@hund Hah! This just made my morning. I'm a web dev, and Alexa sits in a basket with random wires / junk we've yet to throw out, so this list is right on the money.
@AsteroidMiner Haha! Great! :D
The one of these that doesn't seem quite as bad to me is the smart lock. I mean, sure, it's not very secure, but then it's not like a standard mechanical lock is that secure either—and a regular house burglar seems more likely to have a mechanical lockpick with them than to be able to hack even a basic smart lock.
(Not that I have any, but then I'm not great about even locking my doors, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
Pros aren't defeated by anything short of 24/7 armed guards, if the locks are too hard to pick they'll jimmy a window.
Junkies will just smash a window and try to get away before the cops show up...
What's the saying? Locks are for keeping honest people out.
@hund this gives me life
@aqui Great! :D
And we love "outdated" PC's too.
@hund I'd like to make an addendum to this one.
DIY Hackaday Enthusiast: I plugged all of the following additional bits in over USB! It's great!
Embedded Designers: I've not seen a USB device work properly and reliably since 1997 AND YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE ERRATA WE HAD TO WORK AROUND THEN TO GET EVEN THAT MUCH.
@hund I try to only surround myself with tech that suits my needs and not vice versa.
I've yet to find a /reasonable/ solution for smartphones though~
@Ayior Same here! I'm currently using a 3 year old Nexus 5X with Lineage OS without GApps. It's alright, but not 100% perfect. :)
Often Smartphones can be a way more useful tool than desktop computers or laptops. eg. for staying connected despite having a job that requires traveling. Also for a horrific huge number of unprivileged people a cheap #Android phone is the only affordable way to get connected to the internet.
@uniq thats why I use one, I'm using android atm. But its not the experience I would want from a smartphone, there are many things that bother me.
With android, much like Mac or Windows Desktops, I'm stuck using the thing the way the company wants me to use it, instead of Linux, where I'm free to change the behaviour of the OS to my needs. In short, there don't seem to be power user smartphones. Thats what I mean in the above post. (Still gotta try Custom Roms)
@Ayior actually Android phones give users way more freedom to customize than most others. eg. Fairphone2 comes with a lot of OS choises:
* official Android (default OS)
* #FaiphoneOpen (Vendor supported Android without Google Apps)
* #LineageOS (Community supported Android without Google Apps)
* @Ubports (Community supported Ubuntu Mobile)
* #SailfishOS (another Community Supported Linux based mobile OS)
* #PostMarketOS (Linux Distro for reviving old phones)
Thats my problem. Something that suits my software and hardware needs~
If I recall correctly @Fairphone is not available outside of Europe because of radio band regulations.
But #Fairphone2 is pretty old now and I'm hopeful they plan on expansion with their next device, while keeping all the good practices. Like a real commitment to ethical and long lasting design. And also to one of their amazing founding principle: "If you can't open it you don't own it."
@hund That's why guns are forbidden for civil in my country:)
@M_O_Z_G Haha! :D
@hund >trusting a gun
@ipslfn What? :)
This is just genius!
@jeybe Indeed! :D
@hund Very true. I still use a dumb-phone that I got used. It already has a colour display and crap camera, so newer than I'd want it to be. The 'work in IT' description is 100% accurate.
It's so funny how surprised 'normal' people are when I tell them.
@murks That's cool! I'm cautious as to what I add to my life these days. It's easy to live without things you never had in the first place, but it's harder to remove certain things, like a smartphone. :) But I have high hopes on real Linux phones soon.
@hund Hahah! This is so true! When you know too much, you understand why not to use certain stuff.
@hund nailed it!
I think having all the tech is ok when you own+control+understand it. I get a bit sad when tech itself is imbued with all the negative characteristics of how it can be used.
"Appropriate Technology" expreses this thing quite well --> http://lsa.colorado.edu/essence/texts/appropriate.htm
Maybe I'll read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Is_Beautiful too.
@staleg I don't speak Russian. :)
@hund my personal 1password is a paper notebook in my bookshelf. No one can remotely hack that.
@hugoestr Hm, why not just use a regular offline password manager? :)
@hund That can still be hacked into :p
@hugoestr No. AES is still unbreakable. Which I consider to be enough security for me. :)
@hund After reading this I found out my router is able to run OpenWRT and installed it. Now I wonder if it would also run Doom. I guess I live in both worlds.
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