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Sat 10 October 2020 by bblough

Benjy: The best-laid plans of mice...

Arthur: And men.

Frankie: What?

Arthur: Best-laid plans of mice and men.

Benjy: What have men got to do with it?

-- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV series

Last year, my intent had been to post monthy updates with details of the F/LOSS contributions I had made during the previous month. I wanted to do this as a way to summarize and reflect on what I had done, and also to hopefully motivate me to do more.

Fast forward, and it's been over a year since my last blog post. So much for those plans.

I won't go into specific detail about the F/LOSS contributions I've made in the past year. This isn't meant to be a "catch-up" post, per se. It's more of an acknowledgement that I didn't do what I set out to do, as well as something of a reset to enable me to continue blogging (or not) as I see fit.

So, to summarize those contributions:

  • As expected, most of my contributions were to projects that I regularly contribute to, like Debian, Apache Axis2/C, or PasswordSafe.

  • There were also some one-off contributions to projects that I use but am not actively involved in, such as log4cxx or PyKAN.

  • There was also a third category of contributions that are a bit of a special case. I made some pseudonymous contributions to a F/LOSS project that I did not want to tie to my public identity. I hope to write more about that situation in a future post.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the contributions I've made in the past year. Historically, my F/LOSS activity had been somewhat sporadic, sometimes with months passing in between contributions. But looking through my notes from the past year, it appears that I made contributions every single month, with no skipped months. Of course, I would have liked to have done more, but I consider the improvement in consistency to be a solid win.

As for the blog, well... Judging by the most recent year-long gap (as well as the gaps before that), I'm not likely to start regularly writing posts anytime soon. But then again, if sporadic F/LOSS contribtutions can turn into regular F/LOSS contributions, then maybe sporadic blog posts can turn into regular blog posts, too. Time will tell.


Free Software Activities (August 2019)

Sun 22 September 2019 by bblough

Debian

  • Fixed bug 933422: passwordsafe — Switch to using wxgtk3

    Versions:

    • unstable/testing: 1.06+dfsg-3
  • Upgraded passwordsafe package to latest upstream version (1.08.2)

    Versions:

    • unstable/testing: 1.08.2+dfsg-1
    • buster-backports: 1.08.2+dfsg-1~bpo10+1
  • Updated python-django-cas-client to latest upstream version (1.5.1) and did …

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Free Software Activities (July 2019)

Sat 10 August 2019 by bblough

Debian

  • Bug 932626: passwordsafe — Non-English locales don't work due to translation files being installed in the wrong directory.

    The fixed versions are:

    • unstable/testing: 1.06+dfsg-2
    • buster: 1.06+dfsg-1+deb10u1 (via 932945)
    • stretch: 1.00+dfsg-1+deb9u1 (via 932944)
  • Bug 932947: file — The --mime-type flag fails on arm64 …

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NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2015: Task 4

Mon 01 August 2016 by bblough

This is the fourth and final post in my series on the NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2015, covering the fourth task of the challenge. If you haven't read them, you might want to check out the posts on Task 1, Task 2, and Task 3.

Task 4

A military organization has …
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NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2015: Task 3

Thu 07 July 2016 by bblough

This is the third post in my series on the NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2015, covering the third task of the challenge. If you haven't read them, you might want to check out the posts on Task 1 and Task 2.

Task 3

    The copy of the program you have is …
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