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Johan Bové

Journal Update

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Today I'm in my fourth week of forced working from home-office.

Some moments I seem to think we have it all under control and we're actually managing to combine baby sitting and working at the same time, but then the two-year old in my son resurfaces and he needs attention every 15 seconds.

We love spending time with him, but the combination with a sprint plan deadline is making me a bit short-fused and nervous. I'm keeping my cool however by realizing how lucky we are, compared to many families in the World and especially in Italy.

Still feeling pretty bad how much TV he needs to see to keep him busy. It does seem that he is starting to be able to play on his own for a - little - while longer. He likes the V-Tech MagicBook 3D interactive toy, especially the little 3D animations. He's so clever.

We got him more cars and a garage and the biggest extension set of the Lillabo Ikea train (50 pieces!) - So it's not like he has a shortage in toys, it's just that he's only two.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Journal Update

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Week three of forced home office is almost over. Thanks to the electronic baby sitter aka TV we are able to get some work hours in.

Went to the supermarket this morning around 8:20. Weren't many people around. Aldi Süd installed protective screens for their cashiers.

Still a bit of a shortage of pasta and rice, otherwise all food is still plenty there. It did seem that the shop was a little understaffed.

At the DM I had to leave a package of disinfectant swipes, even when it was in a different size, because the cashier said only one package a customer was allowed. I tried to negotiate, but apparently size doesn't matter.

At the bakery they had installed hanging sheets of plexy glass as a protective screen above the counter. Thought it was a smart way to be able to prevent the nice people working there from getting sick.

Johan Bové

Journal Update

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The news and measures about the corona virus are giving me anxiety caused nightmares. I feel genuinely scared about what is happening. Worried about my family and my friends and colleagues. Worried that we might not have enough supplies. Worried about how the World As We Knew it is over. Perhaps I've seen too many apocalyptic movies and TV.

I've been away from the office at home for five weeks now. Working from home was okay until my son couldn't go to the kindergarten anymore and then last Friday, my laptop broke. I got the machine replaced. Hopefully I can be somewhat productive again today.

We're together in this until at least April 16th when the schools can reopen. Today is March 17th. A complete lock down of Germany might still happen. For how long is totally unclear? I need to make an inventory of the food and supplies in the house.

Nathan is great and developing. He's also starting to talk much more. And he even formed little sentences. It is however tough keeping him busy without simply turning on the TV. Worried what this is doing to his development?

Johan Bové

Secure Scuttlebutt First Impressions

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I've been dugg into Secure Scuttlebutt and Dat since a couple of weeks. This peer-to-peer Internet of Humans (and bots) is intriguing. The community is very friendly and the open-source software projects and implementations inspiring. My wish would be that it would be even easier to get friends and family on to Scuttlebutt (or SSB). There are still some technical hurdles to overcome. But I believe the future looks bright!

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Music albums I should get on CD

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According to my scrobble history I really should buy these albums on CD:

Aesop Rock - Skelethon (Deluxe)
Booka Shade - The Sun The Neon Light
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Bonobo - Black Sands
Band Of Skulls - By Default
DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age

And many more.

Going to have to make an order at A&O Medien in Düsseldorf.

Johan Bové

My Recommended Web Dev Sources

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As a web developer, one of my challenges is keeping up-to-date. So I follow a lot of different web development publishing sources. Amongst others, these are the main ones I find myself reading the most articles from:


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Using Keybase GPG to sign git commits and tags

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With the Keybase application installed on the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" command line, export the pgp Keybase key and import it into the local gpg keychain.

I also had to add this code into the ~/.bashrc file to make the gpg passphrase prompt work in WSL:

# enable passphrase prompt for gpg
export GPG_TTY=$(tty)

Pull someones pgp key from their Keybase profiles:

$ keybase pgp pull johanbove

List the current keys in your gpg key chain:

$ gpg --list-secret-keys --keyid-format LONG

Export the pgp key to import it in gpg:

$ keybase pgp export -q 4AAE11D0B6A8D5E8 | gpg --import
$ keybase pgp export -q 4AAE11D0B6A8D5E8 --secret | gpg --allow-secret-key-import --import

Testing the gpg key:

$ echo "test" | gpg --clearsign

Setting up git to use the key:

$ git config --global user.signingkey B6A8D5E8

Setting the trust level of the imported key:

$ gpg --list-keys
$ gpg --edit-key E44E71105E920276ED1693294AAE11D0B6A8D5E8

Following the instructions to set the trust on a gpg key.

Creating an annotated and signed git tag:

$ git tag -a -s v1.0.0 -m "Release v1.0.0 signed"

Verifying the git tag:

$ git tag -v v1.0.0


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Keybase Spacedrop ended

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I’m happy the space drop is over for me. Lumens should have never been linked to a monetary value like it was done, to avoid hoarding hackers. The whole thing almost ruined Keybase for a lot of people. However the concept of the Stellar network still has huge potential. Keybase was on its way to become a crucial key factor in a more secure, verified Internet, but became out of greedy gold rush motivations, almost malicious. I hope Keybase will still become the connected, secure communication and verification platform it was meant to be.