News News News…

Really there isn’t a whole lot of news to put here.  Not a huge amount of stuff has really been going on here, or much with the whole overall business, but let’s look at what might be going on.

  • LedgerSMB
  • Matrix
    • Synapse publicly installed
    • Vector er Riot privately installed
      • Note, not sure about a public install right now.
    • IRC Bridge thoughts
  • Open Psychology Project moved.
  • SSL issues
  • DMP Develop work
  • Linode gentoo install news
  • Patreon updates

LedgerSMB

We have been working on getting LedgerSMB up and running.  Currently we are running two different versions, and have been finding (and reporting) bugs we find.  I think a lot of what we have needed to do, has actually been done.

We have been trying to find a way to have a pretty easy install of LedgerSMB on Gentoo.  This may be difficult to really do beyond being able to provide enough to know that you have what is needed to run LedgerSMB, but we are working on it.

Matrix

This is something that we’ve been working on for some time.  Initially we started playing around with the Matrix Chat Protocol mostly because LedgerSMB has been working on their dev/user chat (but a lot of it is dev, not user) on Matrix.

I had been using Slack for the “business end” chatting stuff, and it looked like Matrix could replace most, if not all of the things that Slack was doing for us regarding that.  And, it was trivial to setup registration for our own server once we got it up and running.

Synapse public install

Synapse is what Matrix calls a “home server” or maybe a “homeserver”.  It is the server which the chat services are run off of.  I have a Synapse server setup on DMP Develop.  It is a bit of a tricky setup.  And “rightly so” it requires a SSL certificate which we have decided to get from Let’s Encrypt.

I have recently upgraded so that the server now is supporting end-to-end encryption (if the client supports it, which only Vector Web Riot Web supports right now as far as I know).

Vector Web Riot Web install

I installed Vector Web locally (gentoo server on LAN), which I recommend for most people.  I believe I will be able to provide packages which will allow people to install it locally, possibly even without any kind of webserver at all (as long as they can get your client to open the necessary file).

My reasons for not offering a publicly hosted version of the client, is it opens up to what is usually called “Cross Site Scripting” or XSS.  What this means is that there can be ways that code can be injected into a web page which poses a security issue.  Specifically JavaScript often.

I will be looking at seeing if the built versions actually can be successfully used by other people.  It would be helpful to actually have a few people willing to test some of this out.

IRC Bridge thoughts

I have been wanting to look into getting a bridge to IRC up and going.  There is one channel in particular that I would like to run the IRC bridge to.

I really don’t know what will be involved with this.  But I think I will be giving it a go in short order.  I’m not exactly sure though.

Moving Open Psychology Project

I have moved the Open Psychology Project website from the existing site/server which was hosted on one host, and was probably “further away” than I had intended, but that host was closing that datacentre, and was making it so we had to move our servers either to Europe (Luxembourg, or Paris, France), or move to another host entirely.

My first site I tried to move (and did successfully) was the dmp-develop.com site.  I found that the process was a huge pain the the backside (I tried to do it 8 times before I managed to get it successfully transferred) and am feeling that I would really rather not be hosting sites which are largely used by people in North America (as best I can tell) in Europe.

So I started asking around.  I found that linode was well respected amongst the community I connected with through Matrix.  So I decided that when I started looking at other sites being moved, I would give it a try.  In fact I posted about moving this site (before I’d got it completed), and was really quite happy with it.

One issue seems to still remain with the Open Psychology Project which I haven’t managed to have addressed.  That is that the “JetPack by WordPress” plugin is not able to talk back and forth between the site, and the “team” seems to be on retreat until Friday (or maybe Monday)?

SSL issues

Been looking at SSL certificate issues.  Currently this site is not running any form of SSL/HTTPS, as the previous one had expired, and I have not managed to get the current one up and running.  So, if you actually care, everything you are sending to this site, is probably being sent as “plain text”.

This actually is not a huge issue for most stuff.  But if you are sending anything which you consider “personally identifying” please consider how valuable you consider that information.  It seems unlikely that it’s being sniffed except maybe for anyone who is on an “unknown network”.  Which includes all unsecured networks, as well as any which are using WEP protocol.

DMP Develop work

I know this really isn’t all that newsworthy.  I have managed to create a bit of a roadmap in terms of direction for the dmp-develop project.  It has been a bit of a trudge getting to this point.  Still, every little bit actually does help.

Currently most of what we are looking at is figuring out how to handle installation, including handling of the database.  And then, probably looking after we manage the basics of that, will be working on “package installation”.  If things go well, by this time in October I hope to at least have a little bit of an actually working site going…

Linode Gentoo install update

After having plugged away at Linode gentoo install, I am now feeling that there probably is a good reason to actually tackle this more manually in the future.  It feels that if I install on pretty much any virtual machine, I should be able to get gentoo to successfully install, but that likely will be a while before actually having it happen.

Patreon updates

It feels that September so far has been a “slow month” for Patreon supported posts.  And it has indeed been such.  I will be putting a “Why support me on Patreon” post up fairly soon, which I hope to accompany with a video.

If you would like to support us on Patreon, we would be very happy.  Even if you are going to simply support us at a $1.00/thing level that would really be helpful for us right now.  And if you want to go well beyond that?  Well, we certainly won’t at all be complaining.  Thank you for taking the time to read, or at least look at this…

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