by the way, you may be curious as to why some of my websites were down this week. something happened to one of my VPSes so I had to reinstall the operating system and set everything back up. the new install is now enjoying Alpine Linux just like all my other boxes.
trying new software
I haven't been motivated to write anything lately, but I guess I can give an update on what software I am currently trying or going to try:
- neovim, to replace vim. I chose it because the codebase and development is supposed to be cleaner and less dependent on one person pulling in patches. liking it so far; it also has a few small features I've been looking for in vim, namely the ability to resize panes using mouse. this may have already been possible in vim but it has never worked for me.
- neomutt, saw it when I was looking up mutt and chose it because it offers some plugins built-in. once I configure it I may replace seamonkey with that and a different internet browser. first issue I see with mutt/neomutt is lack of mouse support, but I'll still play with it for a while.
- sway (wayland compositor). I haven't really had a chance to try this yet but I want to see how well wayland works, and I may switch to it from X.
- ConnMan, to replace NetworkManager. it's definitely light and apparently it supports USB tethering and bluetooth PAN, so I'll give it a shot.
I also downloaded some ISOs to play with in qemu:
- Void Linux -- haven't run it yet
- TempleOS -- tried it, it works but the 100% sound volume scared me
- ReactOS -- it won't boot properly; I'll have to look at the error again
- Gentoo -- I used this briefly years ago but haven't accustomed myself to it at all. I want to install it with musl and busybox, possibly also a hardened profile.
- Plan 9 -- haven't run it yet
aside from that, I had a very spiritual dream last night so I have decided to keep a dream/meditation log now. I used to keep a dream log years ago but stopped due to lack of interest. hopefully I keep my interest this time, because I feel I may be able to learn some things from my experiences. if I make any notable discoveries I may write about them here.
testing patches made to bashblog script
since I'm using a linux desktop now in place of my windows 8.1 laptop, I can now sanely use linux commands such as gpg and rsync (and the bashblog script itself) to locally sign my posts and transmit them to my server with minimum effort. the original bashblog script relies heavily on GNUisms especially in the
date command, therefore requiring a little effort to adapt to alpine linux (which uses busybox and not coreutils) and the inability to use some of these odd GNU requirements. I wish people would pay attention to compatibility; everyone seems to focus only on GNU and BSD and completely forgets about POSIX standards and requirements.
anyway, this post should be signed (click
PGP signature near the top of this post to get a markdown version of the article along with the appended PGP signature). I will manually sign previous blog posts as well, for completeness.
busy this week, but I'm using Alpine Linux as my main operating system now, because I've grown tired of using Windows 8.1 on my laptop. I will get that set up with PGP and use it to sign my future (and possibly my past) blog posts.