Author: Eric Mesa

  • The XZ Utils Backdoor has (finally?) penetrated the non-tech press

    Those of us who are deep in the tech world remember about 6 weeks ago when all our social media and news feeds were talking about the XZ Utils backdoor. (Here’s a great writeup from my favorite tech site, Ars Technica) Really quick, bulleted recap: I was incredibly surprised to hear about it today on…

  • Red Hat and Family Release 9.4 and a Rocky Linux Take Down

    Red Hat released version 9.4 today. Lots of jargon (including a mention of AI), but one of the big deals considering how long Red Hat support contracts go is the addition of ARM64 as a supported architecture. 9to5Linux also had a summary of the new features. I remember back before CentOS became CentOS Stream there…

  • Programming Jan-April 2024

    This year started off pretty light when it came to programming because I’ve been addicted to the video game Against the Storm since last winter. But I eventually started working again on various projects – some old and some new. I didn’t do any programming in January, so we’ll start in February. February and March…

  • A sure way to know you’re a Computer Geek

    Last night I woke up in the middle of the night from a dream where I was at a programmer convention. A bunch of devs were arguing and they came to me to be the deciding factor for the future of the KDE Plasma 6 project. Each was very passionate about the direction they wanted…

  • A few thoughts on Programming languages

    A few thoughts on Programming languages

    Just a few thoughts on programming languages that have been rattling around in my head this week, but which don’t each merit a full blog post. The main theme is that the culture behind each programming language leads to some interesting choices, as is the case with spoken languages. This week I started learning how…

  • Review: If Hemingway Wrote Javascript

    If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript by Angus Croll My rating: 3 of 5 stars The intro mentions the natural language nature of Javascript. I wonder if the book had been concieved a few years later if it would rather have been Python or Ruby – both of which are way more like human language than Javascript.…

  • Review: Walkaway

    Walkaway by Cory Doctorow My rating: 4 of 5 stars Got this book for free from the Tor Ebook Club This book is a refinement of many topics that Doctorow has broached in the past: – uploading of consciounesses/backups and how that changes things– living in Capitalism vs leaving capitalism behind– the violence often used…

  • Federation Test

    I had to change my wordpress username as it contained characters that were fine back when I started this blog in 2005, but didn’t work for federation. So this is a test to see if the post will properly federate now that I’ve changed the username. Here’s hoping!

  • Fedora 40 is out today!

    Back in 2013 when I started using Fedora Core 1, I had no idea I’d still be on Fedora when it reached its 40th release 11 years later. Congrats to the team and here’s the official announcement.

  • Review: Chilling Effect

    Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Description in one line? Cowboy Bebop meets Mass Effect with a Cuban protagonist. I grew up in Miami, Florida so having a main character speak in “spanglish” brings me back to my childhood. The narrator also nails the voice of our main character, Eva.…

  • Review: Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking

    Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking by Maangchi My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is a companion to Maangchi’s youtube channel. It teaches you how to cook the way she cooks. So it’s authentic to her even if it’s not what you’re used to from Korean BBQ. The recipes are a good jumping off point…

  • Review: RELIGION: Ruining Everything Since 4004 BC

    RELIGION: Ruining Everything Since 4004 BC by Zach Weinersmith My rating: 2 of 5 stars I’m generally a fan of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (the source of these comics) and even though I would identify myself as a Christian, I’m not one of those easily-offended, book-banning types. I found lots of the jokes in here…

  • Review: Happy Doomsday

    Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski My rating: 1 of 5 stars I got this for free from the Kindle First (or whatever it’s called now) program where Amazon Prime members get a free book each month. It’s been a while since I disliked a book a much as I disliked this one. I kept reading…

  • Review: Monstrous Regiment

    Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my second time reading the book. I lowered the rating from 5 to 4 stars mostly because 5 stars is “it was amazing” and 4 stars is “really liked it” so that’s a more honest assessment. This is a book that I…

  • Review: Nightmare Magazine, Issue 137 (February 2024)

    Nightmare Magazine, Issue 137 by Nightmare Magazine My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Cut Cares Not for the Flesh (George Sandison) – It was foreshadowed from the first paragraphs, but if one finds themselves in a horror story, it pays to read the contractual fine-print. I’ve read stories in a similar genre before, but…