# aliquote.org

In the beginning, there were blogs, and they were the original social web. We built community. We found our people. We wrote personally. We wrote frequently. We self-policed, and we linked to each other so that newbies could discover new and good blogs. I want to go back there. — Bring back personal blogging (h/t Jack Baty)

2023-01-04: TIL that TeXlive now includes pdfxup as a replacement for the good old pdfnup. Time to update my oldie shell alias alias p2x1="pdfnup --nup 2x1 --landscape --suffix '2x1' --batch ".
2023-01-04: The faker’s guide to reading (x86) assembly language.
2023-01-04: Understanding N + 1 queries problem 01 Jan 2023.
2023-01-04: ♪ Kaiser Chiefs · Ruby
2023-01-17: ♪ John Scofield · Danny Boy
2023-01-18:

The family therapist Salvador Minuchin declared, “The human experience of identity has two elements: a sense of belonging and a sense of being separate.” This is as good a description of digital identity as it is of our psychological identity. A digital identity contains data that uniquely describes a person or thing but also contains information about the subject’s relationships to other entities. — Defining Digital Identity

2023-01-20: As a sequel of this old post of mine, here is the complete archive of the 467 answers I provided on Cross Validated during ten years or so. Note that this a raw (unedited) HTML, with many tiny bugs along the way, mostly related to Unicode encoding and missing images from imgur. I can probably with the UTF-8 issue by using a different processor than htmldoc. As for the latter, I believe the issue comes from Pandoc, since I retrieved a larger number of images manually using curl (tarball archive).
2023-01-20: ♪ Carpenter Brut · Maniac (feat. Yann Ligner)
2023-01-21: RIP Tweetbot. Ironically, I started my review of this app by saying that Twitter retracted their own client for OS X long ago; now they simply suspended access to 3rd party clients.
2023-01-23:

In fact, the vast majority of my editing tasks – probably as much as 98% – are performed exactly as if I was in Vim. (For the other 2% I’ve invented my own Vim-style keybinds.) Normally, I don’t notice that I’m actually not in Vim. The fact that I happen to be running the Emacs process is a mere technicality. — On Escape Meta Alt Control Shift

2023-01-23: Algorithms for Modern Hardware is a gold mine in the field of high performance computing.
2023-01-23: Elements of Data Science is “an introduction to data science for people with no programming experience. My goal is to present a small, powerful subset of Python that allows you to do real work in data science as quickly as possible.” Great work by Allen Downey as always.
2023-01-24:

Users who want to block all such external mediaanalysisd look-ups can do so using a software firewall to block outgoing connections to Apple’s servers by that process through port 443. That may well disable other macOS features. — Is Apple checking images we view in the Finder?

2023-01-24: Twenty years-old stuff that are still lying around, even though I wear the ring most of the time.

2023-01-24: Secure Ubuntu 18.04 server setup: Never tried to use an encrypted LVM volume unlockable via SSH. It looks like an interesting approach:

Applying encryption is fast when it is done upon creation: since the initial contents of the partition are ignored, they are not encrypted; only new data will be encrypted as it is written. — Ubuntu LVM Encryption

2023-01-24: ♪ Massive Attack · Inertia Creeps
2023-01-27: Listening to the last album from Tindersticks, Stars at Noon. Great artwork, as always. Now I need to buy their Past Imperfect compilation, which featured a limited edition box set comes with a double LP of Live at Glasgow City Halls, 5th October 2008.