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  1. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    A Galaxy S7 with LineageOS, on Bell. with a pretty ok plan. No complaints so far, since I got it + installed lineage everything's worked without issue, battery life's pretty good, build quality's...

    A Galaxy S7 with LineageOS, on Bell. with a pretty ok plan. No complaints so far, since I got it + installed lineage everything's worked without issue, battery life's pretty good, build quality's solid. Can't ask for much more - and KDE Connect almost makes me feel like I've got a mac with the integration I get from it.

    2 votes
  2. Traditionally I've used dark themes for everything I could on all of my devices, as I found it easier on the eyes when I'd usually use my computer (evening - night). Recently, I made the switch...

    Traditionally I've used dark themes for everything I could on all of my devices, as I found it easier on the eyes when I'd usually use my computer (evening - night). Recently, I made the switch back to light stuff as I've been using my computer more for notes and assignments I'd normally hand-write, and I find I get drowsy less and have an easier time using the computer in a bright room than before - I just switched my theme on a whim one morning, so I wasn't expecting that at all!

    So now I'm rethinking all my previous bias about dark themes being 'better' regardless of the situation, and I'm curious if anyone here had any thoughts and/or could point me to some reading on the subject (the subject being the effects of light/dark colours in work or concentration). It's something I realize now might be fairly important, as I'm looking at my screen for most of the day, but never really gave much thought before outside of tracking down the 'Dark' theme switch.

    35 votes
  3. Comment on Technology is Heroin in ~tech

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    Most distributions have downloads as a disk image file - this'll be a .iso or similar. Once you have it, you can use a variety of programs to write it to a USB drive with enough space (usually 4GB...

    Most distributions have downloads as a disk image file - this'll be a .iso or similar. Once you have it, you can use a variety of programs to write it to a USB drive with enough space (usually 4GB is more than enough, but it depends on the distro). My goto is usually rufus (https://rufus.ie/), but there's a ton of ways to do it. Once you have it, plug it into your computer while it's off and while turning it on, you should be able to press a key to get a boot menu - this differs based on computer/motherboard, but searching for (your computer name here) boot from usb should yield instructions. Sorry for the super late reply, hope it helps!

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Technology is Heroin in ~tech

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    It's pretty dang hard to brick any computer these days, but there's a lot of guides out there for installing linux on computers in general, and probably your specific model too (depending on which...

    It's pretty dang hard to brick any computer these days, but there's a lot of guides out there for installing linux on computers in general, and probably your specific model too (depending on which one, but it's likely been documented somewhere). The way I had this explained to me way back when is "It's as simple/complicated as reinstalling windows if you have an issue with it, expect the new OS isn't windows".

    All that said, the best way to approach it initially is probably from a live usb (the OS boots from a usb drive and doesn't touch any of your internal data unless you tell it to) which'll let you get a feel for the OS and how it runs on your particular machine. It also won't screw up anything you have now if you decide it isn't for you, so not much downside to trying

    7 votes
  5. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    It does suck, yeah - When I used it though, I used a program called crouton which let me run a regular linux environment in a tty (in my case xfce and firefox) which made it pretty useful, but it...

    It does suck, yeah - When I used it though, I used a program called crouton which let me run a regular linux environment in a tty (in my case xfce and firefox) which made it pretty useful, but it was an ARM machine so I was stuck without some other sutff I'd have liked to have.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Chrome is basically the whole OS - recently (some? all?) ChromeOS machines gained the ability to install .deb packages (from debian & derivaties) and I think some can do android apps as well, but...

    Chrome is basically the whole OS - recently (some? all?) ChromeOS machines gained the ability to install .deb packages (from debian & derivaties) and I think some can do android apps as well, but for the most part it's just the Chrome browser, a simple file browser, and chrome extensions.

    As I write this, I realize that probably given the recent ability to install debs, it's probably possible to install a firefox .deb, but performance probably wouldn't be great as I think linux stuff goes through some container stuff & whatever display server Google uses (ChromeOS doesn't use X) to work & most Chromebooks aren't too powerful to begin with (Take that last with a grain of salt though, I haven't read much about it since I passed my chromebook on to family a while ago)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Onenote is fantastic for sure, my only issue with it is lack of linux support. I still use it on my surface (which is almost an exclusive onenote device these days, and it's fantastic) but my main...

    Onenote is fantastic for sure, my only issue with it is lack of linux support. I still use it on my surface (which is almost an exclusive onenote device these days, and it's fantastic) but my main work machine runs linux so until it exists there I can't switch entirely (I'm also starting to like Zim better, but we'll see if that holds). Hopfully, though, given MS's recent official linux offerings (VS Code got an official linux release a little bit ago) it might be possible Onenote on linux could be a reality

    1 vote
  8. Comment on “Just Switch to Linux” Is The Loser’s Game in ~tech

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    Can confirm, Bedrock user here with no less than 4 package managers (including dpkg/apt and portage) installed & running.

    Can confirm, Bedrock user here with no less than 4 package managers (including dpkg/apt and portage) installed & running.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    Wait, for real? I've never had this happen, despite being the odd one out in my group (with an android device) since we all got our first phones, I never even heard this was a thing until years...

    Wait, for real? I've never had this happen, despite being the odd one out in my group (with an android device) since we all got our first phones, I never even heard this was a thing until years later, and I've never heard of anyone else make a big deal about this (though, granted, I don't really know anyone who'd be likely to). Is this really common in this US? I live in Canada, so maybe it's an American thing that didn't make it's way to up here?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    On my main PC (laptop) I run Bedrock Linux for college/work nowadays, with stratum from Arch (originally Manjaro), Ubuntu and Fedora, which makes compatibility with stuff built for other distros...

    On my main PC (laptop) I run Bedrock Linux for college/work nowadays, with stratum from Arch (originally Manjaro), Ubuntu and Fedora, which makes compatibility with stuff built for other distros (games, mainly) super easy, as well as being able to grab stuff from their repos that aren't in the Arch ones (I'll usually look through Arch -> Fedora -> Ubuntu -> AUR), and I haven't yet run into any software I couldn't find, which is nice. I've also got a desktop with Windows 10 for games & proprietary stuff, recently reinstalled after my old install decided to stop accepting my license - it works fine now, and is relatively clean of anything I don't need because it's only been around a few weeks. The stuff I use daily is mostly the same on both though:

    • Spotify & mpd for music - spotify's taken over my windows PC & my phone, but I'll never give up mpd on my work machine
    • Firefox for browsing the internet, I've been using it for ~10ish years and I don't plan to stop
    • Deluge for torrets
    • Neovim for most things text/code related & Zim for note taking
    • MPV & Gnome MPV for videos
    • Steam & Lutris for games
    • Evolution for mail + calendar, which has been decent for a while, but considering switching if anything better pops up
    1 vote
  11. Comment on Switching from Win10 to something else: what are my options? in ~tech

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    I'd like to suggest a linux distro as an escape from win10's walled garden, but given all the software you need that isn't on linux that's not an option (office, solidworks, illustrator - some of...

    I'd like to suggest a linux distro as an escape from win10's walled garden, but given all the software you need that isn't on linux that's not an option (office, solidworks, illustrator - some of it may work in wine, but your millage may vary). I'd go for windows 7 or windows 10 LTSC (I think some other folks have explained it well already, but it's a version of win10 with slightly less bloat and no/infrequent updates). I'm relatively certain windows 7's still getting security updates, so personally I'd go with that to not have to deal with windows 10's other objectionables (ads/tracking/etc.), but there's the danger that newer stuff will potentially not support it, in which case go LTSC's probably the way to go (I think the main thing that doesn't work on windows 7 is Directx12 stuff, but there may be more I'm not aware of)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on The MacBook keyboard fiasco is way worse than Apple thinks in ~tech

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    As a former apple fan (~2011 though, way before this fiasco), I can definitely vouch for the XPS + Linux setup, it's fantastic

    As a former apple fan (~2011 though, way before this fiasco), I can definitely vouch for the XPS + Linux setup, it's fantastic

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Hoping to finally get around to building my Lego ship-in-a-bottle, and heading to a housewarming party ('party' meaning playing Super Smash Bros. 64 for a few hours and catching up) at my friends'...

    Hoping to finally get around to building my Lego ship-in-a-bottle, and heading to a housewarming party ('party' meaning playing Super Smash Bros. 64 for a few hours and catching up) at my friends' new apartment, so should be a pretty good weekend :)

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    Sounds like a new model of keyboard (maybe with more issues fixed? I remember a friend of mine who got his replaced said his was different upon return, but I don't remember specifically why) and...

    Sounds like a new model of keyboard (maybe with more issues fixed? I remember a friend of mine who got his replaced said his was different upon return, but I don't remember specifically why) and sounds like a similar experience to when I sent mine in, so good to know should I even own an Apple product again (especially the battery replacement!). I agree though, shouldn't have to be an experience in the first place - in the same vein as my current machine (A Dell XPS), with 'premium' devices in their price range, things like this shouldn't be an issue in the first place. Not that they should with any device per se, but I'd like to think that I'm paying a certain premium for build quality as well and not just the visual appeal.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    Finally got around to Hollow Knight! I hate that it took me this long as I'm a massive metroidvania & dungeon exploration fan, everything about it so far is amazing (I'm 3? bosses in so far), I...

    Finally got around to Hollow Knight! I hate that it took me this long as I'm a massive metroidvania & dungeon exploration fan, everything about it so far is amazing (I'm 3? bosses in so far), I can't wait to play more this weekend

    5 votes
  16. Comment on The Apple Card is a perfect example of Apple’s post-iPhone strategy in ~tech

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    huh, somehow I missed this (even though I shop specifically at Costco a bunch)

    huh, somehow I missed this (even though I shop specifically at Costco a bunch)

  17. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    Yikes - I think the only thing that didn't fail on my macbook was the charger. Do macbook airs not have user-servicable ssds? I know the new ones definitely don't, but mine (release 2009-10ish?...

    Yikes - I think the only thing that didn't fail on my macbook was the charger. Do macbook airs not have user-servicable ssds? I know the new ones definitely don't, but mine (release 2009-10ish? Ill have to check) did, so I assumed all the older models do. $500 for a faulty drive is definitely pretty steep, even if it was a massive drive.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    Has anyone had any experience with apple service with this stuff, out of curiosity? I've traditionally been an apple-hater (I had a macbook pro through highschool - which, in hindsight, was...

    Has anyone had any experience with apple service with this stuff, out of curiosity? I've traditionally been an apple-hater (I had a macbook pro through highschool - which, in hindsight, was clearly a lemon/from a bad batch as I had tons of issues that noone else I could find could replicate - but it gave me a bad impression of the brand for a long time), but warmed more up to them recently after finally taking my mbp to an apple store to get it fixed and having a great experience with the whole repair process - I still don't like them much, and I'm typing this from my main Dell machine but their repair was smoother than most other tech I've owned (though granted, I usually don't go through the manufacturer). So I'm curious if they're acknowledging the problems and making replacements easy for those with it or if they're trying to downplay it's significance like it seems.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on The Apple Card is a perfect example of Apple’s post-iPhone strategy in ~tech

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    Huh, mine's always been $100 everywhere I've gone (also in Canada), I thought the bank set it? Or does it depend on the bank your card is from?

    Huh, mine's always been $100 everywhere I've gone (also in Canada), I thought the bank set it? Or does it depend on the bank your card is from?

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What do you Tildians think of Atom? in ~comp

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    I do notice it! Doesn't seem to affect my writing speed, as in the characters appear just as fast, but the cursor lags behind them sometimes. I would expect it to start adversely affecting that...

    I do notice it! Doesn't seem to affect my writing speed, as in the characters appear just as fast, but the cursor lags behind them sometimes. I would expect it to start adversely affecting that once the document gets larger though. I'm curious as to what's causing this, as I'm sure it can be corrected - I couldn't replicate the behaviour with the same plugins in my terminal (VTE3 based, so not the fastest terminal by any stretch), so I see no reason why the GUI can't reach the same level of performance. Thanks for pointing it out!

    2 votes