Status update, March 2022
Henceforth I plan to copy the habit of other bloggers to post a monthly status update,
to remind myself to write some code every month.
While I plan to only talk about my hobbies here, I cannot ignore Russia's
gruesome and deplorable invasion of Ukraine. It has to be stopped. Putin and
his allies must be stopped. Their bloody and unjust attack on peace,
sovereignty, democracy and human rights must never be forgotten or downplayed.
In the past months I have been moving from dwm on Xorg to river,
to ride the Wayland wave.
I have mostly got it set up now, with foot replacing urxvt, bemenu replacing dmenu,
and mako replacing dunst (though it seems that dunst now also has Wayland support).
Waybar replaces dwm's builtin bar for now—though I hope to replace it with something leaner:
at cold boot it often takes seconds to start.
Firefox's Wayland backend is papercut-free.
So everything I use on a daily basis works without issue,
now without tearing.
The downside of all of this is that snixembed will probably get even less love from me.
But hopefully it will cease to be useful soon.
I learned to use git send-email and sent a small patch
for adding an about:commands page to visurf.
Visurf is a fun project of building a vi-like frontend to netsurf.
It's still very bare bones, and netsurf of course cannot render every website
you throw at it well, but the UI is very responsive and consistent. This cannot
be said of the Firefox add-on I'm using currently, which is Firefox's fault
(design decision). Its
urlfilter concept is also interesting: you can specify
a program of choice for mapping locations (stuff passed to the
to URLs. This allows for easy URL rewriting, setting search engines as
fallbacks, et cetera. I hope to spend more time on visurf.
I also sent a 3-liner patch for making passmenu look for more
dmenu alternatives on Wayland (it currently uses dmenu-wl). It made me learn
more about POSIX sh for-loops—which is great—but I now doubt the patch itself
is actually useful. (One might as well shadow dmenu-wl in the path.)
That's all the public code I wrote in the past month. I spent more time on
e-mail trouble. My current host (Soverin) has had server issues in the past
months. From SMTP failures to IMAP (and webmail) being unavailable for hours
last night. I recall their Cal/CardDAV server often being offline when I used
it, and then being dropped for an alternative without automatic migration or an
e-mail about the imminent change. Their status page is also broken. I'm kind of
surprised by all of this, since Soverin is advocated by Bits of Freedom. One
good thing about Soverin, it must be said, is their kind and prompt handling of
support queries, and their small price. It may very well be that these are
But I'm going to try something else. I've started a trial at Migadu during
last night's outage, and it works well so far. Migadu's documentation is a lot
better, and I like the idea behind their pricing. The only downside is that it
seems impossible to sign up for it without an e-mail address, but maybe I
didn't look hard enough.
While writing this, I notice that my Markdown parser does not support
footnotes. It's high time I give the innards of this blog some love. Metalsmith
has been working well for me, but the downside of the plugin system is that one
of them eventually becomes unsupported and starts dragging behind the whole
system because of dependency conflicts. So maybe I should move to a more