Use what works for good

Tue 26 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

Exactly a month ago, I wrote an article challenging the prevalent pragmatist-argument for choice in the digital world.

I'd like to refine that thought a bit further, based on recent experiences.

A little over a week ago, I started crafting an article covering FOSS keyboards for Android. This is one …

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A Handy-Dandy Star Wars Guide

Thu 14 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

I was speaking with a couple Fedifriends about Star Wars, and (naturally), we started having a mini-debate on which Star Wars movies actually "count."

The following is my personal thoughts on the issue, in a handy-dandy list format:

DISCLAIMER: I am, at the end of the day, a fairly casual …

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So, I Guess I'm a Vampire, Now

Wed 13 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

As anyone who knows me on the Fediverse can tell you, I've been a bit of a light-theme snob. (If you're not sure what I'm referring to, I'm talking about whether text on a screen (computer or otherwise) is chiefly light colors on dark colors (dark theme) or dark colors …

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Two months later

Mon 11 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

Content warning: This post deals with loss

As I have alluded to before, there is a certain process of effacing that time does to loss and grief, as well as the memory of the departed.

I'm staring at the two month mark, and while I've had some truly dark moments …

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The KGB, the Computer, and Me

Sat 09 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

Last night, I re-watched The KGB, the Computer, and Me, a 1990 episode of NOVΛ chronicling Cliff Stoll's efforts to catch a West German hacker who was using the Lawrence Berkeley Labs' computer systems to hack into military computers in the late 1980s.

I say re-watched, because I …

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FOSS Games, Part II

Thu 07 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

I got a lot of wonderful feedback on my original FOSS Games are actually pretty good! article, and I wanted to share with you all the information that was so kindly shared with me.

Here are some FOSS games highly recommended by the community, although I have not personally played …

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FOSS Games are actually pretty good!

Mon 04 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

There's a lot of talk about gaming in Linux these days, and that's exciting, because it's drawing attention to Linux's capabilities. While the games being spoken of are mostly proprietary (and pretty awful, from a software-freedom perspective), it's good to see people getting interested in Linux, even when for only …

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LLMs are Perfect

Sat 02 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

LLMs (Large Language Models, colloquially referred to as "A.I.") are perfect...

Perfect exemplars and the very embodiment of the brain-rot of our society.

Much like so many loud voices in society today, the LLM is incapable of discerning reliable from unreliable sources, identifying the origin and validity of a …

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NaNoWriMo Debrief

Fri 01 December 2023 by R.L. Dane

I've heard about NaNoWriMo going back at least eight years. I had classmates (back when I was a middle-aged college student ;) talk to me about it, but I always thought the 50,000 words goal was just unattainable.

This year, I finally stepped up to the plate and participated, although …

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On "Zoomers" and Generations

Thu 30 November 2023 by R.L. Dane

One thing I've noticed as someone who has lived in *gulp* six decades is that we Americans have a thing for generations. Well, in broad terms, looking at life generationally is absolutely not new, nor uniquely American. But naming generations just might be. Several European FediFriends have expressed to me …

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