WhatsApp & Opus

Despite many sites espousing WhatsApp and its usage of Opus for audio messages, I am unable to actually send an Opus file through WhatsApp that is playable within the app itself.

It’s time to replace GIFs with AV1 video!

Over at #aomedia on FreeNode, I saw a link (above) posted to this neat blog showing the effectiveness of replacing animated GIFs with AV1 videos. While the general idea of using true video formats to replace short GIF animations has been implemented, with the industry support for AV1 and its clear superiority over other existing…

Note to self: check out git-bug, fossil, vimwiki, forgefed, and ActivityPub

It’s no secret that HackerNews is one of my daily (sometimes hourly) reads due to the excellent signal-to-noise ratio and deep hackish nature of many of the contributors.  However, even I am a little impressed at the depth of information found in this one discussion. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17782121

Trying out the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress

The latest update to WordPress comes with the addition of a new, experimental editor appropriately entitled Gutenberg. It brings with it the concepts of blocks which brings a sense of structure and modularity to your blog posts as opposed to a single monolithic chunk of editorial.

Canon 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor – YouTube

Canon 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor I used to get unequivocally excited about technology like this, but with all the dark, Orwellian prospects of how this tech can and often is used, my excitement is somewhat tempered by a dosage of concern.  Even in the video, they highlight using this for surveillance explicitly as one of…

GScribble test

Before this, I had tried a desktop WordPress client called Lekhonee. Now that I’m “back”, searching through Fedora’s repo I discovered another client named GScribble. Out of the box, the one feature advantage I found with GScribble is that it supports tags, whereas I did not find that possible through Lekhonee. The advantage of a…

Return from blogging hiatus

After “taking a break” from blogging for the past four-and-a-half years (that’s “fancy talk” for being to busy/lazy to post), I realized I was, as usual, over-thinking what I should say for my great comeback.  So, I decided that I should probably just tear-off the band aid and speak directly to it. A lot has…

Audacity 2.0 released!

Alhamdulillaah, Audacity 2.0 has been released! As an audio recorder, producer, editor, and overall manipulator, Audacity is one of my most important tools (more on my whole multimedia workflow to come in a subsequent post).  I have been using it for so many years, I’ve lost count.  Before Audacity, Adobe Audition was my staple, as…

Fedora 16 “Verne” has been released!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِي الْحَمْدُ لِلَّه, Fedora 16 has been released!  You can read the full release notes or just go straight to the torrents for downloading.  See the release announcement after the fold…

Donate to Wikipedia

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحد لله, Allāh has granted me tawfīq to donate to Wikipedia.  I wouldn’t mention this except for the fact that I hope others, upon reading this, might give it consideration when they otherwise would not have.  A donation to Wikipedia is tax-deductible, so you can save on your taxes or get…

Moodle 2.0 released!

Alḥamdulillāh, Moodle 2.0 has been released! This is important for a lot of reasons, amongst them being that I work with Moodle on a day-to-day basis in my daytime job, and I use it on some of my own sites.  However, most important is the fact that Moodle provides a platform for education that is…