Q: If you squash all your unneeded commits with git rebase, what are you left with?
A: Slim pickings

"If you want to screw up a radar signal, all you have to do is send a return signal on its frequency which blocks out the echos. Hams, from the earliest woodpecker days, have been driving the monster off their bands by getting on the frequency and sending properly spaced dots back. The screen somewhere in Russia blanks out and the operators utter some Russian oaths and change the frequency to get rid of the interference."
Miami Herald (1982) qsl.net/n1irz/woodpeck.html

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Putting my bins out in the standard #Australian configuration, with recycling and kangaroos separated from general waste.

"tcpd can be used to keep people from getting on your machine, and, thusly, it makes a nice first line defense against Bad Guys."

"What You Can Do with tcpd" by Kelly Spoon (1997) linuxgazette.net/issue15/tcpd.

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My favourite shot from the weekend. That's Mount Anne at the back ( VK7/SW-001). A few hours earlier I went up there and made 5 contacts with VK2/VK3. I think 40 wasn't fully open - mostly S2-5 reports but we got through. Not an easy summit to reach, especially with a squid pole in one hand.

I am 98% certain one of the recordings of Dvořák's New World Symphony available on iTunes (the one I liked most, of course) has an OSX "finished copying file" sound about 10 minutes into the last movement. I can't explain how that would happen but it's a really weird sound for an orchestra to make by accident (like flicking a taut wooden ruler off the side of a desk).

Conspiracy theory formed as I listen to some recent Ministry of Sound annuals: dance producers are subtly mixing in modern operating system notification sounds to draw attention to the song.

What my Dad would say: stop listening to music that sounds like notification sounds mixed together

Borrowed a mate’s LiPo battery so I have a bit more juice for a activation this weekend. Uncertain whether I will set my own pack on fire before I reach the campsite.

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There's a properly random bunch of music being uploaded to the anything-goes PeerTube servers and it's pretty nice outside the filter bubble. French musos playing folk music with a 7 string cello (?!), peertube.social/videos/watch/7 or a tiny girl playing a balalaika peertube.social/videos/watch/e

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a coworker suggested this sign I was making for our meeting room TV didn’t have enough WordArt

little did he know I keep a Windows 2000 Professional VM with Publisher 97 installed and ready to go for just such an occasion

(this might be the hardest I’ve called a bluff ever)

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Pulled out my old Directional Coupler project. It worked very well according to my spectrum analyzer. So going to build this design in to some thick well shielded project box. The old design just used solder boards I fused together. So far just got the holes drilled for the new project.

This will ultimately be the couplers I'll be using on the ROES meter to get me full PEP capable (1500 watts)

If I had a dollar for every time I've run "watch du -sh *" and wondered why the files I was waiting to copy never arrived...

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I can see why normal people just throw their hands up in the air about data privacy. I've put so much effort into this stuff, but instead of feeling like a super-cool guy in a spy movie, I feel more like a guy with a half-working phone and no decent emoji input

At some point the national broadcaster starting writing news articles with pull quotes that don't appear anywhere else in the text and this annoys me far more than it should.

Doing a predictive WiFi survey and making sure the toilets get a solid 5 GHz signal. Someone has to look out for their interests.

There's this one house in Ulverstone, Tasmania that's had a Linux sign out the front for years. No context. Just chilling in the front yard. I have no idea why.

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