My one year of using Fedora 20

December 17th, 2014 by celeron55

The GNU/Linux distribution, not the hat, I might add.

So, like. The way this thing works is that first you remove (or just forget about) Gnome, and then you install your favourite window manager, and then you add at least the rpmfusion repositories (and possibly others depending on what special things you want to install. In my case these are bumblebee, google-chrome and adobe flash player).

Then you set up any specialities you want for your special hardware; in my case it was setting up bumblebee for the GPU and setting up some key bindings in acpid for controlling the screen brightness and disabling the default power button function. Then you fight with SELinux to make it allow what you just set up.

Then you… use it happily for a year, apparently.

It’s working fine and all the software is still very recent. At some point I should update to the next release and that is a bit frightening – but so far so good.

Unsurprisingly there are some hickups with the more exotic hardware I have; mainly Bumblebee tends to break when the kernel is updated, and the WLAN driver is fiddly. However, those are upstream issues and they won’t work any better in any other distribution so can’t really complain.

Jonathan Blow’s programming language stuff on Youtube (and Twitch)

December 11th, 2014 by celeron55

There’s this ongoing series of videos about a programming language that Jonathan Blow himself is developing. It’s good.

Go watch it from the beginning:

Live stuff happens sometimes at

Robot stuff with funky music!

September 30th, 2014 by celeron55

Skitzo Tune – Technology (CC BY)
Victor Toulouse – Science and Technology Dpt. (CC BY)

Gravatar sucks

September 14th, 2014 by celeron55

Gravatar sucks.

I want to use a different avatar on different sites. I can’t. What the fuck is this shit? Who thought this was a good idea?

Can you actually select a different avatar if you go to and login there with one of those stupidly obscure website accounts that have nothing to do with gravatar whatsoever and of which none I have? I will never know. But I am guessing I can’t.

Robot videos

September 11th, 2014 by celeron55

I’ve been posting some combat robot videos on Youtube in the past two weeks. Here’s the latest one:

Watch the rest and all future videos on my channel: