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We are currently on v1.0.5+3.5.2, not the original goal of v1.0.6+3.5.2, but... give me a couple days. Maybe do an exorcism to clear the bad energy from the past few days. Whew.

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Anyway guess which instance is back!! Thanks to the help of incredibly skilled and dedicated friends, WriteOut.Ink has recovered from my extreme fuckuptitude and is up & running again 😎

Ooh it's compiling! I guess the failure wasn't with the Ruby version but that I had to compile as root.

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Once more into the Ruby update breach, my friends!

Oh I guess 3.0.0 is the stable version and that's why using the stable option for install got me that? Argh.

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RVM got me to 3.0.0 but I'm assuming the listed version of 3.0.3 is still preferred for the upgrade, and I'm hoping that'll fix the error I got for precompile? Anyway download for the 3.0.3 upgrade failed so going to try again tomorrow I guess going to go play a game or something

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Let's look at just how badly I fucked up this Ruby upgrade

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"no binary rubies found" okay all rubies are nonbinary got it

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Debian's ruby package actually downgraded ruby from 2.7 to 2.5.5 🙃 clearly this isn't working and I need rvm

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No git, I promise you it's fine, you can override my local changes... okay, fine, I'll stash them.

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Okay this is it I'm going to upgrade to the latest version

Realized just today that WriteOut's disk usage was at 34 GB of 38 available (!!) and ran the command found here discourse.joinmastodon.org/t/e to get rid of older external media. Now disk usage is down to a more manageable, if still high, 22 GB. Whew! When I said "write out," I didn't mean write out all the storage media!

Migrating media to a cloud storage provider might be in order (maybe my B2 buckets would work?), but for now doing the deletion regularly seems to be a workable solution. Maybe I'll make it into a systemd timer task.

Death of an early internet implementor 

Rest in peace Dave Walden. He was an early ARPANET and Internet pioneer and Iwas incredibly helpful to me when I set out to blog about the first 365 RFCs. A kind and funny man.

Obituary: https://www.olsonparent.com/obituary/David-Walden

His wonderful website: https://walden-family.com/dave/

The book he edited on the history of BBN: https://walden-family.com/bbn/

He was also an important figure in the TeX community: https://walden-family.com/texland/

@nerd I can only comment as an artist, but in terms of giving me access to accessibility tools and not hiding them in barely visible tabs (and in reminding me when I upload something) Mastodon makes it far easier for me to use content warnings and alt text than any other site I put art on.

It was a bit sobering that our disability policy was called "exceptional," though, because these things shouldn't be the exception but the rule. I didn't even go out of my way to make the instance friendly to disabled people--I simply went with what I understand to be general good practice which is, of course, always evolving and being updated.

On that note, the accessibility section of WriteOut's Code of Conduct document may be helpful to those looking to make their instances welcoming to everyone. wiki.writeout.ink/instance/coc

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