Carrying a wiki in my heart

Twenty months ago my friend Jason took eir own life. That doesn’t sting nearly as much now, but the roots of my feelings go very deep.

I had a difficult challenge on the technical end, because I hosted the services Jason used. I put the blog up on the Internet Archive. The domain lapsed and I intentionally stopped paying attention as the various services faded away… except for this one server.

It costs me about $20 a month to run a wiki that isn’t publicly available. It is mostly a catalog of lessons on logic and a directory of summaries from various philosophers. Fascinating, really. Deserving of being shared on IA, or transcribed into an active wiki more resilient that one written by a dead guy and hosted by their friend.

But here’s the rub: Jason, in eir infinite fucking wisdom, left a suicide note in the wiki.

I hate that. It taints the whole bucket, because I am not going to editorialize this incomplete body of knowledge, but I am angered at the thought of preserving this public statement. And so I just left the server running.

I just deleted the server.

I will carry Jason forward for as long as this transient nature will allow, but it will be in the imperfect medium of memory, where anger wanes and the edges soften over time. No citation needed.

GitLab has issue boards on the roadmap

I was looking over the roadmap for GitLab, and noticed Issue Boards is planned for GitLab 8.11. As in kanban style boards.

Neato! I probably get a little too excited about kanban popping up in the dev tools I use, but I find it super useful. I’ve already gotten use to the issue tracking in GitLab, and I could see issue boards helping teams visualize what they are working on, which has been my experience in the last couple years. In fact, I once had a conversation with someone that enthusiastically asked me if I had heard of kanban at the Hub. It is catching on with lots of different info workers!

Firefox Hello discontinued, WebRTC going strong

Firefox Hello, the WebRTC interface baked into Firefox and then released as an add-on, will be discontinued in Firefox 49. WebRTC is suite of technology that allows for communicating over the web, notably through video chat.

They aren’t strong, but I always have feelings when Mozilla adds or removes something from Firefox. In this case it isn’t about the Hello service, which I used in some capacity, but rather that I can’t find any info on how they came to this decision. No doubt it is available somewhere, but I am not willing to dig through mailing list archives to find it.

For those worrying about Hello stopping, there are alternatives, some of which are listed on that support page. I’ve had decent experiences with Jitsi.

Are there any other open source video chat services you’d recommend?