Following the UK's somewhat embarrassing defeat at last weekend's Song Contest Contest, where three of the countries ended up as at the bottom of the leaderboard, I ask: does the competition need to be overhauled?

Last week saw the first time I entered someone else's house (outside our bubble) since last August.

Today sees the first time I go into Doncaster town centre since last August.

A sign of the new normality, perhaps?

Come out to get some , but both the 2m and 70cm bands are really quiet around here today.

Sitting down this evening, listening to some quality 90s indie on (should've been , but gremlins) whilst on - haven't done in ages, but now I have a dev environment for cchits, I'm gonna use it.

Tuxjam episode 89 has been released featuring a review of Solus Budgie, the Linux distro which I have been running for 4.5 years.
@mcnalu , @thelovebug , and @kevie all give Solus many positive comments which pleases me immensely.
#Tuxjam #Solus #Budgie #Linux

TuxJam 89 - Crushing Rocks is out. @kevie @mcnalu and @thelovebug take a look at Snikket, Solus Linux and the usual mix of ccmusic

Did my first session on today, worked a total of 5 contacts. Four of them were from a local high point, reaching between 20 and 38 miles away, with an aerial on the car roof. The other was on the handheld whilst walking through town, 33 miles away! Great success!

Foundation Exam taken. Just waiting for my Candidate Number from RSGB so I can apply for my licence and callsign.

Oh, PTT button... you are within reach!

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Hey @nextcloud (and Admins), remember the security alert back in October 2019 about nginx and php-fpm?

Two things:
1. Everytime I get rid of those pesky notifications, they come back multiple times.
2. I run the Nextcloud snap, which doesn't even use nginx.


TuxJam 88 is out. In this episode @kevie @mcnalu & @thelovebug look at KaOS, ScreenCam and take a look back at the March Podcrawl. As well as the usual mix of

So, @Moosical and I have recently gotten into foreign language drama (The Bridge, The Investigation, Rebecka Martinsson, Man In Room 301, etc - all highly recommended, btw). We've just started watching The Valhalla Murders on Netflix, which is dubbed into English as standard.

We switched back to Icelandic, as the dubbing of the original detaches from what's actually going on. You don't get impact or emotion of the dialogue when it's dubbed into a different language. Foreign with subs πŸ‘

Just finished recording TuxJam episode 88. This is WAY past my bedtime. Goodnight all

Good morning all As a new working week begins let us start with an optimistic mind and a positive attitude. Let's look out for others, after a year of lockdown people are going to be affected. Make sure that they know you care about them

At 18:00 UTC (a little over 90 minutes from now), virtual will start once more! Join us as we spend an evening (or morning, afternoon, or night) with some good chat and good drink (whatever that may be).

All of the detail of where to go can be found here:

All are welcome!

Good morning all this weekend please make sure that you take care of yourself. Take a rest from work and (if possible) try and get out in the fresh air to clear your head and stretch your legs. Always look out for others, but don't forget to take care of yourselves too

:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.

@ray of course. That's what schools are for :) - there should be no proprietary software in public schools. None. National education bodies should put some of the money they currently waste on licenses for proprietary software on funding usability improvements in the FOSS software. The rest they should invest in helping teachers develop better digital skills.

I'm entering the deep, dark world of . I've bought a portable device ( UV-5RTP), the Foundation License Manual, joined the (), joining my local , and monitoring local frequencies for chatter. All I need is for my local Society to open their doors again, and I can take the Foundation course and book my exam.

@SolusSpider @thelovebug @mcnalu glad that you made that discovery πŸ˜‚ welcome to the community of listeners

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