Got my Spring 2019 #fsfbulletin on Saturday!
Bloomberg thinks that Microsoft has won over Open Source. I can't speak for them, but they certainly haven't won over me or any Free Software folks I know.
Every action they've taken is in line with their Halloween Document goals. They've embraced through acquisition, and they've put themselves in the line of information and fiscal flow through controlling Github and now this payment system.
The risk to our community by them taking it away is too great to ignore.
I don't understand tech writers. I swear they receive kickbacks to keep users from using privacy-respecting software.
Just read an article listing 'Alternatives to Whatsapp' for when you no longer trust Whatsapp.
Item #1 - Facebook Messenger
Item #2 - iMessage
Item #3 - Google message.
I mean, wut?
A few months ago, Microsoft decided to collaborate with Google and drop its web engine in favor of Google's.
Earlier this week, Google blocked all ad blockers, and now Microsoft has de-listed UBlock Origin (a powerful ad-blocker). Without real choice, monopolies will dictate what you see and do on the Internet.
Real choice comes with Free/Open Source Software.
One Xeon server, built from a bunch of used parts, two used Barracuda firewalls enjoying new life as servers plud some odds and ends (Zotac micro PCs). All running #guix and behaving fine so far. Datacenter on the cheap. 😄
Ye gods, found a new item for my #pinebook unofficial review under the heading, "keyboard layout sucks":
1. The power button on this keyboard is in the position of Delete on many other of my keyboards.
2. Pressing Power on a #pinebook shuts down. Like right now. Didn't save? Too bad.
I still *really* like this thing, but these keyboard issues are going to definitely take some getting used to.
CPU is easy on the battery and surprisingly powerful.
Keyboard layout is *bad*. A couple of ultra-common symbols such as the double quote require a counterintuitive three-finger combo. Having to stop cold and work this out for each and every quote is a drag. I can adjust but this is a pain point.
1080p screen is brilliant and lovely, no complaints at all.
Overall construction is shockingly solid. I expected flimsy, it is not at all.
Overall, absolutely worth the (low) price!
I'm up to 5 systems running #guix system now; my plan is to designate the best one as the offload builder.
Just found out that if I log into my bank's website and then tile #emacs side-by-side with it, it assumes that my resulting 'portrait' layout for the web page means I'm on a phone so it displays this GIGANTIC button menu to 'help' me with that. 🤨
My grandfather taught me this poem(?) when I was very young:
"Late one night in the middle of the day;
Two dead boys went out to play;
Back-to-back they faced each other;
Drew their swords and shot each other;
A deaf policeman heard the noise;
And came and shot the two dead boys;
If you don't believe my story is true;
Ask the blind man;
She saw it too."
I have no idea where it comes from originally, but it came back to me in the middle of the night and I thought I would share it.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko