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    1. Do you use Github Actions for continuous integration?

      I recently came across an article about setting up automated builds (installation, code quality check, running tests) using Github Actions. I've since found a few more articles excitedly promoting...

      I recently came across an article about setting up automated builds (installation, code quality check, running tests) using Github Actions. I've since found a few more articles excitedly promoting the feature and, from my personal testing, it seems to work quite well.

      I was wondering if others had begun using this feature for their own projects, or had tried it and disliked it and used something else. Is there any broader community consensus towards which tasks it's best-suited for and when to use something more robust?

      10 votes
    2. Which are your top five computer programs?

      In terms of Utility: It is useful! Reliability: It will always work when you need it to! Uniqueness: It gives you the option of doing things that would never have been necessary before it came...

      In terms of

      1. Utility: It is useful!
      2. Reliability: It will always work when you need it to!
      3. Uniqueness: It gives you the option of doing things that would never have been necessary before it came along.
      4. Aesthetic: It satisfies your sense of beauty: It gives you the same kind of feeling a painting or a poem would.
      5. Transcendence: It transcends the zeitgeist and is the simplest it can and thus ought to be.

      Mine are:

      1. Vim
      2. mutt
      3. The Lucas Arts point and click adventure games
      4. A Lisp interpreter
      5. grep
      32 votes
    3. Building my own Alexa, but which hardware?

      I originally posted this to /r/selfhosted, but I thought there might be people interested here as well. I finally want to go ahead and start trying to replace Alexa. If I’m doing this, I might as...

      I originally posted this to /r/selfhosted, but I thought there might be people interested here as well.

      I finally want to go ahead and start trying to replace Alexa. If I’m doing this, I might as well go fully local, so I’ll want Rhasspy over MyCroft.ai

      But that’s where my trouble starts. Do I get the Matrix Creator to replace my Hue Hub and Raspberry ZWave stick on one go? Seems like overkill but it’s not really more expensive than the Matrix Voice. And then there is the Seeed ReSpeaker Mic Array? Which one of those? There was a Microphone bechmark, but while the ReSpeaker did well, they didn’t test the Matrix Creator/Voice.

      Where do I get enclosures for those boards that ensure that the recognition quality doesn’t drop while still making them less unsightly? The only thing I found was the ReSpeaker Pro Case and that is for V1 only and doesn’t help with the PI kit (and I want to use a PI for compatibility reasons).

      And what would I get for a speaker (I don’t need much, just simple replies and timers going off). This is probably the easiest part, as I can just use cheap PC speakers, a soundbar or whatever.

      Did anyone play around with any of these things?

      Pinging @Douglas who actually was the one who made me look into this again ;)

      edit: cool, didn’t know tildes auto-linked subreddits :D

      edit2: My current plans:

      I’m currently thinking of simply plugging in either a decent quality active speaker soundbar that can play music in a pinch, or a cheap speaker just to get it to sound alarms or reply to weather queries. A cheap speaker would also mean I simply make the device tell my computer to play the music.

      a) bare metal PoC with the small active Logitech speakers my wife has, get it working for me
      b) Validate if the respeaker Core V2 enclosure CAD files could work with the mic array of the respeaker pi kit
      c) Go to the open lab day of our local fab-lab, discuss with them if there are better options, get the introduction training, safety course and 3d print the whole thing
      d) start making plans for 2 echo-dot sized devices
      e) sell my alexa and dot ;)

      15 votes
    4. Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread

      General Programming Q&A thread! Ask any questions about programming, answer the questions of other users, or post suggestions for future threads. Don't forget to format your code using the triple...

      General Programming Q&A thread! Ask any questions about programming, answer the questions of other users, or post suggestions for future threads.

      Don't forget to format your code using the triple backticks or tildes:

      Here is my schema:
      
      ```sql
      CREATE TABLE article_to_warehouse (
        article_id   INTEGER
      , warehouse_id INTEGER
      )
      ;
      ```
      
      How do I add a `UNIQUE` constraint?
      
      5 votes
    5. Books and long-reads on technology history

      I like reading about the development process of technology products (software and otherwise), even when I don't understand the tech bits. Maybe due to their open nature, it is not hard to find...

      I like reading about the development process of technology products (software and otherwise), even when I don't understand the tech bits.

      Maybe due to their open nature, it is not hard to find detailed articles, mailing list answers, and interviews that go deep about FOSS. But I also have an interest in massively successful/unsuccessful products with large, rich and sometimes convoluted creation process. So things link Linux, Windows (all versions), Mac OS, the iPhone, iOS, Android, etc.

      My interest is not necessarily in biographies or accounts that deify so-called technology geniuses, but rather in narratives that don't shy from the nitty-gritty details of the technical/creative processes while also addressing the human/personal side of things.

      It also doesn't need to be educational at all, I just realized these stories are enjoyable reads.

      Any suggestions? ;)

      6 votes
    6. What is a good free alternative to Wordpress that requires little coding?

      I have basic notions of HTML and CSS, but nearly zero JS knowledge. I can perform simple customizations and I know how to follow instructions. It is not my intention to create anything from...

      I have basic notions of HTML and CSS, but nearly zero JS knowledge. I can perform simple customizations and I know how to follow instructions.

      It is not my intention to create anything from scratch (so the platform should have plenty of free themes), nor do I want to become a webdev or webdesigner. This is not a technical project for me, my main concern is the content.

      I currently have a blog that uses Wordpress with a purchased theme. It's good enough, but a bit slow to load. Besides, simpler platforms might be easier to understand and manipulate.

      This alternative would also need to be FOSS and easy to self-host.

      As a plus, it would be awesome if I could manage the blog/website from within Emacs/Org Mode.

      Any ideas?

      14 votes
    7. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

      This is a recurring post to discuss programming or other technical projects that we've been working on. Tell us about one of your recent projects, either at work or personal projects. What's...

      This is a recurring post to discuss programming or other technical projects that we've been working on. Tell us about one of your recent projects, either at work or personal projects. What's interesting about it? Are you having trouble with anything?

      4 votes