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I never did a real introduction on here, so here goes...

Hello Mastodon!

I am a former criminology academic, although I do what I can to stay up on current research for it. Despite nodding my head in agreement to the Unix-Haters Handbook, I am an avowed Unix fan. My current and long-time Unix of choice is macOS. I'm trying to fit Linux into my life, but am sure what role it can play for me.

My main hobbies include programming, reading, and relaxing with computer games.

VRChat is a trip. It's what the internet in all the early 90's cyberpunk books dreamed it would be: kitschy and over the top.

It's still a blast though, and pretty cool tech to see how it matches your avatar to your actual body movements.

@cadence Thanks for the write up on your site about the problematic nature of Discord. I've read bits and pieces before about some of the privacy issues, but your post consolidates a lot of info down nicely.

Now I have to come to terms with to what extent Discord will remain in my life.

It's time to sacrifice the iPad to the beta OS gods.

I'm cautiously optimistic about everything Apple announced today. The ARM transition following the same path as the Intel transition is good, since that worked pretty well overall. I'm very happy to see Apple not wanting to leave x86 behind in one go, since it will take some time for some more complex apps to make the transition. The other tooling improvements they're doing look good too.

It wasn't the most exciting WWDC, but so far, I'm liking what Apple is planning for the next few years.

This remixing of the original Deus Ex soundtrack by the original composers is sounding very good. The single track that's available now sounds amazing, and I can't wait for this to come out next week.

alexanderbrandon.bandcamp.com/

With GitHub changing the default branch naming from "master" to "main", it's interesting to see what other software either hardcodes or just assumes "master" is the default branch.

The first version of the Caddy webserver has a module that can pull from a git repository for you (useful for pulling updates for statically rendered sites, or whatever else). Unless you specify a branch, it just assumes that it will be pulling and using the "master" branch, and if that is not present, it outright fails, causing the server to not boot up.

It's at least an easy fix in that case, but will be fun to see what else has to get updated to accommodate. There will be plenty of stuff that takes more effort than adding a single-line in the config file.

Apple, your Catalyst apps always look weird. I appreciate what you're trying to do with the tech, and get that this is more of a first-step to getting iOS apps on Mac. But... it still looks wrong.

Accomplishment of the day: I made the compiler segfault.

I've gotten so use to the federation of Mastodon allowing me to interact with people on other domains that there are times I forget that this doesn't also apply to Twitter.

I'm likely better off for not having that particular road to hell open, but it still surprises me occasionally.

@mastonaut I'm on an instance that allows messages to be longer than 500 characters, but Mastonaut's composer is still displaying a 500 character limit. Typing past the limit prevents the message from being sent. Is this something that can be set to be ignored anywhere, or if not, can I put it in as a feature request?

Pretty crazy to finally see this in use. So much more modern than what you usually see in spaceflight.

I am excited for the SpaceX launch today. Weather is looking good in Florida for it, although less so at the abort sites.

Plugged in an old 1080p monitor so that I can keep a Linux VM up and running. It's nice having a dedicated screen for this again, instead of just a space that I have to switch to.

Performance under Parallels seems adequate too, so this should be fun to keep up.

As clunky as they can be, I miss when the UIs for game consoles had a bit more character like this.

youtube.com/watch?v=Seou4ZiUXE

I expect a certain level of cringe from corporate events and presentations, but please, Microsoft... take it down a notch.

Things like this are why I'm always distrustful of any mail application that needs an additional server for stuff. Just give me dump IMAP syncing and call it a day.

9to5mac.com/2020/05/16/edison-

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