Antranig Vartanian

June 5, 2024

I’m having a hard time understanding how these BootCamps work. Their whole value is teaching people how to code, sometimes they also teach programming, but not always. As far as I can tell, they never teach how to use a computer, which is weird.

Take car mechanics as an example, I assume they know how to use a car and the basics of how it works before they start fixing things. But the same doesn’t seem to be true about coding/programming.

I met with a couple of students today who were going to a BootCamp to learn coding-y, DevOps-y and Security things, but they were not able to define what an OS process is. They also had a hard time interacting with a computer.

How did we get here? No, this is not a rhetorical question, I really want to know.

I’m not saying that everyone should know everything about every operating system, but during your work, where you get paid, you will need to use tools such as grep, AWK, xargs, etc.

I remember, once, years ago, I was supposed to teach “security” to a group of students, but I realized it would be more helpful if I teach them Unix and computer networking, so we ended up doing that.

Months after their graduation, I saw one of the students, and he asked me “hey, can we do these Unix classes again? Looks like they were important”.

I ended up mentoring him, and now he does mostly Taco Bell programming and he gets things done.

My feeling is that we need a book for everyone that’s named “learn this before learning how to program” and we teach basic things such as process management, service management, the Unix shell, how a computer network works, etc.

But alas, I barely have time to blog, however I feel that this computer book would be a best seller everywhere.

Back to work, cheers.

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Antranig Vartanian

June 1, 2024

The cab driver is playing classical music, Symphony in C: IV. Finale (Allegro Vivace) by Orchestre National de France & Jean Martinon to be more specific and I’m loving it.

Looks like someone will be getting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a large tip.

I’m pretty sure it’s radio (I can see the music player) but it’s still lovely.

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Antranig Vartanian

May 11, 2024

We have moved the Vishap Oberon Compiler GitHub organization to vishapoberon, this is part of our new rebranding. The new domain will be and we will finally have some ecosystem up and running, such as OberonByExample, official guide, docs, and compiler internals.

As a cautious hacker, I also created another organization that uses the old org name, since GitHub still allows org/repo hijacking.

Also, we have a new library coming soon, I think the scientific community will love it, as it computes 150x faster than the most common alternative.

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Antranig Vartanian

May 6, 2024

Well, Twitter is officially useless. All I get is engagement posts like “Do you use X or Y?” and the X or the Y are options such as Coke or Pepsi.

I know that they are different things, but the right answer here is water, or tea, or coffee.

And I keep changing from “For You” to “Following” but for some reason Twitter (currently known as X) keeps changing it back to “For You”.

I had to log out. Sorry Twitter, you were an important part of our life, but not anymore.

On the other hand, my Mastodon feed is really nice. There are some political things here and there that irritate me, but I care about what my friends have to say, even if I don’t agree with everything.

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Antranig Vartanian

April 26, 2024

I love ZFS…

root@evn0:/var/log/named # du -h -d 1
1.4G    .
root@evn0:/var/log/named # du -A -h -d 1
7.4G    .

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Antranig Vartanian

November 12, 2023

I spent some time and moved my What I Use page to WordPress. I finally have a good reason to use the details HTML tag.

I also updated the content! My new music player(s) is the iPod! More about that, soon!

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Antranig Vartanian

November 8, 2023

If you’re seeing this then the migration is done! The weblog has moved from to

I have also spent some time updating my About page, I hope I haven’t missed anything important. I will be adding more pages soon, such as link to friends, blogs that I read, what I use, etc.

I hope ActivityPub is working properly with the new domain.

Long Live The Web!

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Antranig Vartanian

October 31, 2023

Once a month, the WordPress app on my iPhone stops working. Specifically, it stops loading and sending data. It just “hangs” there. I’m honestly considering using the mobile web interface to blog remotely.

I wish there was MarsEdit for mobile…

Any alternatives or suggestions? Maybe I should use the “Post via Email” feature like back in the good old days 🙂

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Antranig Vartanian

October 26, 2023

The following happened in a group chat (technically, XMPP Multi-User Chat)

<inky> @antranigv, looks like the sarian website is broken again

<antranigv> @inky, fixed! It was an SSL/TLS certificate issue

<inky> @antranigv, It seems that now, the bot that cross-posts the submissions from sarian to here is not working

<antranigv> Looks like there’s an issue with Ruby. I have to upgrade it

<tigran> This is how the robot revolution begins!

<inky> If we are going to "do it", it will end just like it starts: one robot will fail because of SSL, the other because of a wrong version of ruby.

I’ve been ROFLing for 3 minutes now… xD


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