Headed to OSCON

Once again, time for the annual trek to Portland, Oregon for OSCON — perhaps for the last time! Next year, OSCON is going to be in Austin, TX — which seems like a bit of a mistake to me. Portland and OSCON go together like milk and cookies. If you’re going to be at OSCON, […]

Presentations and Sharing Slides

Warning: Massive generalizations ahead! It’s pretty common for conference organizers and attendees to ask presenters to provide their slides after the talk to share/post on the event site. While well-meaning, I’m not sure this is an entirely positive trend. A slide deck that stands alone is often a sign of a poor presentation. If I […]

Sharing Apache’s Goodness: How We Should be Telling Apache’s Story

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) gets many things right: its governance model for open source development has served hundreds of projects well. The Apache Software License (ASL) is one of the most successful open source licenses, well-liked by many contributors. But the ASF is not perfect, and it has a few areas where serious improvement […]

Attending Linux.conf.au 2015

Really excited to note that I’m going to be attending Linux.conf.au 2015 and running the Cloud, Containers, and Orchestration mini-conf. Will be issuing the CfP for that shortly, but just wanted to give a shout (and create the category feed for LCA planet…) about heading to New Zealand next January. Extremely psyched to be going […]

Happy 21st Birthday, Slackware – and Thanks, Patrick!

21 years ago today, Patrick J. Volkerding announced the 1.00 release of Slackware Linux to the comp.os.linux newsgroup. As Patrick wrote at the time, “This is a complete installation system designed for systems with a 3.5″ boot floppy. It has been tested extensively with a 386/IDE system.” Times, and technology, have changed quite a bit — but […]

[Link] The Compositional Nature of Vim

Nice piece on “The Compositional Nature of Vim” over on Ismail Badawi’s blog: There’s a combinatorial effect here. If I know about o operators, m motions and t text objects, I can do up to o * (m + t) different things. Every new operator I learn lets me do up to m + t […]

Another 4K Update: Dell P2815Q 28″ Monitor

Some time ago, I bought a Seiki 39″ 4K monitor/TV for use with my Fedora 20 workstation/laptop. While the resolution was great, I just couldn’t get it set up where it wasn’t a pain in the neck. Literally. But having a taste of the 4K good life, I was unhappy going back to the 2560×1440 resolution […]

Enigmail, and Not Signing by Default

A few weeks ago, I added Enigmail to Thunderbird for signing and encrypting mails. Most of the time, though, I don’t really feel a need to sign or encrypt mails (or have a need to decrypt or check signatures). For most folks, the GPG signature is just more noise — sort of like the footers […]

Lo & Behold: It Just Works (with the Right Adapter…)

A while back, I bought a 4K monitor and set it up with a tower workstation because I had no luck getting it going with my main laptop, a ThinkPad T530. I was not optimistic about the odds of getting the 4K monitor working with this laptop at all, especially not without the proprietary drivers. […]