852

That’s the official count of Propaganda Tiles, according to Bowie Poag himself. These 852 were created by Bowie; someone else took over and added about 200 more. Those aren’t quite the same quality, so Bowie and I decided these 852 are canon, and the others are not. So my programming project will be focused only […]

The Creator

This morning, I had a lengthy Facebook chat conversation with none other than Bowie Poag, the creator of the Propaganda tiles. He was flattered that someone remembers his work from 20 years ago. I found him through a group for Chicago area Diversi-Dial users. Way back when, a Diversi-Dial (or DDial) was a remarkably versatile […]

Kicking the Habit

For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been a devoted Apple user. I have a MacBook (with TouchBar), a 12.9″ iPad Pro, and a 256GB iPhone X. But as of the first of the year, I’ve gotten hooked into KDE and the open source software culture. Being accepted and invited to participate and contribute […]

Downtime, technical and personal

To my millions of devoted readers, I apologize for the recent downtime. From time to time, the script kiddies decide it’s a good time to try breaking into any WordPress sites they can find. This is one of them. Thankfully, my hosting service, NearlyFreeSpeech.net (blatant plug), is clever enough to detect these incoming attacks and […]

Training an AI

Artificial intelligence systems aren’t born smart. They have to be taught and trained. If you’ve got an iPhone, you might remember training Siri by repeating a few phrases, like “Hey Siri, it’s me”. That’s how it learns your voice – accurately. I believe Amazon’s Alexa has a similar feature. But these guys have a head […]

Henrik

Spectacle is KDE’s program for taking screenshots. I’d been pointed to its list of “junior jobs” – open bugs that should be fixable by new, aspiring, still-learning, wannabe contributors. I chose one that sounded interesting and within my ability to fix. It involved adding a command to prevent the display of a popup window that […]

Triaging Leads To Fixing

As that more-senior KDE contributor wrote on Reddit, keep looking through the bug reports. Maybe you’ll find one you can fix. I spent some time going through the day’s bug reports, trying to confirm or replicate the reported error. I ran across a number of interesting problems. Some I could recreate, others I couldn’t. At […]

Sidebar: Stockholm

I’m writing this from a hotel room in Stockholm. We’re on a break from life in the States, visiting chilly but pleasant Scandinavia. Yesterday was a 5-hour train ride from Copenhagen, via the ├śresund Bridge, as I first saw it in the Danish/Swedish crime series “The Bridge” (“Bron/Broen“). There wasn’t much to see except snowy, […]

Getting Hooked On KDE

It hasn’t been that long, but I’ve already forgotten what first got me hooked on KDE. I’d used Linux in the past, but only in a passing, utilitarian way. Something about KDE caught my eye, though. Maybe it was the eye candy of the Plasma desktop. Maybe it was learning that Plasma is powered by […]