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Freenode IRC exodus

Recent events, relating to the ownership of Freenode IRC network, has resulted in a mass exodus, to a new network, LiberaChat. [1]

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April Tech Jam Summary

At the South Devon Virtual tech jam, on Saturday, we had discussions on quite a wide range of topics., these included:

Computer hardware such as Chromebooks and PC's not offering a choice of Operating System (OS) and the ease of which we can install what we want (e.g. a GNU/Linux) based system on shop bou ght hardware. This can be challenging with the use of non-free firmware, for example wifi firmware. The resultant collective opinion was that it would be nice to be able to go to a shop and just buy hardware with Linux pre-installed, or not have an OS at all giving us the option to install our own OS. While we are able to do this, the barriers are higher for the average user who is non technical.

We also discussed cloud computing, one drive and what happens if you lose access to your data, MS office now being a subscription model. We then looked at Nextcloud and the technical barriers for people to set that up securely. Eventually this moved on to a discussion on running software such as zoom as snaps (container packages), as I currently run Nextcloud in a Docker instance.

A discussion on using LaTeX, the advantages and if it is better to use Overleaf, a local install or have both available. This was also related to a discussion on distance learning and studying at University level generally.

After a short break the topic turned to what happens, when there is a disaster, causing lines of communication to be damaged, so no phones, mobile signals, electrical systems damaged. One suggestion was Morse code, so we discussed that, which led on to a discussion about hardware running forth, which then led in to a discussion on moon bases and certainly long term space missions needing computer hardware which will need to last 100's of years. This could be a long, multiple generation, journey to a star system for example Proxima Centauri. It could take 100's of years to go just 4+ light years in distance, given how fast current space craft can travel.

So in all, a very varied set of topics, Really interesting.

Next jam is 8th May where there will be more of the same. See Meetup. If you sign up and follow we will send you a notification closer to the time.

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Jit.si Meet

Did you know there is a #libre alternative to #zoom respects privacy, can be self hosted.

Have a look at

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The recent announcement that WhatsApp will be sharing more information with Facebook has resulted in people migrating to Telegram and Signal.

However there are many more alternatives, that are based on Free and Open source software

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#Conversations, #Gajim, #Matrix,#Wire,#Deltachat,#Chat,#Apps,#Messenger, #Communication,#Jami,#Signal,#Telegram,#DeltaChat,#Element

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Basic hexchat setup

Hexchat is a GUI client for Internet Relay Chat, this is still very popular despite it's age.

This video shows how to connect to the Freenode network but does not cover how to set your account up.

Once you have chosen a nickname and connected you should register your nickname with nickserv, then ID.

Further information on this can be found in the freenode knowedge base

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PodCast Search

I found this on the Fediverse last year, so am sharing again as it was originally shared on the Devon & Cornwall Linux user group website. 

As the name suggests this allows you to search for a pod cast in a good range of topics.

Libre Lounge is another podcast that has covered different aspects of the Fediverse, this includes some of the more technical aspects including a multipart discussion on Activity Pub.   Activity pub is one of the protocols that allows posts to be federated across the network.

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Emacs Conference 2020 Videos

Following EmacsConf 2020, all the talk videos have been processed and are now up to watch here.

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As there are people who are probably stuck at home. due to CoronaVirus. I am sharing some videos from last years Emacsconf and Libreplanet

Libreplanet 2020 took place on the 14th / 15th March and the videos will be published in due course. Plans for the next EmacsConf are underway. Any help, speakers will be appreciated.

If you are able to login to IRC then you can join #emacsconf and #libreplanet respectivley to discuss further.

Everyone is welcome on IRC, however please be patient when asking questions, as not everyone is around, someone will respond in due course.

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IRC bot development

I have been working on some more projects around IRC chat bots. I decided to try and integrate a Magic 8 ball project so that an IRC bot would give a random response, chosen from a pre- defined set within the code (can be changed) when the bot is sent an instruction in my IRC channel.

ircbot

This project builds on some of the code covered in my Minecraft Pi bot project. Mostly the base code from the Linux Voice article.

The code is currently being tested in ##zleap on Freenode.

At the moment magic8 can be sent the following commands:-

  • !umame – returns output of uname -a
  • !uptime – returms system uptime
  • !help – displays list of options
  • !botexit – bot quits irc channel,
  • !magic8 – returns random text
  • !ping – returns pong (used to check the bot is working, left in for legacy
  • !web – returns my own web address (this website) but can be changed
  • !sdtj – returns web address for the South Devon Tech Jam

Notes

uname and uptime are Linux / Unix commands, it is therefore assumed you are running on a GNU / Linux system.

I have created a welcome message from the bot, so when it joins it says hello, also says goodbye if !botexit is sent.

Todo

  • Make the code Python 3
  • Add more options
  • Keep it tidy

Help and Contribute

Feel free to fork the project and make improvements and further customization. Perhaps discuss further on IRC or via social media e.g Mastodon.

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