MEMO to all developers

Locking format customization to locales was a BAD mistake, has existed for years in many applications and OS's, and needs to be fixed.

The idea assumes that no person from the US uses metric. That NL wants to be tied to "DD/MM/YYYY', and to using a comma for decimal separator, that everyone in Sweden can speak Swedish.

Formats must be customizable.

Please boost.

We still have one more slot available. Has anyone got a show that they can post ?

@perloid @ken_fallon

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We have two slots available early next week. If you have not submitted a show (for a while) to #HPR then now is your time.

If you haven't done so already then send in a #introduction recording.

You can always ask @perloid or @ken_fallon for ideas.

A boost would be appreciated.

#HPR #hprcallforshows

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


New post: HPR3590: Directory Commands, via Hacker Public Radio #hpr May 06, 2022 at 02:00AM Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship .... James Webb Space Telescope.

OK better listen to @perloid and @mcnalu as they know what they're talking about.

Need a new years resolution that it fast and easy ? Use an app like Android Audio Recorder to record how you got into tech and post it to

We're short of shows and if you get yours in now you can enjoy a guilt free year !

@clacke I emailed you earlier about the comment you sent for show 3402. Mail was sent to

@archer72 I'm in the Hacker Public Radio room on Matrix BTW (though I rarely look at it)

@clacke I just tried writing a SQLite DB thing that runs multiple queries from a parsed data file, and decided to use Bash coproc to feed the queries in a loop. Might have been some file descriptor weirdnesses (not sure), but it works. Is it worth an following on from your show 2793?

@ademalsasa I use daily. I'm retired now but in my job I started by using StarOffice on Linux in preference to MS products, then moved to OpenOffice and later LibreOffice. I keep various logs of activities, and my daily step count, in Calc, have written up my (food) recipe collection in Writer and have used Draw for diagrams at various times.

@clacke I thought you might be interested to know that I have resurrected the project where I upload older HPR shows to It's a bit laborious and needed some new tools, but I have just finished uploading 866-870, and will continue to process blocks of shows on a regular basis.
Thanks for your question about this 😉 (or Today With a Techie) started 15 ½ years ago today. During that time we have released 3866 shows.

The idea was simple. A podcast where the shows are submitted by the listeners on any topic of interest to hackers.

As it happens, we have some free slots in the queue next week. So if you have a topic that is covered by a CC license, then please submit a show this weekend.

Contribute today and keep going for the next 15 ½ years.

@timttmy Looking forward to the first HPR show from our new contributor tomorrow!

I hope I interpreted the notes correctly. Tell me if not and I'll fix them. Kevin, your new shows are now on the HPR site. I created a new DOS series and assigned shows 3390, 3410 and 3430 to it. Please check and let me know of any issues!

A sad day today. We lost our little cat Misty to cancer. She was my daughter's cat really but she'd been my nearly constant companion for the past 11 years. She was a rescue cat we adopted on the 31st January 2010; a cute little tortoiseshell. RIP little buddy!

@SDF Email sent from in response to a notification arrives with the From address 'notifications@localhost' where they used to be from ''.

Makes filtering them a bit difficult 😉 Just been listening to TWiV where they were talking about the potential vaccine(s). They pointed out (as have others) that a vaccine may give 'sterilising immunity' meaning you can't catch COVID-19 again, or it'll give disease prevention meaning you can catch it but it will be very mild. Trouble is there's a likelihood that people with a mild case will be just as dangerous to others as people with the full disease since they'll be shedding virus. Masks will then continue to be needed! A clever bit of science communication regarding the effectiveness of masks in relation to COVID in particular:

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