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  1. Comment on We Need An Alternative To Medium, And It’s Not Wordpress in ~tech

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    The problem is that these alternatives lack the social-networking part that is essential to Medium's success and is not inherently bad. I would like to have a social-networking blogging platform...

    The problem is that these alternatives lack the social-networking part that is essential to Medium's success and is not inherently bad.

    I would like to have a social-networking blogging platform that didn't suck.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on We Need An Alternative To Medium, And It’s Not Wordpress in ~tech

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    That is certainly the advantage of a social platform such as Medium. I just wish it didn't come with so much crap.

    That is certainly the advantage of a social platform such as Medium. I just wish it didn't come with so much crap.

    1 vote
  3. Introduction I hate medium and I think it should die a slow death. I tried to get some information on the subject to substantiate my belief. What Medium Does Bad Medium is slow On Gmetrix,...

    Introduction

    I hate medium and I think it should die a slow death. I tried to get some information on the subject to substantiate my belief.

    What Medium Does Bad

    Medium is slow

    On Gmetrix, medium.com has a F PageSpeed Score, with a 11.8MB Total Page Size and a Fully Loaded Time of 12.4s . A random article got a little better, with a D score

    Pingdom gives Medium a B score, with a page size of Page size 12.4 MB and Load time 2.15s (much better). This is from San Francisco, USA.

    Probably because I’m closer, the results for São Paulo, Brazil, are marginally better. The B score remains, but Load time dropped to 1.68s.

    Tildes gotta a C on GTmetrix and an A on Pingdom. On Google, Tildes got a 98 and medium.com got a 48.

    What is probably more concerning is that builtwith.com’s lists 106 different technologies at use on a single Medium page, ranging from AngularJS to Subversion, Wordpress Grid (aren’t they competitors?), Microsoft Azure and AliExpress. Tildes list only 13 technologies.

    Medium is annoying

    I’m sick and tired of opening a random Medium article and being bombarded with an immediate call to action for me to subscribe or to sign into a useless mailing-list. No: I do not pardon the interruption.

    It’s 2019: I don't wanna sign-in just to read a free fucking article.

    Medium weakens your brand

    On Medium, you’re not a content maker. Your a Medium contributor. There’s a great difference. There are little customization options, but you’re encouraged to strengthen the Medium brand instead of your own.

    Medium does not support Markdown

    In 2019, this is utterly ridiculous. I should be able to write my posts in Emacs, Vim, VS Code, whatever. Markdown is a universal format that simply works and not supporting it natively is unacceptable.

    The Default Editor Sucks

    It forces you to write in a certain (clunky) way and it doesn't work at all.

    Too Much White Space

    Medium uses space poorly.

    Not FOSS

    Wanna host your own? No can do amigo.

    Your content is not (really) yours

    Wanna export your Medium posts? Should be easy, like a single button, right? NOPE. And it can stop working at any time.

    Most Content is Shit

    I don’t wanna generalize, there are some good things on Medium. But most Medium articles are bellow 300-words, full of unnecessary subtitles with nothing more than obvious statements I could easily get from Google. Most Medium articles are from developers trying to leverage their status by showing knowledge of trivial technologies.

    What Medium Does Right

    A Social Network With Content Instead of Content With Social Networking

    This is something no amount of Wordpress widgets will ever top. Medium is a social network. It gets views, it gets you “applauses”, it gets you validation. It’s the Instagram of text content. Medium makes you feel good about yourself, and give you the shot (illusion?) of exposure. Maybe you can be in a publication, which is just an assortment of posts within Medium itself! See, you’re growing! You’re reaching a larger audience! They might even read your stuff!

    The Alternative

    It is obvious that Medium does a lot of things right. It is an actual social network that engages people like no other current blogging tool. People that know better use Medium to their advantage. People use Medium to talk trash about Medium. So we need another Medium. One that is just as social, but that is faster, less annoying, less of walled-garden and respects your content. I’m not in a position to do such a thing yet. But I certainly wish it existed.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

  5. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I decided to write a novella. 17500 words is enough for me, I’m basing myself on the minimum length from both the Nebula and Hugo awards. Not that I have any shot, it’s just a baseline. A short...

    I decided to write a novella. 17500 words is enough for me, I’m basing myself on the minimum length from both the Nebula and Hugo awards. Not that I have any shot, it’s just a baseline.

    A short story doesn’t motivate me enough and a novel is too daunting. I already have the screenplay so it’s easier.

    It’s a horror story but there’s some beauty into it. It’s about the rise of the shadows that spent millennia in the mantle core after mankind ignored them after the invention of writing.

    Before writing came along the Shadows had a symbiotic relationship with pre-humans, providing the storytelling we could not make. They used to draw energy from humankind’s love and now they’re pretty pissed to say the least. And after thousands of years, the last solar eclipse provides an opportunity for them to rise again.

    There’s a whole prelude that is largely based in the first 40 minutes of The Exorcist.

    It will not be a peaceful encounter.

    The protagonist is a badass female sheriff based on my badass cousin.

    I’d love to share a bit but it’s still in Portuguese.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

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    But is he actually on the spectrum? Cause I am, and I’m not an asshole. At least not as much.

    But is he actually on the spectrum? Cause I am, and I’m not an asshole. At least not as much.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    "João Ninguém", which mean "John Nobody".

    "João Ninguém", which mean "John Nobody".

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Nah I’m good at aiming. Probably over some ocean anyway.

    Nah I’m good at aiming. Probably over some ocean anyway.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I walking into clouds man But I can’t poop

    I walking into clouds man

    But I can’t poop

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Disney+ Reportedly Will Carry All That ’90s Marvel Animated Goodness Including ‘X-Men,’ ‘Spider-Man’ & More in ~tv

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    And people forget that Disney owns A LOT more than kids stuff....

    And people forget that Disney owns A LOT more than kids stuff....

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

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    Well my doctor prescribed some clonazepam. So a whole bunch of delicious nothing.

    Well my doctor prescribed some clonazepam. So a whole bunch of delicious nothing.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Disney+ Reportedly Will Carry All That ’90s Marvel Animated Goodness Including ‘X-Men,’ ‘Spider-Man’ & More in ~tv

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    I said it before on /r/Netflix and obviously got tons of downvotes: unless they make some catastrophic mistakes, 5 years from now Disney+ will be the top streaming service in the world. They have...

    I said it before on /r/Netflix and obviously got tons of downvotes: unless they make some catastrophic mistakes, 5 years from now Disney+ will be the top streaming service in the world. They have the money and the catalog to pull that off.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I wish we had a lot more mods and moderation was less stringent as a result - or at least less personalized. I also wish users could create groups and Tildes were less of a Usenet 2.0 And that...

    I wish we had a lot more mods and moderation was less stringent as a result - or at least less personalized.

    I also wish users could create groups and Tildes were less of a Usenet 2.0

    And that Tildes were more comedy friendly

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Methods to sustain productivity. in ~creative

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    If Org Mode had a top notch iOS app it would be nearly perfect.

    If Org Mode had a top notch iOS app it would be nearly perfect.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on How to build a desktop computer (tower) for Linux with pieces that are easily available worldwide (most especially South-America)? in ~tech

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    Since I won't use it for games, there won't be a dedicated GPU. So I suppose there won't be a problem there. Wifi cards are a common issue with some distributions, but MX Linux seems to work with...

    Since I won't use it for games, there won't be a dedicated GPU. So I suppose there won't be a problem there. Wifi cards are a common issue with some distributions, but MX Linux seems to work with all of them.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on [Request] Emacs/readline-like keys on text fields in ~tildes

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    Thanks. I already do that (atomic-chrome... it's great). But sometimes I need to perform quick edits and it doesn't make sense to open Emacs. I also use Grammarly on Chrome (English is not my...

    it's easier to just type messages in your favorite editor and copy-paste them to the textarea.

    Thanks. I already do that (atomic-chrome... it's great). But sometimes I need to perform quick edits and it doesn't make sense to open Emacs. I also use Grammarly on Chrome (English is not my first language and it helps me a lot), and it's nice getting instant feedback instead of switching between Chrome and Emacs. There's also little synchronization bugs. That's the main reason for my request.

    There are also people that are familiar with Emacs/readline, and prefer to type in the text field 100% of the time.

    2 votes
  17. This should be simple fairly simple to explain: Even though the Vim front is well covered by things like Vimium, Vimium+ and qutebrowser (and it would probably be too much trouble to create a Vim...

    This should be simple fairly simple to explain:

    Even though the Vim front is well covered by things like Vimium, Vimium+ and qutebrowser (and it would probably be too much trouble to create a Vim mode for Tildes' text fields - especially when wasavi exists), Emacs-like keys might be a great addition for some people. Tildes seem to have a high number of Emacs and command-line users right now. I frequently find myself hitting keys such as:

    • C-p previous-line
    • C-n next-line
    • C-m for return
    • C-a to move cursor to the start of the line
    • C-e to move cursor to the start of end line
    • M-d to kill word
    • C-k kill line
    • C-u kill backwards line
    • C-b to backward char
    • C-f to forward char
    • C-b to backward char
    • M-f to forward word
    • M-b to backward word
    • C-w delete-backward-word
      • not a default Emacs keybinding but it's on readline and I think it makes sense

    And so on.

    There are, of course, alternatives such as Emacs Anywhere and Atomic Chrome, but they require an Emacs daemon to be running and are not a good alternative for quick edits since which switching to another editor is not practical.

    So here's my suggestion!

    3 votes
  18. This post is related and in some part a repetition of my other topic on how to buy a laptop for Linux. Because I'm in Brazil, many brands and stores that do not ship to my country are out of the...

    This post is related and in some part a repetition of my other topic on how to buy a laptop for Linux.

    Because I'm in Brazil, many brands and stores that do not ship to my country are out of the question, and even the ones that ship usually cost more than I can pay due to currency exchange rate and shipping costs themselves. What are some universal stores, brands and models that I can probably find on my location, that won't give me much trouble running Linux?

    I don't require playing games or top performance (8GB RAM and i5 processor would be the minimum requirements). And SSD would be nice, but, for my budget, it's a plus.

    I just need something that is durable and works reliably under Linux, especially when it comes to audio and HDMI output, video graphics adapter support, booting from USB, hibernating, sleeping and power management.

    Thanks!

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What's a cheap laptop that works well with Linux and is available wordwide? in ~tech

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    Extra question: is there a website that shows which PC parts and laptops that are guaranteed to work optimally under Linux?

    Extra question: is there a website that shows which PC parts and laptops that are guaranteed to work optimally under Linux?

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What's a cheap laptop that works well with Linux and is available wordwide? in ~tech

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    Is it easy to upgrade the memory?

    Is it easy to upgrade the memory?