• There is a fascinating discussion on emacs-devel discussing how to bring more participation to the core packages (and bringing more packages to the core) that does not involve lowering emacs requirements.
• The 32 bits version of picolisp has been modified to compile in 64 bits mode, which means that it now runs on macos :)
• Just to make sure that I had lots of stuff on my procrastination plate, I tried to build the most recent IceCat on macos 10.15, like I did 2 years ago (documented on my blog) and it looks like the standard lib for c++ has changed so I'm hitting a wall. But I guess it's just a workaround away.
• 3 days ago I was thinking, "Hey what about organizing a worldwide conference about that free software that I use every day ?" You know one of those days when you're a bit depressed and you just want to do something big ? Well, I decided to just do a free Q/A support session on Jitsi and I still had 5 people coming from Finland/Spain/France/Belgium and that was pretty cool. And we identified issues, proposed solutions and even though it was just one hour it was really nice and encouraging.
• Last week I decided that I would go back to what I'm not too bad at: writing tech stuff about my category of work on the Mac. And I'd pepper that with spending time learning new tools related to my trade. So I decided to recycle the #learnanewtool hashtag on twitter, move my discussion list to groups.io from googlegroups, do some cleaning, etc.
Being at home (not compulsory in Japan but strongly recommended) has changed a lot of things for me and my wife, including no commute time and no wasted time in the office (still a rent to pay though).
That leaves a lot of time to be with (adolescent) kids, fixing stuff at home and all the rest. For "us" here there is no need to reopen anything because it was all open, free to access and contribute to in the first place. And even though all this only happens behind the screen and in our CPUs, everything we do has real implications in the real locked down (or not) world. We can help people now, and tomorrow when things get better, we can help people with better ways to solve problems, by working more together and respecting more each other. People who now have the time to think about that and act on that really have a duty to step forward because the world is a sad mess right now.