Getting emails like "Hi, I'm interested in permacomputing, but I can't really change any of my computing habits at the moment. What do you recommend?"

"I need something that will play Spotify and Netflix, but also run Photoshop and Steam, but that will run on low power devices. "

@neauoire this is an interesting trap. I’ve managed to bootstrap myself out of it but I have a hell of a time explaining it to others.

@requiem it's super tricky. I think people are enamored by the idea, but the legwork and time required to make it work is simply unrealistic for their situation.

@neauoire for sure, and it requires going back before you can go forward.

Like many things the first step is unlearning a lot of bad things. Interestingly permaculture has similar problems (going back to pre-industrial thinking) but I think when it comes to computers it’s harder for people to see; it’s just an opaque box, not a smoldering, sprawling factory.

@requiem @neauoire

It's the whole "(un)conscious (in)competence" graph again.

If you spend more time focusing on making something you want part of your life the quality will initially decrease.

My computer was barely usable for a few months when I knew enough to start fires but not to put them out. After that I became more capable and independent technologically, though I'd obviously like to be further along.

Same for e.g. taking time to focus on one specific technique in a sport or game.


@sirvertalot Funnily that looks like an accelerating sine curve. Why stop at bliss?

@tagglink Yeah that's more like, given it's something more variable than "skill at a task".

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