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.
Like the majority of people who carry smartphones, I’ve stuck to the stock operating system on them over the years. My preference has been for iOS, since I’ve used Apple gear for over 30 years, but I’ve used Android, too. I’ve also come to appreciate that, while I can’t know exactly how phone makers use my information, Apple has less incentive to be evil; they are primarily a hardware company that has a small advertising business, as opposed to Google, which is primarily an advertising company that has a small hardware business.
As you probably know if you read here regularly, I do The Freshmaker Show on tilderadio. I’m excited to announce that I’ll soon be doing a second show on aNONradio, this one airing at 0000 UTC on Fridays (Thursday evenings North American time.) The shows will have different music; one won’t be a rerun of the other. Just like I hang out on tilde.chat during my shows and banter with my listeners, I plan to do the same on SDF’s com chat.
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.
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.
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.