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ooooooookeeee I scheduled ALL memes. For the next 2.5 months we have scheduled memes. 2-3 a day. Social networks will be busy! Also, I added our instagram to our curated news so you can see these images on tromsite too ;) https://www.tromsite.com/tools-2/news-list/ (or choose cards layout). Tomorrow I can finally say I am done with The Origin of Most Problems book and I can do other stuff. I will focus on tromjaro so we can release it soonish I hope. Let's see how it goes.
On super cool thing about manjaro that ill share now: it will create an automatic backup of the system every time people update their system. so, updates coming, people click update and tromjaro creates a backup and then updates. i LOVE that because is so useful. it means that people only have to know how to restore their backups in case something really bad happens with any update. i love to make it super easy for people to use tromjaro. you should not ask people to take care of their system, the system should take care of itself! thats the goal here: make this operating system so simple and awesome to use, that it puts windows and macos in the "ugly" corner :D
Ziad worked a lot today to redo our live updates. so far so amazing! i love it! there is one bug though and the animation for new updates goes on continuously it seems, when the live updates are opened. but i love the implementation. when new updates are available now the little top arrow animates in a way that is a lot more obvious. hopefully people understand to click that to open the live updates.
So do you like the new tromcast layout? because it will look better next time ahha. Cody added the wrong filter so some of our videos are cropped weirdly. But think of it as a feature: a cool new effect! Anyways, great tromcast! We'll make more on the topic no worries! Also, back pains and headaches....from sitting down too much. I still have to finish up the memes for the new book. Will do these days. Tomorrow I have a meeting with Roman about Tromjaro. Can't wait to release that puppy! Lots of stuff to do!
Thank you Roma so much for the 150 Euro donation via Paypal! And here's the message he sent: "The origin of most problems book is tromendous work. Hope to have a chance to read it all through soon, so excited! And thank you for all your hard-working days and nights! " - Not only that Roma is helping TROM financially, he is also a Linux programmer and he will help with TROMjaro! :) Wonderful people! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
I updated the origin of most problems book last night. fixed a bunch of typos and a few design things. i didnt check it all gain page by page. i have backups in case something went wrong with it :D. but well it takes 1-2 hours to update this book so let's hope i dont have to do this often! :D
Ok so I massively underestimated the memes thing for this book...I already made enough memes to schedule for like 2 months and I am half way through....so will take me 2 or so days to finish....damn....is alright. At least we will have tons of stuff to post on social networks. I would like to make it in a way to share on tromsite.com too, like on trom curated news, but that would mean linking our insta with it or something like that....hm.....maybe I'll do that?¿ Will see!
Ok so we made it now so that when we post an update is more obvious because people missed that. At least the ones who are not aware of our live updates. Now the logo arrow goes red and the logo "shakes" or "bounces" from time to time, like a proper notification!. i hope is not annoying and we can tweak it, but i feel is way more obvious now. we'll try not to spam you here with the updates no worry. thanks to Ziad for this!
Recently I was interviewed by a german online magazin. Today the Interview is online. It´s basically about TROM, who we are, what we do and what our plans are. You can read it here (it´s in german): https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/eine-neue-welt
btw never forget that there are some people at TROM that you don't get to see or hear from, like Ziad. He is helping with tromsite all the time. Fixing stuff doing things. So all my respect for the guy, helping TROM for the past years. Always being there. Much respect!
I also finished another TROM Voices. These are not new videos but remastered videos. I would love to have the time to make more videos and maybe I will. I don't lack motivation, only time and at times money. But really is time. Even if I had thousands of euros at my disposal I won't be able to do more personally, because is impossible. But I would support other people to do other kind of work so I won't have to.
Mission aborted for today. I could not boot into the live usb....apparently my computer is retarded :D. I got into this kind of issues before. Will try more tomorrow. Let's do some memes out of the book and get to my to-do list!
I am going to reinstall tormjaro on my own laptop since whne i did it months ago i forgot to encrypt it and no way i stay with my system unencrypted :D. thing is i have so many custom stuff on my tromjaro....let's see if i can bring it back to life in a few hours or a few days :))). then ill deal with memes for the new book and other stuff
The trade-free logo poll is over today. I need a bit of time to figure out how to move forward with it. In May lots of TROM-people :) come to visit me and we'll spend some 3 weeks together and I want to postpone the trade-free.org thing so that we brainstorm together about it. Thanks a bunch to all who voted for the logo and probably we will choose between the first 3 on the list if we get no new suggestions in the meantime. We will update everyone about trade-free.org here on tromsite. Also, about our meeting. We may post photos and videos. Excited!
Checked the book page by page again. Every time i update the book and add to tromsite.com i need to test it because errors can happen when conversion happens or optimization. I found 4 small errors.... :D - they can wait.
Book updated. Ok I didn't manage to feel any celebration today since it was all work :D. No problems, it is normal. The big downside is that it takes about an hour and a half to update a book and that consist in the saving of the entire project (the Draw), then exporting to PDF, then converting the PDF and optimizing for tromsite.com. But, well, is a massive book and I love it (both the book and my work on TROM). Starting tomorrow I'll deal with making memes out of the book + the many other things on my to-do list. I'll update here as usual.
Ok. So all book checked. Very tough to check! And man this book is not made to read it all in one sitting....too LOOOONG :D. There is no way I would recommend that. If you want to read it, take a few weeks to go through it. I mean it. Through the thousands of links/videos/sources whatever. It is a WEALTH of information in there. I am sure there are typos, broken links, and the like. After all it is 1140 pages long. Can't make it perfect. I want to praise Libre Office Draw for working so amazingly great. NO crash what so ever. They seem to have pushed great updates. Very happy with it. It is however impossible to properly edit this book into Draw unless you have some 32GB of RAM and some 10GB of swap. I will rely on the fact that people can edit the PDF in a PDF editor. The Draw project is for me. My computer can handle it. I am now going to work on building the index of the book and credits (some 2 pagers at the beginning). The I will export into PDF and maybe will publish. Let's see. I am tired as fuck. So from 14:00 till now (00:00) all I did was sitting down and checking the book. Honestly. And I eat and that's it. 8 hours. And the last parts of the book I only looked over it very quickly.
Some preliminary tests before going to sleep. So the Draw project (if I unite the two of them for the entire book) is about 570 high res pages. 600MB in size. That's not bad. But if you open it with Draw and start editing it, it eats some +20GB of RAM: WOW! Who in the world besides me with 32GB or RAM will be able to edit it? But if it works well for me, and so far it did. then that's how it will end up in one single Draw file rather than 2. Because 2 Draw files are a lot more messy. I would have to export, unite, then split from landscape to portrait, more last page from 2nd position to last. Difficult. I want all in one place. Let's see how big the PDF will be. Damn I don't think anyone in the world made a super high resolution 1.100+ pages book into Draw....maybe I should contact the LibreOffice Foundation to feature us on their website like: "Hell boy, look you can make HYUGE books into Draw!" :D - k i'll decide tomorrow on these.
Oh, also, a new redesign for our tools page https://www.tromsite.com/tools/ (much better now!) - we will add here all of the tools we make! I also fixed some tromsite.com pages (design wise). I was super efficient these past hours. In theory we can release the book tomorrow. Let's hope tomorrow there won't be new issues that will bring me down again :D - so I can celebrate the release (mentally celebrate).
Ok so I added all links to the book. Basically the book is done. But I need to check it ALL tomorrow and do some fixes here and there and also write a short description text for the entire book and an "index" for it all since it is so huge so that people can navigate it easily. Well, you kind human who helped me after reading the messages here, really helped me get out of that depressing mental state. Managed to finish the book quicker ;) - you know, in this world there are some people who are illegally kind. They should be put into jail! They don't belong in this messed up trade-based society.
Some amazing human being, reading these, helped in a big way. I can only say that I am now slowly uplifting my mental state and I aim to release the book very soon. The kindness of some people for the past years makes me uncomfortable in the sense that it is too much of it and I don't know how to handle it. Ok, I am getting back to work, my situation (at least for the moment) greatly improved thanks to this one human being.
So, picture this. With 560 Euros a month I have to maintain tromsite.com, videoneat.com, tromjaro.com, trade-free.org, tiotrom.com, musikwave.com. Hosting, backups, domains. I have to work everyday to ensure they are all working properly (updates, spams, mail, etc.) - web dev would understand what I'm talking about. I need to pay for services like pixton or hootusite and dropbox for our books and backups. I need to pay my medial insurance, food, Internet (a good one -expensive- because I bloody decentralize hundreds or thousands of VN stuff and TROM stuff); need to have a relaxed mind in order to do research for TROM books and write them, then design. Have the patience to deal with TROMJaro technical stuff (when creating it, when people ask me how to fix it); manage tromsite.com videos and subtitles (not easy); participate to tromcast every single week; trying to listen to other people who join TROM and be "there for them" in case they need help with anything they work on; answer emails; getting involved with open source projects to report bugs to improve for Linux or TROMjaro in particular; decentralize VN stuff (not easy); stop the bloody spammers on VN (not easy); design books or make videos; post updates about all these...I have more than a full time job, yet I am 100% unable to live on my own. A rent here is about 300-400 Euros (at the cheapest). Say I pay a rent. Now I have 150-200 Euros left. 100-150 I spend on services for the above websites. 58 for my health insurance. Only if I charge from the sun and get free Wifi from the Moon, I would be able to survive in such conditions. It is tough. My only "hope" atm is that several TROM-folks come to visit me for about 3 weeks (we rented something together) then a few want to stay here or just move together. So, maybe we will move together and split the costs so I/we can keep working on these projects. Their financial situation is not shiny either. Anyways, trying to finish the book and release, but at the moment I am not very "creative" and "motivated". That's what happens behind TROM ;) - sometimes I forget that I am poor as fuck, because I live an extremely modest life and don't buy anything really, except food. But if I were to spend 50Euros on something, that's 50Euros more than I can afford. Ok, I'll focus on the projects now....
And man last night I was over the moon after I finished the design. And what a difference it is today. I want to at least see the book released and then I'll see about other stuff. Money money money my friends. Keep in mind, TROM is built on a house of cards in terms of finances. A slight blow from a certain direction and will destroy everything. Sure, our materials are decentralized so no worries, but if I get financially impaired then no work on new TROM stuff (most of it), and no work on tromsite.com, tromjaro, videoneat, and a lot more. I honestly need more financial support to move forward. At least to take care of my needs. Else the house of cards will fall down at one point and I can't rebuild it. Sorry for sounding so depressing, maybe (I hope) the situation will change very soon at least in terms of the mental-state.
Well...I wanted to celebrate that I finished the book design but today I woke up to a very bad financial situation in my family. Seems very bad. So, it can only smell like stress and depression. Let's see if I can finish the book today and release tomorrow, then I'll see about the other things. The situation forces me to pay more money than I have, so I don't know how to fly when I have no wings to begin with. At one point I may try jumping off a cliff and see if I can fly without wings. Last night we talked about modern slavery, and the ironic situation is that I woke up to seeing slaves being enslaved again. Probably I'll write a short rant on my tiotrom.com 'cause that's the only thing I can do :( - there we go, 1.5 years of working hard on this book and when finally done, instead of celebrating and feeling relaxed, I feel really down and depressed. Let's see how I'll get out of this ;)
So basically the book design is 100% done! WOW, finally! But Now there is one tool that i wanted to build for teh book, called tromlad to showcase all of what we have to offer in terms of trom project adn trade-free stuff.....and i am confused as to how to do it or if i should do it. maybe i will redesign our tools page and make it more interesting....i dont know. i hope to decide on that tomorrow. once that is done next steps: 1. add the links to the book; 2. check the first part of teh book (need to fix some typos and design stuff); 3. check the entire book (all of it); 4. figure out if i should merge the parts or release in 2 parts; 5. RELEASE! bam-bim-bom.
Riot seems to work again....man what a mess this was :D - they are trying to put it back. We use Riot for TROM as our main chat for teams or personal between us. Without it we are lost :D. What is great about this is that anyone can use/install on their servers, though it is probably complicated. So we use their servers and if their servers are hacked we are fucked :D. Anyways good to see it is back!
Despite these difficulties great podcast today! And so many people. These people at TROM are honestly amazing. The most kind and smart people I know. Period. Oh and the new layout for the cast that you see in the first part is very cool I think. I quickly made it today and we will have it set up for all future casts ;). Damn Jitsi for Linux is destroying any computer. I reported the bug again to them. It's a shame....I cannot stream because pf that. It killed my computer completely and luckily Cody came to the rescue and streamed. Ok, now back to work let's finish the design today and tomorrow I'll think about the "tromland" thing :)
Because Riot still does not work I created a TROM emergency Chat :D - we need it for tonights tromcast. So, those who can post on live can go here https://www.tromsite.com/the-emergency-trom-chat/ and we can keep in touch there for now. Make sure you are logged in to tromsite ;). Also be aware that the chat can be visible to everyone
Riot is not working at the moment - updates here https://twitter.com/matrixdotorg/with_replies - for all TROM people ;). Let's how it will get back very soon. Today we will have the tromcast and I will have to deal with it 100% since Cody and Dima are busy. Let's see how it goes :P . since I only have 1 monitor and might be very difficult to stream to 2 locations with 2 OBS Studio instances, i may only stream to Youtube. Will see.
95% book designed! Now I am building the TROMLAND! When that's done it will take me one more day to be done with the design! Wow believe me after I will publish this book I'll take 1 day off to just sit at the beach, under the sun, and smile of happiness hahaha. Happiness due to the result of the book, how it ended up, not because "I am done with it".
87% book designed! I was a machine today! :) - Tomorrow I predict I'll go to 95%. Because at that point I need to create a new TROMsite.com page to present a day in "tromland" - to briefly showcase how, if you use our TROM tools you can stay educated, learn about the world, get involved, use digital tools, etc.. You'll see. I don't have a good idea about how that page could look like, but I predict it will take me one day to do it. All in all I am getting so so so so close to finish this mammoth of a book. Of course after the design is done I need to add the links to the text, then check the first part of the book and fix some typos people reported, then export both parts as PDF and find a proper way to unite the two PDFs into one. But well, these are not super difficult things to do.