Hi! I'm JC. I'm an opensource programmer in Durham, NC (in the states) working for Canonical (oddly, for them, all my code lately has been closed source 🙁)
About 10 years ago I helped start a hackerspace, but only in the last year or so have I been actually doing things there.
Doing woodworking, programming, hardware hacking (rpi, arduino), and whatever else can help me build stuff that's useful or fun.
Repairability and hackability are great selling points for old tech in lots of fields: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvgx9w/farmers-are-buying-40-year-old-tractors-because-theyre-actually-repairable
A friend of mine (not on the fediverse, sorry) has restored an old reed organ at our hackerspace:
Please forgive the cameraperson (me) for janky movements and at one point putting a finger over the camera. 😝
It’s nerdy stuff that most people will never need, but it’s genuinely useful.
So useful, in fact, that Apple tried to buy the company. When the founders refused, Apple decided to sue them into oblivion.
Any day now my phone is going to give up the ghost in a way I can’t repair.
Was looking at ethical phone solutions like the fairphone or shift phones, but not only are those not sold in the states (making obtaining one difficult in the first place) they basically don’t work with the networks here. And sadly said phone makers have no interest in selling in the US market.
Anyone know if there are comparable sorts of phones being sold in the states?
On Privacy versus Freedom
I've made a lot of attempts to describe my 2020 resolutions. They've been variations of "make more stuff" but that doesn't feel like it captures what I want for 2020.
It dawned on me today: no more dreams, only plans.
(I am sure I read this on someone else's feed last night and have forgotten--if that pithy statement belongs to you, thanks, and let me know).
I don't want to think about lots of things I'd like to do. I resolve to be better at planning on how to get to those goals.
#YoMigroAMastodon or "I Migrate to Mastodon" is the top trending Twitter hashtag right now in Spain, and number 37 worldwide, following more censorship of leftist content and suspension of accounts on birdsite.
Give it another few years, folks, and Twitter will be dead. They can't keep playing this game much longer. Their top trending hashtag on their own platform is one that promotes moving away from the platform, as a result of their own actions. That's... incredibly bad.
Let's show our support for our Spanish comrades, and help them find a home on the Fediverse. It's important that the transition from Twitter isn't temporary.
Muestremos nuestro apoyo a nuestros camaradas españoles y ayúdelos a encontrar un hogar en Fediverse. Es importante que la transición de Twitter no sea temporal.
If you've struggled to get your friends to talk to you on Signal because it's not as "fun" as other chat apps, this website is for you:
It even has anticapalist Pusheen stickers!!
Listening to bandcamp's best ambient releases of 2019 comp. Really nice stuff here
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