Gopher – The Other Web

Figure 1: My Gopher Hole as seen on DiggieDog Attribution: By bradfonseca (Own work) Sometimes one goes down a rabbit hole investigating something and ends up somewhere they don’t expect. In this case, it’s actually a gopher hole but the end result is the same: a rapidly spinning propellor on my nerd beanie. I made a couple pretty interesting (at least to me!) discoveries over

Restoring Privacy of Personal Data: Richard Stallman’s Article in The Guardian

Figure 1: ‘Convenient digital payment systems can also protect passengers’ anonymity and privacy.’ Photograph: Debra Hurford Brown/PA I like reading The Guardian and I like articles by Richard Stallman. Imagine my surprise to see an article on The Guardian written by Richard Stallman! It actually turns out that he has written for them a few times already but it was news to me. While I

The Importance of Documenting

Figure 1: Attribution: By Lvcipriani (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons As I mentioned in my previous post (“A New URL for My Old Blog” … if you haven’t checked it out yet…go do it…I’ll wait…), I have started blogging again using emacs and org2blog after a long hiatus (the last actual post that wasn’t just a re-post of a link was two years

A New URL for My Old Blog

Figure 1: Attribution: Ian D. Keating (via CC Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Well, here we are again! You may have noticed that I’m reporting to you from a new URL (https://bradfonseca.com/) There is a mildly interesting story related to this change that I thought I would share here. I recently read an article on John Scalzi’s blog called “20 Years of Scalzi.com”. In

Google shutting down XMPP interoperability is a sad sign of the age of communication silos

Edit (2018-10-16): I just discovered that this blog and moved to a self-hosted website: https://blog.psy-q.ch/ I’ve updated all the links in this post. Psy-Q’s Braindump Google just shut down the last piece of Google Talk, killing XMPP. This means that people using standards-based open and interoperable chat systems can no longer talk to their friends who use Google’s proprietary and closed chat system, Hangouts. For

Time to Repartition the Hard Drive? (Maybe not…)

Figure 1: Attribution: Mageia 5 Installer Documentation – Partitioning with DrakX (http://doc.mageia.org/installer/5/en/content/doPartitionDisks.html) It’s been a hairy few weeks. Looking at my WordPress folder on my laptop I see my last post was back in the middle of March! I could enumerate a nice long list for you of why I’ve been away but I’m sure you don’t care. Suffice it to say, I’ve busy at