Here’s one of the reasons to have your own permanent server: The New York Times has a daily feature called, not surprisingly, “The Daily“. It’s a short 15-20 minute news segment, ready by 6 AM. It’s available through Google Play Music or iTunes, but I leave for work by 6:15, and I don’t want to use up cell data downloading something that should arrive on my phone just before I leave the house. Of course, there’s no obvious way to tell Google Play, “I know it’s there; go get it right now”. I don’t know the iPhone experience, but I imagine it’s the same. I want to download on my time, not on Google or Apple’s schedule.
Luckily, there’s an RSS feed for this podcast. That, plus this simple script on my DragonFly system, means I can pull it down whenever I’m ready:
fetch -o – http://feeds.podtrac.com/zKq6WZZLTlbM | grep enclosure | cut -d ‘”‘ -f2 | xargs fetch -m
So, it’s a matter of running that script, and syncing off my own local storage, on my own schedule. FolderSync Lite will happily sync back to my phone using sftp.
If you are anywhere near KnoxBUG’s meeting place (mid-Tennessee, US), Joe Maloney will be presenting on OpenRC and TrueOS, tomorrow night. See the link for address and times.
It’s Lazy Reading Science week!
Your unrelated link of the day: Assault Trombone. Even if this was lethal, I couldn’t take it seriously. (via)
Lots of storage this week.
Are you on DragonFly-master? Are you using a Realtek network device? Sepherosa Ziehau has an update he would like you to test.
There was some issues with the DPorts repo, so you may need to reset your local copy. This only applies if you pulled down a copy in the last 48 hours or so. (update: or less, based on John’s comment) Otherwise, you are fine.
This week’s BSDNow has notes about the FOSDEM BSD Devroom, and a triple-shot of Brian Cantrill – all three interviews with him. If you’ve been watching BSDNow for a very long time, you may have seen one or several of them, but this is one long replay of all the interviews of an opinionated and lively speaker. (The first interview’s original episode is titled “Ubuntu Slaughters Kittens” for a reason.)
Rimvydas Jasinskas posted an extended description of what’s happening with dports. There’s a significant xorg reformatting coming in ports, which is going to be absorbed into dports, but it may take some time. There’s also an odd loss of commit rights for John Marino, who commits (frequently!) to both DragonFly and FreeBSD. (His followup) This all translates to some upcoming transition time for dports to accommodate these changes.
Note that if you are using dports binaries, especially on DragonFly 4.6 release, this won’t really affect you; the way dports is set up, binary sets always work. It is interesting to hear about future work, in any case.
This recent CPU frequency change will make your Skylake-using laptop much easier to deal with. Apparently this is a common problem with Skylake? (links via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
It’s all twofer links this week.
Your unrelated entertainment activities of the day: Places to Telnet. (indirectly via)
A lot of the real content this week is buried in the comments, strangely.
You’ll have to listen to understand how this 7 minutes of news summary was put together.
BSDNow is a day early, but it has an interview with Ken Moore about Lumina, TrueOS (nee PC-BSD) and desktop BSD in general.
You weren’t planning to do anything else today, right? Find some headphones.
Your unrelated link of the week: Bandcamp Daily. Curated daily presentations about a band or type of music, where the enthusiasm for any given esoteric sonic whatsit oozes through the writing and samples are there to back it up. Of course I would like it. Recent highlights from just the past few days: a history of doom metal; Kid Koala’s new album, and whatever this is.
Note the end this week of pc98, the most focused of niche platforms.
The vkernel(7) code has been going through a lot of changes, and instead of linking to the many smaller commits, I’ll point at Matthew Dillon’s latest change since it’s detailed. What’s the performance difference? I don’t know yet if this is for performance or for stability.
The title for BSDNow 179 is probably a takeoff on the same reference as archive.org. There’s some interesting notes about Wayland, of course, and POSIX, and also CyberChef which probably isn’t what you think from the name.
Reminder: “OS : The underlying overhead of computation“is happening tomorrow night with NYCBSD. Go if you can.
There will be pizza pie, and Raspberry Pi, for installing BSD, at the next KnoxBUG meeting, tomorrow, for those near Tennessee.
Note that it was originally scheduled for Tuesday and had to be moved up a night because of a conflict – so your schedule has changed even if you were already planning to go.
Not as many reading links as usual this week, but lots of BSD news yesterday. It ebbs and it flows.
Your unrelated comic of the week: “Your comment here“. Also “presentation“.