Thanks, and boosts welcome

Gentil fediverso: qualcuno conosce dei negozi online in Europa che vendono imballaggi di carta per alimenti, tipo i sacchetti del pane, e che vendano a privati in quantità adeguate a privati (acquisto minimo 100 pezzi va bene, 1000 no, 10000 è decisamente troppo)?

Che non siano amazon / ebay / altre megapiattaforme.

Grazie, e i boost sono graditi
Metro.it probably has what you are looking for.
metro.it only sells to businesses, not individuals (it requires a partita iva)
Sorry about that... ☹️
np

(I wonder if that kind of restriction is a thing only in Italy and not elsewhere)
I know some Metro shops are opened to the public here in France, which is why I mentioned it. But, yes, most are for professionals only.
you could search on ebay for it and then look if the seller has an own website with shop, many have :)

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me, playing klondike¹ during breakfast and wishing for the next card: “a king, any kin… waitasecond! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna be fooled again!”

¹ as implemented by pysolfc
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

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Dresses and skirts with pockets.

Boost if you agree.

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A couple of weeks ago I baked https://www.nordickitchenstories.co.uk/2017/11/02/swedish-crispbread-knackebrod-recipe/

Today, I followed the same recipe. Except I've used 150 g buckwheat / 250 g wheat flour, wheat starter and malt instead of honey. And it's also good.

Served with white beans and parsley spread.

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Very balanced take on the #Stallman debate: https://www.arp242.net/rms.html
I do not agree with all of it, but I can get behind the criticism of specific passages in the open letter and the judgment on the fitness for leadership of rms is shared.
I have never retracted anything, nor I intend to do so. As one of the first signers I stand behind what is written in the open letter.

I hope that is clear enough.

(I deduce from your messages that you cannot reconcile this with what I wrote in the message that started this thread. And I can live with that.)
I'm still curious as to what it is that you agree with that article when it comes to getting behind criticism of the open letter, while also standing behind the letter. it sounds a little contradictory to me, and I expect your stating what it was that you criticized would have made it clear, but I get and respect that you won't wish to specify what the criticism you also partially undersigned was, and prefer to leave it up for speculation. I acknowledge and appreciate the self-criticism you imply with this combination of actions. o-o

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Please, /please/, don't make /only/ videos, y'all! Make text articles too!

Text is even /easier/ to make it's just /always/ video

always

Not everyone can do videos. Especially long videos that we're expected to Sit Down And Focus Entirely On which means engaging speech parsing AND we can't easily back up and reread things like we could text and we /can't slow down/ like we could text and we can't skim like we could text and just

there's often /no point/ to it being a video and we /can't/.

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PSA: quando bevete il caffé, coinvolgete i vostri figli piccoli con una tazzina di caffé d'orzo con la schiumetta sopra.

così, quando da grandi si troveranno a non poter bere caffé (o a doverlo ridurre drasticamente) per motivi di salute, avranno una bevanda calda di cui apprezzano il sapore perché gli ricorda l'infanzia, anziché doverlo cacciar giù con disgusto mascherandolo con latte e simili.

(grazie mamma)

That’s great— thank you!

Content warning: OCR Output (chars: 563)



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Week mostly eaten up by admin stuff, but nearly done with it. Look forward to returning to code.

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Sunday, I was happy to give a talk at the FSF #LibrePlanet, wearing the Tshirt I designed for them (photo). But later that day, Richard Stallman announced his return to the FSF's Board of Directors. In this situation, I'll no longer invest my energy for them... 😿
#fsf #rms
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agressive + accusation + unsourced = block

@krutor
Dear @David Revoy after reading this I also will stop to follow you.

All of you are confusing personal bias with actual facts, attacking RMS for a behavior which is probably spread over the 90% in whole IT industries at any level. We reached the point to decided if it is better mobbing RMS or closing on eye over GAFAM that every day besides making the world a worst place is injecting moneys in the open source and free software space. I think this is the real point.

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I feel a bit of a rant coming on. This is about software developer mindsets, but it's also about "processes", which can be a bit of a scary term to many developers.

I got quite lucky in my career, in two particular ways.

First, in my first job I struck up a pretty good relationship with our CTO. He and I had quite a few conversations about the why and wherefore of what we were doing, from a business rather than a development perspective. That has left me with an interest in the big picture.
So what does operations require from developers?

Developers often think of that in terms of "make things easy for ops", such as giving them a single binary to run instead of having them wade through configuration files. And to a degree, that's a fair enough goal to have for devs.

But the truth is, that ops tend to have some coding ability, and there are a ton of configuration management tools out there and in active use.

Complex setups that can be scripted aren't all that complex.
In fact, what operations require *more* from software is adaptability. The way devs tend to run software is usually *not* the way ops need to run it. Simplicity can be a bit of an own goal.

Or, to put it differently, while ops are end-users, they're not to be confused with grandpa trying to figure out this new-fangled electronic mail thingimajig.

What ops require above anything else from devs is boring.

No, really, that's it. Software should be boring.

That is, it should be predictable.

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Configuration file formats changing, interfaces changing, setup procedures changing, requirements changing - all of these things shouldn't happen.

Of course they will, and they will have to. That's where scripting helps ops out again. But that means that any change in what ops can reasonably expect must be documented and the documentation communicated in a manner that ops can deal with.

You cannot communicate this the day before a new release should go live.
Which brings me back to processes.

A process is nothing more than putting this communication in place.

The way this manifests is most typically through checklists. Follow steps a-z in your release from dev to ops.

But what these checklists *encapsulate* is the organisation's understanding of the needs of ops from devs (and vice versa for e.g. bug reporting procedures, etc.)

QA is usually in the middle of this process, adding the required check mark on one of the boxes on the list.
Every organisation has a process for this. Every single one of them. Even if it's "oh I just upload that JS file to the production server", that's a process.

It's a shitty one, but it is one.

What is often missing are the checklists. And some structured discussions around how to get to checklists. All of which is shorthand for communication.

The discussions tend to lead to more or less the same place: you either need a gate, or you need recovery.
A gate is a kind of barrier in the process that is somewhat cumbersome to pass, but if you have the right key, passing isn't all that hard.

QA is such a gate. If you cannot pass QA's requirements - which is usually in the form of regression tests and new feature tests - then you cannot go to production.

Recovery refers to the set of procedures you have for rolling back to the last known state in case of a production failure.

Recovery tends to be good in orgs with weak gates and vice versa.
I'm a bit traditionally minded here, and personally prefer my gates to be strong. The industry as a whole tends to prefer strong recovery. There is almost always a mixture of the two employed.

In the end, it barely matters. What matters is that the business goals are met reliably, and the delivery team is not unreasonably stressed out by their combined efforts.

What the whole thing requires regardless of the balance struck here is that developers take some ownership.
This isn't to say that developers "own" that everything goes smoothly. That would be an exaggeration.

But they cannot reasonably have the mindset that throwing code "over the wall" is their job. Their job is to provide to the next down the line - QA, ops, both - exactly what those parties require to do *their* respective jobs.

"Worked on my computer" is a symptom of this being broken, same as "no errors in the CI" or whatever form it takes.
I sometimes exaggerate this and say "your job is only done when the end user - aka grandpa - successfully uses it to solve their problems". This is more for illustration purposes than as a real assignment of responsibilities. Exaggeration is a it double-edged, people can take it too seriously. But often enough it carries a general point across fairly well.
FOSS developers have a particularly hard time here. They are not part of an overall organization that provides the kind of feedback they need to optimize their output.

What I mean is, even if FOSS developers work towards their company internal goals and just publish software, the "organization" never includes all the users they end up factually delivering to, and communications with those users often relies on the users initiating it.

I don't know who uses my FOSS software, but they sure do.
As a FOSS developer, you have a few methods at your disposal to help you along here.

One is *prolific* documentation. But it doesn't just have to cover a lot of ground, it has to have entry points tailored to needs you may reasonably expect. The ops perspective is one such entry point.

Another is to double down on predictability. Infamously, Debian lags behind on up-to-date software and has slow "stable" release cycles. But it does just that, and it has generally earned them love from ops.
A third method is actually quite difficult to balance, but is still crucial: you have to bring the barriers to contribution way, way down.

Where this is often difficult is in bug reporting software. I see a lot of popular software using bots to classify bug reports according to developer needs, sometimes closing them automatically when the bot deems the report to be a duplicate or whatever.

There is limited developer bandwidth for dealing with reports, so they need screening of this kind.
Unfortunately, there is a negative result here for would-be contributors.

If you run into such bots, or excessive formalism in the report templates, or contributor agreements they need to sign before sending a patch, etc, etc, the most likely result is that people end up contributing less overall.

I can deal with all of that if it solves a problem I can't circumvent. But if it's easier to switch software than to contribute, well...

Lowering barriers may be better long-term.
If nothing else it signals "yes I want your contribution" even if one cannot deal with it immediately, as opposed to sending the signal that contribution is only appreciated conditionally.

This feeds into community management.

I believe - I have no data, sorry - that FOSS projects benefit strongly from human community managers that take care of this screening. And community management can in itself be a form of contribution.

See I started this thread on developers and ops interfacing, but...
... this goes right back to that beginning: FOSS developers that do not visible invest effort into interfacing with the "next" down the chain, which in this case are random people picking your software up, do not do their job.

They throw code over the wall. They say "it works on my computer", or "in my use-case".

I sometimes hear - heard the other day - that it's the developer's spare time, so one can't make such demands on them.

There's some truth there, absolutely.
So let's say I volunteer for the local fire brigade. We have a lot of volunteer fire response in Germany in smaller towns, which is supplemented by professionals from neighbouring larger towns. Response time often trumps equipment and experience.

Let's say I volunteer, but I don't respond to alarms. Or I do, but I always turn up late.

On the one hand, I'm volunteering my time, so one cannot make demands of me, right?
But the kicker is, I am not actually volunteering for turning up in a red suit with a fire hose. That may be what it looks like, sure.

What I'm volunteering for is a job, one that is comprised both of rights and of responsibilities. If I ignore the responsibilities, people will rightly be upset.

So it is with the role of FOSS developer jobs. Nobody is asking for your coding time. Everyone is asking for your ability to solve user needs. Ignoring the user needs is not doing your *voluntary* job.
In practice, there will always be reasons for not always being able to meet responsibilities, and users should be adequately accepting of those. Practice is always full of complications, on a case-by-case basis.

It's the mindset that matters.
in my previous job, I used to have sort of broken up the path to a form of devops, and was responsible for maintaining and educating the product devs on the build and deployment system, and the packaging for customer deployments.

Needless to say I had more than a few words with that one team leader who privately prided himself for not abiding with the process, and being a rockstar "break stuff" type of diva dev (he also was ingraining that mentality into his team mates), including that time where I had to educate him publicly on the all-devs mailing list with how to properly use the version control system so as not to hamper other teams' progress.

He also had his mind set on not reconciling conflicts regularly with his branch, and at one time was several *months* behind the main branch, which was of course against the agreed practices; I got vindicated when it took his team *two full weeks* to painfully merge their feature branch into the mainline, which I had (easily) predicted.

Fond memories...
I think the biggest problem is that most devs never work in ops.

A single coworker and I were ops in the past, and we both have a radically different perspective from our other dev peers.

We write things to make life easier for ops, and have ended up setting pro-ops policy for the rest of the team, especially since at least one of us is involved in every code review.

Of course, when you have a dev team with experience in ops, it quickly goes in the devops direction
As someone who's worked in ops for their entire career, and who has done development while doing that because things were thrown at us that didn't meet the needs of operations or customers, but "had to be deployed" because "I have no freaking idea at all, logic and common sense isn't something people do when choosing processes for operations or customers apparently"...

The number of developers who think that operations and customers are annoyances is far too high, and the number who wish to push problems that will be seen immediately by operations the second something hits 'production' to 'sometime in the future, not important' is far too high.

Devops just pushes that to production faster, meaning that if you're in devops, now the protections you had against some levels of stupidity and rushing headfirst over the cliff are removed, and you get to solve them with even less sleep.

All things in moderation. Devops + limits is ok.
I've read things from some people like "not allowing developers on production machines is evil!"

those developers insisting on that NEVER answer the fscking phone when the customer can't get their things for their thing that will cost them all your business and theirs if it doesn't work, and why was it changed without notifying someone?

We used to say, when I was in the trucking industry, that losing a customer cost you 7 times more, to regain them as a customer, than keeping them.

I've seen more customers leave due to developers pushing shit into production "because we have to fail fast!" (the mentality of 'getting investor cash' - not 'keeping a customer.')

And then the investor money is gone, and your customers don't trust you because you keep screwing up production, and suddenly no one gets paid, and the fail fast person left to get a higher paying job and you stuck around to keep the place running.

Fsck those devs.
Well, in our specific case devops works well because we happen to have two ops-minded developers who can keep the gates up, etc.

The main plus side of devops is that it aligns the incentives of devs and ops, because we have to directly deal with any problems we make for ourselves. If anything, the gates are stronger because I (or the other devops guy) can smackdown bad ideas earlier, at the very latest in code review.
However, devops has many downsides. It's usually used as a cost cutting measure inappropriately.

It relies on a relatively rare combination of human resources: multiple developers with substantial ops experience.

It puts a heavy burden on the devops people (if they're doing their job correctly), and of course we aren't getting paid more. Ops work is also distracting, which breaks development flow, which is why they split in the first place
That said, the reason devops has become more prevalent lately is that much mundane ops work (outside of infrastructure) can be automated.

A well designed system running on well designed infrastructure has minimal administrative overhead these days.

The problems arise from poorly designed systems and/or poorly designed or non-existent infrastructure, which is still the norm.

There'll always be a need for first responders as well.
Of course, terribly designed systems exist because of lackluster dev and management cultures, and a lack of good infrastructure is usually due to a lack in investment in infrastructure.

Ops/infrastructure never get the attention they deserve, since it's seen by management as a cost center to be cut, when really it's the bedrock for the whole operation.
I find the point of view most helpful that sees DevOps as ops for devs. Which means it's an ops-driven thing, that just also takes dev needs into account. One example of that is actually containerisation; in itself it *complicates* ops.

But since container images can be deployed *and* given to devs', it's possible for devs to run more production like systems in which to integrate their software.

That may be a simplified description, but works.
As in, a lot of problems between ops and devs comes from this situation where software is just used vastly differently. When ops can decide on the major building blocks and gives a very limited set of tweakable knobs to devs, a lot of potential for confusion can be avoided.
Funny story, I was doing some hobby programming and wanted to use my program in a different context, and I suddenly realized that I had NO IDEA how to run my code outside of the IDE.

I immediately fixed this upon realizing it, but it snuck up on me as I hadn't been doing anything of any real importance.
Very interesting thoughts -- thank you.
what i often see, to overstretch your metaphors is people being paid to work for the fire brigade in the big city next to your little village and they come in with demands to your little volunteers fire bridge

i co-built a community of volunteer maintainers of puppet modules and i had someone at a conference come up to me and brag that he used us to train his junior engineers

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I'm a savvy user, but know nothing about programming. Let me give you my take on this, OK?

Your job is only done when your software allows me to do more in less time than not having your software allows.

Most software does not pass this test. Indeed I think in my entire life of using ever-increasingly computerized systems, I can count on one hand where computers have improved things.

Yes. It is that stark.
As an example, at work we have a contact management system. Contact management is absolutely **KEY** to our business. If we screw this up, our business dies.

The contact management system, installed and configured by conslutants (sic) of the worst kind, is so unreliable that literally everybody who is client-facing prints off key clients into special notebook pages so that we can use those instead of this system.
While this system is the most egregious of the lot, even a lot of COTS software we use is utter crap. I have a rhythm of automatically hitting Ctrl+S while working every five minutes or so, no matter what software I'm using (except that crap management system which manages to screw even "save" up…) because out of nowhere the computer might suddenly decide that it's had enough and will throw a tantrum, losing any unsaved work.
I hear you.

I tend to think of this as more of a joint responsibility for the organizations that produce your software, while the developer's role is more limited. They have to do their part of the job to enable everyone else to, ultimately, fulfill this at the organizational level.

But as a shorthand, it absolutely is that stark.
I don't know. I think "not crashing" is a pretty basic requirement for all software, no? :D
Yes, but software can crash on particular inputs or on particular systems. It's unrealistic of developer-as-person to cover all of those, but developer-as-organization should at least reach a high percentage.

I'm looking more at developer-as-person here. Your requirement can be met by developer-as-organization without much involvement from developer-as-person.

Weird terminology, but maybe that makes sense?
I guess? I've no idea what goes into making this stuff (no matter how much SO tries to explain—he's an electrical engineer and works with this—it goes in one ear and out the other, likely slipping out while I yawn ;)).
TL;DR is, there's an entire supply chain of specialized jobs involved.

It used to be so much simpler :)
So kind of like marketing, only more nerd-oriented. 🤣
Oh, I've had the mixed pleasure of working in a "marketing technology" team for some months.

A lot of it was tech for SEO. But there was a bunch of non-SEO stuff done as well. Tech for generating landing pages with different funnels, based on the keywords that led to the page, etc.

I got a glimpse at both marketing itself and the spill over into tech here that was fascinating.

But yes, absolutely.
Marketing, when done properly, touches on literally every aspect of the business aside from accounting. (We haven't figured out a way to force accounting to do our bidding yet … 😅) Modern (not 4-Ps) marketing is all about figuring out what users want and then making sure the business fills that need.

Engineers are utterly BRILLIANT at making things. They tend to suck at knowing what needs to be built, though.
yes good point, just as a shoval is bording but you can do intresting things with it.
i wrote this a long time ago, https://igalic.co/thoughts/2015-12-03-software-vs-automation.html i think it still mostly holds up

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I didn't know this was even a thing. Amiga UNIX.
Immagine/foto

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I didn't know a tape drive was a thing on Amiga.

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Ciao Fediverso!

Avete qualcosa in casa di cui vi volete liberare e vorreste donarlo a qualcuno?

Scattategli una foto ora e mettetela sul #fediverso con l'hashtag:

#mastoregalo

aggiungete una piccola descrizione dell'oggetto (ad esempio #divano, #CD, #DVD, #Libro) e la città dove è situato (#milano, #brescia, #verona) e chi é interessato se lo viene a prendere e siamo tutti contenti: non gettiamo nulla e attiviamo una economia del riutilizzo.

iniziamo a condividere!!

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I'm using the solar oven for the first time this year, even if the temperature is still cold-ish (<15°C) and windy.

The oven has reached almost 70°C, even if the wind blew the cover and for a while the temperature fell down to 30°C or so. I hope that the jar is reaching even more.

I'm baking apples, so whatever happens they are likely to be good (and safe to eat).

And now I should leave the computer and start sewing the fabric + mylar cover I've been postponing sewing for… years, I suspect.
Photos or it didn't happen 🤣
Too late, the sun is going down, the #solarOven is back to 50°C and the apples have already been moved to the haybox so that they remain warm until dinner.

But you can get a high quality picture of the haybox, taken with a pinephone, where you can also see a bit of the oven



(And yes, “haybox” means “random box from an online store, with shredded paper packaging material from another online store", and later I topped it up and wrapped the box in a blanket)

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📓 I wrote a bookbinding tutorial for you, so you can bind your own notebooks (or other books) from now on. :think_starry_eyes:

http://backyard.fragmentscenario.com/bookbinding/bookbinding.html

#bookbinding #tutorial #art #zines @zine
softcover notebook with white cover, pink paper on the inside and black tape on the spine
materials needed
detail of needle movement with some confusing arrows
newspaper absorbs the moisture during drying

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