Oh, hi! I'm Ruben Schuller and here are some notes about things, mostly tech-related. At the top you can find a link to my various computer things as fossil repositories.
If you want to write me you can use
mail ate rbn.im for emails or
ate rbn colon orgizm.net using matrix. i'm less frequently online on XMPP as
rbn ate member.fsf.org.
i recently had the problem that a pdf i generated from troff didn't render correctly for someone else. instead of characters, unicode replacement bo
removing politics from xsnow11 December 2023
i'm quite unhappy that hacking has become an ever serious, politicized, endeavour. co-opted by many movements for their purposes which have nothing to do with hacking, software freedom or freedom. things just seemed more fun in the past. maybe it's just nostalgia for more simple, dare i say sane, times.
hidden keys on x26019 November 2023
by chance - meaning by looking up how to invoke magic sysrq
fn + s,
figuring that i should try other keys combined with
pipewire on slackware -current09 May 2023
if you followed the steps of my previous post things won't work anymore if you are on -current.
fixing minor issues with git imports to fossil25 April 2023
as i've moved my code to fossil, i stumbled across some slight naming issues
now from fossil12 April 2023
drew devault decided to cancel richard stallman, my repositories now living on as self hosted fossil and how this isn't paradox given the licenses involved
CIFS mounts lagging in file browser27 March 2023
my media CIFS/SMB mount lagged in GUI file browsers while scolling large directories. a mount option fixes this.
writing bluray discs, part two04 March 2023
in the last post i wrote that you need to use ATAPI as transport. turns out you don't!
writing bluray discs28 February 2023
short notes about writing bluray discs on the commandline because i always forget something about how to do it :)
elogind shenanigans continued13 August 2022
turns out just adding a inhibit script so that shutdown always is aborted doesnt help. we need to recompile elogind!
reinventing the make wheel24 July 2022
stopping elogind from doing crazy things26 May 2022
how to stop elogind on slackware from doing things like automagick shutdowns or suspend.
pipewire on slackware 15.0 with window managers15 May 2022
how to enable pipewire on slackware 15.0 if you aren't using a full blown desktop environment.
offline package building in the foul year of 202211 April 2022
it gets increasingly hard to compile stuff offline, most languages use some kind of own package management, and few get it right. this is a compilation of hacks useful to build stuff offline.
GUIs with TCL, Tk and TclOO15 January 2022
notes about some more obscure things when building GUIs with TCL/Tk using TclOO.
yadifa DNS master with Hurricane Electric slaves05 January 2022
this explains in short terms how to setup a yadifa DNS server which is backed up by Hurricane Electrics free DNS service.
althttpd, stunnel and dehydrated on slackware21 December 2021
short notes on how to install a lean stack of althttpd, stunnel and dehydrated on slackware-15 (currently -current).
backing up a SQLite database with Go01 August 2021
open SQLite databases can't just be copied to back them up.
while you can use the sqlite3 shell
.backup builtin for this,
it may be preferrable to do it from inside your Go program.
slackware extlinux installation06 May 2021
slackware extlinux installation
how to install extlinux as bootloader for BIOS based systems, with GPT partitions. this assumes slackware,
tlog static site generator04 December 2020
for some time now this blog was generated using hugo. not anymore! i've built my own generator, tlog. in tcl.
rrsync Setup Notes25 February 2019
rrsync is a wrapper script which limits the access of rsync to a sub-hierarchy of the filesystem. this is useful for automated tasks like backups or deploying things. i bet there are plenty other write-ups on this, so i have to add mine.
Rarely Used Go Constructs09 September 2018
There are some constructs in Go which are not commonly used. The first can be used a bit like pattern matching, the second is function values of type methods.
locking xscreensaver before suspending11 July 2018
xscreensaver takes a little duration when resuming to lock the screen. to fix this, the screen has to be locked before pm-suspend is called.
setting up a matrix homeserver03 March 2018
syslinux on usb key11 November 2017
steps to install syslinux to an usb key. shown here is how to boot memtest.
upspin suffix setup23 September 2017
basic setup for servers and clients is described at upspin.io/doc/. to use suffixes (normal and +snapshot), a bit more setup is required on the client side.
using ttf fonts with plan9ports acme24 June 2017
iwlwifi15 June 2017
i recently noticed that my wifi was really slow. checking it revealed that i only had 1Mbit as bitrate, while the link quality was fine.
The sane way of .. trackpad scrolling29 April 2017
i use thinkpads and really like the trackpoint. i also like middle clicking. this leaves one in a state where no sane scolling is possible, hold-middle-scrolling-trackpoint just seems wrong. so heres how to use the wretched trackpad for scrolling, disabling it as mouse.