Flatpak: adding another level of complexity to your Linux system with duplicate libraries, extra package management, and exciting new ways for compatibility to break between Flatpak and your desktop!
Apparently I signed up for Whale Weekly on an alternate email address that I stopped checking after last year’s Dracula Daily wrapped up.
I now have 53 emails from Ishmael.
So much for breaking it up into easily-digestable chunks.
The book, I mean. Not the whale.
I just got spam from “Evil Salad” with the subject, “Don’t eat this death vegetable”
Just realized my blog is old enough to drink.
I find it amusing that every time someone texts (or rarely, calls) my phone by accident because they typed someone else's number wrong, and I reply, “Sorry, I'm not ____, I think you have the wrong number,” they ALWAYS, without fail, reply with something along the lines of “Are you sure?”
Need to look up whether there’s a way in Android to keep a rarely-used app on pause as its default, so I can keep it installed and up to date for when I need it, but not worry about it doing anything behind my back or sending me notifications I don’t want.
This would be ideal for things like ride-hailing apps, where every once in a while I need it to track my location and send me a zillion notifications, preferably without downloading and installing a fresh copy, but the rest of the time I don’t want it running at all.
I know how to pause an app for the rest of the day, but it turns right back on in the morning. And I know the system will remove permissions from apps that haven’t been used in months (for some definition of “used,” anyway), but that’s an extra 3 months of the app still doing whatever it’s built to do in the background
Sigh…99% of search results are about disabling preinstalled apps.
But this app looks like the kind of thing I’m looking for:
I’d forgotten about the old task-killer/battery-management category. As several articles pointed out when I followed up on superfreeze, most of the use cases for them have been resolved over the years as batteries and Android’s background-process management have gotten better.
But this use case isn’t one that’s been resolved by the OS, and as long as the app doesn’t interfere with the built-in power management, it might do the trick.
A lot of cloud-based, client-server applications really should be client applications with some kind of sync solution.
I don’t need my shopping list to be reachable at any time from anywhere in the world. I need it to be on a handful of phones and maybe a laptop/desktop, and for changes on one device to show up on the others. That can be done with a web-based application, or a mobile app with its own backend. It can send updates halfway across the country to a dedicated central server so they can come back and reach the family member who’s at the store right now…
…but it can also be done by syncing changes peer-to-peer, or via a cloud-based relay, or building on a more general sync service like Dropbox or Nextcloud.
The web and cloud services have made the client-server model really easy to build for. As long as you know the client is always going to have a good network connection.
(Flashback to grocery shopping before they installed a new cell tower near the supermarket and we couldn’t even text each other “hey, I just remembered we need ___!” unless the one shopping was at the front of the store where the signal was just strong enough that an SMS message might show up. Obviously this would delay syncing too, but it’s another reason to keep a copy of the current data locally on the device.)
A related example where client-server makes more sense: actual shopping (whether arranging store pickup or buying something to be shipped). You need to know what’s available, what’s in stock, what the prices are…and so do all the store’s other customers.
The model for how people use it is a star: one central point (the store) and a bunch of rays connecting to it (the customers) and not to each other – so it matches a client-server structure.
Compared to the shopping list, where it might be built as a star, with the central server running it and lots of people connecting to it, but the actual use model is a small mesh: A handful of people and their devices sharing something among themselves.
Popped over here to make a post about my blog being down due to database server problems (my webhost recently upgraded it, and there’s almost always a shakedown period when they upgrade something), but my hand-coded and static-generated pages on the site are just fine.
First thing I saw was this post about the longevity of static websites vs. database-driven ones… https://octodon.social/@cwebber/111263813133092819 (cw suicide)
“No one is sure why, but in 1898 Rufus T. Owens of Central City, Colorado (elevation 9,000 feet) decided to build a submarine, which he named the Nautilus. He and a few friends launched it on nearby Missouri Lake. They ballasted it with three tons of rocks. Owens intended to captain the maiden voyage himself, but fortunately for him, the submarine sank before he had a chance to climb inside.”
Always interesting to read an opinion claiming something has a left-wing bias and then read an opinion claiming the same thing has a right-wing bias.
Once more for those in the back: Your kids’ school introducing them to multiple points of view is not indoctrination.
Your insistence that they only be exposed to your own point of view is.
“It’s just what I asked for, but not what I want.”
Good: Thunderbird is able to move messages from one IMAP account to another! Just drag and drop!
Bad: Gmail labels are translated to folders in IMAP clients, and deleting a message from a folder only deletes it from that folder – meaning Gmail keeps another copy in every other label you — or Gmail — put on that message, including Starred Items, Important, Promotions, Social, Updates, etc.
So if you want to move messages from Gmail to a new mail provider, you’re going to want to remove all those extra stars and categories, and set each message to only have one label, before you do it.
Oh fun…All Mail seems to work the same way. And possibly Inbox? (need to test that).
This add-on appears to find and delete duplicates in Thunderbird. Time to see how well it works on the stuff I already copied twice. I may be using it a lot as I move my archives over.
Move something out of the Gmail inbox to your other account’s folders, and it’s still in All Mail… and vice versa. (I wonder how that’s going to get resolved on the Gmail side.)
That explains why there are so many messages still in the All Mail folder. Even the ones I deleted through IMAP are still going to be in there.
Hmm, it looks like deleting works correctly, at least between Inbox and All Mail.
Why post a clean 15K PNG of your 5-color solid line art when you can post an 87K JPG with compression artifacts!
gotta love error messages that tell you to look in the wrong place.
“With a few quick selections, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the full Microsoft experience.”
Um… no thanks. I don’t want the full Microsoft experience.
[Skip for now]