Atom 1.26

Atom 1.26 has been released on our stable channel and includes GitHub package improvements, fuzzy-finder support for Teletype and file system watcher improvements.

GitHub package improvements

The GitHub package’s Git pane now displays a list of recent commits for quick reference:

This list is read-only for now but will become more interactive in future releases.

The Git authentication dialog also gained a “Remember” checkbox to enable you to store your username and password:

Your credentials are saved securely in your operating system’s credential store so that they can be used for future Git operations.

Fuzzy-finder support for Teletype

When you’re coding together with Teletype, you can now use the fuzzy-finder to quickly open any file shared by the host.

Atom’s fuzzy-finder is your one-stop shop for lightning-fast access to the local files and the remote files in your workspace.

File system watcher improvements

Our file system watchers will now fall back to polling if the operating system is unable to


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A LaTeX Client for Mastodon

README.md

A LaTeX Mastodon client.
To run:
Obtain a client secret and access token. It is assumed you know how to do this.
Run the client like: python3 latexclient.py
Point your favourite pdf reader to client.pdf and set it to auto-refresh. I recommend okular.
(Do not actually run this. It’s bad, a joke, probably insecure)


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Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond to questions with answers they design – like “Who’s the best mom in the world?,” for example.
You could also create a skill that includes helpful information for the babysitter, which could be triggered by the command, “Alexa, open My Sitter,” Amazon suggests.
“Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family,” explained Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa, in a statement about the launch. “You don’t need experience building skills or coding to get started—my family created our own jokes skill in a matter


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4.9% of Websites Use Flash, Down From 28.5% in 2011

Web makers continue to ditch the infamous Flash for other safer, improved technologies. In 2011, more than 28.5 percent of websites used Flash in their code, a figure technology survey site W3Techs estimates to have dropped to 4.9 percent today. BleepingComputer: The number confirms Flash’s decline, and a reason why Adobe has decided to retire the technology at the end of 2020. A decline from 28.5 percent to 4.9 percent doesn’t look that bad, but we’re talking about all Internet sites, not just a small portion of Top 10,000 or Top 1 Million sites. Taking into account the sheer number of abandoned sites on today’s Internet, the decline is quite considerable, and W3Techs’ findings confirm similar statistics put out by a Google security engineer in February.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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Ursa Labs: an innovation lab for open source data science

Funding open source software development is a complicated subject. I’m excited
to announce that I’ve founded Ursa Labs (https://ursalabs.org), an
independent development lab with the mission of innovation in data science
tooling.
I am initially partnering with RStudio and Two Sigma to assist me in
growing and maintaining the lab’s operations, and to align engineering efforts
on creating interoperable, cross-language computational systems for data
science, all powered by Apache Arrow.
In this post, I explain the rationale for forming Ursa Labs and what to expect
in the future.
Funding Open Source Software: Maintenance and Innovation
In recent years, the world’s businesses have become more dependent than ever on
open source software (“OSS”, henceforth). How and why this happened will surely
be the subject of future books and research, but at present we are faced with
existential challenges as we endeavor to keep making open source “work” for
everyone.
In my experience, open source projects feature two dominant archetypal modes:
innovation and maintenance. The innovation stage often occurs


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Scuttlebutt, a Decentralized Alternative to Facebook

On July 15, 2014, I decided to delete my Facebook account. The social media behemoth had gone too far in using all our personal data for profit, psychological research, and crowd manipulation. I was done.
I wanted to take back what was mine and leave the platform, which meant downloading all of my data. But I was surprised to find that when I clicked the “Download” button on the settings page, all I got back was a copy of my profile page.
As a computer programmer, I knew that Facebook keeps users’ pictures, private conversations, lists of friends, likes, shares, locations, technical data about users’ devices, and much more, and stores it all in their data warehouses around the world. The vast majority of my personal data was missing. I took it anyway, and deleted my account.
A lot has changed since then, including how much you can take with you when you


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Get Started with Blockchain Using the new AWS Blockchain Templates

Many of today’s discussions around blockchain technology remind me of the classic Shimmer Floor Wax skit. According to Dan Aykroyd, Shimmer is a dessert topping. Gilda Radner claims that it is a floor wax, and Chevy Chase settles the debate and reveals that it actually is both! Some of the people that I talk to see blockchains as the foundation of a new monetary system and a way to facilitate international payments. Others see blockchains as a distributed ledger and immutable data source that can be applied to logistics, supply chain, land registration, crowdfunding, and other use cases. Either way, it is clear that there are a lot of intriguing possibilities and we are working to help our customers use this technology more effectively.
We are launching AWS Blockchain Templates today. These templates will let you launch an Ethereum (either public or private) or Hyperledger Fabric (private) network in a


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New Alexa Blueprints Let Users Make Custom Skills Without Knowing Any Code

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Amazon just released a new way for Alexa users to customize their experience with the virtual assistant. New Alexa Skill Blueprints allow you to create your own personalized Alexa skills, even if you don’t know how to code. These “blueprints” act as templates for making questions, responses, trivia games, narrative stories, and other skills with customizable answers unique to each user. Amazon already has a number of resources for developers to make the new skills they want, but until now, users have had to work within the confines of pre-made Alexa skills. Currently, more than 20 templates are available on the new Alexa Skill Blueprints website, all ready for Alexa users to personalize with their own content. Any blueprint-made skills you make will show up on the “Skills You’ve Made” section of the blueprints website. While these skills will exist for


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