Amateur typesetting enthusiast.

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Cake day: Jun 03, 2021


I love Gustave Doré’s illustrations in classics. New editions with his illustrations are still in print; people on eBay sell older ones too, often at an excellent price, if one doesn’t mind a little wear and tear.

These are excellent! I became an instant user of both the tab-bar and the desktop-save/read functions. Gems indeed. Thank you for sharing! As for lesser known Emacs built-ins I appreciate, here’s a short list that may qualify:

  • remember - a mode for remembering data with as little structure upfront as possible
  • todo - create and manage to-do lists with minimal effort
  • speedbar - calls a new frame for quick navigation in directories and info nodes

Melty Land Nightmare - Harumaki Gohan featuring 初音ミク
The artwork is what caught my eye at first! It's gorgeous. I highly recommend watching the music video. Below are links to English and German covers (or versions?) as well. The German one is shortened, apparently due to laziness. [Melty Land Nightmare - English Cover by rachie]( [Melty Land Nightmare (german version) by Mimi](

I have but one regret regarding this survey: not taking it using eww.

I recently began playing Doom (1993) and StarCraft: Brood War (1998). The soundtracks for both are fantastic.

Another solution would be to have a persistent, live pendrive that boots on all the computers one develops on. Something like NomadBSD comes to mind. From a quick search, it looks like Ubuntu can support persistence as well.

It is possible to hide the voting status by un-checking Show Scores on the Settings page.

My assumptions might be more telling of which parts of the Fediverse I haunt than bespeak anything which generally holds true, then.

Sure thing. Having a few required fundamentals of technology classes (including the drawbacks, privacy issues, etc.) in schools would go a long way, given there are enough qualified teachers available. I myself had a mandatory touch typing class as a wee lad.

I picked FOSS instead of technology enthusiasts, as I observe many technology-oriented people still primarily using traditional social media for its polularity, without much regard for the freedom and privacy issues. Is there a better term, perchance?

As for the Fediverse, I perhaps naïvely assumed that many people encountered it through their online interactions in Linux communities on other social media sites, or through FSF promotion. I don’t use Mastodon or Pleroma, however, I would be surprised if there were a sizeable portion of non-Linux users scattered around the Fediverse.

A site somewhat similar to Reddit, whose userbase is predominantly male, Lemmy is a smaller project in the Federation, another niche social media collective, that is itself composed of a portion of FOSS enthusiasts, who, themselves comprise a subset of Linux users, which are a veritable rounding error in the PC market. To boot, until the growth of lemmygrad recently, posts unrelated to Linux or other computer nonsense were scarce.

I am thoroughly impressed that we have any women here at all!

Same here regarding meals and exercise; I, too, do nothing out of the ordinary.

They run their fingers across the lines to read the patterns by touch.

I’m usually running late when I need to bike, so stretching is atypical. I’m nearly always out for an ancillary reason, not purely for the sake of cycling.

I just call it someone else’s computer and with that in mind, keep my data, as much as I am able, on my computers. Networking needs seem to constantly get in my way, however…

But, the general populace does not want to learn how to run a server, or solve any issues relating to software, networking, etc. It’s impractical to expect everyone to suddenly develop such an interest. Much as the average person does not really care enough to learn how to brew beer, grow food, or build good furniture.

Although, I do admit that raising general tech literacy, especially with the basic concepts, is realistic and necessary.

Do you use the default keybindings? I found that they often interfered with the common keybindings of programs I use.

I am a great fan of CWM, which I started using because it ships with OpenBSD and is much lighter than Linux Mint’s Cinnamon. It’s installed with a good default configuration and has proved easy to extend. The custom command menu is why I like it so much, as launching programs and accessing files however I wish becomes effortless. Works great with a mouse, too.

Thanks for sharing! Finally, a real reason to use XFCE. occasionally writes blog posts in German. The Weltverbesserung und Denkfaulheit post is certainly an interesting read!

xsetroot -solid black was about as much effort as I wanted to put into how my desktop looks. And besides, I couldn’t be a 1337 hax0r if I used something more friendly looking :P

"Intro to USB drivers for Plan9 and 9Front" by adventuresin9
As someone who has encountered unsupported peripherals, this quick look into how drivers work was fascinating to see.

New Kenobi Trailer!
Thoughts on this newest look at the upcoming series?

This is an excellent introduction to using `groff` with the `-me` macro set. It is tailored towards anyone just looking for a quick start and even comes with some sample files at the end.

Community Poll: What do you use *roff for?
As stated above, I am curious to know how groff fits into people's lives. Do you write manpages, only take notes with it, prefer it to LaTeX andor ConTeXt for text formatting, or something else entirely? Which macros do you use, if any? Let me know! As for me, I encountered groff after already learning LaTeX, but I instantly appreciated its concise commands and began using it to take biology notes with the simple `-me` macro. I'm slowly expanding my usage to encompass math and graphing with `eqn` and `grap`, respectively. My needs are not always met by `-me` as of late, so a macro switch is in order. GNU seems most inclined to continue work on `-mom`, so I'll likely switch over to that soon enough.

Announcement copied from the main page of the FreeDOS website: " Please help us test the new release candidate (RC) for the FreeDOS 1.3 release! There are a ton of new changes and improvements from 1.2, including: * New FreeCOM 0.85a * New Kernel 2043 and an 8086 version with FAT32 support * Floppy Edition now uses compression and requires about half as many diskettes * The return of networking * Some new programs and games * Many many many package updates * Some updates and improvements to NLS * Improved install process, especially with the MBR * Some support to automatically set the COUNTRY.SYS information * Improved CD initialization for the boot media and installed system ... and much, much more! Get your copy of FreeDOS 1.3 RC5 from the FreeDOS Downloads page. Thanks to everyone for helping make this next FreeDOS 1.3 release candidate! Things are looking pretty good in this release. We'd love to make this the last release candidate before the official release of "FreeDOS 1.3." You can help make that happen by downloading FreeDOS 1.3 RC5 and testing all the programs! Let us know of any bugs or compatibility issues so we can fix them. " (*link above is to the FreeDOS 1.3 RC5 downloads page*)

Groff for Windows 10 (plus more!)
Are you a downtrodden Linux user, forced to use Windows 10 despite your wishes? Do you long to typeset with the simple and powerful groff but aren't sure if it is possible on Windows? Fortunately for the typesetting inclined, it is possible to use the magnificent *groff* on Windows as well! I decided to highlight this project in particular, because it allows one to use groff on Windows 10 in a most similar manner as on a linuxbox. The notable (*improvement?*) that this port of groff makes is automatically assuming `pdf` output, as `ps` files aren't supported out-of-the-box on Windows 10. Most importantly, the usual macros are supported as well! I don't use `-mom`, but `-ms` and `-me` seem to work flawlessly so far. The graphing package `grap` is offered too! Be sure to put the binaries in your path so they're accessible from `cmd.exe`. Coupled with *vim* and the *ezwinports' manpages*, the environment hardly feels like Windows 10 at all, which is a good thing, from my perspective. The *ezwinports* from **eli-zaretskii** on SourceForge offers much more than just groff utilites, one example being *texinfo*, so feel free to look through the rest of the software binaries offered as detailed on the README :) I would be curious to know if there ever was a Windows user who began to use groff without learning it first through a *nix operating system. Anyone know someone who fits the bill? It's a long shot, but I think it'd be a nifty thing to see. I'm certainly hoping to popularize groff within mine own circle. Wondering how I possibly could have managed to find *ezwinports*? It's front and center on the GNU page about groff: [](

![]( Pictured above: a printout of an unformatted NRO source document (*see link at bottom to get a PostScript or Plaintext copy*) **What is NRO?** 'NRO is a text processor based on the design provided in "Software Tools" by Kernighan and Plauger.' -- taken from the NRO description (link: But that's not exactly helpful, is it? Put more simply, NRO is nroff for FreeDOS. Not sure what nroff is? For the GNU/Linux user, it's the program that makes manpages look the way they do. The GNU version used for GNU/Linux is called groff. For those unfamiliar, each line beginning with a period (`.sp 2` for example) starts a formatting command. The letters specify which command is meant. All other lines contain the text that will be formatted. To learn more about nroff, look at the following Wikipeidia article on troff: Or visit the related Lemmy: * (it's new: first post coming soon, but the sidebar has some info) **Does DOS need this? If so, why?** Good question! I am unsure. Nonetheless, it does its intended job well. It's possible to make easily readable documentation for DOS this way. However, groff can also be used for professional typesetting, akin to LaTeX, albeit with easier and simpler syntax. As I use groff primarily for this purpose, I was curious to see how the NRO version fared. For that, we turn to a printout of my NRO document: ![]( ![]( The printout looks awful, and that's mostly due to the monospaced "typewriter font" that it's formatted with. Can this be remedied? Not without printing the document on a real PostScript printer with another font, I would think. Why don't I know for certain? *I am printing this to PDF on Linux using CUPS*, which creates a PDF document using the processed NRO output. Turning away from the font however, it's clear to see NRO did some fairly remarkable things to the source file. There is a header, an automatically numbered page, various indenting, bolded text, reasonable margins, and all the fragmented lines in the source file have been joined together to fill the page. Wow! It's just like every other word processor! But the real question is: should you start to use NRO? Probably not, unless you already use groff on GNU/Linux already, and want to continue to use it in FreeDOS. Is there a better way to produce professional looking PostScript and PDF documents in FreeDOS? Up next on my schedule is exploring TeX in FreeDOS. All the files shown here can be located / downloaded at the following address:

Have you ever wished there were a proper desktop for your DOS system, and thought that the GUI options, like Ozone or Seal, weren't quite cutting it? They don't really come with much software integrated into the GUI, and the transition back to command line is rather jarring. What if I told you there were a better, more useful alternative? Well, thanks to TheOuterLinux (link:, there's now an excellent TUI (text user interface) desktop for DOS! Packed with tons of useful software, such as web browsers, file managers, music players, and even a lock screen, PsychDOS offers an alternative to the entirely command line driven DOS while playing to the strengths text mode offers. Get PsychDOS: Still on the fence about trying it out? Don't just take my word for it! FreeDOS founder Jim Hall provides an overview of PsychDOS on the FreeDOS YouTube channel: Featured image: PsychDOS Page 3.5 (link: Image Attribution: TheOuterLinux Image License: More PsychDOS images:

"The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open source software, including LibreOffice, in its administration and schools. In doing so, the state wants to reduce its dependence on proprietary software, and eventually end it altogether. By the end of 2026, Microsoft Office is to be replaced by LibreOffice on all 25,000 computers used by civil servants and employees (including teachers), and the Windows operating system is to be replaced by GNU/Linux." This article by Mike Saunders shows several photos from the Open Source conference, also linking to an interview with the Digital Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht and a PDF of the Parliment's Planning. (both in German)