Submitted some short stories around under the pen name I came up with last week. Thanks for the encouragement to go for it, Masto-friends.

@kelbot Hey thanks! I haven’t really done much with it yet at all, as I got really into Plan 9 right after that and all my computer hobby brain bandwidth has been used up by that since. I still want to come back to it, though. I have a Handspring Visor I bought for inspiration but you guys are making me want an m500 as well.

@kelbot I played so much iRogue in high school classes that bored me on a IIIc my dad gave me because he didn't use it

@grimmware I honestly have no idea. I like writing and it's kind of just what I've always done.

Always fun when the first question the 7-yr-old asks at the dinner table is “so, you may not know the answer to this, but where did God come from?”

Long since finished the 30-line Tcl script and am now using it for the thing I wrote it for. Python makes me feel dumb in a way I don't enjoy.

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started writing a little script in Python for a thing and rage-quit after about thirty minutes and started over in Tcl, where things actually make sense

I'm not the hardcore Emacs person I used to be but I do enjoy writing long structured stuff in Org mode. I finally moved my self-documenting Emacs config to sr.ht: git.sr.ht/~kl/.emacs.d

the fact that the results of this were 60% "who cares" and 40% "get back to work" is just more proof that you all are my kind of people.

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personal computing 

@suetanvil @kelbot This is a good description of the way I feel about it, too. I think some of it is dissatisfaction with the level of complexity, and some of it is a nostalgia for a time before the current subscription/web app/App Store model of software tools. It felt like you actually owned your computers. Now it kind of doesn’t.

I've got many, many years' worth of followers on Twitter, but now I think I might want to self-publish stuff under a pen name. Is it too late?

Started to write something for the blog and ended up writing something approaching a letter to myself that I’ll probably print, read, and delete forever. Sometimes I need to type things out to know how I feel.

@julienxx Slackware was my first too, circa 2004. Used to install it on abandoned Pentium laptops I brought home from my after school PC repair job.

@256 when I worked at a PC repair place in high school/college (mid 2000’s) I had this XP Pro key memorized.

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Very low power personal computing, a thread 

Thinking about what would be a happy combination of devices and computers for a really useful (and also fun, this is important too) person computing setup geared towards maximum utility and minimum computer/energy requirements. Clearly this is somewhat inspired by my recently renewed interest in PDAs. PDAs were way up the charts of utility/resources ratio.

further depravity: WordStar 4 in vDos in Wine on Linux. I think I prefer WordPerfect.

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Interesting way to spend a rainy Saturday morning: taking my "use an old word processor for writing" thing even further

@kelbot This is exactly why I picked up a Handspring Visor back in the spring… you’re making me want to scoop up a couple more while they’re still cheap. I haven’t really done anything with mine yet, but I want to.

Finished writing Part 1 of this new novel-ish thing. Feel like Part 2 demands a new writing process, like a change of scenery. Going to follow that urge and see where it leads.

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