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"Maybe this is easier to explain in person."

Maybe.

But you know what?

I also like it when you type it out to explain.

(1) It makes you sit down and write out the details.
(2) It gives you more time to collect and organise your thoughts in a presentable way.
(3) It leaves a written record of the explanation.

I know it's more work to communicate in writing, and I know it takes more time. The end result is often better for it, though.

Paper is patient. Well, textboxes are patient.

Ye has entered the country!

All that's left to see is how much mercy will the gods of the Croatian customs office show to us poor, mortal souls...

I can't wait to get my #Pinephone so I can text people "GNU phone, who dis?"

This looks like a cool project.

"The Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves. The Open Book should be comprehensible: the reader should be able to look at it and understand, at least in broad strokes, how it works. It should be extensible, so that a reader with different needs can write code and add accessories that make the book work for them."

oddlyspecific.org/book/

#TheOpenBook #OddlySpecific #Arduino

Ye has shipped!

I forgot how it feels to be excited about a piece of hardware. Having an actual, proper GNU/Linux distro on my phone is a long-time dream of mine, and I'm really hoping that the community manages to pull through.

Yay!

Comets actually have two tails. A dust tail pushed back by the pressure of the Sun's light (white in this image) and an ion tail pushed back by the particles of the solar wind (blue in this image).
(image:M. Fairbanks -CC attrib, share alike license)

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

Internet-based messaging apps obviously don't work while the phone is offline, which leads to some curious side-effects.

Reading & writing messages becomes more focused, because I usually do it only when I decide I have time and energy to catch up with what had happened on the internets; as a consequence, I'm more invested in the act instead of just replying as an afterthought while waiting for public transport.

# toot 0.25.0 released

It's been a little while, enjoy. :)

* Show character count when composing (#121)
* Include changelog and license in sourceballs (#133)
* Fix searching by hashtag which include the '#' (#134)
* Upgrade search to v2 (#135)
* Fix compatibility with Python < 3.6 (don't use fstrings)

github.com/ihabunek/toot/relea

Two amazing little apps I've recently discovered on :

Loop Habit Tracker — f-droid.org/en/packages/org.is — Neat little tracker. Works offline, doesn't require registration, no cloud features, exports & imports data in reasonable formats.

Voice — f-droid.org/en/packages/de.ph1 — An player. Reads files from your phone, no registration / cloud bullshit, has all necessary controls you'd expect.

(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 retreat.mirage.io 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 :)

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