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  1. Comment on In pursuit of intentionality in ~tech

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    Yeah, I hope that as we move forward, we find ways to address the negative effects of various parts of the internet and technology in general without boiling it down to "screen bad". Even "screen...

    Yeah, I hope that as we move forward, we find ways to address the negative effects of various parts of the internet and technology in general without boiling it down to "screen bad". Even "screen time", usually a concept that's brought up to encourage people to balance their time with electronics with other things, is really lacking in nuance. So many of the most meaningful and fulfilling things in my life have happened in front of a screen. Outright telling me to cut down on that means to limit my most treasured personal relationships and artistic experiences, not to mention expression. No matter how well-intentioned, that just...won't get through.

    I think that approach from the older people in my life kept me from really examining my relationship with computers and the internet until they had already done a good bit of damage.

    That said, I think there's something to be said for cutting your phone or whatever out of your life. I went the "dumbphone" route for a while, nuked most of my accounts everywhere, and moved to low-pressure privacy-conscious or otherwise more ethical alternatives. I didn't stay with all of those things forever, but that process let me learn what I really cared about and what was just junk taking up my attention and emotional energy for no gain. I've slowly let myself use some of the sites I quit while not touching others with a 10 foot pole. I have a recent iPhone now. I continue to quit, move around, search for new healthy alternatives, and figure out where I'm comfortable. I think taking a journey like that to the best of one's ability is a really wonderful thing to do, but people don't get there by being shamed into it. They need to be approached by people who understand what a full modern digital life is like and don't blindly want to shame the beautiful parts of that life.

    It comes down to what this article says, I think: intentionality. If the things you're doing are all things you care about and you genuinely examine them and come to the conclusion they aren't hurting you, indulge in them as much as you want. The issue is, most of us don't value the things we spend a lot of our time doing. We're abused and manipulated into mindlessly scrolling through shit that doesn't really mean anything to us. That's the real evil.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on How Qanon invaded moms' Facebook groups in ~tech

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    The important thing to keep in mind is that Q shit is so ill-defined and amorphous that it can target tons of different groups in ways that very specifically appeal to them. It's important to look...

    The important thing to keep in mind is that Q shit is so ill-defined and amorphous that it can target tons of different groups in ways that very specifically appeal to them. It's important to look at all these cases within specific groups not because it has some core appeal that's so broad, but because there is no core appeal and it can change into anything that it needs to. Nearly every relevant conspiracy group of the past decade or so have formed into one.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on disroot.org (providers of hosted open source services) is getting his emails blocked by Microsoft and wants your help in ~tech

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    Well that's annoying, my primary email is on disroot. It hasn't impacted me yet, but I hope this gets cleared up.

    Well that's annoying, my primary email is on disroot. It hasn't impacted me yet, but I hope this gets cleared up.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Google Desktop (2004) - demo and retrospective in ~tech

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    I sorta miss ugly widget and toolbar hell. Nowadays I'm so minimal that there isn't a single icon or gadget on my desktop, but stuff like this makes me want to go wild with conky or something.

    I sorta miss ugly widget and toolbar hell. Nowadays I'm so minimal that there isn't a single icon or gadget on my desktop, but stuff like this makes me want to go wild with conky or something.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Bring back the ease of 80s and 90s personal computing in ~tech

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    The title is an exaggeration, but given that most of the examples boil down to "This is how Apple's System x handled it" with occasional mentions of similar contemporary design choices, I don't...

    The title is an exaggeration, but given that most of the examples boil down to "This is how Apple's System x handled it" with occasional mentions of similar contemporary design choices, I don't think the difficulties in other setups invalidates the article. Like, go emulate any early Macintosh and there is a certain intuitive unity which can't be found on any modern machine. Lots of things have gotten better, of course, and their "hello" project doesn't look like it's trying to undo that progress, but I think they're right that to empower users the most, some lessons need to be learned from the usability successes of the past.

    I can change the title here...I really don't see this as a nostalgia piece, so if that would help keep the conversation away from the bold original title, maybe I should.

  6. Comment on Popular pirate sites disappear from DuckDuckGo top results in ~tech

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    When I tried I got different domains, but not the primary one. For instance when I search "1337x", I don't get the .to one that I normally would.

    When I tried I got different domains, but not the primary one. For instance when I search "1337x", I don't get the .to one that I normally would.

    5 votes
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  9. Comment on Invid - iOS app for Invidious (sideloaded, no jailbreak necessary) in ~tech

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    I...fucking...found it! It's super simple and doesn't have an extractor, but here's an app you can use to privately access youtube, with an embedded player and all that. In my experience, this has...

    I...fucking...found it! It's super simple and doesn't have an extractor, but here's an app you can use to privately access youtube, with an embedded player and all that. In my experience, this has entirely bypassed the issues I have with just using it in a browser.

    Only problem is, it's a one-developer project who didn't plan on updating it at all due to the invidious project being kinda up-in-the-air. Invidious is in a better place than when this was released, but who knows what'll happen there. For now I'm taking the magic!

    There's also an older reddit post here.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Primary Lemmy instance enables federation in ~tech

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    Tbf, Mastodon was developed with a very similar attitude and that's been much of the key to its success: it focuses on a political pitch that isn't just pandering to FLOSS nerds. There's so many...

    Tbf, Mastodon was developed with a very similar attitude and that's been much of the key to its success: it focuses on a political pitch that isn't just pandering to FLOSS nerds. There's so many people on there who don't have more than a vague idea of how federation works, and they're there for political reasons.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Primary Lemmy instance enables federation in ~tech

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    I feel that. I think back to Tildes' first year or so, and a lot of people had the same complaint, but we were able to break free from that and imo we've been able to achieve really rich...

    I feel that. I think back to Tildes' first year or so, and a lot of people had the same complaint, but we were able to break free from that and imo we've been able to achieve really rich discussion. I think part of that is that we had a lot of people who believed in the project over time recognize that there was more to be done than just meta and worked to seed the site with interesting links and good discussion.

    Now, Tildes did have a leg up over sites like Lemmy. Deimos had immediate connections and respect and we had a bunch of cool people from the start. But I don't think it's impossible to replicate...I think I'll be trying to post and actually interact there about other things.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Primary Lemmy instance enables federation in ~tech

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    I hope you're right, I'd like to see Lemmy become something important. I'm still not really sure what federation (as much as I love it!) adds to a link aggregator, but I appreciate the effort and...

    I hope you're right, I'd like to see Lemmy become something important.

    I'm still not really sure what federation (as much as I love it!) adds to a link aggregator, but I appreciate the effort and seeing posts from the few other servers is already pretty cool and makes things feel more diverse.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Grouper - Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping in ~music

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    I love Grouper so much. I normally listen to her pretty quietly, but a few days ago I blasted Dead Deer over the biggest, nicest speakers I have access to. This track in particular blew me away...

    I love Grouper so much. I normally listen to her pretty quietly, but a few days ago I blasted Dead Deer over the biggest, nicest speakers I have access to. This track in particular blew me away and really opened up another layer of the song for me.

    2 votes