Shortly this post is inspired by a Lukes video when he rumbles about todays search engines. https://odysee.com/@Luke:7/search-engines-are-totally-useless:c Most of the things I search on the web are related to the similar things over and over againg. So the results I get are almost always to the same handful of websites over and over again. Since my interest often lies in computers, programming and linux I truly get just handful of sites for my searches.
When I got a new computer a while ago I installed PulseAudio (PA) on it since I wanted to comfortably use USB headset and switching between it and my system soundcard. PA worked somehow fine but there where some problems with my favourite music player (Music On Console) but it could be to some degree mitigated with a patch. Later Archlinux pushed PipeWire as hard dependency of few packages I had installed (namely kwin and PulseEffects).
In mt opinion systemd is a huge pain. SystemD in my eyes is a tool developed by corporation (RedHat) for other corporations (their customers). RedHat guys (and other kinds) have many things (tools, configs, manuals, trainings, webinars…) prepared for it and thus it would be pain for them to stop using it. Other corporations like it because it has support from other corporation which they can call when there is a problem and it is mostly one package which contains almost all basic stuff they will need.
While modern people can use smart phones for almost anything, I came to conclusion that while it is jack of all trades it rarely gets things right. I do not know if it is because I am old fashioned or just too slow, I am unable to accept using touchscreen devices for longer than few minutes (moments). The main advantage in using specialized device is for me to have specialized functions such as special screen, better battery, keyboard or special keys/buttons, and overall environment which allows me to focus on the given task (or just relaxing) without being disturbed by some annoying notifications (Like most smart phones do when you use them a bit more).
Few years ago (4 or 5 I think) when I was downloading music in a hope of a higher quality the content was delivered in a 3 files, flac, cue and log. The flac file contains whole CD or album, cue is to describe where/when each song starts, ends, its name and author etc and log is a log from the program which made it. This is all nice and great if you are using some more complicated music player with library function which can create index of the songs contained in such files and play them accordingly from its UI.
Until “now” I was happy user of Jekyll static site generator, everything worked fine with it and blog was easy to manage. The major drawback of Jekyll (for me that is) is that it is written in Ruby and I never before worked with Ruby. Because of this I diceded to go the “easy” route and use docker image to simplify the initial installation and Jekyll management. The official docker image works fine, the only thing I needed to do was to add ruby gem local cache so it would not need to download all that mess over and over again (what a hell that is).
Some time ago on #artix IRC channel popped up a question on how to get the installed size of all packages in given repository and I together with other people on the channel created a one liner in shell to do exactly that. But before I have to mention that Pacman prints the “Installed size” value when we try to install packages. So one way is to try to install all packages but this can also include dependencies and may require some pacman magic which I am not aware of.
After a while I am writing about changes on this blog. The major changes in short are: New domain name. Self-hosted on VPS which is powered by Artix. Own git server powered by Gitea. Openring integration which provides links to articles from blogs I follow. For the future I plan some things, but the current setup is working fine so I have no idea when it will be done.
My another attempt to break the habit of being up until very late into the night and as such very tired the next day. For years I thought of configuring my computer to suspend at around night time so I will be somehow forced to go to sleep. Well, the main problem with this was that I only thought about it and never actually did any research on this subject.
Or how I spent a weekend. With the latest changes in ksyntaxhighlighting library the old themes (they are called “kateschema”) will become obsolete and one will have to either use some new theme and hope it will fit or try to adapt the old one and spent hours doing so. The old format is a bit complicated, the settings for one language can vary depending on the current file type. In other words you could have different settings if you opened CSS file directly or when styles were used in HTML.
There are times when one is happy with changes while the others curse at him. In similar situation is this nice change for me which makes Falkon much more usable in dark theme/mode. While this change brings a good improvements over the previous behaviour it also introduces new bugs which makes it hard to use even for me after I realized that such bugs are there. So, for now the changes were reverted and we should search for another way (probably much more complex?
When opening new tab in Falkon the white flash will be shown before actual website is displayed. This behaviour can be observed if one is using dark theme or opening link in new tab and expect website to be dark. Or by using Chromium flags to turn everything into dark mode. For a long time I disregarded this issue and lived on while always looking away. Yes, it never bothered me to the point I would like to get rid of it.
Introduction After a month at new work I realized I need a good way to manage my tasks and things todo lists. Managing things manually is not exactly what I wanted to do and even through the main operating system at work is M$ Windows I decided to try my luck and compile taskwarrior within Cygwin which is luckily present. After going through a bit of problems due to my lack of knowledge of how to do things under M$ Windows and to top it of I also added timewarrior.
Introduction I bought an SSD to replace classic slow HDD on home M$ Windows 10 machine. This SSD is a smaller than the original HDD (250 GB vs 500 GB) so I could not clone whole disk which I hope would be easier (anyway I will probably never know). Initial research Before I started I decided to check internet (DuckDuckGo) and asked how to migrate M$ Windows 10 from HDD to SSD.
Around a week ago YouTube switched my homepage to their new design with very big video previews which is suitable for tablets or smartphones but totally unusable on desktop with reasonable huge screen. So I searched a way how to disable it, but as almost always there was none. In the end I used “Feedback” function and described how unusable it is on desktop and now (at the time of writing this post) I have older homepage design.
Back in the year I bought a cheap Lenovo laptop with Intel and NVIDIA Optimus gpu. It was not great but I am unable to say it was bad, it still runs fine, so it was a good choice. Even though the Linux support for Optimus enabled gpu was kind of bad it was still manageable. At the time I decided to use Bumblebee + bbswitch (to disable the card), it worked fine.