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Can anyone recommend a #VNC server for #Windows? The one that keeps coming up is RealVNC, but it seems to force you to create an account and run everything through their servers. I don't want any of that garbage, especially since VNC is not an encrypted protocol, and could easily be eavesdropped upon and/or MitM'd.

This is to do remote tech support on my father's PC. I've already got him on my private VPN, so there's no need to worry about dynamic IP or NAT issues. I thought about Windows' native Remote Desktop software, but in Microsoft's infinite wisdom that's not available on his particular version of Windows.


we use Tightvnc which is completely standalone.

You absolutely need to put a VPN in front of it though; don't just open it to the interwebs.

I'm not sure about windows. I use Spice to access the VM's on my servers.

Does anyone happen to know if there's a way to configure a #WireGuard #VPN to only handle #UDP traffic, leaving #TCP traffic to run over the regular network?
Most probably, that won't work, because wireguard does routing, and routing is IP, layer 3, while TCP/UDP is on layer 4.
You may have a look at policy based routing, though.
@Rainer "diaspโ€‹.org" Sokoll โœ… Yeah, that's the conclusion I later came to unfortunately. There will be a more detailed blog post detailing the problem coming soon (along with any solution I may find).

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Dear #LazyWeb:

Is there a tool that I can use in a #bash script to sanitize a string for inclusion into a URL parameter (e.g.: "foo bar" becomes "foo+bar" or "foo%20bar")?


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perl -MURI::Encode=uri_encode -E'say uri_encode shift' 'foo bar'
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I ended up just doing it in Python.

Does there exist a #FOSS tool that allows me to analyze the dominant frequencies in a portion of an #audio file and to apply a filter to remove all but a specific frequency? #AskFedi

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Depending on how automated you want this to be, sox may be useful - it can certainly do the filtering, and can at least generate a spectrogram from which you can decide where to filter.

Csound can do this sort of thing more capably but using it will involve coding to define exactly what you mean.

@Matthew Skala It doesn't need to be super automated. Doing things manually is fine.
@Matthew Skala The application here, FWIW, is to extract Morse code from an audio file, because I'm not good at Morse code, and can decode it more easily visually than by sound. is pretty powerful and might do the job.
Sonic Visualizer screenshot.

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This is extremely frustrating.

I host a piece of software on my server for my father. He connects to it via #SSH (using #PuTTY ). He just got a new computer, and wanted me to set it up so that he could connect, just like I did with his previous computer. No problem right?

I show up, generate the key, and authorize it on the server, but for whatever reason PuTTY refuses to acknowledge the existence of this key. I know it's not even trying, because it doesn't even ask for the passphrase to decrypt it.

Has something changed in the latest version of PuTTY that I just don't know about? Do I need to do something the enable public key authentication beyond simply specifying the path to the key?


grep -i pubkey /etc/ssh/sshd_config

PubkeyAuthentication yes

Oh Glad you figured it out. Your initial thoughts and frustrations seems pretty normal. What won the day was your persistent to search several paths -- run PuTTY via Wine -- goodness. Hope your dad was pleased. Cheers, -Randy

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Hey fedi,

Does anyone know how I can subscribe to a #kbin magazine from a non-kbin fedi account? I assume there is some way to do this.


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Hi there! @science - that handle should work. Alternatively, try using the search engine at "".
@ernest Interestingly enough, it works from Mastodon, but not Friendica. I shall have to inform support.

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Question for the #AVR crowd of the fediverse: What kind of ISP programmer do y'all recommend (for people using #Linux ) these days? An old tutorial recommended the USBtinyISP, but it appears to be out of stock (and possibly outdated?) everywhere I look. #AskFedi

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It was also fun to assemble.

@savanni hey, just to mention that you may also build your own #AVR programmer probably even cheaper (but more DIY) with the
#VUSBtiny project:

I've had mine for ~8 years and still use it. You can see it in the background on this post.


This absolutely unremarkable blink is actually quite cool to me at the moment since it's being controlled by a timer/counter, two compare matches and an interrupt service routine. This is just as a test for how I'm thinking of implementing HSYNC.

The pin is configured to toggle when the counter reaches a top value, via a compare match. That would make the LED blink by itself. However there is a second compare match at half (configurable) that top value which is forcing a compare match. So the pin can generate a pulse of configurable duration and period.

And not that I have written this I realise I seem to have just implemented a convoluted PWM lol. Should check if I can just use PWM for what I need.


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To all the #sourdough enthusiasts of the fediverse: I'm working on getting a viable starter going. Can anyone recommend a beginner-friendly bread recipe. Given how much trouble I'm having just with the starter, I probably need something relatively easy.
I used the instructions from King Arthur Flour. Starter prep took 7 days. Very easy. I've now had the same starter going for two years, replenishing/feeding only every 2-3 weeks (4 weeks max) since I don't bake alot.
Started a fresh batch with some of the feedback I got. This is roughly 10 hours after the first feeding. This is similar to the result I got on previous attempts, except that it nearly wouldn't rise at all on subsequent feedings.

The recipe called for the second feeding to be 24 hours after the first, and then every 12 hours thereafter.

I'm going to try at the 12 hour mark though, since I think the problem was that it had starved by the 24h mark. I'm also using bread flour this time instead of all purpose. I started with whole wheat, because it's what I had on hand, and my wife might murder me if I tell her I need to get yet another variety of flour. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Is this common for a first feeding? My apartment tends to be quite warm, FWIW.

photo of a glass jar nearly overflowing with rising sourdough starter; the jar has a hinged lid which is closed but not latched, and covered with plastic wrap
@Jonathan Lamothe well, you need a better jar, but nah, that doesn't seem unreasonable
@silverwizard Yeah, if nothing else, a larger one. This is actually a step up from the one I started with, but I still didn't quite go big enough.
It depends on how lively your starter is and the ambient temperature. If youโ€™re feeding regularly it should be very quick to double, if itโ€™s been more than a few days you might need a couple of feeds before itโ€™s ready to bake with. My starter lives in the fridge, I take it out the night before I plan to bake and feed it. The day of the bake I take out 100g of starter and put the jar of remains back in the fridge where it stays for 3-4 days until my next bake.
Just gave it its second feeding at the 12 hour mark. Guess we'll see of that helps.

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Well, I'm definitely no longer having issues getting my #sourdough starter to rise. I have invested in a larger jar into which I will transfer it on the next feeding.
photo of a glass jar of sourdough starter significantly overflowing the jar

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@me comes home after running some errands downtown only to find #Sourdough starter oozing out of all the outwardly burst doors and windows of his home ๐Ÿ˜†
Very young starters (1/2 weeks old) usually have a crazy activity, but it is driven mostly by bacteria that you don't really want to bake with. With more time, the good yeasts will take over, and that's when it becomes mature (~3 weeks in). So don't be surprised if it slows down in the next couple of weeks, that's normal: it is finding its own healthy and long-term microbial community. You might also notice a change from a sharp sour smell (bacteria) to a smoother yogurty one (yeasts).
I maintain mine in a 500 mL jar (2 cups). During the week, I refresh it every day with a spoonful of the old starter (usually not even a spoonful, just what is left on the sides of the jar), 15 g of flour (about 1/8 cup) and 15 mL of water (about 1/16 cup). The day before a baking day, I use 3 to 4 times that, and this still fits in the 500 mL jar. If I am not baking, I pour the starter into a skillet and I add some raisins: it makes a nice snack and allows to keep my amount of starter low.
I stand corrected. My #sourdough starter was very active for about 24h after the first feeding, but it's gone back to being relatively inert. It's been a week since I started this batch and it's barely rising at all any more.

I've started keeping it in an insulated bag after feeding, but only since the last two feedings. I'm wondering if it's possibly due to the fact that instead of putting it back in the same glass jar, I put it in a freshly washed one after every feeding (because I tend to spill starter all over the jar making a mess of it when I measure it out).

The proportions I'm using to feed it are: 113g of starter, 1 cup of bread flour, 1/2 cup of warm water. I do this every 12 hours (+/-15 minutes or so).

The recipe says it should be good to go after 5 or 6 days, but I've heard of people needing up to three weeks to get a viable starter going.

I grew 3 or 4 starters from scratch and it always happened exactly like you describe. Keep feeding it regularly and wait, as long as it doesn't grow mold (or gets weird smells or colors) you are good. If by 3 weeks it doesn't at least double in 12 hours, then there is a problem with flour or water. It works in 3 days or 3 wks depending on the flour, the microorganisms that are in it or on your hands, whether there is already a starter living around, etc. I am sure it will work for you too ๐Ÿ˜€
@Virgile Andreani Good to know. I guess my recipe was just a bit over-prescriptive with the timeline.

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We've got a portable dishwasher that has served us well, but the rack is starting to break. We've found the replacement part on the manufacturer's website but they won't ship to Canada. We've got an address we can have it sent to, but they won't accept a non-US billing address either. Does anyone know of a reseller or something we might be able to get it from? I found one, but I'm pretty sure it's a scam.

I'd hate to have to replace the whole stupid thing over a $30 part.
@Darcy Casselman That's how we found out it needs to be a US billing address. It's like they don't want us to give them money.
Ah. Yeah. That's garbage.

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Dear lazyweb,

Does anyone know if #mutt or #neomutt have a command to tag all messages in the current mailbox older than a certain date?
T (capital T) for tag; use the ~d modifier for date. ~d takes a range dd/mm/yy-dd/mm/yy. Either end may be omitted, but keep the hyphen. So ~d -25/12/2022 for eveything before Christmas 2022. (yy can be yyyy)

you might need to experiment. But I tried what I typed here.
@mem It worked! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Does anyone have any experience with #WriteFreely? I've been asked to contribute to a new #blog, and we're looking at options for hosting it. Would it support having multiple users being able to contribute to a single blog? I like the idea of being able to suggest something fedi-compatible.

I've used #WriteFreely, but there's a conundrum hosting any blog as I've just written here:

Bring Back Blogging

I'm sympathetic to the idea behind Bring Back Blogging, even though I find there's more inertia to writing a blog post than posting, say, on Mastodon.

But it's tricky to know what to do about hosting.

I potentially could host my own blog, but then I'd have the costs associated with a hosting service and renting a domain name. I'd be responsible for regularly upgrading the operating system and blogging software to avoid security exposures. If I wanted to split the cost of hosting with others, I'd have to provide them with some kind of support. Also, when I eventually stop hosting, my posts and those of anyone else sharing the service would cease to exist, so any important posts would need to be moved elsewhere first. Finally, if I hosted my own blog, that could be the thin end of the wedge and I'd be tempted to host my own Mastodon instance, etc.

The alternative to hosting my own blog is to use a commercial blogging site such as Blogger (which I used regularly over seven years ago), Medium, or WordPress. But I find the commercial aspect of these a little distasteful. Unless I paid to use them, and possibly even if I did pay, my writing would be exploited by these platforms by subjecting my readers to advertisements, promotions, or other visual clutter.

For now, I'll stick with and try to find out who pays for it and whether I can contribute to their costs.

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curl already supports many protocols (not just HTTP/HTTPS), including Gopher. There's no reason I can see that it shouldn't support Gemini in the future.

According to @A6BDBF57_57B731E9, it already supports Minus too because all Minus URLs can be translated into Gopher URLs. (Minus is Gopher stripped down to the minimum, but with hyperlinks and some Markdown-style formatting.)

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Looks like my #epub reader of choice for #Android (Libera Reader) has a known #security vulnerability and F-Droid recommended uninstalling it. Can anynoe recommend a good replacement #FOSS epub/pdf reader?

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Would you be able to share the details about it? I like Libera Reader and haven't headed about the bug (yet)

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Hey lazy web, is there something I can put in my ~/.ssh directory to tell sshd that I don't want to allow password-authenticated connections? I'm not the admin on this machine, so I can't touch the /etc/ssh directory.
#linux #unix #ssh #AskFedi