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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 compiled a list of useful art links on my website, from important freelance info resources to loads of free textures, references, interactive apps... straight from my personal Bookmarks folder. Maybe it's helpful to you too!


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"We have enormous freedom. That’s not a gift that was given to us, it’s a legacy that was left to us by centuries of struggle. By centuries of people that most of whose names are completely forgotten, the ones who created the freedom and the rights we now have, and that will be taken away unless you constantly defend them."

- Noam Chomsky

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In case you weren’t aware, here’s one of the many ways unregulated electronics bought online can be dangerous. A regulation Australian IEC cable must have 3x 0.75mm²+ double-insulated stranded copper conductors. This cable appears to meet that requirement at first glance — it’s marked that way on the outside, and cutting in, the PVC colours are wrong but otherwise appear okay.

But then, scrape some of the copper, and it suddenly turns silver. It’s CCA, or Copper-Clad Aluminium. A sneaky and cheap but worse conductor. The aluminium holds up much worse to corrosion and bending, and will crumble to powder inside the cables over time. Through this process it will increase its resistance, turning into a fire-starter. Very dangerous and invisible without destroying the cable to examine it. #safety #psa

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Created a Mastodon bot called 'Civilized Nimoy' that posts quotes daily.


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700,000 lines of code, 20 years, and one developer: How Dwarf Fortress is built - Ryan Donovan interviewing Tarn Adams @ The Overflow:

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Your digital privacy, biological privacy, and personhood are not separate things. Any constitutional rights we lose regarding the former (e.g., backdoors on encryption) will constitute precedents for the erosion of our rights to the latter. Remember, your thoughts are just data…

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"To recap, we took a locked down #FDE laptop, sniffed the #BitLocker decryption key coming out of the #TPM, backdoored a virtualized image, and used its #VPN auto-connect feature to attack the internal corporate network. That is one way to go from stolen laptop to internal compromise." 😲
#Windows #Win10 #security
So: Bitlocker without a PIN is almost useless.

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Batman vs. Commander Shepard 

Reasons why Commander Shepard is a better superhero than Batman:


* Afraid of carrying guns
* Fails to finish constant threats, even when they escape Arkham Asylum to cause more destruction
* Funded by capitalism
* Beats common robbers instead of actually solving their inherent economic problems
* All his money is wasted on wonderful toys
* Endangers a teenager boy by bringing him along in his adventures
* Has no powers
* Cannot stop an alien invasion unless it's Superman gone rogue
* Only has a car and a small plane
* Cannot deal with the joker

Commander Shepard:

* Funded by Alliance budget and by confiscating loot from evildoers
* Convinces people to turn away from a life of crime
* Actually offs criminals too stubborn to change
* Joker is his pilot actually
* Helps redistribute wealth when needed
* Protects quarians from discrimination by cops
* Is not afraid of carrying guns
* Pragmatic when needed
* Works for humanity
* Actually helps all galactic species
* Willing to sacrifice a colony of Batarians to save the galaxy
* Cuts ties with Cerberus when they become a global threat
* Does his own stunts in Blasto vids
* Only recruits the best - not wimpy teenager sidekicks
* Leads the galactic suicide squad
* Has tech or biotic powers as circumstances require
* Has his own spaceship - and the Mako
* Is so popular that got resurrected once
* Hosts the best parties in the galaxy
* Actually stopped an alien invasion - thrice.

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gives you the skinny on this issue

Get all you need to opt-out and lots more information besides:

They're planning on slipping this one out without the public noticing so they can sell our private medical data to whoever they can. Once its traded, its out there. No control.

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Fish shell

I switched my shell from Zsh to Fish yesterday. In this post I go through how to get started with Fish, take you through my config, and provide you with links to useful plugins and tools.

Enjoy! :)

#fish #shell

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I made a script that lets me turn my #Mastodon #Bookmarks into an #RSS feed:
You can download it here:
I mostly use the bookmark feature on Mastodon as a 'read later', this way I can save a list in my rss reader and mark them individually as read (my browser bookmarks etc also go into that category).

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