New Year - New Engine

Chyrp pretty much died (last update in 2016), Chyrp Lite‘s codebase is too different at this point (I have custom feathers, custom image processing and probably a few other things, and I don't remember at all how I did any of it), and having a website with an outdated CMS is a major security hole. I've heard of Jekyll, but hadn't thought much about Static Site Generators until I encountered Erik McClure's website (through a link to Pony Clicker). I saw what he did with his blog, though about what I needed for my blog and eventually decided to migrate to a static website. I had a choice between Jekyll and Hugo. Jekyll required a Ruby environment and had some dependencies, while Hugo was written in Go and was compiled into a single binary. Also SlackBuilds had Hugo and didn't have Jekyll. So Hugo it is.

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Well!

Hasn't that been a long time? I'm just so lazy nowadays I barely use PC (laptop) anymore. And why would I? Almost everything I need I can do on my phone. Any updates in my boring life I post on VK using the said phone. For games there are consoles. PC games? I barely played them to begin with, and I already played nearly all games I wanted to play to my heart's content. Mainly Borderlands 2 of which I currently have 577 hours of play time. But I guess I'll post a brief update post to bring no one who reads this blog up to date. So, let's open my VK feed and I start ‘splaining.

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There's something I want to try

First thing is a very short AMV not unlike the ones AMV Hell consists of. I've had this idea about making a Naruto AMV with a specific song for a couple of years now but I just kept forgetting. Second, recently, I found myself wanting some youtubers I watch to give a shout out to a few games from my school days. Obviously, this is virtually impossible because a) there's no way of reaching them when they have millions of fans and b) the resulting video most likely won't be entertaining for their audience.

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PulseAudio in Slackware

This is a work in progress that I later plan to post on http://docs.slackware.com/. Look in the comments section for changelog.

Today, 2015-05-12, while I was forced to work as a secretary during a slow season, I had nothing to do, so I remembered this post on LQ and decided to write some sort of a HOWTO for PulseAudio. I do not possess extensive knowledge about PulseAudio, nor do I even use it on a regular basis, but I do have some experience with it and want to provide at least a base that can be later extended by other members of Slackware community. This article was written by memory (plus some googling), so I'll need to improve it later.

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Slackware universal install USB

Last Sunday, after upgrading my old netbook (ASUS Eee PC 900) from Debian Wheezy to Jessie, I decided to try Debian Jessie Live on my laptop. Unfortunately, the provided image couldn't boot in UEFI environment, so I had to switch booting mode from UEFI to legacy. After playing with the distro for a while (it had problems with my wireless card's drivers), I changed the booting mode back to UEFI and rebooted. To my surprise, there wasn't Slackware option in the boot menu anymore. It looks like changing the booting mode changes something in UEFI settings. Anyway, I needed my Slackware, so I booted my rescue USB with Parted Magic. It was a bit dated (version from June, 2014), maybe that's why efibootmgr (v0.5.3) refused to work with my laptop's UEFI firmware. At least I confirmed that my ELILO files were intact in EFI partition, so all I needed was efibootmgr to add an option to the boot menu. Somehow I didn't think about booting into Windows 8.1, which I also have on my laptop, to add a boot option to UEFI, but if I did that it wouldn't be so interesting, would it?

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Mirror mirror on the wall...

I finally set up a mirror for Slackware 14.1 and -current (both i686 and x86_64) as well as multilib for 14.1. Here are the links:

http://mirror.t-rg.ws/slackware/

ftp://mirror.t-rg.ws/slackware/

rsync://mirror.t-rg.ws/slackware/

Mirrors are updated every 2 hours. Be warned, however, that FTP access is VERY limited: only 4 clients at a time with no more than 2 connections per IP.

I may add other not too big repos in the future.

They say...

…that the Linux distributions are many. But there aren't actually that many of them. Sure, there are literally thousands of so called “distributions” that quite a lot of software developers complain about, but if you look at them, almost all of them are spin-offs (and compatible ones) of just a few major distributions. How did I come to this conclusion? I became bored and wanted to try something new. But when I looked around, I didn't see anything new.

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fsLeg

It turned out, that I need a full featured website much less than a simple blog. I don’t want to have a blog on Tumblr, but I do like their implementation of it, so I went with Chyrp, which is pretty close. But then Chyrp died, so I moved to Hugo. The blog is NSFW, as I might occasionally post some pr0n and other disturbing stuff.

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