In-reply-to » No-one probably noticed, but the Twtxt Search Engine has been down for several days, and I've burned all the budget (well and truly) already 🤣 This has been due to a data corruption event, and I've had to a) fix the data corruption and b) migrate to Bitcask v2 where I'm continuing to make reliability improvements on the KV store used in a lot of my projects.

And it’s back! With hopefully minimal data-loss. Generally speaking Bitcask is designed to be pretty fault tolerant, in that if a data corruption occurs, you only corrupt the last key/value pair written to the WAL (write-ehad-log).

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No-one probably noticed, but the Twtxt Search Engine has been down for several days, and I’ve burned all the budget (well and truly) already 🤣 This has been due to a data corruption event, and I’ve had to a) fix the data corruption and b) migrate to Bitcask v2 where I’m continuing to make reliability improvements on the KV store used in a lot of my projects.

Sorry about this, it’ll be back up shortly 😅

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In-reply-to » 👋 Okay folks, let's startup the Yarn.social calls again.

I might join from mum’s house (on the phone), as she just asked me this evening to come by early to help her with a few things on her backyard. 😩

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In-reply-to » QOTD: Which web search engine do you use? 😂

On a more serious note, is there a viable alternative search engine that doesn’t suck today? One that doesn’t get into this “AI” nonsense? 🤔

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In-reply-to » Google Search's 'udm=14' Trick Lets You Kill AI Search For Good An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you're tired of Google's AI Overview extracting all value from the web while also telling people to eat glue or run with scissors, you can turn it off -- sort of. Google has been telling people its AI box at the top of search results is the future, and you can't turn it off, but that ignores how ... ⌘ Read more

How about we put a pin in the “AI” garbage (Gemini included) until we’ve figured out how to make build a system that has any level of cognitive capability and understanding of concepts? Let’s toss this autocomplete garbage in the bin, the auto-complete we’ve built over the last few decades works great and consumes next to no energy at all. This so-called ‘AI” is worse than the fucking Cryptocurrency hyped up craze in terms of energy waste. 🤦‍♂️ #AI #Sucks

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Google Search’s ‘udm=14’ Trick Lets You Kill AI Search For Good
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you’re tired of Google’s AI Overview extracting all value from the web while also telling people to eat glue or run with scissors, you can turn it off – sort of. Google has been telling people its AI box at the top of search results is the future, and you can’t turn it off, but that ignores how … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » Lol, somebody reverse-engineered the secret API to tell Windows that some snake oil is installed: https://github.com/es3n1n/no-defender

@movq@www.uninformativ.de it is an interesting thing to do. I mean, he found a way to fool Defender, but why? A disabled Defender is worthless, and that’s what he is doing. If I were to use Microsoft Windows, I would want the Defender to be bonafide active.

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In-reply-to » Lol, somebody reverse-engineered the secret API to tell Windows that some snake oil is installed: https://github.com/es3n1n/no-defender

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org I’m so glad that I don’t have anything to do with the modern Windows world … Must be really annoying to waste one’s time on stuff like this. 🥴

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In-reply-to » @bender Maybe I'll get back into it at some point. I think it would be a little excessive to have a standard twtxt, a rich twtxt, and a Nostr feed, not to mention a regular blog and a separate "notes" section on my website.

@mckinley@twtxt.net I am researching a bit on crossposting. I have a couple of Hugo static notes, for example, Netbros, and I figured that by using Algia, a Nostr CLI client, I can crosspost from Hugo to Nostr quite easily with something like:

cat hugo_post.md | algia n --article-title "A long post test" --article-name "A long post test" --article-summary "This is a long post test. Let's see if it works as intended." --stdin

Same approach can be used with twtxt, or anything else!

Having my own relay ensures my notes in it remain for as long as the relay runs, at the very least. Of course, you can post to more than one relay.

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In-reply-to » Regarding https://www.uninformativ.de/blog/postings/2024-05-23/0/POSTING-en.html: I remember using Star $Something back in the days. I don't remember the exact name anymore and none of the screenshots of StarOffice look familiar. Hmm. I have a green UI in mind. Not sure if I completely hallucinate it or whether that was actually the case. It was a commercial software, not freeware, we had to buy it, I think.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de No, LibreOffice didn’t exist back then. :-D The user interface was somehow green. No clue.

TeXNicCenter is either dead or just finished. All features implemented and all bugs fixed. That’s the thing, one doesn’t know with completed software. ;-)

(Lol, there was a fuzz on my screen. Just perfectly aligned, so it looked like an accent grave and I was wondering how the quote got corrupted. :-D)

Agreed, a lot of people don’t need the real document structure markup.

I actually cannot remember when I wrote my last letter using LaTeX. Maybe it was some kind of termination letter for a service that could not be cancelled online. It must have been a few years ago. The last “proper-ish” use of LibreOffice was at the end of last year when printing a quiz and map for the scouts I think.

Today, I was in a meeting where a workmate gave a talk. I noticed the LaTeX beamer look and feel and was intrigued. He said, that he cobbled together the corporate design, but it’s not ready for official use yet. But that’s really cool. My last prepared presentation with LaTeX beamer was in my previous company a few years back. But I didn’t care about corporate design at all.

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In-reply-to » Regarding https://www.uninformativ.de/blog/postings/2024-05-23/0/POSTING-en.html: I remember using Star $Something back in the days. I don't remember the exact name anymore and none of the screenshots of StarOffice look familiar. Hmm. I have a green UI in mind. Not sure if I completely hallucinate it or whether that was actually the case. It was a commercial software, not freeware, we had to buy it, I think.

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org Hmm, I don’t know of a green-ish Office suite. I mean, LibreOffice is green, but that’s not what you mean. 😅

Ahhh, TeXNicCenter! Many people in Uni used this. What happened to it, is it dead? The last release is from 10 years ago. 🫤

Admittedly, it took me a while to figure out and appreciate all the advantages of actually marking up the document structure properly.

Same here, to be honest. I think it was HTML which changed that eventually. 🤔 Not sure if any “ordinary” users that I know use semantic markup, but then again, none of them write any documents that need this. And in reality, most people are more concerned (rightfully so) with the actual appearance of their document – so it is an extra step to first mark something as a heading and then change the document style to get the appearance they actually want. That’s why I think that all the “Works”-like suites aren’t complete rubbish. They have their place.

These days I rarely reach for LaTeX or LibreOffice to craft new stuff in my private life. Simple text files is usually it.

I was going to ask “but how do you write letters”, and then I realized that the last letter I’ve written was in 2022. 😂 It has become super rare indeed.

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Regarding https://www.uninformativ.de/blog/postings/2024-05-23/0/POSTING-en.html: I remember using Star $Something back in the days. I don’t remember the exact name anymore and none of the screenshots of StarOffice look familiar. Hmm. I have a green UI in mind. Not sure if I completely hallucinate it or whether that was actually the case. It was a commercial software, not freeware, we had to buy it, I think.

My first LaTeX distribution was MiKTeX with – if I remember correctly – the TeXNicCenter. A bit later on Linux I used Kile as my LaTeX editor. LaTeX produces the worst error messages I’ve ever come across. So compile early and often. But the results are amazing.

I know people who never make use of headings and the like to this day. Bold, italics, underline etc. is all they use. Despite writing larger documents. Admittedly, it took me a while to figure out and appreciate all the advantages of actually marking up the document structure properly.

These days I rarely reach for LaTeX or LibreOffice to craft new stuff in my private life. Simple text files is usually it. RST and Markdown if it has to be more fancy.

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In-reply-to » A careless rm -rf just got me, big time. I realized what had happened and stopped it in less than a second, but it had already deleted ~3000 (70 GiB) of files I didn't want to delete. Luckily I had backups in Restic.

@mckinley@twtxt.net Nice! Restic is great! I’ve restored mostly my pod data at various times 🤣

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A careless rm -rf just got me, big time. I realized what had happened and stopped it in less than a second, but it had already deleted ~3000 (70 GiB) of files I didn’t want to delete. Luckily I had backups in Restic.

Fun fact: This is the first time I’ve had to restore more than a file or two from any of my Restic repositories.

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In-reply-to » I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for years now, worked fine. Today it’s down – and now I’m learning that it runs on Bing? 😳

@movq@www.uninformativ.de I will take this as pretty clear:

“we have more traditional links and images in our search results too, which we largely source from Bing”

Emphasis mine. Of course, they could have spelled “links” as “results”. We all know that was done purposely. 😅

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In-reply-to » I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for years now, worked fine. Today it’s down – and now I’m learning that it runs on Bing? 😳

@prologic@twtxt.net Going to be interesting to find out what caused this. 🤔 Bing (like, the real bing.com) is still down for me as well.

DuckDuckGo’s help page doesn’t really make it clear that they rely on Bing that much:

https://duckduckgo.com/duckduckgo-help-pages/results/sources/

I guess this outage is a good thing. 😅 Lots of people now read up on this.

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I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for years now, worked fine. Today it’s down – and now I’m learning that it runs on Bing? 😳

https://www.searchenginemap.com/

Why do I keep getting hits by a DuckDuckBot then?

www.uninformativ.de 20.191.45.212 - - [23/May/2024:03:00:48 +0200] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 659 "http://www.uninformativ.de/" "DuckDuckBot/1.1; (+http://duckduckgo.com/duckduckbot.html)"

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