Sam Wilson's Website

October 2020

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    On Saturday the 31st October at 12PM we are having the first meeting of the Social Media working group. This is to choose and implement FOSS social media technologies for the use of LUV members and other FOSS people in Australia. This meeting is for programmers and sysadmins to work on setting up services and testing them. At some later time we will have a meeting to teach other people how to use them.

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    I'm adding a new url field to Twyne's posts. The idea is that even though a post already has its own URL, oftentimes it's useful to include posts from other websites, and the canonical URL should be used where appropriate. I'm experimenting with making the URL the actual link: so that, for example, a posts' link in on the homepage post-list will go directly to the other site, even though there's a sort-of equivalent local URL for it. Also, in the RSS feed, the link will point to the external URL. Whether this is a good idea I'm not sure, but it does feel like it'll deflect attention from the local site for posts that are really just "retweets" or placeholders for reposts.

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    Surplus timber from the jetty was donated to the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed to be used in future woodwork projects.

    Men’s Shed Treasurer Garvin Crozier said they were delighted to get the chance to re-use the timber.

    “We’re always on the lookout for materials we can salvage, and the Harvey Beach jetty is an important part of Fremantle’s heritage,” Mr Crozier said.

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    I've fixed up the firmer chisel I bought at the Men's Shed open day a couple of weeks ago. It turns out it's a Titan (Australian firm from Tassie), and probably made between 1945 and 1960. Someone's written a book on the company, but I can't find a copy anywhere.

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    The file that is attached to this post.

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    The file that is attached to this post.

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    […] as soon as you're helping somebody solving an interesting issue, summarize your experiences with something or write anything that might be cool to be around in a couple of years as well, you do provide potential high-value content. My message to all those authors is: don't use web-based forums.

    TL;DR: all of the content of closed, centralized services will be lost in the long run. Choose the platform you contribute to wisely now instead of learning through more large data loss events later-on.

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    I've upgraded my main laptop to the latest Ubuntu, as a complete fresh install. I try to always do this with every LTS release, because the two-year cadence of those are a good interval for doing a full test of my recovery regime. Everything went according to plan this time (as it normally has in the past), and I was back working within a couple of hours. There's a heap of messy things that I have to clean up, and reinstall, and generally tweak, but I feel like this is just forcing me to attend to housekeeping that I've put off, and not really a downside of a non-full-system restore like this.

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    It seems that toothpaste does work! But I've ordered a new case for my phone anyway.

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    Does toothpaste really remove scratches in the plastic coating on phones' camera lenses?

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    I'm thinking of switching my website to a new system. I'm giving it a go now, but am not really sure if I'll stick with it.

    The new system is called Twyne, after Brian Twyne (I think). It's fully of rough edges and missing features, but that's okay. This is about the indieweb, after all.

    (I'd link to these things, above, but Twyne doesn't yet support links! It's idea of Markdown is pretty dodgy… it'll improve though.)