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  1. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

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    This has been roughly standard on forums since the early 2000s (earlier?)

    This has been roughly standard on forums since the early 2000s (earlier?)

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

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    "Original Content" or "OC" Purely, because this is already an accepted language for most of the past twenty years and universally recognized at this point.

    "Original Content" or "OC" Purely, because this is already an accepted language for most of the past twenty years and universally recognized at this point.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    He based the concept of the 'Oldest Member' from Heart of a Goof for his use in Asimov's The Union Club Mysteries, I can't find a direct quote (albeit, I know there is one for I have seen it, but...

    He based the concept of the 'Oldest Member' from Heart of a Goof for his use in Asimov's The Union Club Mysteries, I can't find a direct quote (albeit, I know there is one for I have seen it, but has evaded my quick queries).

    Wikipedia: Oldest Member (character) and The Union Club Mysteries

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    The Fourth Discontinuity - the co-evolution of humans and machines by Bruce Mazlish I have a love for pre-internet (prime) writings on technology and cyberspace, far more hope and interesting...

    The Fourth Discontinuity - the co-evolution of humans and machines by Bruce Mazlish I have a love for pre-internet (prime) writings on technology and cyberspace, far more hope and interesting thoughts on the future. Many predictions are true, many are still possible, and very few are incredibly wrong. I just recently started and I am enjoying it so far and is similar to another one of my favorite books, The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace that really blew up my world view a few years ago.

    The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I loved his other books, only read a few pages but just the first page is great.

    The Heart of a Goof by P. G. Wodehouse this is a collection of short stories about morals, life lessons, and golf. Isaac Asimov used this book as inspiration for a number of his other short stories.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Static-X - Hollow (Project Regeneration) in ~music

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    I found one of their CDs (Machine) in the shop area at my local library (where old books/items can be bought) about fifteen year or so years ago, and absolutely fell in love. Machine is imho their...

    I found one of their CDs (Machine) in the shop area at my local library (where old books/items can be bought) about fifteen year or so years ago, and absolutely fell in love.

    Machine is imho their best work, but all of it is great.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Static-X - Hollow (Project Regeneration) in ~music

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    Ouch, has it really been that long? Could have sworn it was just last year. My bad!

    Ouch, has it really been that long? Could have sworn it was just last year. My bad!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Static-X - Hollow (Project Regeneration) in ~music

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    This video is released with vocals from Wayne Static, who passed away in 2014..

    This video is released with vocals from Wayne Static, who passed away last year in 2014..

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The FTC is investigating the last 10 years of acquisitions by Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft in ~tech

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    Nothing will come of it, FTC & Joseph Simons, are all bought and paid for. They will open their investigation, due their due-diligence, close the investigation (maybe with marginal fines) and any...

    Nothing will come of it, FTC & Joseph Simons, are all bought and paid for. They will open their investigation, due their due-diligence, close the investigation (maybe with marginal fines) and any future administration won't be able to reopen the cases easily.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How do you record your journal, personal log, or diary and why do you record it that way? in ~talk

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    All software will be obsolete, but all data can be converted to appropriate formats (given you have the keys ofc) Another great benefit is how far virtual machines have progressed. In fifty,...

    All software will be obsolete, but all data can be converted to appropriate formats (given you have the keys ofc)

    Another great benefit is how far virtual machines have progressed. In fifty, sixty, a hundred years we will likely still be able to spin up a virtual machine and run an operating system that can run the file. This is what calmed my fears on longevity of data for this time (I write extensively about the digital dark-age that we will be going through in the next forty years when almost all the data created between 1990-20XX will disappear never to be found again).

    Not disagreeing with you, but I do agree with your point - it's a fear any file or data will have attached.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on How do you record your journal, personal log, or diary and why do you record it that way? in ~talk

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    1) Why store your journal across multiple files separated by month/year instead of just one giant file? This way I can easily get to a specific point, I also keep the folder setup in Month Year...

    1) Why store your journal across multiple files separated by month/year instead of just one giant file?

    This way I can easily get to a specific point, I also keep the folder setup in Month Year because then I can write a bit more on different topics, an example is an invention/product idea (I am an inventor by profession and hobby): I create a document specifically for that, I then break it up into engineering requirements, thoughts, market share, and industry information and a whole list of things that shouldn't be specifically stored inside my 'Journal' files.

    Another example focuses on one I wrote recently on how I personally should deal with anxiety as I am prone to that. I wrote a file outlining a list of things to help relieve my anxiety - music to listen to, articles to read, remind myself to drink water, to go for a jog, etc. In my anxious moods I tend to forget the most basic self-care tips and reading a manual or guide that I write for myself in a good headspace seems to work better than anything else. I place that in the month that I wrote it so I can easily get back to it.

    I also keep documents pertaining to my work, receipts, etc in those folders. This way I have a full archive of my activities for the month. I don't need every receipt or a tutorial on how to properly read a MPU6050 chip in my personal journal, I'll reference the creation and addition as a sort of changelog in the journal, but they don't need to be between my notes of the daily.

    2) What wiki software did you use in the past?

    Dokuwiki is the one I ended up on for years, I tried mediawiki, tiddly, and others but Doku had the simplest setup, the best plugin architecture, and better markup systems. I extensively used the monthcal plugin.

    3) Any details about your note taking program that you would like to share?

    Absolutely! It's a self-contained wiki system in a note design setup akin to Evernote, Simplenote, etc. Ability to create notes, documents, etc, with options to create a customizable meta-system. Everything is treated as a '#tag' and allows for an insane amount of filters to group notes together.

    Create notes, tables, documents, from within other notes and have them all linked together. I have a few people trying it right now (close friends who use it for notes, etc). This is just something I develop in my free-time (mostly when bored). link to a screencap".

    Everything updates in real-time with complete historical archive and a nice slider to be able to 'play' and watch the progression of thoughts.

    I've been looking for a good note application for years, but all the open sourced ones are painfully bad and the closed ones don't have any proper plugin/extension support.

    4) You mentioned syncing your files, would you mind sharing what software you use to sync your files, how many devices you sync, etc?

    Right now just OneDrive as I was grandfathered into a fantastic 1tb plan from a few years ago and has great syncing between word documents (you can have a word document open on 2+ separate devices (phone, web, software) and it will automatically update in all versions just like a Google Drive Document with multiple collaborators.

    I've also used other syncing tools, and since it's just a document and file structure it can be used anywhere.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on How do you record your journal, personal log, or diary and why do you record it that way? in ~talk

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    I used to have a highly customized wiki, and I even built (am building) my own wiki-like notetaking software. But for the last few months, I've just been using a Word Document with a specific,...

    I used to have a highly customized wiki, and I even built (am building) my own wiki-like notetaking software.

    But for the last few months, I've just been using a Word Document with a specific, simple, file structure:

    C:/Journal/{MONTH YEAR]/

    • [MONTH YEAR].docx
    • All other files pertaining to the month

    The nice thing about word documents is the ability to search, create headers, 'draw' diagrams, embed videos, PDF's, websites, etc. I created a simple macro to automatically add a header with the date and time and a new line (Macro's are the most undervalued, simple as hell, function in word documents).

    I usually keep all thoughts that I find need to be thought out, planned, document, or just to process. This could either be a quick few sentences, or fleshed out over a dozen pages. This month my total entry in my main document (January 2020) is roughly about 25 pages at 15k words with a whole slew of entries that are a sentence long, and a few that are pages long.

    I usually always try to write an entry in the morning outlining what needs to be done for the day, my goals, etc. And one at night examining what I did, could do better, and my goals and tasks for the following day.

    Sure, I could use OneNote, but I dislike how OneNote functions, and a word document is super easy to print and format. For now, this has been the best and most simple (but powerful) method I have found.

    Best of all: You own your data, you can sync it easily, more versatile than a markdown file, and you don't have to rely on software that always changes because Word, just works and will for the next 50 years as it has for the last thirty.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What's gonna happen in the 2020s? in ~talk

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    Do you have a blog/twitter? Very curious to follow your thoughts now.

    Do you have a blog/twitter? Very curious to follow your thoughts now.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    Right there with you. After so many years of working with it, I just... know it. Even things I've never tried before, I somehow just know how/why it does/doesn't work. Now for the things that I...

    The weird thing is, I don't ever remember learning it?

    Right there with you. After so many years of working with it, I just... know it. Even things I've never tried before, I somehow just know how/why it does/doesn't work.

    Now for the things that I don't understand why or how they work, it's probably because 'position: relative' isn't set in the parent container.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Tumblr’s First Year Without Porn in ~tech

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    Not even that, it's still all there just a bit hidden from the public.

    Not even that, it's still all there just a bit hidden from the public.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I'm working on my own note taking application with wiki-like capabilities, because I have tried all the prior options and none of them work the way I feel like a modern note taking application...

    I'm working on my own note taking application with wiki-like capabilities, because I have tried all the prior options and none of them work the way I feel like a modern note taking application should work. It's also a file manager, kind of cool.

    I'm also testing and experimenting a new agricultural growth system, been a long process the last three years but we've made some good progress here lately after fifty (fifty!) or so failed attempts.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Let's Talk: What browser are you using? in ~talk

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    Firefox Developer Edition on desktop, and Firefox Nightly on mobile.

    Firefox Developer Edition on desktop, and Firefox Nightly on mobile.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    A fantasy survival colonization/settlement/city/kingdom builder with user generated script/scene editing and quest creation. The settlement building allows technology to be produced so you can...

    A fantasy survival colonization/settlement/city/kingdom builder with user generated script/scene editing and quest creation.

    The settlement building allows technology to be produced so you can also build science-fiction and futuristic weapons powered by magical reserved.

    Similar to Survival Ark Evolved (a game I have not played) but with a little bit of Citadel (a game I also haven't played, but watched a ton of).

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Introducing Basecamp Personal - A completely free Basecamp plan designed specifically for freelancers, students, families, and personal projects in ~tech

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    I have been asking for this for years, a long time ago they used to have a similar program and they silently shuttered it.

    I have been asking for this for years, a long time ago they used to have a similar program and they silently shuttered it.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans in ~tech

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    Using targeted advertisements you can discern private information from people who were targeted, especially when you attribute a pixel-tracking system in place to further information gathering....

    Using targeted advertisements you can discern private information from people who were targeted, especially when you attribute a pixel-tracking system in place to further information gathering.

    This is still a pretty clear way of 'selling' off information, even if it's through a middleman such as an 'ad targeting' algorithm. Information is still being sold either way.

    While there is a lot of misinformation out there, tracking is something that is misunderstood and vastly under the radar in terms of severe privacy related issues.

    8 votes