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Greetings cybre.space denizens! I ran my own instance for a while until it ate itself :) In that time I saw that some of the most interesting denizens of the Fediverse originated from this community! I love chatting about just about anything but especially , retro-computing, games, and science fiction, or Freemasonry. I build clouds by day and chase bright shiny things by night :) I look forward to engaging with you all!

Just got one of these - smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0 for my birthday. Yes I'm that kind of nerd :) Planning to run Proxmox - proxmox.com/en/ on it and use an Ubuntu guest to play host to a possle of Docker containers. Haven't decided whetner I'm going to use an orchestrator yet. Kubernetes just feels like such a 200 lb gorilla - seems like way overkill.

Is anyone else concerned at how politicized the free software movement is becoming? I'm seeing people be tarred and feathered for expressing unpopular political opinions.

Sure, it's easy to say "Yeah! Screw them!" because most of us are more liberal minded and some of the folks being pilloried are conservative, but what if the shoe was on the other foot?

The pendulum swings back and forth in American society between conservative and liberal. This is almost an absolute. It's not a question of whether, but of when.

A few things I think @PINE64 should be making crystal clear about the Pinebook Pro:
1) Suspend/Resume are flat busted. You need to shut down the machine and cold cold boot each time you want to use it.
2) External monitors either do not work or work to a very limited extent.

I am still very enthusiastic about the entire @PINE64 line, and bear them no ill will for these problem - they make it crystal clear when you buy that you are buying an experiment in open source and not a polished product, but in that spirit full transparency is critical IMO.:

Family: "Hey what printer should we get for relative $x?"

Me: Good printed I've bought for like 6 people that lasts YEARS and runs like a champ.

Family: ... What about $cheap crap printer that costs 1/3 as much?

Me: (eyeroll)

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I think it would be cool if every vaguely technical @ManjaroARM user picked a source code bearing package from the AUR that currently has X86 platform support only and git it building on aarch64 :) I'm trying to get TIC-80 going currently.

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met up with friends yesterday and one of them gave me a flash drive as a birthday present. when I got homo and mounted it there was a highly obfuscated shell script, which when run printed flattering text, showed some nostalgic photos and then self-destructed. it also left a cache directory in ~/.cache/, and one of the scripts there contained an invitation to the friend's birthday later this year in comments. it was really sweet, but also only in russia friends gift you malware for your birthday lol
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@feoh As others have mentioned, yes, i did not mean to imply anything about the current state of Pinebooks with regard to build quality. I've not used one nor have I even seen one. I have no idea how good they are or how they stand up to daily usage.

My concern is with respect to the environmental impacts of making cheap, throwaway hardware that gets replaced often, or is not useful after a short period of time.

I am skeptical that even rugged, inexpensive hardware will matter much to the poorer people of the world, though it is a laudible goal. (The OLPC project comes to mind here.)

@jonw @EdS @PINE64

Just got my @PINE64 PineBook Pro today! Totally delighted with it! Also kinda gobsmacked that a$200 laptop can rub my Python IDE like a champ!

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If I was developing software I would simply not add any bugs or problems

Does anyone have a super simple easy to set up internet forum application they like? Has to be open source.

Discourse looks neat but the system requirements are kinda crazy.

One of the things I'm looking forward to trying with the Pinebook Pro are things like Android and Chromium OS. I have friends who are deep into the Google-verse who've been bugging me about this stuff for YEARS :)

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oh my god check this out

this just might be the coolest thing i have seen in my entire life

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@feoh You can also get FLAC files from Bleep and 7Digital.

According to their August update, my @PINE64 Pinebook Pro should be arriving at their office today. SUPER excited :)

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The Atari videogame E.T. was designed and made as such because Steven Spielberg didn't know anything about videogames and thought it would be easy to just get a Pac-Man clone made in just 5 weeks.

The game designer couldn't even imagine building Pac-Man on the Atari 2600 in that time, so he made a game about falling into ditches instead.

Then the game was buried in a ditch.

nytimes.com/2012/02/15/books/r

Just finished _Red Plenty_. It's an incredibly good and compelling book, and should be de-rigeur for anyone who's interested in the science and philosophy around organizing societies and economies.

You could easily read this book and walk away thinking of it as a condemnation of Communism or Marxism. I didn't take it that way at all.

I see this book as a detailed post-mortem on how one particular implementation of Communism failed so wreetchedly as to cause untold suffering.

Maybe so that, in some far flung future where money ceases to have any value, we can do a better job of it that time around :)

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@brion @SonOfFanon @despens Other choices:

Firefox: Built by an organization that desperately needs more people to use the browser. (It's not dead yet, even though it was badly hurt in the last round of layoffs.)

GNOME Web (aka: Epiphany): Community built browser that's quite good by default. It does use the WebKit engine built by Apple (& Igalia) though. But it's one of the few browsers that isn't Firefox that is not based on Chromium.

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A note to my near future self: Don't let yourself get tunnel vision. Zoom out. Think about the problem differently. Avoid analysis paralysis - TRY something! Anything is better than pointlessly stressing yourself out about not making progress.

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