The blog of a very opinionated girl who loves coding, writing, and dancing!

How I Deal With Copyright Notices


Copyrights! or is it copyleft? Which direction are we going to? I don’t know; do you? Jokes aside, copyright is some very serious stuff and is in the very basis of everything FOSS… or it will stay so unless we see some very, very radical changes in copyright law. Remember, all your favorite licenses work on top of copyright law! I’m not a lawyer, but I do have some legal training, both at college because I took some courses in Law school and because when you’re a linguist or someone used to the publishing industry, you get to touch on copyright every once in a while.…
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Small Victories


Today I woke up in the worst of possible moods. There are lots of things going on in my life and sometimes… well… I’m defeated by all of it. People very often tell me they admire my strength, but truth be told, I feel anything but strong. I just try to take steps towards what I think might be a better place. To quote our beloved Uncle Iroh in The Crossroads of Destiny (ATLA 02x20):…
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Why I Don't Do Federation


If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told to set up an XMPP (aka “Jabber”) account, I’d be a very, very rich girl. I’ve even been told passive-aggressively that I don’t love FOSS enough because I refuse to get into any of the decentralized and federated IM and social media services. Way back then (ca. 2010) I did have my fair share of fediverse service accounts: XMPP, Diaspora, Pump.…
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schain My Heart


Good news! Earlier this morning, in case you didn’t notice, I released the very first stable version of my little project schain! Hooray! Let’s celebrate its coming of age! \o/ schain is a habit tracker which draws inspiration from the so-called Stoic Chain. This comes from Epictetus’s advise that if you wish to raise a habit, you should count the consecutive days you follow it through (Discourses, 2.18). In my humble experience, it’s a method that has worked for me multiple times.…
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What Is In An Interface


I’ve been working in a couple of things lately, but most recently, I’ve been revisiting minitimer and I’ve revived an old project of mine that I’m provisionally calling scalc (which isn’t published anywhere yet). Nothing beats getting my feet wet in the warm waters of C, bad pun intended. If you try out minitimer, you’ll quickly notice that its interface is “hybrid.” It makes use of a standard, common terminal based UI where you see things printed out on the screen and it accepts some basic keyboard commands.…
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I Now Enjoy Simple Computing


It took me years to actually take the step forward. My good friend and amazing fellow developer Rubén Santos will tell you how many years he invested in showing me the virtues of going suckless, the beauty of named pipes, of POSIX-compatible C code and shell scripts… I needed to do it one step at a time, but… hey… I’m now at a place where I feel very proud of my current setup!…
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