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EMFCamp is cancelled.

Which is bittersweet - its the right decision.

Myself and a lot of other Nottinghack hackers have put a lot of time into getting ready for the event.

We get more time to make something awesome by next time though!


UK lockdown, covid-19 

Does anyone use neomutt and have it configured to use multiple email accounts from different providers?

I want to be able to switch between accounts.

I use a folder-hook method with mutt, but that doesnt seem to work properly in neomutt, I'm kinda expecting that I'm doing it all wrong.

Thinking about writing some fabric scripts to automate homeserver and personal VPS server tasks.

I get to apply things I've learned in my day job, to my personal infrastructure \o/

Mostly I want to automate backing up of Mastodon, and some general mastodon maintenance commands.

Samathy boosted

Periodic reminder: Use your words, people.

To test the theory, I opened the Masterlock combo bike chain lock on my partner's bike with my eyes closed.

My method was correct for the type of lock, so i think my neighbour's lock was broken.

In theory, you can tension a lock like that and the free-er moving numbers are likely to be in the combination.

But the first 2 dials had waaay more movement than the last ones. I am guessing the lock got damaged in the recent pretty-bad storm weather we've had here.

Started my afternoon today by attempting to decode, and then sawing apart a combo bike lock for a neighbour.

It was a Beeway brand chain with combo.
5 dials, neighbour was sure of the code, but it wasn't working.

When tensioned, the last 3 dials defiantly had free-er movement on the expected numbers than the rest, but the first two just kinda spun fairly freely regardless of the amount of tension.

I hypothesised that it was kinda broken. Hacksawing the chain took about 30 mins.

Installing MoinMoin is once again making me think about how to manage systemwide config files.

Considering implementing gnu stow + git for as much of the config on my server as possible, because when it comes to maintaining any one server, I can guarantee I will forget what I changed, and have no backups of configs if it all catches fire.

I may end up writing something to do zim to moinmoin conversion.
Because obviously, the wiki syntax is different....

I installed it because I have outgrown using Zim-wiki. Which is great, but you gotta figure out how to sync across devices it yourself, and you cant access the data on someone else's computer.

MoinMoin is on my homeserver and, via VPN, is accessible from anywhere πŸ’―

I installed MoinMoin wiki yesterday, after having lot of trouble getting it installed.

Its a pretty manual process which involves lots of writing config files and setting file permissions.

Its uh....already a bit alien after using MediaWiki for everything else (work, hackspace etc).

But it stores it's data as files and doesnt need a database, which is pretty important for a little home/personal wiki.

The keyboard on my personal ThinkPad x270 is nowhere near as good as the keyboard on my work ThinkPad x270 😩

After the apocalypse, I'll probably try to source a replacement keyboard and see if I can improve it.

Still, our hackspace will remain open, unless it is illegal for us to be open.

We just have to issue messages reminding people to seriously consider if they need to visit.
Please visit individually, and absolutely no in-person support, or meetings.

Its hard to know how authoritarian to be.

People should be avoiding going to the Hackspace, stop holding meetings and such.

But they are absolutely not avoiding meetings, or attending in groups.

They won't unless we tell them to stop.

Geez, Hackspace management during a pandemic is not something I thought would be something I ever had experience of.

I recently set up NFS on my home-server.

Its already been useful for editing photos, and now its really useful for actually playing my music library.


I have to get a taxi to and from the vets today and I am WORRIED.

I do not like taxies and never have. But taking a cat on the bus is a pain.

Congratulating myself on booking it though, hopefully it goes seamlessly.

Rodents, chinchillas 

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