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vim: copying text is called yanking
emacs: pasting text is called yanking
everyone else: nothing is called yanking oh my god

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How I know I still love programming: every winter, at the end of the year, when I'm fed up of anything tech-related, I take a long-ish vacation (2-3 weeks), during which I barely touch computers at all.

During the first week, I barely notice it.

During the last few days, I'm already toying with an idea for a new program, or wondering about a weird bug, or thinking about something new to try.

When I'm back, first thing I do is turn my computer on and BAM! I'm 12 again and this is so cool!

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I can see why normal people just throw their hands up in the air about data privacy. I've put so much effort into this stuff, but instead of feeling like a super-cool guy in a spy movie, I feel more like a guy with a half-working phone and no decent emoji input

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The internet used to be a city: it had its weird bohemian districts, its flea markets, its high-rises and back alleys. Now it's just a shopping mall, and I miss my old city so much

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me talking to my fellow nerd friends
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me talking to normal humans who refuse to acknowledge the botnet and tracking crisis silently affecting us all and that every tech company big or small is getting away with it because the masses refuse to care about their personal data until it's too late and they have lost control over their own privacy and freedom online
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Two CSS properties walk into a bar.

A barstool in a completely different bar falls over.

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If life gives you lemons then you are the product.

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Oh wow, Steve Klabnik (author of book and core team member) is leaving Mozilla. words.steveklabnik.com/thank-u

Key quote:
> I could say a lot of things here, but I won’t get into the details. What’s really important is this: I’m not proud to be a Mozillian anymore.

I've heard some negative things about Mozilla lately, but this is something that personally moves the needle in a anti-mozilla direction more than, e.g., ads on the new-tab page

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You can spot if software is made by assholes by applying “Thomas’ Settings Inversion Test”.

If the software is infinetly more useful and less of a pain in the ass if you invert all settings, it is made by assholes.

For example, Twitter and Windows privacy settings.

Flight pricings never cease to amaze me. HEL-VIE-HEL in March is 200€, while HEL-VIE alone is 400€. 🤔

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As much as I appreciate Stack Overflow, it sure has made it harder to find information about … stack overflows

I've been meaning to try Nuklear, Dear ImGui or some other immediate-mode GUI library. Finally managed to make a really minimal test application using Nuklear. 🎉

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I love being old - I have no idea what the youth is listening to music wise and like an old man I have to research what it is.
Right now reading up on mumble rap and its evolution.

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen from last night, photographed from our DIY remote observatory in the Finnish coutryside. No clear tail visible, but the comet is still pretty bright and large.

A sneak peek of 46P/Wirtanen from last night. I will post some better pictures once I get back from work and have time to process them.

Clear skies for the first time in a month! Time for some geekery.

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I've been hosting my photos on Smugmug for pretty long now, but I'd like to cut costs and switch to a self-hosted photo portfolio. Any good suggestions for FOSS web photo gallery software that doesn't look butt ugly?

Preferrably I'd like to be able to upload full-sized photos and the gallery software would automatically resize them and apply a watermark, while still safekeeping the original files somewhere.

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