I do believe I have achieved the impossible: An American mobile phone plan that works internationally and costs about $5 per month.

Downside is that data costs $10 per GB (depending on the country you're in). But if you have good access to WiFi, it's still pretty cheap compared to other international mobile plans I've seen.

I just learned that the kids these days are abbreviating "yeah" by just typing "yh".

This is one of those signs I've been noticing lately that I'm no longer in the "kids these days" category.

The US county government where I vote just sent me a new voter ID card, post card style. No envelope, nothing concealing the information on it. Full name, voter ID number, political affiliation, a PIN, assigned polling place, etc. just out there for everyone to see.

In Germany I do hate how much personal info you have to give to the government (i.e. fingerprints go in a national database when you move there), but the government is at least _aware_ that is a thing.


Open source text editor written in . Strives to be a "batteries included" and yet very fast and light editor. Basically what would be, if it weren't getting more and more bloated and resource-hungry.

Since I'm still in the early stages of learning , this could be a strong contender.

Plugins can be developed in anything that compiles to WASM (/ WASI).

In pre-alpha right now.

As I get familiar with a large old Python codebase, I'm starting to think that I _really_ don't like the concept of mixins. They bring all the same problems as traditional inheritance-heavy code, but multiplied.

Death by a thousand mixins, so to say.

Has anyone with significant experience in (especially ) come to a similar conclusion, or do I just need to spend more time getting accustomed to this paradigm?

VS Code's Jan 22 update reminds me that VS Code is just becoming VS Pro, but with a cleaner UI and rewritten in JavaScript.

I used to love VS Code, but as the years go on, it's just getting slower, more resource-hungry, and more complex.

This is why I'm putting forth the effort to learn . If I'm gonna use something complex, it might as well be a thing that I am confident will serve me well for the next 15 years.

The .gov websites for the state where I come from all block web traffic originating from outside the US. They were doing this long before GDPR, so I'm pretty sure it's a security measure.

Funny thing is, I use Mullvad to get around the block. Forcing people to become harder to identify is good for security I guess. :blobcatgooglyshrug:

Recently moved my non-technical partner from Windows to Linux. She just helped me realize how much I take it for granted that you almost never need to open your web browser to install new software.

I'm trying to get out of this ridiculous 2 to 5 year support window for mobile devices. So instead of replacing my damaged smartphone, I decided to downgrade to a feature phone that has hotspot capability.

The idea is to have one low-cost device that I don't care about provide an untrusted Internet connection. Then use a separate device with WiFi if I really need any "smarts." That device could be a refurbished smartphone / tablet or my trusty 10 year-old laptop.

We'll see how it goes.

Played with on a Raspberry Pi 4 over the weekend and I'm impressed. After trying a couple of desktop distros over the years, I underestimated just how fast this little server OS would be, despite running entirely on a MicroSD card. It just takes a few seconds to do a full reboot.


Granted, I've installed virtually nothing on it. It basically just runs iptables and .

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Has anyone gotten exit nodes to work while using ?

I have been avoiding learning about iptables for a long time. However I'm at the point now where I feel really handicapped in my ability to troubleshoot VPNs and the like.

I finally decided to sit down and read an introduction to it, and honestly it's really not that complicated if you already have some intermediate-level networking knowledge.

Of course.... I haven't put any of my newfound knowledge to use yet. Talk to me in 6 months.

We have pretty bad WiFi reception in the bedroom. I was able to deduce that my wife's phone was in the bedroom because of how long it took for the "message delivered" checkmark to appear in a popular instant messaging app.

Are delivery receipts a legitimate privacy issue, or am I overthinking it? What else could a random person deduce from the time it takes for your device to receive a message?

After a couple days invested in learning to draw with @inkscape, I now feel like a giant hole in my software dev skills has been filled. I can now draw decent icons, logos, art, etc. My main two learning projects were manually tracing photos and creating vectorized versions.

So I just figured out how to forward SMB traffic from my VPN to my home LAN. After struggling for hours with iptables / ufw on my RPi, I gave up and used redir.


Much easier. Though I only figured out how to forward SMB 1.0. But it gets the job done.

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So I just discovered . If you ever think, "Gee, I'd love to have unprivileged system containers without the backgroud daemon," then I suggest trying podman before going the route.


If I use dd or UsbImager to flash an SD card, it works fine. Do the same thing to a USB flash drive, and I find that the partitions / file systems on the drive afterward are... messed up.

Is there somehow a difference in the way SD cards and flash drives work, that makes raw image files suitable for only one type of device?

For the life of me I can't get my 4B booting directly from USB even after updating firmware. None of my websearch-foo is helping me today. I gave up and just changed my root partition to the USB drive.

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