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A mature fellow, with a hankering for control over my own computing.

I've admired Linux over the years, but have only just moved my main box over.

My distros:
Desktop: Mint 19 Cinnamon
Laptop: Mint 18 MATE
Old Laptop: Bodhi 4

Previously bewitched by OpenSUSE, Peppermint, Porteus, Lubuntu, Linux Lite.

Simplicity, Choice, Freedom and Control - along with Ethical, Sustainable computing all figure into my love for Linux.

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I update the apps on my phone manually because it gives me an opportunity to remove the apps that I am not using.

It only takes about 3 minutes per month. 🤷‍♂️


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week-long boycott of Amazon and virtual picket line starts this Sunday, March 7

support your fcomrades and their efforts to organize against a corporate juggernaut - don't use Amazon next week

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msync is out! A small release, but there's good stuff nonetheless.

* automatically cleans up old backups of queued posts
* man page now available
* windows build comes with a newer version of curl
* qpost is now even more useful

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Free is a Lie (2014)

And of course things got worse after 2014. Back then Twitter didn't even have an algorithmic timeline and Cambridge Analytica was just some startup.

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For those among you who have played and loved the 2000 game "B17 The Mighty 8th", well, they are coming back with a revamp!

Hit me with that nostalgia <3

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If you are interested in alternatives to centralized social networks like Facebook and Twitter, check out the latest episode of the Small Tech Foundation podcast about #decentralized social networks with Paul Frazee, cofounder of CTZN, hosted by @aral and @laura:

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@spelk Not surprised, but I can give you the skinny on Outriders for free: it isn't worth paying full price at launch. Wait until you can get a copy for $20, because if you've played Mass Effect or Gears of War then you've pretty much played Outriders already. Also, the "desperate sci-fi universe" touted by the game's promo copy is basically the backstory to C. S. Friedman's COLDFIRE TRILOGY plagiarized by edgelords.

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@starbreaker not sure about ed, but I love vim and emacs combo (doom emacs to be specific). This is some powerful voodoo.

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I got so confused when people said they 'had a Discord server'.

Apparently that's lies. None of them have a Discord server. They have an account.

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Public Service Announcement

The symbol # has many names, including "hash". Using a hash to make a tag word easier to search makes the whole construct a "hashtag".

Because people say things like "check out hashtag 'learn'", people inferred that the # itself was spoken as "hashtag". This has led to some confusion in certain kinds of discussion.

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Absolutely nobody

In no parallel universes, even

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Hey guys, just a little update: this still hasn't changed.

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I do wish to thank you too @solderpunk

I'm not sure if you know, but me, @HexDSL and @uoou have a somewhat centric podcast over at

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Emacs/Org pipe dream 

Idea I have not put enough thought into: adapting my workflows to lower-powered devices could mean finding/building some kind of Minimum Viable Org... Reducing Org and reducing Emacs to the absolute bare minimum.

Not just to make it lighter, but to focus it in a way. What are the essential primitives of a text-based outlining/writing/whatever-Org-is system?

If Plan 9 was an evolutionary step after Unix, what is *that* but for Org?

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The computer built to last 50 years |

How to create the long-lasting computer that will save your attention, your wallet, your creativity, your soul and the planet. Killing monopolies will only be a byproduct.

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Usually when I go to kick Emacs to the curb I end up instead making it feel new by starting over.

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