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Oct 04 2017
04 October 2017 - 02:09

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Open Linux Forums. We're still straightening things out a little around here, but hopefully everything should be back to normal soon enough.

The first thing you may notice is that we're using different forum software! This is FlaskBB instead of the old guard, SMF. I picked this software for a number of reasons:

  • It's written in python, which I know fairly well and can probably fix if something breaks
  • It's written by sh4nks, a programmer whose libraries I've used in production software before
  • It doesn't require javascript for most of its functionality (although it does make the post editor a little nicer)
  • I like it

There are a few differences from the older forum, though - the main one being that this forum uses markdown instead of bbcode for formatting posts. In my opinion, this is a net win. Markdown is much easier on the eyes and is human readable even when not rendered. If you're confused, click the question mark icon in the post editor.

Sign up now to get your premium low uids. I've got dibs on 1 though, haha.

06 October 2017 - 16:04

We're still slowly working on new features. I'll post new things as they arrive here.

First on the list: youtube embeds! Just paste a properly formatted youtube url and it will appear as an embedded video. If you don't want it embedded, you can put it in a code block or a named link, like so:


[youtube vid](

youtube vid

Url styles that will get transformed: (https:// and www optional) (https:// optional)

14 January 2018 - 01:17


He's had a long run but this weekend is definitely it for him.

12 January 2018 - 02:05

I posted some of Rob's music on the old forum and he's still doing interesting stuff. Recently, he's been doing musical challenges and producing songs that have no business sounding good considering the constraints on them.

Only using one fret:

Touching every fret:

14th fret capo (pins the strings to a very high fret, greatly reducing the number of notes available):

Deaf metal (skip to 5 minutes to hear him actually play it):

03 January 2018 - 15:40

tl;dr: Intel processor architecture flaw allows unprivileged code to read any memory it wants, forcing true kernel memory isolation which is a huge hit to performance.
Probably a 5-30% performance hit to pretty much everything. AMD processors appear to be unaffected.

Intel's CEO just sold a bunch of his stock. Things are not looking good. I'm ticked because I just built an Intel machine. Overall, really irritating.