New blog post: "SPAs: theory versus practice" nolanlawson.com/2022/06/27/spa

I've written way too many words on the subject of SPAs, but here I go again.

sigh.
Bug reported a decade ago.
Closed as apparently not actually a bug, three years ago.
gitlab.freedesktop.org/xdg/xdg
That is... disheartening, although I'm not really surprised.

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Is there no way to actually remove the Gnome screensaver provided by gnome shell? I can disable it, but it still owns org.freedesktop.Screensaver and org.gnome.Screensaver on D-Bus, meaning that /usr/bin/xdg-screensaver still thinks that gnome-screensaver is the screensaver to talk to, not xscreensaver, which means that Firefox doesn't inhibit the screensaver when playing video. (If the response is "if you're running gnome-shell then you must use their screensaver" that's disappointing.)

One thing they don't tell you about trying to self-host your personal web services is that literally none of the open-source OSes include an infrastructure layer to give you a way to move/sync them between devices.

Re-entering a set of IMAP/SMTP settings on every device you own? Okay; you can probably grin & bear it.

All your remote calendars, all your saevd WiFi networks, all your local map-POIs? Nada.

There are about six billion useful green-screen-effect videos on youtube which show a green screen fading into a non-green screen in an interesting way -- ink spreading, or whatever, e.g., youtube.com/watch?v=V1eWnutyRO. These are templates, for us to use to fade between one video clip and another in an interesting way. How would I use them in kdenlive? I can chromakey the green to transparent (and so show one clip instead of green), but not the white at the same time (to a second different clip).

There are about six billion useful green-screen-effect videos on youtube which show a green screen fading into a non-green screen in an interesting way -- ink spreading, or whatever, e.g., youtube.com/watch?v=V1eWnutyRO. These are templates, for us to use to fade between one video clip and another in an interesting way. How would I use them in kdenlive? I can chromakey the green to transparent (and so show one clip instead of green), but not the white at the same time (to a second different clip).

90% of the work in building an SPA is putting back in stuff that the browser would have given you for free if you just hadn't built an SPA

I don’t know if anyone can understand how inordinately proud of this I am. Good to see you, @brunobord . Still waiting for v2 of Baguette on Snails.

Hooray, another app is now available as a flatpak: Hushboard, which mutes your mic while you're typing, so everyone you're talking to doesn't have to listen to a herd of elephants stampeding over the conversation.
Thanks to @popey who helped build it, and @wjt who helped with a flatpak permissions thing!
beta.flathub.org/apps/details/

Currently addressing in my own head the question of whether unfollowing acquaintances that I haven’t seen for years, and who have started using the word “woke” in an accusatory fashion, is a good idea, or putting myself in an echo chamber. Might be both. But I’m coming down on good idea because life’s too short to listen to people who are bellends.

Well I never... In the FT today: Is it time to leave Twitter for Mastodon? | Financial Times

ft.com/content/d3be2f7a-3705-4

"Complexity can sometimes be a selling point. Snapchat gained kudos with young users because adults found it confusing"

A headline in screenrant.com/stan-lee-mcu-ca reads:

Stan Lee MCU Cameos Could Return Using CGI & Old Footage After New Deal

After a new deal inked between Marvel, Genius Brands and POW! Entertainment, Stan Lee's MCU cameos could return with CGI and old footage.

Aquarion notes that even death will not save you when the Mouse owns your soul. I think that if you asked Stan Lee if he wanted to be bound to the Horn he would have said that death bloody well ought to be a bar to their call. RIP, Stan.

@wjt I don't suppose you know what config I'd need in a flatpak to be allowed to mute and unmute pulseaudio sound sources? That is, to make "pactl set-source-mute <sourceidx> {0,1}" not say "Failure: access denied" when run inside a flatpak? I'm asking you 'cos you're listed as a contributor to the pavucontrol flatpak, although that is a lot more adminnish than I need 🙂

Linux types who are using dropbox and know about stuff: if I bind mount a folder inside my ~/Dropbox folder, does Dropbox cope with that OK and sync it fine? Or do bind mounts confuse it? And is it fine to work with the files in their "natural" location even though their folder is also bind mounted inside Dropbox?
(NB: this ought to work in theory, of course, so you don't need to tell me that; does it work in practice? I don't want to try it in case it doesn't work and deletes stuff!)

huh, thelinuxdesktop.blog/2022/05/1 is interesting about flatpak: specifically, how many packages use outdated runtimes. On other platforms they'd get dropped, some sooner than others (apple are getting a lot of pushback for demanding pointless rebuilds too often). Food for thought.

Birthday meal (belated) with my daughter in a really nice restaurant, a game of Elder Sign, a lovely sunny day, and Liverpool won the FA Cup. Sometimes there are nice days.

woo, utm_no is now also in Flathub! It sits in your system tray and quietly strips out all that utm_source stuff from URLs that you copy, so you don't end up helping big companies track your friends around the internet.
beta.flathub.org/apps/details/
Cheers @wjt and Hubert for helping me understand the process!

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