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You might say “Zorin OS is like Windows” or “Vim improves workflow once you learn it”

That’s not good enough.

If it isn’t clean enough, simple enough, and reliable enough for someone to sit down like at a Win10 machine, iPhone or any other device and fulfill their use cases in a minimum of clicks and decision points, it isn’t good enough.

If FOSS wants to take over the world they have to be noticeably better than those that already have. Ideology isn’t a good enough pitch: Superiority is.

When the historical society goes for a no expense spared reenactment…

The OSS bubble that is and the blogging bubble that was – Baldur Bjarnason

“The biggest problem—and this isn’t limited to web development—is how it has baked exploitation into the core worldview of so many people.”

Me, on the OSS bubble in web dev

Technology Rant 

Amazing the difference a login process makes.

The 'delight' that is my nvidia graphics card consistently requires me to login to update update driver. Yet I frequently can't login.

In consequence, and for what little it is worse, I doubt I will ever buy a nvidia product again as the process is so infuriating!

WTF ... Mozilla had always running JavaScript inside PDFs disabled by default.

But now with FF 88 this option is ENABLED by default. Which means, if a PDF file contains JS it will run without any user interaction. What can possibly go wrong?

To disable this:

pdfjs.enableScripting --> false

# FF 78.10 ESR doesn't include this option and still blocks JS in PDFs by default. Just tested.

The full quote is “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Oscar Wilde

Going more private has a lot of old school attitude.

Don't use credit cards, use cash (of course no Apple Pay etc.). Don't use google maps, learn where you need to go and figure it out like you did a decade ago. Don't listen to streaming music, listen to music you downloaded.

What would you do if there was no big tech companies to hold your hand? Will you be lost?

#privacy #google #apple

This project, PM'd by the rockstar that is @epilepticrabbit was a proper 10-week rollercoaster. Glad to have been part of it, but also pleased to get my Tues/Thurs afternoons back!

What wellness is marketed as:
-Body lotions
-Fancy juices

What wellness ACTUALLY looks like:
-Health care coverage
-Access to therapy
-Walkable cities
-Green spaces
-Living wages
-Paid time off
-Physical activity
-Close knit communities

Static sites are great, but they're not for everyone. If you're using them because WordPress is too heavy here's proof that you can fix your WordPress theme. This is from my own WP site with a homepage that weighs a whopping 25kb (compressed). Theme at

If you care about privacy on the web, even if you don't use WordPress, I highly suggest supporting this effort to disable FLoC by default in WP Core and doing so as a security update. With 40% of the web this is sorely needed.

I learn today that a Tyrannosaurus is chronologically closer to an iPhone than it is to a Stegosaurus.

Well, I seem to have it working. 🙂

Required editing the NGINX and adding add_header Permissions-Policy interest-cohort=(); to a few locations. But a check on security headers shows its working. 🤓

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