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Guido van Rossum retires as Python's BDFL 😱

We were just discussing this on a recent episode, and now it's a reality!? I'm basically giving myself a permanent vacation from being BDFL, and you all will be on your own. After all that's eventually going to happen regardless -- there's still that bus lurking around the corner, and I'm not getting younger... (I'll spare you the list of medical issues.) He will not appoint a successor. What happens next?! Not even Guido knows: So what are you all going to do? Create a democracy? Anarchy? A dictatorship? A federation? Grab some 🍿 because this is gonna get interesting!

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Pēteris Caune healthchecks.io

Healthchecks – a watchdog for your cron jobs

I've wanted this for years, but apparently never enough to build it myself: A passive monitoring tool written in Python & Django. Set up your cron jobs, backup scripts, weekly email sending scripts, nightly data import jobs etc. to ping this service when they complete. When they don't send a ping on time, you receive an alert. The service offers a generous 20 free checks before you start paying. And since it's an open source Django app, you can set it up to run on your own infrastructure too.

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Sumana Harihareswara pyfound.blogspot.com

The new PyPI is finally in beta

The Python Package Index (started 15 years ago) has reached beta stage for version 2.0. We predict the full switch will happen in April 2018, so here's a heads-up about why we're switching, what's changed, and what to expect. The team is running Twitter and IRC-based livechat hours for the next few weeks so you can easily report problems you run into. As for what's new in v2: modern design and search, Markdown READMEs, and a way more scalable, sustainable backend.

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CloudTunes: your web-based music player for the cloud

Great idea and execution from Jakub Roztočil: CloudTunes provides a unified interface for music stored in the cloud (YouTube, Dropbox, etc.) and integrates with Last.fm, Facebook, and Musicbrainz for metadata, discovery, and social experience. It is similar to services like Spotify, except instead of local tracks and the fixed Spotify catalog, CloudTunes uses your files stored in Dropbox and music videos on YouTube.

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Collect your thoughts and notes without leaving the command line

jrnl is a great little text-based journaling tool with a command line interface. Why plain text files? I love this tidbit from the readme: you can put them into a Dropbox folder for instant syncing and you can be assured that your journal will still be readable in 2050, when all your fancy iPad journal applications will long be forgotten. At first blush, the interface looks really well thought out. I don't journal much, but jrnl just might get me started.

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