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Heanet Raspbian mirror outage

If you live in Ireland and have a raspberry pi, or many open source linux distros, you might have noticed errors with yum or apt updates over the weekend of 21-22. Well so did I and found at least 2 others on regular raspi forums experiencing the same. So I looked up Heanet and found they have a public email for their NOC, so dropped them an email. Seems they had a hardware issue over the weekend and were waiting for a part. It arrived today Monday, and they mailed to let me know that the mirror is up. So if you redirected to another mirror, you can now put it back. Thanks to Craig and Brendan at the NOC for keeping Irish Open Source users happy!

Lyra McKee (1990 - 2019) - in memoriam

On Friday the unthinkable happened, while quickly checking over the news on my phone, the top story told me that Lyra McKee had been murdered in Derry. I didn't even get the second to think "surely some other Lyra McKee" because the photo was unmistakably THE Lyra - the Lyra I'd chatted to online on social media for nearly 5 years, the Lyra who had repeatedly sent kind thoughts whenever she thought I was upset.  The Lyra with whom a couple of times we had tried to meet up while she was quickly visiting Dublin, always falling apart on the day due to messy logistics.  THAT Lyra.

As I never had the choice of disbelief, my immediate instinct was anger: she wasn't just a random bystander, I thought, but someone targeted.  Unfortunately that is a narrative that has crept into many of the press reviews of Lyra.  But as more details came out, it became patently obvious that the target of the shooting was the local police who were policing a staged riot during which local…