Wish it was safer to self host a web server on a consumer home internet connection

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I was nodding along to this article about minimizing dependencies until I got to the end:


"This is not how I approach design at work, or necessarily how I would recommend doing so. Having a budget where initial creation is essentially free (fun!) while maintenance is extremely expensive (drugery!) is a dramatic exaggeration for most software development. But this process works very well for my hobby code."

Wait, what?! 🤔

enjoyed Jaron Lanier's "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now". a bit eccentric, but I think mostly good points

what.cd now redirects to a "free ross ulbricht" page

reading a novel based on the recommendation of someone who sold me a bag 2 months ago

tried and failed to connect to the wifi at a local coffee shop, which had a non-ascii character in its ssid

i see very few interesting ideas in computing these days -- most of them seem to be focused on accelerating corporate control and domination of technology and society

should i do advent of code in a dependently-typed research programming language

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Key skills for modern computing:
1. Tap/clicking only when the web UI has finally stopped moving itself around so you hit the right thing
2. Figuring out which UI elements are decorative and which do stuff
3. Typing into a keyboard buffer which displays 20 characters behind what you're typing
4. Remembering where in the nest of menu options the thing you want is buried

She talks about how most of the work in open source is maintenance and reviewing patches, and how some projects put code not on github to intentionally make contributions more difficult. She also mentions lua as an “open source not open contribution” project. I think of sqlite as the canonical example. Moving more towards this model in my projects works well for me, since I dont have much time or energy to work on open source

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I just finished Nadia Eghbal’s “working in public”, and I found it an insightful analysis of open source. I don’t agree with all her conclusions, but it helped me understand my role better in open source. Specifically it made me more comfortable hosting things on git.alexwennerberg.com rather than github

really want to finish Ducks, Newburyport: a 1,000 page stream of consciousness novel about a woman in a small town in Ohio, who over the course of one day is doing some baking

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It's been a while since I last looked at @Seirdy 's opinionated list of website best practices. It's expanded a bit, in what I view as a positive way: seirdy.one/2020/11/23/website-

Trying to figure out the amount of energy i have for dev projects side of work. I think it’s like 4-5 hours per week

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@paul @sejo the freedom angle is an important one too, especially within today's computed world.

code it yourself manifesto

We implement it according to our own goals.
We make mistakes and learn from them.
We learn how the tools we depend on need to work.
We gain a deep understanding of our problem domain.
We still embrace sharing of ideas and code.


Does anyone have any recommendation for rss readers for non-techie people, ie an app?

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