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  1. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    Glad to hear that i'm not alone! :-)

    something at work (Windows) and at home (Linux) and ... bleh

    Glad to hear that i'm not alone! :-)

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  2. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    The gaps between the windows are really nice in how they expose the underlying (awesome) desktop wallpaper! Kudos!

    The gaps between the windows are really nice in how they expose the underlying (awesome) desktop wallpaper! Kudos!

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    Similar to me...though i often get interrupted by other stuff in life...and then when i can get back to customization work, its half-assed, i can't remember what my next step was going to be, etc....

    Similar to me...though i often get interrupted by other stuff in life...and then when i can get back to customization work, its half-assed, i can't remember what my next step was going to be, etc. Plus, i'm often needing to jump between so many different machines for work, etc. This set up is really nice!

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  4. Comment on Do I need a new computer? in ~tech

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    I've had good luck buying a few refurbished thinkpads that were former corporate laptops. As others have noted, refurbishers take corporate machines, refurbish them and sell them one-by-one on...

    I've had good luck buying a few refurbished thinkpads that were former corporate laptops. As others have noted, refurbishers take corporate machines, refurbish them and sell them one-by-one on places like ebay, amazone, etc. About 3 years ago i purchased a couple of thinkpad t420 for between $200 ~ $225 each, and they were originally from circa 2011...so, by now they're both pretty close to decade old machines...but they run fine with linux. (I do not do heavy duty stuff lik edit movies, etc...but for every day use, they're fine.) For one of them i just added RAM (went from 8gb to 16gb)...and its performance improved a little. This machine by the way is my main personal computer. I figure i can squeeze out anoither year out of this machine. That being said, when i do get another machine i will likely go the used route again but maybe slightly higher specs than i did last time. However, if i ever raise enough funds for a new (not used) machine i would purchase something from companies like System76...because i use linux as my OS of choice and their machines are built for linux...but also on principle; as i wish for them to succeed in a world so dominated by Windows. (I don't hate windows, i just really love and support open source stuff with linux being my favorite!)

    By the way, if/when you get another machine, do not throw that old machine away...what i'm going to do with my machine (when i get a new one), is "turn" it into a server for the home...Laptops - with their batteires that serve as UPS - make for neat little servers for the home...just load a linux distribution that doesn't have a heavy desktop environment, tweak the lid function, plug it in, and semi-hide it somewhere...and voila, you have a neat little server to play with. Alternatively, my day job receives donations of old Windows machines and we load lightweight linux distros on them and donate to kids that lack access to tech...so you might want to look at any orgs in your area that have similar programs...hey, no kid should go without tech...and even "old" tech can help someone!

    Good luck, and don't be shy to reach out with questions!

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  5. Comment on I setup a device with decent PostmarketOS port. What can I do with it? in ~comp

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    Wow, TIL; I didn't know that node-red could be installed on a mobile phone! I guess I know what I'll be playing with this weekend! (https://nodered.org/docs/getting-started/android) Thanks for...

    Wow, TIL; I didn't know that node-red could be installed on a mobile phone! I guess I know what I'll be playing with this weekend! (https://nodered.org/docs/getting-started/android) Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Comment on Organisations that do important/meaningful work? in ~life

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    100% agreed! By the way, best of luck to you in search for your next landing spot!!

    The interview is one of the few points of contact and they usually don't really show the org for what it is, but rather how it wants to be perceived.

    100% agreed!
    By the way, best of luck to you in search for your next landing spot!!

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  7. Comment on Organisations that do important/meaningful work? in ~life

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    @archevel I think I've felt somewhat of what you have felt. CAUTION: Be careful what you wish for! In late 2019 I was impacted by a lay off from a large, for-profit multinational company. (I...

    @archevel I think I've felt somewhat of what you have felt. CAUTION: Be careful what you wish for!

    In late 2019 I was impacted by a lay off from a large, for-profit multinational company. (I really, really loved the company, the IT group itself was ok, but my specific team was not great at all.) Up until that point, I worked my entire professional career (over 20 years!) only at for-profit corporations (almost all of them mid- to large global sized corporations). So, i figured, "hey, I'm tired of the rat race, big corp just laid me off...why not work for a small, non-profit!?!" I was seeking something to nourish my soul. So i got a job as director of digital strategy for a well-known non-profit that has over 1800 autonomous "franchises"/branches around the world...In essence, they all fly under a certain brand/banner, but run fully autonomously; so very much a small, org. On top of this, this job was a pay cut to another job offer that i got (in the for profit world), because again, I was trying to find a job with more purpose, and less rat race. This March 2021 has been my 1 year anniversary with this job...and this job is probably the biggest mistake of my professional career! Not only does half the org mistake me for the IT guy to fix their Outlook (which is sad because the org pays an IT MSP for exactly that function!)...but the other half of the org plays silly, bureaucratic, political games like its late 80s/early 90s. I originally thought that this org behaved the way that it did because it was thrown into disarray by the pandemic like so many other orgs...But, no, this org has apparently been awful well before the pandemic. Maybe other non-profits operate better...but, for me, I'm going to look for another job, and back in the for-profit world. I think in order to nourish my soul, i will simply work for a for-profit company that is not too evil, and then simpy donate money, and volunter my time for non-profits that feel like they are good (even if they're run awfully, at least if i only volunter and not work there, maybe that will be enough to help some people, and make me feel better). So, my cautionary note: careful with looking into the non-profit world because it might just operate like the for-profit world but at lower pay levels.

    (I do not want to divulge the name of my non-profit employer, but if you @archevel have specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them...simply ping me via matrix: https://matrix.to/#/@mxu:matrix.org )

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  8. Comment on Engineer reports data leak to nonprofit, hears from the police in ~tech

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    Security disclosures are certainly not my area of expertise (though i am a technologist)...But it sure seems lately like there is enough tech-related activity happening in the world where...

    Security disclosures are certainly not my area of expertise (though i am a technologist)...But it sure seems lately like there is enough tech-related activity happening in the world where some/many/most participants do not understand enough about tech and yet they respond first in a very litigious manner. This leads to technologists - in this case info sec pros - needing to defend themselves before even being found to be guilty. It feels like non-technologists are conducting more witch hunts, and it costs them little or nothing if they're wrong, but is quite costly (in time and money) for the innocent techies needing to defend themselves. I see this at my day job, though admittedly at a very low impact to this article. I guess i can expect if this was more of a thing years ago, when tech was newer to society...but it seems like it has flared up more recently...I wonder if it is because the pandemic has forced so many to depend more on tech, and that triggers the non-techs to lean towards fear as their instinct?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    I count myself as a matrix fanboy...so with that bias disclosure out of the way...i wonder if Microsoft were to go all in on matrix, how that would be for the matrix, Teams, etc. ecosystems?...

    I count myself as a matrix fanboy...so with that bias disclosure out of the way...i wonder if Microsoft were to go all in on matrix, how that would be for the matrix, Teams, etc. ecosystems? Historically i am not a fan of MS...but i have to say that under Nadella, they are a much better company (not ideal just yet, just better than they used to be). Would MS offering matrix hosting - as just one example - as part of their enterprise Office offering be an overall good thing? I think yes... but then, would that kill the business opportunities for the very good folks over at Element.io, etc....Or, would that actually be good thing and legitimize the Element folks for even more adoption of matrix by large enterprises, and further enhance the matrix ecosystem?

    Now, to the point about the perceived lack of a decent desktop client for matrix, i guess to each their own. I actually like Element's desktop app. Yes, i know, i know it is an electron app, and such...but i still consider it early days still for UI/UX around the matrix protocol.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    This gave me such a smile and giggle! My teen offspring would instantly be interested in computing, specifically Linux!

    This gave me such a smile and giggle! My teen offspring would instantly be interested in computing, specifically Linux!

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  11. Comment on Google-free /e/ OS is now selling preloaded phones in the US, starting at $380 in ~tech

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    I really, really hope this phone and others like PinePhone, etc. continue to be available, and become a valid option for more people as their daily driver. Also, yeah that name...hmmm....it looks...

    I really, really hope this phone and others like PinePhone, etc. continue to be available, and become a valid option for more people as their daily driver. Also, yeah that name...hmmm....it looks cool on paper but not easy to search for or pronounce, etc. It pains me to state this but maybe they need a marketing or PR sort of person. Nevertheless, I'm rooting for them to succeed!

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Input from a text file, pull from multiple APIs, formatting output, etc. in Python in ~comp

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    I'm not adding much other than to echo sentiments already noted...but i would stress trying to leverage a sqlite db file - as @Adys recommended. Storing it in a sqlite db is only a single...

    I'm not adding much other than to echo sentiments already noted...but i would stress trying to leverage a sqlite db file - as @Adys recommended. Storing it in a sqlite db is only a single file...so wont need traditional infrastructure overhead for a full-sized database. And, being a single file gives you the benefits - i presume - of your single text file approach...Plus, you can query the db data via various methods/means...Plus if you don't want to build up any codd to query the db file, you can create a simple function to export all the data from the sqlite db file out to a text file, or csv file, etc. - best of all worlds...though you would have to get familiar with methods to interact with sqlite db file.

    EDIT: I totally forgot until now that sqlite has native commands to export data in various formats too (via the command line tool)! See https://www.sqlite.org/cli.html#changing_output_formats

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  13. Comment on Organizing Life in Checklists in ~life

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    I go back and forth with trello. I still love it, but find that for me , it is better suited to managing one or a few projects, but not so good for a daily, seemingly-random sort of to do list....

    I go back and forth with trello. I still love it, but find that for me , it is better suited to managing one or a few projects, but not so good for a daily, seemingly-random sort of to do list. What i mean is that trello (and other kanban-board-like apps) help me understand "what" i need to do, but not "when", etc. So, lately, i've been using my regular ol' digital calendar (in my case for work i'm begrudgingly using Outlook's calendar). Since i get so many interruptions in the day, i now block time on my calendar with my to do items, as if they were meetings...and I especially do this with my work calendar so that when colleagues try to book time with me for a meeting - uh oh, sorry, i'm booked already, can not meet. What this helps me do is not only have my items that need to be done, but i can often drive "when" i need to do them. This is not perfect of course because sometimes my to-dos take longer than the time that i booked for them...or other times, the interruptions that i get simply can not be ignored, etc. But i find that a to do management system should take into account timing (not just simple "due dates") - both "when" something needs to be done by, as well as "sequence" (as in, i need to do X before i need to do Y, etc.)...and all in context of the rest of the to dos. I've heard of some todo management tools often have calendaring features, but i haven't found one that is both simple and integrated nicely...and that is easy and convenient to use via mobile.

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  14. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    My partner and I absolutely LOVE this show! Certainly some elements are quite over-construed...but it doesn't dilute from the overall awesomeness of the show. Also, as muhc is i love this show,...

    My partner and I absolutely LOVE this show! Certainly some elements are quite over-construed...but it doesn't dilute from the overall awesomeness of the show. Also, as muhc is i love this show, I'm glad that they're killing it off soon...i dislike when awesome shows get forced into so many seasons/series just to make money...which inevitably dilutes the cool factor. One example - the U.S. show named "Lost" - which was about characters experiencing an airplane crash on a remote island in the Pacific. In my opinion, the foirst 2 seasons were great and novel, and the show should have ended at the end there...but of course, it became a hit - at least in the U.S. - so they tried to push it several more seasons, adding too much silliness to the story arc. Back to Money Heist/Casa de papel...as much as i enoy it, i think this last season would reach its limit - in my opinion.

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  15. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    Ah-ha, ok got it. I will research with a bit more of an eagle-eye. Thanks for the tidbit @vord!!

    especially not Verizon...the Verizon bootloader is perma-locked.

    Ah-ha, ok got it. I will research with a bit more of an eagle-eye. Thanks for the tidbit @vord!!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    Oh wow, i hadn't thought of that! That is a great suggestion, thanks @tindall!!!!

    they all have unlocked bootloaders

    Oh wow, i hadn't thought of that! That is a great suggestion, thanks @tindall!!!!

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    I used to feel that android's superiority was above and beyond iphone's for the very reason of freedom to install other software, more customization options (vs iphone), etc....And, even if iphone...

    I used to feel that android's superiority was above and beyond iphone's for the very reason of freedom to install other software, more customization options (vs iphone), etc....And, even if iphone had better hardware or specs in some fashion, or even if the IoS UI was better, i always justified to myself that the software freedoms that came with an android phone was worth it in the end. But lately (as in, the last few android phones that i've had and the last few years), it feels like this freedom is so minimal, and dare i say almost fleeting...? I still buy android phones, but i can not WAIT until the several linux phones (e.g. pinephone, purism, etc.) become ready for daily driver use!!! :-)

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Do you prefer to hand-pick the music you listen to, or rely on curators/algorithms to decide? in ~music

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    Years ago, i would definitely hand-pick my music. And, then spotify, pandora, and other platforms became more popular, so i tried them...but found them lacking a bit. For the last, i'd say 4 or 5...

    Years ago, i would definitely hand-pick my music. And, then spotify, pandora, and other platforms became more popular, so i tried them...but found them lacking a bit. For the last, i'd say 4 or 5 years, i just find curators on youtube and listen to playlists that they compile. When i'm coding - which is only about 20% of my job nowadays - i like to listen to music like dance, house, techno, especially synthwave/retrowave, and such. So now, i just open a browser tab to youtube, search for genres of music and look for playlists curated by people. Does that count as using YouTube's algorithm but still technically depending on humans/curators? :-)

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  19. Comment on Goodbye, Ajit Pai in ~tech

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    @skybrian I find your comment interesting (and with no offense, i don't mean that in good nor bad way, truthfully just interested in this)...But for now, i will focus only on your first statement...

    I find this a little odd because ISP’s don’t come up that much when we talk about what’s wrong with the Internet.

    @skybrian I find your comment interesting (and with no offense, i don't mean that in good nor bad way, truthfully just interested in this)...But for now, i will focus only on your first statement there bout ISPs' involvement. I wonder if a response to your first point there would differ depending on what era it was asked? Here's what i'm getting at...Nowadays, there seems to be so little in the way of competition with respect to American internet connectivity (not in every place of course but many regions). As is most often cited, many U.S. consumers have maximum 1 choice for their ISP - at best. So, the biggest ISPs have much sway over and control of content over the pipes. And citizens (or consumers?) have little recourse to vote - by this i mean vote with their wallet. Their choice is to connect with one of the few big player ISPs or be disconnected and suffer. Contrast this to several years ago - i'm talking about the earlier days of internet connectivity - and it feels like people had more options to choose their internet connectivity back then. Maybe those numerous, and small ISP players of the past were a mixed bag of quality but it at least felt like choice - the kind of choice that is often referenced when promoting American capitalism. (I'm no expert, but with so few players in the ISP market, it just doesn't taste like good capitalism to me. But that's a separate convo.) That difference alone (i.e. the sheer numbers of ISPs in America )- in my opinion - greatly changes the response to your fair question about ISP involvement. I, for one, wish for much more diversity in ISP options, as i feel more diversity isn't only good for genetic defense against illness, but also for our access to utilities. With more choice also comes mass consumers increased option of voting to support better behaving ISPs (or punishing misbehaving ISPs), which could avoid heavy handed legislation. If the FCC - and any other governing body - would help support more diversity in ISPs, then maybe ISPs might come up more in discussions.

    (My god, have i just talked myself into reminiscing a previous world where the older days of slower internet felt freer!?! lol)

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Are there any viable alternatives for Facebook? in ~tech

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    Yeah, i can't deny that. It is early days, but i'm hoping more innovation, novel ideas flourish on the fediverse. Agreed. There's also the indieweb movement [https://indieweb.org/], but it does...

    My big gripe with the Fediverse is that all the services just feel like the standard platform monopoly, but federated......Even if you're a federated service that doesn't serve ads, do ad tracking, or curate your timeline the interaction is still designed in a way that's meant to make you do it. I can't help but feel we can do better.

    Yeah, i can't deny that. It is early days, but i'm hoping more innovation, novel ideas flourish on the fediverse.

    My hope of having people being more in control of their personas and feeds kind of depends on portability of data...

    Agreed. There's also the indieweb movement [https://indieweb.org/], but it does take plenty of upfront work. So not sure that the tooling is there for the layperson. (Yes, i know there are wordpress plugins, but far from perfect.) Much like the fediverse, it is all still early days for the indieweb...but i'm sure hoping things get easier for laypeople to adopt for all the benefits and reasons that you gave! :-)

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