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Recipe for perfect Linux productivity 

* Install server operating system with GUI
* Set up automatic updates & live kernel patching
* Don't change, tweak or experiment with the system
* Install common applications as sandboxed flatpaks when you need/want "new shinies"

Most enthusiasts lack the discipline to do the third point, because that's where they find joy in using Linux over something else.

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My view fwiw is that people generally use the right tool for the job.

FLOSS advocacy is not just about convincing people to do computing the same way you do. It’s about finding the best solution to the problem that person is having, and if that solution isn’t your pet project then it’s an opportunity for you to go away and fix that.

It’s incumbent on the most tech literate to help people who are less tech literate, even if they’re in the totally normal situation of using Windows or macOS.

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Also note that if you don't want to see bilingual posts, you can set language filters in Mastodon settings.

Notez également que si vous ne souhaitez pas voir les articles bilingues, vous pouvez définir des filtres de langue dans les paramètres de Mastodon.

-> /settings/preferences/other

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Welcome to my new Masto account! 🎉

I have been on the fediverse since the summer of 2017. Previous homes for my profile include mastodon.cloud, tech.lgbt, bobadon.rocks and mastodon.sdf.org.

If you want to follow announcements about Glimpse Image Editor, follow @glimpse 🎨

For other info about me: trechnex.github.io/about/

Thought of the day / the science 

According to the General Theory of Relativity, gravity isn't a force, it's an illusion.

Technically when you jump into the air, for a few seconds you are an inertial observer watching the Earth travel in spacetime.

The floor and every object around you is travelling upwards. Therefore if you trip over and faceplant, in truth a planet crashed into you.

More info: youtube.com/watch?v=XRr1kaXKBs

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Thought of the day 

If you jump off a building, you're technically weightless until the Earth crashes into you.

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Curious. How old are y'all?

Bob jokes about beards, music & mental health 

My mental health is inversely proportional to my present rate of beard growth. 🧔

I can usually tell I’m pulling myself out of it when I shave off said beard.

I have also noticed I listen to a lot more heavy metal when I have a beard. Coincidence? I think not! 🤘🎸

Glimpse meta 

I’m no longer Glimpse’s liaison to the GNU I.M.P devs. It’ll be picked up by Christopher Davis instead 🙂

I think handing the role over to someone with more patience and fewer mental health problems is probably for the best.

(Drama happened yesterday, but in the interests of inter-project diplomacy it’s probably better I don’t discuss it)

Thought of the day 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Give a man a poisonous fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Warning: You may feel old after reading this 

Super Meat Boy is 10 years old now.

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It's the #glimpse blog post for October 2020 🎉

We've re-jigged how we support Windows, published 0.2.0 across more platforms, started work on 0.2.2, helped progress GTK4 as part of our Glimpse NX efforts, and much more.

glimpse-editor.github.io/posts

Mes pronoms sont il / lui. Je suis cisgenre, mais je veux être un bon allié.

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My pronouns are he/him. I am cisgender, but want to be a good ally.

UK politics - / COVID adjacent 

It’s fair to say I’m disgusted by what the UK government is doing to Manchester.

Walking away from negotiations about putting the city into a tier 3 lockdown and then giving the mayor £43m less than needed is a jaw-dropping display of pettiness & cruelty

uk.news.yahoo.com/moment-andy-

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A map of Mars if it had as much water on it as Earth. I think I did this in Sim Earth a long time ago.

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Recipe for perfect Linux productivity 

* Install server operating system with GUI
* Set up automatic updates & live kernel patching
* Don't change, tweak or experiment with the system
* Install common applications as sandboxed flatpaks when you need/want "new shinies"

Most enthusiasts lack the discipline to do the third point, because that's where they find joy in using Linux over something else.

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There was no shortage of fucking around to get to this point, but I've now transferred the contents of both hard drives to a CF card and we have had a distinct reduction in whirring and the occasional worrying CLONK noise.

Also I can now get data on and off the PC easily which means I've actually achieved what I wanted from this. I now have a way to get data off a 5.25" floppy disk and onto a modern computer.

#retrocomputing

Apple pie history 

The actual history is a surprisingly interesting subject.

The earliest known Apple pie recipe was written in the 14th century, long before the United States even existed as a country. There are also French, Dutch & Swede varieties.

The reason it became incorporated into US culture is because it's a popular dessert and was used as a symbol against soviet communism (odd, given apple pirogs are basically the same thing)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_pi

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirog

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I'm as American as apple pie, because apple pie was actually invented in England. 😜

On a related note to that boost, you can stop yourself from accidentally pushing branches called "master" to your git repositories by creating a file called `.git/hooks/pre-push` and adding the following content:

if [[ `grep 'master'` ]]; then
echo "This branch name convention is deprecated and should be changed to 'main'. Aborting."
exit 1
fi

Also, to set the default branch to "main" in new repos you create locally:

git config --global init.defaultBranch main

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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.