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  • Description Today, Gammu 1.38.5 has been released. After long period of bugfix only releases, this comes with several new noteworthy features. The biggest feature probably is that SMSD can now handle USSD messages...
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  • Description Narabu is a new intraframe video codec, from the Japanese verb narabu (並ぶ), which means to line up or be parallel. Let me first state straight up that Narabu isn't where I hoped it would be at this stag...
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  • Description It has been ages that I haven’t updated the MegaUpdate package for Kobo. Now that a new and seemingly rather bug-free and quick firmware release (4.6.9995) has been released, I finally took the time to...
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  • Description A couple of years ago, I made a blog post, KDE makes Qt, with data about which percentage of Qt contributions came from people starting in KDE. Basically, how many Qt contributions are made by people wh...
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  • Description Here's what happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday October 8 and Saturday October 14 2017: Upcoming events On Saturday 21st October, Holger Levsen will present at All Systems Go! in Be...
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  • Description No spoilers, for those who have yet to watch it... Channel 4 have been broadcasting a new 10-part series called Electric Dreams, based on some of the short fiction of Philip K Dick. The series was commi...
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  • Description Confession time: I started making these posts (eons ago) because a close friend did as well, and I enjoyed reading them. But the main reason why I continue is because the primary way I have to keep trac...
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  • Description Last saturday the Japanese TeX User Meeting took place in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. For those who have been at the TUG 2013 in Tokyo you will remember that the Japanese TeX community is quite big and vibrant....
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  • Description Two months ago, Troy Hunt, the security professional behind Have I been pwned?, released an incredibly comprehensive password list in the hope that it would allow web developers to steer their users away...
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  • Description While the adoption of OpenPGP by the general population is marginal at best, it is a critical component for the security community and particularly for Linux distributions. For example, every package upl...
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  • Description Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the Web Engines Hackfest, hosted by Igalia at their offices in A Coruña, and also sponsored by my employer, Collabora, Google and Mozilla. It has grown...
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  • Description Following the news about the ROCA vulnerability (weak key generation in Infineon-based smartcards, more info here and here) I can confirm that the Almex smartcard I mentionned on my last post (which are...
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  • Description Debian has generally always had, as a rule, “sane defaults” and “no surprises”. This was completely shattered for me when Vim decided to hijack the mouse from my terminal and break all copy/paste functi...
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  • Description I said that I was going to start writing these regularly, so I'm going to stick to it, even when the results are rather underwhelming. One of the goals is to make the time for more free software work, a...
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  • Description I was wondering for quite some time why on my server vim behaves so stupid with respect to the mouse: Jumping around, copy and paste wasn’t possible the usual way. All this despite having set mouse= in...
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  • Description Here’s my weekly report for week 41 of 2017. In this week I have explored some Java 8 features, looked at automatic updates in a few Linux distributions and decided that actually I don’t need swap anymo...
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  • Description With the development of TLCockpit continuing, I found the need for and easy exchange format between the TeX Live Manager tlmgr and frontend programs like TLCockpit. Thus, I have implemented JSON output...
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  • Description While dealing with d-i’s translation last month in FOSScamp, I was kinda surprised it’s still on SVN. While reviewing PO files from others, I couldn’t select specific parts to commit. Debian does have a...
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  • Description I find it fascinating how many of the people being locked inside the proposed border wall between USA and Mexico support the idea. The proposal to keep Mexicans out reminds me of the propaganda twist fro...
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  • Description I had a bit hard time to get ScalaFX to display a list of items in a scrollable space, and each item can be clicked. I use this in TLCockpit to display the list of documentation files in a TeX Live pack...
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