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    The trick here is that the bar will disappear when you fill it up. My bar disappeared when I donated the remaining balance. If you’re still seeing your bar, it means you need to donate the remaining balance.

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      Huh? I donated before the bar was put there, I still see it. What do you mean by “remaining balance”?

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        I think zg was going for humor, that if someone wants to donate all of the remaining amount to reach the goal, the fundraiser will end and the bar will be removed.

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          what’s “humor”?

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      I’m so glad I moved to my own domain, own email, own calendar, own contacts, own backup, own you-name-it server. I replaced every conceivable cloud provider that I was consuming and to this day I am very glad that I took the time to do it because it’s shit like this that I get to chuckle at.

      I highly encourage anyone who depends on any cloud provider to ask yourself this: do I like the service I’m being provided? Are there alternatives I could run myself? It’s questions like these that led me to obtain the experience I needed to land a job.

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        Could you expand?

        Where do you host your services? How much time did it take for you to set it up? How much maintenance does it need? Also did you have any problems with mobile?

        Lately outside of mail I’m thinking about photos hosting. I would like to tag photos and a camera icons dedicated to certain tags.

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          Sorry, let me clarify one point: I do rely on one cloud provider: DigitalOcean. I run my email, contacts, and calendar services within a droplet on DigitalOcean. I routinely have backups scpd from the VPS to my local machine which has a 8 TB RAID setup, which is where I backup other things as well. I also run my own webdav service which allows me to sync up documents between my laptop and iPhone.

          I could technically avoid the reliance on DigitalOcean if I purchased my own hardware and placed it into a colocated datacenter, but that would be costly, and it kind of goes a bit beyond the idea of no cloud provider dependency. I’m fine with relying on DigitalOcean because I know that I have backups in case I need to switch to a different provider.

          I also purchase CDs and import them to iTunes then sync them onto my iPhone. The frustrations of dealing with bad LTE coverage led me to make this choice a long time ago, and I’ve been happy ever since.

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            I am on fastmail and it works just fine. Comes with mail, contacts, calendar and cloud storage.

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              But that’s not what OP meant, is it? Replacing one provider with another is not “my own domain, own email, own calendar, own contacts, own backup, own you-name-it server”. Also he said: “I replaced every conceivable cloud provider”.

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                I think there is a big difference between fastmail and google, namely that fastmail is not an ad company and you pay for your mail/calendar etc.

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          There clearly is a spectrum of possible ways we could think about how to program the problems we’re trying to solve. As we have seen in the course of the last 100 years or so, some paradigms have stood out more than others, while others have had their good parts taken from them.

          I would argue that the very early paradigms stood out because they were easy to understand and iterate on. The last 20 years or so has shown that paradigms had to shift to accommodate to scale, i.e. when the Internet started to take off, developers had to go from handling a dozen users to handling upwards of a few billion users. I think that the “scale paradigm shift” is coming to an end since we’ve got many services on the Internet which can accommodate to massive scale.

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            Be aware of an efficient markets fallacy or purposeful evolution fallacy here. Our current paradigm makes it possible to build services at internet scale, and there are a small handful of successful examples. This is not the same as having converged on a paradigm for building at scale, nor is it the same as having found the best or even a good paradigm for building at scale.

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            Work:

            • I can’t talk about it.

            Personal:

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              Awesome ! I’m also reading this learn Haskell from Chris, I’ve started the CIS194.

              Thanks for H99, that should be a nice complement if I want more exercises.

              Are your sharing your learning experience anywhere?

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                I’m not sure what I’d share in my learning experience, to be honest. Most of what I’ve learned is tricks that are succinctly shown in the challenge solutions.

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              In November of last year, RC announced that they’d be experimenting with “mini” one-week batches. Being away from work for just one week felt very reasonable - it’s about as disruptive as going to a conference, but much more educational! It seemed like my time had come!

              Well, this suddenly makes attending the Recurse Center much more appealing.

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                You should attend! It was a great experience.

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                  I would apply if I could find a project I thought I could focus on! As a mere self-taught web developer, I feel like I’m not ready yet. I have a long way to go in terms of basic knowledge (mostly low level languages, some algorithms) before being able to focus on something meaty for a week. But I would like to do something compiler related.

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                    As a mere self-taught web developer, I feel like I’m not ready yet.

                    If you knew you were ready then there wouldn’t be anything to learn. :)

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                      NAND2Tetris is a pretty popular choice for people wanting to learn more low-level computing. And I don’t think “mere” is a good word to describe someone learning enough of a complex topic with several different paradigms at work like full-stack web dev up to a level that they can be gainfully employed at it.

                      Edit: Also, I think people see the applying similarly to tech job interviewing. The shape is there, but Recurse doesn’t strongly filter on technical ability. If someone can write programs and want to learn more, that’s enough.

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                        NAND2Tetris is a pretty popular choice for people wanting to learn more low-level computing.

                        That is a neat book. It would definitely be a fun project for RC given it covers several areas simultaneously… CPU, compilers, low-level software… without overwhelming reader.

                        Only thing skimming it made me wonder was what would be next thing to read on that topic to build digital design skills. Something that was an incremental step giving useful skills instead of a huge leap. Did you or anyone else here get a solid recommendation about what to read next?

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                        I would apply if I could find a project I thought I could focus on!

                        That’s me. The write-up’s people have done about the RC experience make it seem pretty incredible. I’d love to go there to just chill, focus on some projects, and listen to all those other people are doing. I’m just not sure what one or two things I’d focus on with a whole week of free time and good environment. I’d kind of want to make that time really count with the right projects. Staying focused is also a personal weakness of mine, though, as many have probably noticed.

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                          Then find the time for it. Take an hour out of your free time to organize your free time, i.e. find what you can cut out of your schedule to start working on “the right project.”

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                            That’s good advice. I guess it’s a discipline thing I gotta work out. I’m too easily distracted esp by good learning opportunities. :)

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                    What is the current state of Plan 9 development?

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                      9front is actively developed.

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                        Is 9front usable on desktop? By usable, I mean that there’s some mail client (I don’t mind CLI, I use Mutt anyway), some audio / video player (mpv is just fine) and some browser that understands modern websites (yeah, I hate JS too, but it’s inavoidable). I guess the last part is the worst :)

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                          The last part is indeed the worst. For web browsing, there’s mothra and that’s about it. Mothra does not support JavaScript. Here is the relevant bit of the FQA.

                          Russ Cox described his motivation for creating Plan 9 from User Space like this:

                          I ran Plan 9 from Bell Labs as my day to day work environment until around 2002. By then two facts were painfully clear. First, the Internet was here to stay; and second, Plan 9 had no hope of keeping up with web browsers. Porting Mozilla to Plan 9 was far too much work, so instead I ported almost all the Plan 9 user level software to FreeBSD, Linux, and OS X.

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                            Yes there’s a mail client, playing videos depends on the format, modern browser…no, by design mostly.

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                              there is no support for video playback at all.

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                                What can you use 9front for? I don’t mean playing in VirtualBox or whatever VM software you use, but for serious usage. I’ve always wanted to play with it more, but playing just for the sake of playing with it makes me isn’t interesting for me :)

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                                  The system excels at manipulating text. It can playback most popular audio formats, and it can display many popular image and document formats. It does not (currently) have any support for video playback. There is no modern web browser (the native browser, mothra(1), ignores CSS, js, and many HTML tags). The system includes a PC emulator called vmx(1) that is capable of hosting Linux or OpenBSD, but currently the guest’s framebuffer is emulated entirely in software, so performance is pretty awful, and programs like web browsers are barely usable.

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                                    Now, that is something, thanks!

                                    What about use as a server? Since this is Plan9-derivative, I assume all Plan9 servers (CPU, Auth, 9P etc. are available). I can also see the included HTTP server. Can it use TLS? What about others protocols (like XMPP, DNS authoritative server etc.)?

                                    I see there’s a port of OpenSSH, but it’s at version 4.7, which can’t do ED25510 :/ Is there any other SSH client (I mean, one written for 9front)?

                                    I hope you don’t get angry by my questions, I just want to know what I can use 9front for. You kind of made me again interested in it, so I’ll install 9front on a spare PC.

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                                      I’m the admin for basically all of the 9front official websites, and the cat-v.org sites, all hosted on 9front for several years. TLS is supported, but there is no support for SNI, so the end result is most current mobile browsers will refuse the self-signed/wrong-domain-name certificate. I also host all my DNS on 9front, pushing updates automatically to slaves at dns.he.net.

                                      You didn’t ask about mail, but all the 9front mailing lists are also hosted on 9front, with upas(1) and a rather primitive mailing list manager called ml(1). I also host my personal e-mail with upas(1).

                                      The system includes a native SSH2 client called ssh(1).

                                      http://fqa.9front.org is probably the best overall resource for information about the system. It includes links and pointers to most other relevant sources. Unfortunately it tends to lag behind the current state of the system at times, mainly because of time comstraints.

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                                    The Introduction To Plan 9 from the 9front FQA might interest you.

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                                      I read it, I used 9front for a few hours some time ago, so I’m not a complete newcomer.

                                      What I miss is some overview of available software. I can see that there is https://bitbucket.org/mveety/9front-ports, but it doesn’t seem official.

                                      EDIT: Nvm, just found https://code.9front.org/hg/ports/

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                                          Thanks, that’s what I was asking for.

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                                      I’d really like to get around to porting emacs to Plan 9. That might be the sort of work I could actually do. I’d love to port Firefox to Plan 9, but … that just isn’t going to happen.

                                      It’s a pity, because emacs & a web browser are the only things that Plan 9 is really missing.

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                                        I think it really needs a hardware accelerated graphics stack. Things would improve dramatically after that.

                                        I would love it if the plumber can talk to my phone. An Android/iOS app that reads a web link from plumb and display it on the phone would solve the browser problem.

                                        As to the editor… just use acme.

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                                          it’s trivial to plumb a link to a script that opens ssh to a remote host and runs a command.

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                                            I would love it if the plumber can talk to my phone. An Android/iOS app that reads a web link from plumb and display it on the phone would solve the browser problem.

                                            I’d think that could easily be doable with a small Android app to listen for GCM messages.

                                            As to the editor… just use acme.

                                            But that wouldn’t be emacs, and emacs is what I want to use:-)

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                                            emacs has been ported to plan 9 more than once.

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                                              Really? I did a quick googling, but no joy. Is it in the main emacs tree?

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                                                looks like i’m not able to reply from mothra.

                                                there were a couple of (old) ports on sources, which i think is permanently down. there exists a mirror at http://9p.io.

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                                  Yay, I’m a hat doffing guinea pig! 😆

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                                    And let us hope that @journeysquid never doffs the banana king hat.

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                                      That was hilarious. Thanks for sharing it.

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                                    RackSpace still uses it, and they’re a relatively large service provider similar to AWS (in their offerings, not userbase).

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                                      Rackspace is now also an AWS/Azure/GoogleCloud consulting company. They seem to have given up on the direct competition part.

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                                      I’d like to volunteer as a moderator. I’m here: https://linkedin.com/in/zzatkin

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                                        This looks horrendously unreadable.

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                                          It’s actually interactive. You can click a button like ‘m’ (or hit m on the keyboard) and see shortcuts available when you’re composing a new message. If you are actually using mutt this makes more sense than a huge list of modes & hotkeys in groupings.

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                                            Aha, that explains it. I was viewing the page via my iPhone.

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                                            I agree - different colours could have been chosen.

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                                            My site won’t allow this due to Content Security Policy. 😏 Incidentally, I’m also able to happily open suspicious emails in Squirrelmail because of the same fact, which is an interesting defense against spam.

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                                                If I understand the problem correctly, I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Consul + consul-template.

                                                You’ll first want to set up a consul cluster of 3 or 5 hosts (for redundancy) then configure consul as an agent as well as consul-template templates on the hosts that need to get their configuration dynamically updated. The configuration that you want can be pulled from the Consul key-value store. This key-value store can also be used for “any number of purposes, including dynamic configuration, feature flagging, coordination, leader election, and more.”

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                                                  I love ncdu.

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                                                    du just doesn’t cut it for me. Unless I have time and remember how to use sort correctly.

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                                                    Think of something you’re terrible at and tackle it head on. Look for the awesome list for it on GitHub (search for “awesome ”). Look up YouTube videos. Read research papers. Study. Study. Study. Ask questions. Stupid questions. Seek a community to participate in for it.

                                                    Once you’ve mastered your weaknesses, your baseline will be much higher.

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                                                      I’m setting up my base station for amateur radio! I just got a power supply and antenna for my IC-7100, and I’ll be listening on the air soon.

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                                                        Nice, I always wanted to get into ham radio but never managed to make enough free time.

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                                                          It’s never too late! http://www.eham.net/newham/

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                                                            What discouraged me was the sheer amount of real estate a setup would take on my desk. I don’t have the luxury of having a free room to dedicate to the hobby, so my study would have to house all the extra kit, which I simply don’t think it would!

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                                                              A handheld radio is not much bigger than a cell phone and it’s a good first radio to purchase. No need to buy a huge base station until you’ve gotten more familiar with the hobby!

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                                                        This is so cool that I’m nearly inspired to pick it up as a new hobby of my own! (Along with the other countless number of hobbies I have…)

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                                                          I do suggest checking out lightweight methods such as Alloy Analyzer or learntla.com first. Will give you a taste of that kind of thinking and possibly immediate benefits without the pain of heavy stuff. If you like that, then Software Foundations or Certified Programming in Dependent Types are books to check out.

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                                                          I don’t speak CPU low level stuff very well, but IIRC the Management Engine was the thing that MINIX was used in. One of those vulns references the kernel—is that MINIX here?

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                                                            At least for the ME portions of the review, likely yes.

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                                                            Excellent.

                                                            But anybody who knows Cisco knew this already.

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                                                              Pretty slick.

                                                              I wrote a very simple tool to generate a provincial holiday calendar for the next 15-20 years from the government’s description of holidays (“Second Monday in October”). We might eventually need to switch to something like this since time zones are definitely one of the things I didn’t need to consider on the first quick implementation.

                                                              It was a fun project, and I found out that calculating Easter is actually surprisingly complex.

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                                                                My goodness, you weren’t kidding about Easter. From Wikipedia:

                                                                Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary.

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                                                                  I did this years ago when I was tasked to enter holidays into our homegrown activity tracker.

                                                                  Calculating Easter has been a problem for literally thousands of years: the Latin term computus refers to it.

                                                                  Luckily this means it’s a “solved problem”, for me the Perl module Date::Calc was the solution with its Easter_Sunday function. From the documentation is uses the Gauss algorithm from 1800.

                                                                  Ugly hacky code derived from that work here.

                                                                  Edit Swedish public holidays are pretty simple compared to other countries.

                                                                  1. There are holidays on fixed dates (Christmas, May day, National day)
                                                                  2. There are holidays that depend on Easter
                                                                  3. There are holidays that fall on certain date ranges (Midsummer’s day, All Saint’s day)

                                                                  There are no compensatory bank holidays if a date-based holiday falls on a weekend.

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                                                                    The whole “public holidays” problem is an interesting one. I’d love for there to be a public dataset of holidays which could be imported or queried via API. Unfortunately, it seems like quite a difficult problem!

                                                                    https://opendata.stackexchange.com/questions/1926/list-of-public-holidays-by-countries

                                                                    The closest I’ve come to is using the Google Calendar listings, although I wouldn’t want to use it for anything other than personal use (see stackexchange thread above).

                                                                    https://github.com/novafloss/workalendar also looks interesting, albeit incomplete.

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                                                                      A database like that would be akin to the TZ database, but even harder to maintain.

                                                                      Edit I now see that’s essentially what the SO discussion says…

                                                                      In the end I believe having an open calendar standard so various people (like, for example, government agencies) can simply craft their own and distribute as they see fit.