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Certified printer fumes
After losing a fair bit of hair due to quality and reliability issues with our home laser multifunctional (Brother DCP1600-series, which we bought after checking it was meant to work on Linux… And it does, but with a very buggy, proprietary driver — Besides being the printer itself of quite low quality), we decided it was time to survey the market again, and get a color inkjet printer. I was not very much an enthusiast of the idea, until I found all of the major manufacturers now offer refillable ink tanks instead of the darn expensive cartridges of past decades....

Fresh, daily built Debian images for your Raspberries (finally!)
So, after I took over –or at least, said to take over– maintainership of the Raspberry Pi build images originally produced by Michael Stapelberg in mid-2018, I pushed very few updates. Yes, there was some good and visible work, migrated the image-spec repository from GitHub to Salsa, ironed out several outstanding issues, and –most important for me– managed to get an image built and running for all Raspberry models below the Raspberry Pi 4 Today, I am happy to announce a very good step in the right direction, so I am now… Announcing raspi.debian.net! I have registered and set up...

For real...
Our good friend, Octavio Méndez «Octagesimal», passed away due to complications derived from COVID-2019. Long-time free software supporter, very well known for his craft –and for his teaching– with Blender. Great systems administrator. 45 year old, father of two small girls, husband of our dear friend Claudia. We are all broken. We will miss you. For real, those that can still do it: Stay safe. Stay home.

Made in what?
Say… What? Just bought a 5-pack of 64GB USB keys. Am about to test them to ensure their actual capacity. … And the label is… Actually true! For basically anything we are likely to encounter, specially in electronics. But still, it demands a photo before opening. How come I’ve never come across anything like this before? :-] update Of course, just opening the package yielded this much more traditional (and much more permanent) piece of information:

Made with Creative Commons at FIL Minería
Book presentation! Again, this message is mostly for people that can be at Mexico City on a relatively short notice. Do you want to get the latest scoop on our translation of Made with Creative Commons? Are you interested in being at a most interesting session presented by the two officials of Creative Commons Mexico chapter, Irene Soria (@arenita) and Iván Martínez (@protoplasmakid) and myself? Then… Come to the always great 41 Feria Internacional del Libro del Palacio de Minería! We will have the presentation next Monday (2020.02.24), 12:00, in Auditorio Sotero Prieto (Palacio de Minería). How to get there?...

Migrated to Jekyll
I first started this blog back in October 2004. Back then, I used a now-defunct blog engine written by some friends of mine — JAWS, or Just Another Weblog System. My blog remained with JAWS for four years, but by February 2008, I decided to switch over to Drupal 5; I needed to properly evaluate it in order to use it at work, so I migrated my blog to use Drupal instead. And behold! You can still look at my half-decent and quite long (and specific to my site) JAWS to Drupal 5 migration script! The upgrade to Drupal 6...

GR vote — init systems
For Debian followers, it should not be a surprise: a new General Resolution regarding the init systems is underway, trying to finally settle the set of issues that stem from the way our project works, following the 2014-003 vote, init system coupling. Back in 2014, I find it quite understandable the project was not in a collective mental state that would have allowed for closure after the infamously long and flamey bug #727708. As others have shared theirs, and given this is a non-secret vote (choices will be spelt out once the vote is done), I am doing so as...

My greedy hands are full of books! (Made With Creative Commons) @ccmx @creativecommons @xattack @scannopolis
FINALLY! Made with Creative Commons is translated to Spanish, printed, and available! Over two years after starting the project, 976 commits, getting involved in long processes (besides the scope we originally envisioned, such as waiting for the translation to be refereed or going over two quite long rounds of copyediting), after leading a team of five translators to Spanish and working closely with a similar team that’s quite close to publishing the equivalent translation in Norwegian… Behold! I won’t get again in details on the contents of this book, as I have repeatedly talked about it in the blog. The...

Made with Creative Commons ⇒ Hecho con Creative Commons. To the printer!
I am very happy to tell you that, around 2.5 years after starting the translation project, today we sent to the presses the Spanish translation for Creative Commons’ book, Made with Creative Commons! This has been quite a feat, on many fronts — Social, technical, organizational. Of course, the book is freely redistributable, and you can get it at IIEc-UNAM’s repository. As we are producing this book from DocBook sources, we will also be publishing an EPUB version. Only… We need to clear some processes first (i.e. having the right department approve it, get a matching ISBN record, etc.) and...

Presenting a webinar: Privacy and anonymity: Requisites for individuals' security online
I was invited by the Mexican Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC MX) to present a webinar session addressing the topics that motivated the project I have been involved for the past two years — And presenting some results, what we are doing, where we are heading. ISOC’s webinars are usually held via the Zoom platform. However, I felt it directly adversarial to what we are doing; we don’t need to register with a videoconference provider if we can use Jitsi! So, the webinar will be held at https://meet.jit.si/WebinarISOC. Of course, I am aware that if we reach a given...


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