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(Keeping my phone's wifi & mobile data off by default, pt. III)

For what it's worth, earlier I fought the compulsion by turning off most push notifications, and that has worked to a very decent degree.

It has still given plenty of room for ridiculously easy mindless wandering around the interwebs, and I didn't like that.

(Keeping my phone's wifi & mobile data off by default, pt. II)

Being aware that my phone isn't constantly connected to the internet helps keep some of my compulsive behaviors at bay.

It soon becomes clear that there's no reason to look at the phone because, by definition, there's nothing there.

The act of needing to explicitly enable the connection makes me think whether the action I'm about to take is a result of sheer boredom or frustration, or an actual honest-to-${DEITY} necessity.

For kicks, I've started keeping wifi and mobile data off on my phone by default, and it has led to some interesting consequences; I'll try to recap some as I fully process them.

The most obvious one is that the battery now lasts 3+ days on a single charge (vs. ~30 hours with wifi and data always on). This includes casual Bluetooth usage (mostly headphones).

This one's nothing revolutionary and it's operationally irrelevant, but I guess using less energy is not the lousiest thing one can do.

I'm not sure I'll ever forgive Rush name-dropping Ayn Rand in "2112" liner notes, but damn, those guys could play. That album still blows my mind.

Rest in peace, mr. Peart, and thank you for the music.

please feel invited to join our next #MirageOS hack retreat in March 2020, see for signup and reports of earlier retreats. This event is diverse, people not familiar with #OCaml and #MirageOS are warmly welcome, you should be interested in MirageOS unikernels though :)

One of my favorite side-effects of this post is figuring out that all but one of my favorite albums of the year have a Bandcamp release. ♥️

@lordbowlich I've gone through it!

- Maybe go through The Little Schemer First. Not strictly necessary!
- First, read over a section in SICP. Don't spend too long if you get confused, just read it
- Now, watch the lecture
- Now, read the section again and try to enter in some of the exercises

Now you're finally going through SICP! (It took me about 3 years of on / off again to make it through.)

Our credit card company introduced mandatory authorization of online payments through a mobile app only available on iOS and Android.

My dad is fairly literate as far as computers are concerned, but he refuses to buy a smartphone... so he called the CC company and filed a complaint, asking why the heck he can't use the physical token device they already gave him many years ago.

a) I guess I am my father's son, indeed.
b) Fight the power, dad! ✊

Shout out to the underrated hacker power couple, Razor and Blade.

The things find their own uses for streets

<< A June 2019 study from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, analyzed the usage of WebAssembly in the Alexa top 1 million websites and found the most prevalent use was for malicious crypto mining.[17][18][19]

TIL The reason everything seems quieter after a fresh snowfall is because it's porous and absorbs sound waves

Which makes sense because the few times I've been in heavy snow while camping, it was virtually silent. Except for the light crinkle of falling snowflakes


Excuse me but "Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg won’t talk to the Guardian. So we fed everything he says into an algorithm, built a Zuckerbot, and interviewed it" has got to be the best take.

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