Reinstalling Windows 10 on a family PC for the last 5+ hours, makes me wonder what it can possibly be doing for so long...

free software politics 

I guess I'm still thinking about this so I'll talk about it: significant free software projects that could (and did, and do!) actively improve people's lives are routinely shut down by large corporations and while there are genuine problems with the priorities and attitudes of the free software community it's really disingenuous to blame those failures on those issues

I think it's no coincidence that someone like me, who has worked with computers for over a decade, prefers to own a dumb TV, a blender with mechanical knobs instead of a touchscreen, no "smart home" stuff, etc. I know how computers work, and for that reason I am terrified of them

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After much frustration with wrapping everything in Rc and RefCell I did manage to get something kind of working

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Finally spending some more time messing around with and . No prizes for guessing what it does 😛

Commercial software using closed protocols is the reason we have to juggle a bunch of different apps like Discord, Slack, Hangouts and so on. Closed platforms fundamentally undermine the very spirit of how the internet is meant to work.

PinePhone stuff 

For example, it was as easy as on desktop to add the Syncthing repository and get my files syncing across

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PinePhone stuff 

is closer to what I want from "Linux on mobile". The UI is a bit choppy compared to Ubuntu Touch, but having full access to ARM Debian packages is great

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LGBTQ+ rights are hardly universal and people are still struggling for thier basic rights.

Do any of the big music streaming services provide an API that's not deprecated or totally broken? I'll drop Spotify in a second if I can get support for open source clients.

PinePhone stuff 

Not had too much time to try it so far, but UBPorts is pretty nice. The UI and the web browser are impressive. It's a bit locked down out of the box though, I'd like to be able to install normal packages without jumping through hoops.

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Why the Fediverse is significant, beside privacy 

Because big corporations are not forever.

Say about them what you will, but there IS a value in social media, they do satisfy the need, they do scratch that ancient itch of human beings to hear each other and be heard. They do it quite perversely, as a side-effect to filling their shareholders' pockets, but still, as a matter of fact.

The corporations though, do close down for all kinds of reasons.

There was a time before Twitter. Someday Facebook will disappear. Someday, YouTube will go dark.

The Fediverse, in this sense, is a toolkit, that will allow people to rebuild the Internet as we know and love it today in the future, when most companies have gone extinct.

The Internet is not a thing that "just is", it's "what people do". The Fediverse recognizes and embraces this fluid, dynamic nature: every now and then there's new servers that pop up and old that ones go down. It's not really a big deal around here. And it's... beautiful?

My shipped! Time to hurry up with my plan to learn GTK 😊

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