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This week in KDE: fixing all the things

Plasma 5.17 was released this week to glowing reviews! As with most new releases, our loyal users wasted no time in finding all the bugs we missed! So you know what that means, right? We all burned the midnight oil fixing the problems you found, and Plasma 5.17.1 will be released in just a few […]

This week in KDE: fixing all the things — Adventures in Linux and KDE


Just last week, our air conditioner failed. In many parts of the country and this time of year, that wouldn’t be such a big deal. I live in the Southeast. It doesn’t get cold here for long and the temps during this time of year can easily reach 30°C or higher. Thus, AC is an important component of a properly functioning household.

Fortunately for us, this week has been pretty temperate. Typically we’ve had temps around 25-27°C, which is almost perfect. Couple that with ceiling fans and a house that doesn’t really get much direct sunlight (except the mornings), things were relatively okay.

Today, I’m working from home as these two fine gentlemen rip out the old air-handler and the outside unit, plus replace the thermostat with one that the manufacturer recommends (in this case, a Nest). I’ve gotten to thinking about a home savings account. I know there are insurance plans for this sort of thing, but I’d rather have a savings account where money goes into without my interaction and when stuff like appliances fail, or we need a new AC unit, we can dip into that fund.

Since I’m not really versed in finance, and I tend to spend money rather freely, I think this is pretty sage advice. Saving is not a new concept, but saving for these kinds of issues seems like one of those things that no one ever told me about in school. That also makes me wonder, are there any other types of personal financial tips or tricks that are simple in theory, but unless you stumble into it you wouldn’t know about them?


Web Development

I’ve been out of the game for a long time. I used to eat, sleep, breathe and talk web development. Drupal, mainly, but I was dealing with JavaScript in the form of a nascent Node.js and the initial notions that maybe we didn’t need all that jQuery for simple page interactions. The landscape was at least understandable and everything was contained in it’s own playing field.

Since then, JavaScript has exploded into basically everything, templates, UI components, threading and more. Node grew up and became a bloated mess that we require for everything, including desktop apps via Electron. And holy crap the framework and library world might as well be written in an entirely different language.

I’m not going to lie. I wish I could keep up. Just learning something new, like CSS grids is enough to soak up an afternoon. React, Vue and Angular don’t even seem like tools for websites, as much as they seem like replacements for them. Why bother with spicing up HTML when you could just let the language build the whole damn thing for you? I mean, other than requiring your users to bear the burden for generating and rendering the page. Oh, and we can run JavaScript on the server now, so yay for that?

Ugh. It feels like the world has passed me by. I guess I don’t mind, much of the stuff is not so much conceptually new as it is built in new ways using new language features or new methods of doing things. That’s not a bad thing. The state of the art has left me behind and I’m just reminiscing like the old man I am.

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I really have no reason to post this, but OPM is too good not to post.
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I’m Going Through Changes

Ah, the iOS app change logs. “Bug fixes and performance improvements”. How… descriptive. I know it’s not really something that Apple users are looking for in their updates, but as someone who has done development, I appreciate seeing them. Some developers, like 1Password, WordPress and a handful of others do a great job of outlining the things that were fixed from version to version. Most, however, are like the screenshot above.

Compare this with a typical change log on a Linux system (not all distros do this — RPM-based ones have it available).

I know it takes effort. Microsoft and Flickr should know better, though. They have scores of people who are able to add this kind of information to the app store change log.