It strikes me that the world changed very quickly in a very short amount of time, and access to the Internet and online shopping is now both assumed and considered almost as important as having access to power and water.

It's also pretty wild to me how much Linus Tech Tips struggled in the "Scrapyard Wars" episodes they did without access to the Internet or GPS:

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To paint a picture of life in 2007: I had just left high school, and for the first time my parents could afford broadband internet (the speed was 2Mbps)

Up to this point we'd always shared one family desktop PC, and only my mother was allowed to use dial-up internet. If I wanted to access the Internet myself, I had to use the school computer lab.

Most people were using feature phones. 3G was not widely available. Public WiFi coverage was patchy at best & often cost money for time-limited use.

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Seen on birdsite: "How did people used to live with laptops that only had four hours' battery life?"

My first "new" laptop in 2007 managed less than half that on a good day, and it was considered pretty standard at the time 😂

It cannot be overstated just how more power-efficient hardware has become in the past decade, and the huge role that ultrabooks played in making that happen.

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Dzuk's ranking of Bond films from 1987 

The pretty great
1. GoldenEye
2. Spectre

The pretty okay
3. Skyfall
4. Casino Royale
5. Tomorrow Never Dies
6. The Living Daylights

We got some problems here
7. The World is Not Enough
8. Quantum of Solace

Oh god
9. License to Kill
10. Die Another Day

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authors: if copyright was only 30 years, what if my novel gets successful when I'm 65? I'll starve!!

me: if I archive this inaccessible thing and make it digitally accessible, will I be fined my entire life savings? well I go to jail?

UK politics / Bob rants about monarchy discourse 

What I wouldn’t give for a day without any discourse in the UK about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

I have no feelings either way about them, and last I heard they’d both buggered off to America to get away from the monarchy because of stress or something.

Apparently they’re a thing people are getting mad about again, and I am just so tired. 🤦‍♂️

Thought of the day 

Somewhere in the world right now, someone’s getting mad about the gender of a plastic potato.

US politics 

I think it's a bit early to make judgements, but I hope for the sake of the Americans I'm following that they haven't just replaced a cruel government with an ineffective one.

It is an improvement I suppose, but from what you're all tooting about it, the status quo does not sound particularly great.

UK politics / budget first impressions 

This was actually quite a good budget from the Tories! Keir Starmer seemed a bit nervous & shaky in his response.

The experts will dissect it more, but I think a lot of these tax giveaways, extensions of emergency relief, 95% mortgage guarantees & the creation of free ports are going to prove popular.

Labour were right though that there wasn’t anything new on the NHS, social care or public sector workers’ pay.

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uk census information for lgbtq+ folks 

via twitter:
The Census is coming. For any LGBT+ person who is not out you can over-write any information submitted about you via a individual access code at

No-one in your household will be notified about your changes.

Devastating online insult 

Are you even good enough to have imposter syndrome?

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twitch live alert 

Happy Chewsday! I'm hopping back into VRC for a cozy, comfy, theoretically wholesome stream.

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The idea that website owners have "a right" to track the clicks from their emails to you and to know everything about your journey in their system is wrong.

Imagine if you buy your child a bike - does the chain manufacturer have a right to know what time they use the bike and which friends they visit?

Of course not. We should stop pretending that websites are magical experiences that require persistent intrusion.

#Privacy is a right, even though it is far from being legally declared so.

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Say you're throwing a party, and it's a good one. When it's time for someone to leave, do you say "Cheers for stopping by, it's been really fun!" or do you say "No, please don't go, I'll pull out the futon, we have to keep this going..."

You do the first one because you're not a BLOODY CRAZY PERSON. Or a website.

Let people leave your website!

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Just to reiterate in relation to Gab getting hacked, I’m not aware of any vulnerabilities in Mastodon at the moment and based on what I have seen in their code modifications the vulnerabilities they have are the ones they themselves introduced (along with never porting security patches from us)

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Me: period
Openoffice: semicolon
Me: period
Openoffice: semicolon
Me: period
Openoffice: semicolon
Me: period
Openoffice, after I removed a speck of dust from the monitor: period.

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Bob gets mad at people killing food blogs 

Sadly this story is only a temporary relief. Vulture capitalists and techbros are circling hobbyist food blogs like sharks with dollar signs in their eyes now. 🤦‍♂️

Well done to all the “why do food bloggers have to tell us their life story before they give us the recipe?” people that are too lazy to scroll down a web page, you’ll soon have the sanitised corporate sludge you were hoping for. 👍

Thought of the day 

Did the person who invented the phrase “one-hit wonder” invent any other popular phrases? 🤔

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Reminder to make sure you're using a different password on every single site that you're on

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Eldritch Café

Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.

A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.