Chaotic good. Professional cloud plumber and Kubernetes pilot. Unprofessional father/widower/DJ/soccer supporter. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” He/him.

FSF/RMS/WTF

Update: After weeks of radio silence, both FSF and RMS have issued statements. The statements acknowledge that mistakes were made, apologize for certain things, and overall seem sincere. I will take them as such and thank them for their sincerity. I’m still not going to support the FSF, however. My criticism of their drift in focus from advocating for Free Software (capital F and S) to bullying and belittling un-Free software, and those who make a free choice to use it, stands, and I don’t see anything in these statements to indicate that either the FSF or RMS intend to change their approach.
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Gemini Is Back

I recently had to turn off my Gopher and Gemini sites because keeping them in sync with the HTML versions of the site using my static site generator of choice was proving to be too much of a pain in the ass. However, I still appreciate the idea of Gemini as a less-heavy, less-too-much protocol, so I’ve spent some time recently creating a new Gemini capsule based on, but not linked to, this HTML version.
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In Praise Of Old Hardware

I have been fortunate over the years to use a variety of state-of-the-art hardware for my work and play. I’ve used several generations of MacBooks, as well as highly tuned modern Windows machines. Whether supplied by my employers or purchased for my own use, I’ve had access to the best. And yet, these days, the machine I find myself using the most (including to write this very post) is a ThinkPad W500, which hasn’t been state-of-the-art for at least a decade now, probably longer.
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Five Answers

Answers to Christina’s Five Questions (in native Gemini format here): This year, did you try reading a book in a genre you usually don’t gravitate to? What did you think of it? Not yet. I honestly don’t read much for pleasure. (Shock! Horror!) But I’ll probably get to this eventually. Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you stuck to? (Are you still sticking to it?) I resolved to lose weight this year, and I was down about 19 pounds at last weigh-in, due to diet changes and an adjustment to my blood sugar medication.
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My Home VPS Test Lab

I learn by doing; always have. If I want to learn how something is done, the most effective way for me is not to read about it, or to listen to someone talk about it, but to get my hands dirty doing it. It’s true for so many things I’ve learned, but especially my trade of UNIX system administration. Ever since I first got root on a UNIX system (my first Slackware installation way back in 1994) it’s been this way.
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