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 and behaving fine so far. Datacenter on the cheap. 😄

Ye gods, found a new item for my 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 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.

So far:

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!

My just arrived. Gonna try it out for a bit as-is to see how it performs, but my plan is to trim back to a light config and then add for package management.

Okay, turns out this is a terrible implementation of security-by-obscurity. It's an INI file with application settings pretending to be a DLL.

Dear unknown developer: you're ridiculous.

$ file chrkls.dll
chrkls.dll: : ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators

Haha... what?

Blech. Fan noise led me to investigate my most recent addition and it's wayyy too hot for my comfort.

83C at idle? Not okay, time to recheck everything.

I'm up to 5 systems running 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 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. 🤨

#Pinebook Pro and #PinePhone May update.
In other news: new website; forum updates incoming and BTO is going away for good. Read on!

The massive effort on part of smartphone makers to ditch the headphone jack is one of those moments when the curtain gets pushed aside and it becomes clear that consumer electronics aren't about giving people what they want but what corporations would rather they want.

Death mention 

Last part just arrived, time to start assembly and find out if I missed anything.

Client had me ssh in and check out the server.

Everything-- EVERYTHING -- runs as root.

ALL file permissions are 777.

I cannot make this stuff up. What am I supposed to do with this? 😱

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