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Compact WSL partition and reclaim storage space

Start PowerShell Find where your WSL vhdx file is located. Usually under: C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Package\Linuxdistroflavour\LocalState\ext4.vhdx Start diskpart (from PowerShell or CMD): diskpart.exe Run: select vdisk file=”C:\Users\Jan van den Berg\AppData\Local\Packages\TheDebianProject.DebianGNULinux_76v4gfsz19hv4\LocalState\ext4.vhdx” and next: compact vdisk

I don’t understand terminals, shells and SSH

Confession time: I don’t fully understand how terminals, shells and SSH really work (and my guess is you don’t either). And I don’t mean the cryptography behind SSH. I mean how SSH and the terminal — and the shell for that matter — interact with one another. I recently realized that even though I’ve been daily remotely logging into Linux systems for all of my adult life (and type in… Read More »I don’t understand terminals, shells and SSH

ChatGPT and humans as prompt fodder

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I woke up Sunday morning with an unnerving feeling. A feeling something had changed. A disturbance in the force if you will. Mainstream media seems blissfully unaware of what happened. Sure, here in the Netherlands we had a small but passionate demonstration on primetime TV, but e.g. the NY Times so far has *nothing* 🦗🦗 But something most definitely happened. My personal internet bubble has erupted the last few days… Read More »ChatGPT and humans as prompt fodder

Fix for when your SSH keys are not working on your Chromebook

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If you cannot connect to a remote server from your Chromebook with SSH keys and you get this error: Here is the tip: add an enter to your private key file! Yes really! I spent way too much time figuring this and only found the solution when I stumbled on the solution here.

Five things I’d like to see in Mastodon

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I love Mastodon. I am a believer. Not that I think it will replace Twitter or anything like that. But it is definitely its own thing. True to the original ideas of the internet. There are however a few things I would really like to see. In no particular order. Threads Threads in the timeline feel clunky. I see replies to long running threads scattered through my timeline. They are… Read More »Five things I’d like to see in Mastodon

How to get green links on your Mastodon profile with WordPress

The green links on your Mastodon profile indicate that you are the owner of that link i.e. that website. You can achieve this by adding a little line of code to your website (see Link verification). When you have a basic HTML website, adding this piece of code is this trivial. However when your site runs on WordPress, it’s a bit different. I found a tutorial that only works with… Read More »How to get green links on your Mastodon profile with WordPress

Jonathan Franzen on reading and literature

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I’ve been on a bit of a Jonathan Franzen bender lately. The kickstart was a book club meeting about Crossroads for which I watched and read a dozen or so Franzen interviews. Older and newer interviews. What really struck a chord with me was not so much the specific Crossroads discussions in these interviews, but the things Franzen says about reading and literature in general. And I noticed similarities in… Read More »Jonathan Franzen on reading and literature

Welcome to the Fediverse

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It was 2017 when I signed up for the Dutch instance of Mastodon. The newfangled thing. But it wasn’t until last week that it *clicked*. It clicked for two reasons. Forget the Metaverse Mastodon is part of the fediverse. Meaning it shares the core principles of the fediverse. With a little bit of reading, I got a better understanding of what the fediverse actually is, and how Mastodon fits in.… Read More »Welcome to the Fediverse

Using Windows OpenSSH Agent with Windows Terminal and Cygwin

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I am back to running Windows Terminal + Cygwin, after a stint with MobaXterm. I blogged about it before. Why: In the end MobaXterm just had too many quirks. Specifically when changing screens — docking / undocking which I do a lot during the day. However, one thing I really did like about MobaXterm was the integrated SSH agent (MobAgent). That part worked really well. That was what kept me… Read More »Using Windows OpenSSH Agent with Windows Terminal and Cygwin

You should blog more

Yes, you. The person reading this. You should have a place on the internet that is completely yours and where you are in complete control of what you post. How often, you ask? Let me reiterate what I said last week on Twitter; so I can point people to this post in the future and because I can point people to my own site instead of Twitter (see how this… Read More »You should blog more

WhatsApp should really fix these issues

WhatsApp is my most used app, but its development seems stagnant. Which is not always a bad thing for software, but WhatsApp could really improve some things, especially when those improvements seem trivial. Some wishes could even be classified as bugs: which they should really fix. In no particular order (for iOS). Multi-select on media searchWhen you use the global search (pull down on iOS) and select a category (Photos,… Read More »WhatsApp should really fix these issues

Reaching 100 stars on GitHub: what I learned from putting code online

When the pandemic started in early 2020, I needed something to get my mind off things. Frustrated with most database form generation solutions I created Cruddiy and put it on GitHub. Two years later Cruddiy reached 100 stars on GitHub. Something which I did not expect. We could argue a long time on what a GitHub star as a metric actually represents, but for this post it represents: hey, more… Read More »Reaching 100 stars on GitHub: what I learned from putting code online