A day in the life of a PowerPC user

By extremely popular request, I’m going to blog my entire computing experience from yesterday (Saturday, the 24th of November, 2018). All of the events written here are real, and actually happened yesterday on my Talos II running Adélie Linux. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent.

When I walk in to my office, the first thing I do is open Konsole and switch to WeeChat, which runs in tmux. I read the backlog for the Adélie Linux and Talos Workstation channels, and view highlights I have from anywhere else. Then, I open Pidgin and catch up on what people have been saying in XMPP conversations (if any). By this time, I’m ready to put on my music for the day, so I switch to Audacious and load up a CD in the Blu-Ray drive connected to my Talos via USB 3.0.

After that, it’s on to Thunderbird 52 ESR, where I sift through my email. Occasionally I’ll copy a few interesting tidbits into KWrite, a simple text editor, to share with others later. (Sometimes I will think of new blog article ideas and will write them in KWrite as well, but that didn’t happen Saturday).

Then it’s on to Firefox, where I check the Adélie BTS, GitLab, and GitHub for any notifications. Depending on how many emails, messages, and notifications I’ve had, it may be time to change CDs — weekends are usually lighter, so I’m still listening to the same Pet Shop Boys album when I finish with that.

I caught up with a few friends on XMPP (via Pidgin) and Mastodon (via Firefox). After having some pleasant conversation, I left my office at this point to help my grandmother. When I came back, I went back to WeeChat and we discussed documentation layouts. Then I went into Firefox and edited the Adélie MediaWiki with status updates on the 1.0-BETA2 roadmap.

After that, I used OpenSSH in Konsole to connect to the new x86_64 builder and set it up with the proper configuration to start building x86_64 packages again. A very boring half hour later I went and played a game of Spider Solitaire using KPat on my Talos while the builder ran rsync for the package cache and cloned necessary Git repositories.

Now were a few fixes to our Web site, which I accomplished using a mixture of vim and Kate on the Talos. Then I used TigerVNC to connect to a remote VM, our European mirror, to inspect its status for a potential hardware upgrade.

KDE packaging is up next. We still had a few packages left from the KDE Applications Suite, so I brought up KDE’s home page in Firefox and copied the URLs into Konsole for newapkbuild. I packaged a few more KDE Applications using my Talos, and once I was satisfied they were working correctly, I signed my commits with GPG and then pushed them via Git so that they could be built on our builders.

Then I wrote more documentation in Kate and talked with some people in WeeChat, until I was satisfied with the progress made. Then I opened VLC and watched a few videos from YouTube before heading off to bed.


Wasn’t that the single-most boring blog post you ever read, just as I said it would be? I don’t know why so many people wanted me to write this out …

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