How to counter high electricity bills?
1. Turn off main circuit breaker,
2. Buy portable power station,
3. Charge power station in car while driving around,
4. Run household devices from portable power station.

oh well...

$ sudo apt upgrade
The following security updates require Ubuntu Pro with 'esm-apps' enabled: [...]
Learn more about Ubuntu Pro at
But that page says 404?

Last night I saw a stopped car with the 4 turn signals flashing. For a moment I thought it was a family member of Elon Musk, as the license plate started with "XAE".

FOSDEM 2023 will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February 2023. We are aiming for a physical conference at ULB again.

Today's weekly newsletter from Digi-Key points me to [1] as a "Recommended Product". Available Quantity is zero.
Clicking through leads me to [2], stating this product is Obsolete ("This product is no longer manufactured").


After the Microsoft phone scammers, we now have the Amazon phone scammers.
They were totally surprised when I told them Amazon doesn't have a presence in BE yet ;-)

The medical gender gap: they tend to say that most medical research is done on men, ignoring the differences between men and women.
However, I'm quite sure the new Nivea sunscreen was tested only on women without limb hair.

No idea what is the real intention. Other instances had a black cracked display, or showed the time on the Android (locked?) home screen.

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The Swiss invented the non-booting urinal (seen in a German highway toilet)


Very first coffee from the Silicon Graphics Espressigo!
And the indigo blue SGI mug I bought in 1997 from the SGI store is finally put to good use! ☕️


@futzle heh. at my uni someone found the followi g sentence in a master thesis form a few years back: "and for the transformers core i choose wood because i know no-one is going to read this far!"
the prof that awarded the degree had some pretty awkward discussions to endure when this was found...

TIL pv

$ pv < /dev/random > /dev/null
113 B 0:00:04 [0,00 B/s] [ <=>

$ pv < /dev/urandom > /dev/null
84,4MiB 0:00:02 [43,0MiB/s] [ <=>

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Society of Trolls

A nice little Mastodon instance. Mild trolling encouraged (keep it local), but not required. Malicious behaviour is not tolerated. Follow Wheaton's law and you'll be fine.