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Zoom acquired Keybase today.

Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.

Beware the Keybase formula:

1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded

Looking for an open source tool to check grammar of a text file via command line. Do you guys have any recommendations?

"Good software is as little software as possible"

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I don't care how special and cool and hip your company thinks it is, it's NEVER okay to opt users into a marketing spam list.

I've said it before and will say it again: I love the fediverse.

So I'm thinking on switching to a new email provider, currently options are or custom domain with Infomaniak. Anyone can share their opinion about these or other services? Thank you Fediverse!

@codesections @tek I've used something like 15 languages professionally. They are all tools, and I use the one I think is the best fit for the job.

Anyone else playing the Valorant beta she asked, expecting no affirmative reply.

There are a couple of live streamers who announce upcoming streams on Twitter. Since I don't have a Twitter account, I typically miss the streams (and just watch the recordings).

Is there a non-obnoxious request I could make for an alternate announcement method?

"Could you also create and use a Fediverse account" feels like a bit too much of an ask, but I'm not sure what to ask for instead. RSS? Email?

Or nothing, and just build a Twitter bot at some point?

Ha, the Pop!_OS 20.04 release announcement mentions that the new release has dark mode support… and has a switch next to the announcement to enable dark mode on the website. That's a clever touch.

Announcing the SourceHut project hub 🎉

I don't usually explicitly ask for shares, but this is a big deal for SourceHut - the project hub solves one of our major goals for the alpha. Please help spread the word ❤️

I just read a post where a programmer said:

> 90% of what I learn at one job is completely useless for the next one.

That hasn't been my experience *at all*. Even when I went from attorney -> programmer, I'd say at least 50% of the skills transferred. Is your experience more like mine, or more like the one in the quote?


Do you ever think about how we could just to be the most educated and informed generation in all of history?

And then we're just ... Not.

Shoutout to @kev 's initiative. Been reading a lot of good blogs lately :)

Does anyone have any experience running @libreoffice on a Mac? I've never had any issues on Linux, but a family member recently switched from Word and has run into a problem: Misspelled words are being treated as spelled correctly (both non-underlined and not listed as errors in a manual spellcheck). Examples include "roon" and "builing"; both were marked as errors when I opened the same document in Linux.

Any thoughts? If I can't find a solution, they'll probably move back to Word


Go System76!

~125 bucks for a new battery *and* they included a shit load of additional info on how to EXTEND the life of a >2yr old laptop


Qualified appreciation of ProtonMail for finally making their stuff open source

However, I still strongly recommend against them, because basic access to open/standard protocols like IMAP and SMTP should never be locked down as a paid "extra"

Nim 1.2.0 released

> This release contains around 600 new commits which have not already been backported to our 1.0.x versions. There are several new features and standard library additions compared to 1.0. We tried to keep breaking changes to a minimum, but some bugfixes weren’t possible without making those necessary changes, and we feel that our users will benefit from them.

#nim #programming #release

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