Lazy Reading for 2017/03/05

A little meta, this week.

Your unrelated tea link of the week: In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing.  I actually heard about the quality of the tea (very good) before I heard about the way the company was formed.  Consider where your next tea purchase comes from, in light of this.

In Other BSDs for 2017/03/04

Slightly short this week, maybe because people are prepping for AsiaBSDCon?   I have plenty of links for tomorrow’s Lazy Reading.

Kernel modules in rc.conf, not loader.conf

The longstanding practice is to load kernel modules in loader.conf, as early as possible.  That’s good, for anything that needs them.

However, that also can be bad.  Your machine can be unbootable if there’s a problem with a module or loader.conf is messed up, since that file is read long before the startup process finishes.  Enter the new alternative: modules can be loaded in rc.conf, and the only loader.conf modules needed are those required by / to mount.

Lazy Reading for 2017/02/26

Another diverse link week, hooray!

Your unrelated item of the week: How Wegmans inspired the most rabid fanbase in the grocery world.  I live in the town where Wegmans started.  “Grocery fanbase” is a relative thing, but: yes, they are that good.

 

In Other BSDs for 2017/02/25

I measure the success of In Other BSDs by how many different BSD flavors I can reference.  This is a good week.

DIY RSS feed reads

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.

 

Lazy Reading for 2017/02/19

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)

In Other BSDs for 2017/02/18

Lots of storage this week.