This page contains change summaries, plan changes, and other informational updates.
- October 1st, 2020: Replaced the Newsbits article link to an optimized, archived version for permanence. I should probably introduce more articles to this section.
- September 30th, 2020: Welcome to October! I get flashbacks to 2018 as I write this: I faintly recall writing the same three words on the very first instance of the Elaboraet Neocities project. In any case, I'm frankly unsure what October will look like considering my increased workload irrelevant to—and usually in the way of—Elaboraet.
- September 17th, 2020: Sorry for the slow in activity. As it probably is for anyone else, school has started once again. While I enjoy not having to leave my house anymore, I have mixed feelings about these newly digitzed curricula. Will things ever return to the way they had been before?
- September 7th, 2020: If you remember reading about the lonely sparrow in Reflections on a Cold Day, I have unfortunate news. I've written a new entry about it.
- September 4th, 2020: Lately, when I was using VLC under Debian, it always tried to sync with my system master volume and, by extension, with my volume buttons. I didn't like this—it sounded like was doubling the volume output and made the volume progression too steep. But! After finding a StackExchange Q/A about this, the answer suggested that a line "flat-volumes = yes" in /etc/pulse/daemon.conf (the PulseAudio daemon configuration) could be set to "no" to stop this from happening not only to VLC but other programs, too. After setting this option and rebooting, VLC finally returned to normal function. What "flat-volumes" does is frankly beyond me, but I'm glad it worked out.
- September 2nd, 2020: Wrote a new entry. Removed shadowed logo for a higher quality SVG of the old one.
- September 1st, 2020: Updated the Entry Catalog to a more sophisticated "magazine" or tabloid layout. Hopefully this change makes the page easier to use and nicer look at. Updated the About page with some info about browser compatibility.
- August 31st, 2020: Mouse acceleration dynamically increases your mouse's speed as you move the mouse faster. Quick jumps travel longer on your screen than slow, drawn-out crawls over the same physical distance with acceleration enabled. This is non-linear movement. I always turn this off on any system I install, whether Windows or Linux. On Linux, though, for several years, I've always had trouble adjusting raw mouse sensitivity. Sometimes turning acceleration off left the mouse either too slow or too fast. It always annoyed me . . . until I finally solved it a few days ago. This link, an archived answer from AskUbuntu, details how you can specify the fixed amount of pixels your mouse travels while moving. Because this answer uses xinput it should, in theory, work on every single recent Linux desktop.
- August 31st, 2020: Optimized some images to make site loading easier on weak connections. Made the logo on the homepage have a fancy drop shadow. Welcome to September!
- August 28th, 2020: In a surprising (to me) change of course, I shut down the ThinkPad netbook running Elaboraet Wordpress. By extension that also means Elaboraet Wordpress shuts down for a little while—I've set it up to redirect to this site instead. It had an uptime of about 16 days and 17 hours. If you ignore the reboot at the beginning of those 16 days, you could probably estimate about 30 days uptime. Not much, but it's sure the longest I've kept any computer (besides a Pi 3) running continuously. I'm thinking I could turn the netbook into, like I mentioned in Entry 2 ("On Migrating to Linux"), a computer I can use to experiment with Slackware. Its tiny size, remarkably tactile keyboard, and large bezels makes it a cozy thing to use! Now if only I could somehow hack a TrackPoint inside its keyboard. . .
- August 28th, 2020: Revised Entry 2 a little bit.
- August 26th, 2020: I just discovered an easy way to type an em dash in most Linux desktops. Press CTRL+SHIFT+U in unison and let go; you'll get an underlined u. Without typing anything else, type out 2014, which is the hex code for the em dash symbol in unicode. Then press enter. It should turn from u2014 to —.
- August 22nd, 2020: I've noticed something: I have a much easier time writing for my amateur-looking website than for my fancy one. I guess the reason is clear. Anyone would have a harder time writing for something that looks like a bigger deal than a smaller less serious one because one would think that less people are bound to see it. In any case, I'm liking the way this is turning out.
- August 21st, 2020: Today, Elaboraet Neocities returns from a near two year hiatus. For now, I plan to continue Elaboraet Wordpress unless I decide to let my domain name (elaboraet.com!) expire, I suppose.