IT related joke I remember from years ago was a colleague faked a corporate email faking a re-org and rename among a few other things and mass sent it to a bunch of people in our internal groups. It was so convincing and believable most people just ignored it as normal corporate spam...

Adventure with my "new" battery, I left my on a few nights ago by mistake and completely drained it, it now won't charge at all.
I tried applying the thinkpad-ec mod to my BIOS but it still sits at 0% and the battery light flashes amber. Any ideas fediverse, I've tried a few variations of turn off, swap with old battery turn on, discharge laptop completely etc.

I am so smart, I installed monero on my laptop without thinking about it downloading the blockchain. I returned to it after a few hours and it had used 100% of it's hard drive space...

:vim: I learn new stuff every day, was unaware of the command in to reflow paragraphs, that'll save a chunk of time!

gwip
or
gqip

in normal mode for the record!

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Remember, there is a generation that don't see nothing wrong here.

Boost if you get it ;)

Something I really like about Fosstodon is when I go to the Federated tab there's lots of toots in various languages! Very glad it is not just federating with English only instances! It makes it feel much more natural than Twitter that puts you in an Anglo bubble.

Hey you! Yes you mastodon user, close that huge list of old tabs in your browser right now!

It is especially a good book if you are a girl since it has great advice on safety and a chapter dedicated on what to do if you do fall victim to a stalker or vengeful ex. Including where to seek help and how to get a restraining order (US focused but still useful for us in UK and EU).

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Skimming through: Smart Girls Guide to Privacy.
An excellent guide to online, even if you aren't a girl 😉

I like this quote but it's sounding like a challenge to me:

> Many people say that it’s better and safer to have your own
> domain and host your own email. That’s fine if you know how,
> but most people don’t—and that’s okay. Having your email
> at, say, Gmail, where it’s Google’s job to keep you secure, is a
> million times better than trying to learn to manage it yourself.

Anyone have any good alternatives to ExpressVPN or any criticisms of it? I have looked into self hosting a VPN but it looked like a lot of trouble.

Setup myself a private searx instance to use

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What is a decent free anti-malware for Windows? I used to use Malwarebytes years ago but have heard it is not recommended these days. Any suggestions?

I've written a draft post about the state of surveillance online and why people should care, cleverly titled: "Somebody's watching you" but I am torn as to whether I should post it or not.
Honestly I am worried about being labelled as a tin-foil hat wearer or it affecting future job prospects but nothing I say is inaccurate, the thesis is basically, Big Companies are spying on you and using your private data and so are governments, you should probably do something about it.

@gdquest Irritatingly it is expensive but thought you might like to know it is possible to get the doman gd.quest:

namecheap.com/domains/registra

I noticed earlier that my boot menu seems to be missing my windows partition, I guess this is a sign I should delete the seldom used windows dual boot altogether.

First cycle of the battery done, was surprised by my laptops sudden power down but I think I missed the battery low warning 😅 It's charging so that's a positive

Battery 0: Discharging, 27%, 01:47:38 remaining
Battery 0: design capacity 6806 mAh, last full capacity 6800 mAh = 99%

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Battery 0: Discharging, 49%, 03:49:48 remaining
Battery 0: design capacity 6588 mAh, last full capacity 6581 mAh = 99%

Interesting that the full capacity changed but it is going strong

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