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Abandoned Gmail yesterday over privacy concerns. I still check it periodically to make sure nothing important is still going there, and I get this today.

Sure... I believe you.

For all the things that just does, why can't I just plug my phone into my computer via USB and use it as a ?

COVID rant 

Having just finished a grocery run, there's something I need to get off my chest:

We've been in a for over a year now. If you still haven't yet figured out how to social distance and wear a mask properly, you are part of the problem.

STOP IT!

I've been semi-seriously considering distro-hopping to lately. The problem is that there are a few pieces of software that I use that aren't in the repositories. I've tried building then myself, but I keep hitting obstacles.

I really like the design philosophy behind Nix, and hope to be able to take the plunge sooner rather than later.

It's our day off and the weather is gorgeous. We decided that this warranted going somewhere exotic: the balcony.

Got a text saying that an appointment was available for me to get my COVID vaccine... during my shift for work.

Welp, guess I've got to wait for the next one. 😐

I really ought to learn to use . I keep running into tasks that seem like it's the exact tool I'd need. I'm just lazy.

BBSing on the TRS-80 Model 100 tonight, just because.

I made a cable that powers the wifi modem off of the model 100's batteries via the barcode reader port. I'm not using it to read many barcodes these days anyway.

#bbsing #retrocomputing #trs80

Looks like I was just impatient. Hackage just hadn't generated the documentation yet. It's all good now.

Thanks to anyone who looked into it for me.

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For the record: It had previously been complaining about the types of some functions from imported packages not matching. I'd assumed there'd been a breaking change in the libraries and I added version constraints to combat this.

No luck.

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Call it how you want - phones are currently modelled around Apple's penchant on removing control. That's why I'm excited that the pinephone lets me do things like switch out the motherboard (when I'm home with tools), add an SD card, remove the battery and extend support with the connectors in the back.

I don't know how to do the first or last thing but the fact that it's doable means I can pay someone who does now how to - not a mega conglomerate that exists to extract money from workers (inside and outside of the company)

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✨ HOW TO HAVE A NICE TIME ON THE FEDIVERSE ✨

1. Don't be a downer in replies for no good reason.

2. No unsolicited advice.

3. If someone says something nice to you, boost a post of theirs that you like.

4. If someone is rude/unhelpful/a downer in your replies, block-unblock them to get them off your follower list (or just block them if they don't follow you).

5. Use hashtags sometimes, and when you do, click on them and boost the good stuff to federate it about.

#meta #tootorial

I wonder if sometimes I overcomplicate things. I was not at home because we had to take the dog to the vet. Waiting in the parking lot, I was on my phone, connected via an SSH tunnel I'd left open through my server to the living room computer. From there, I was connected via another SSH connection to the one in the office, performing a backup to my rsync account.

It gets the job done, but my god it's convoluted.

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