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I realized many of my favorite games are basically about managing technical debt:

- Tetris
- Lumines
- Splatoon 2: Salmon Run

NAS was slow; I entertained the idea of replacing it with a Pi 4 + enclosure.

While I was testing that out, the NAS basically died.

I went with the Pi idea, got an enclosure, and could mount the NAS drives to transfer to a new 8 TB disk.

Cryptocurrency worries made be buy a second 8 TB disk. I added the second 8 TB to the btrfs filesystem and rebalanced to raid1.

Now the first 8 TB disk is failing with a loud CLACK sound every 4 seconds, even in idle, even unmounted. (No errors… yet.)


Wow!! If you haven't seen the RC of Inkscape you're in for a treat! The UI has been vastly improved, and I'm sure there are many goodies under the hood as well... just testing now. Here's the official fediverse announcement:

and download link:

Thank you to all the contributors:)

#inkscape #mastoart #opensource #foss #vectorgraphics #opendesign

OK, apparently one single Pi 4 w/ 4 GB RAM is good enough to run a bunch of Docker containers* _and_ also serve as a RAID NAS (USB3 multi-disk enclosure, using btrfs) with speeds > 100 MB/s (using NFS).

(* Containers: Nextcloud, webserver, proxy, Minecraft Java server, Logitech Media Server)

I've been working on upgrading from my decade-old Synology and wanted something FOSS, flexible, and fast. This works, it looks like!

hey all, here's a new computer thing I made! it's called the Nonsense Laboratory, and it's a series of weird little tools for manipulating the spelling and sound of words with machine learning:

it's part of a series of projects launched yesterday showing the outcomes of the Artists + Machine Intelligence grant program, which you can learn more about here:

I like the new #kdenlive 21.04! I just finished the edit of a new video tutorial with it (about 'shading', I'll post it later today) and the new auto-generated subtitle feature with speech recognition saves me 2h of work! (and surprisingly this one recognise my heavy French accent with a high percentage of success). Such a typing burden I did weekly to do less... Thanks again devs! And new keyframe actions are also lovely to use. 💜

More info about the release:

Microsoft is asking for feedback regarding the next default font for their Office software. I don't care which wins, the only criterion important for me is the availability under a true free license so that the free software ecosystem is not left behind. With pain I remember a time when it was necessary to download Arial from the MS website (through ttf-mscorefonts-installer of course) because free distribution was not legally permitted for Linux-distros.

Today it dawned on me that many people may not be aware that you can do this in your #vim configuration to have built-in spell checking in e.g. Markdown files:

autocmd FileType markdown setlocal spell spelllang=en

There are key bindings to obtain suggestions and so on, “:help spell” will give you all the details.

"Cryptocurrency is one of the worst inventions of the 21st century. [...] It has failed to be a useful currency, invented a new class of internet abuse, further enriched the rich, wasted staggering amounts of electricity, hastened climate change, ruined hundreds of otherwise promising projects, provided a climate for hundreds of scams to flourish, created shortages and price hikes for consumer hardware, and injected perverse incentives into technology everywhere. Fuck cryptocurrency."

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Novel concept: Tech should be good for its users.

Respectful of their privacy and have a positive impact on mental health (i.e. not purposefully addictive or promoting negativity).

type of guy who walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck. he’s a duck

Privacy isn’t just about whether some corporation has your raw data or not. If your own device is tracking your behaviour & profiling you to open you up to being manipulated by corporations, that is also a violation of your privacy. Brave and Apple violate your privacy by proxy.

Too many people still don't understand that you don't need to be a racist person or acting with malice to perpetuate racism and cause harm.

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I'm close to moving back to Windows. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to hold oneself back, deny oneself better and easier accessibility in the name of open source, when many open source developers don't give a crap about accessibility, and/or don't educate themselves on it. KDE connect, GSConnect, all were inaccessible for one reason or another, not the least because of Gnome-shell's terrible accessibility issues. That was just the last straw. With the only thing holding me to Linux being Emacs+Emacspeak, I think its time to quit Linux and just use what actually works. It's interesting how being "free" just means being under the power and whim of other people, a mass of developers who have no insentive for accessibility, rather than a cohesive company who does. This is serious, and I want every developer to understand this, understand my deep frustration with FOSS.

#FOSS #Linux #KDE #a11y #accessibility #Windows #comunism #capitalism #software #developers

feels like the goal of society should be:

- happiness and curiosity and keeping each other's brains and bodies satisfied

but instead it seems to be :

- placating the pathologies of billionaires


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