~marado's tildelog

a tildelog on tildeverse

Planeta Oops

02 de março de 2024 — ~marado

Se segues o Planeta Tilde e te sentes vítima de spam por causa do refrescamento de uma das feeds... Oops, é culpa minha - quem diria que isto de manter um planeta consegue ser complexo... Prometo tentar ser mais cuidadoso de futuro!

tags: curtas, planeta, tilde, tilde.pt, pt

Não é procrastinação, é... outra coisa

12 de fevereiro de 2024 — ~marado

Eu, a olhar para o planeta tilde depois de lhe acrescentar o maiquetilde:

"Já corrigia o template do planeta para não deixar o conteúdo da coluna esquerda ir para cima da coluna direita..."

Também eu, a olhar para o mesmo planeta:

"...e se eu fizesse um blog post de boas vindas ao tilde para o ~maique? Até se deixava de notar os problemas no planeta tilde e tudo!"

Ou, por outras palavras: bem vindo ao tildeverso, ~maique!

tags: tilde, tilde.pt, tildeverse, pt

multi-aspell: a treat for alpine users

09 de abril de 2020 — ~marado

Probably more useful to users of tilde.pt, but maybe others of the tildeverse who speak more than one language and use alpine as a mail client, today wrote a very small shell script called multi-aspell.

multi-aspell is an helper script that shows you a list of (pre-defined) language options to run aspell with.

It was written with the purpose of replacing the aspell invocation from alpine, in order to let you choose which language you want your e-mail to have its spell checked (useful if you're used to write mails in more than one language).

Now, before sending an email, alpine will ask me wether I want to spell check it in Portuguese or English, and then use that language to check the e-mail with.

Of course, comments, issues, patches or feature requests are more than welcome. Enjoy!

tags: pine, alpine, tilde.pt, tilde, tildeverse, aspell, multi-aspell, en

From ~marado to @marado

04 de abril de 2020 — ~marado

Speaking yesterday with someone about tilde.pt, which he found out about due to my contributions to botany, it took me a while but I did realize that there is a generational issue recognizing a ~, or, in particular, recognizing it as a way to refer to someone.

Once upon a time, before @username was the common way to refer to a person (who came with that first? twitter?), ~username was so. UNIX users will still be probably used to do things like cd ~ to go to their $HOME, or even ~user to refer to some other person's home. But I do not think that's where the most common ~ recognition comes from: instead, what people will most remember is the number of websites of "white pages" (as some other person refered about them to me as), that had, as an address, http://institution/~username.

So, where does this ~ come from? Well, there was a time where every machine connected to the web was more or less expected to have Apache's httpd running, and it had a useful module, called mod_userdir. UserDir actually was inherited: Apache's httpd started in 1995 as a continuation of the NCSA HTTPd webserver, and NCSA not only had the UserDir directive, it was actually active by default. What does all this means? Well, it means that, by default, UNIX machines with a webserver running would probably have NCSA or later Apache's httpd, which, by default, would be allowing each of that server's users to have their own website, at the address http://server.address/~username , and to have something in there they'd just have to put some html pages into their public_html directory.

tags: history, tilde, UNIX, username, apache, httpd, userdir, en