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I've got all but one of my family members and in-laws using Linux. Xubuntu seems to be friendly enough for all of them.

Now I've got my parents working on cleaning out and deleting their Google accounts. My dad is open to the idea of Lineage OS on his phone. I never thought I'd get to this point.

Apparently ChunkVNC was the answer for Windows.

Aspia is close; it apparently has a relay server that you can host, but only Windows machines can share screens.

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Anybody know of any open source remote desktop software that allows one to easily help non-technical friends and family? Everybody's on Linux.

Traversing NAT is the major problem, so I'm happy to run my own relay server.

Just can't find any open source stuff that will work that way. I can't explain how to forward ports to my mom; she needs a non-technical way to invite me to help.

(TeamViewer, AnyDesk, etc. are proprietary clients with proprietary servers, so I don't trust the privacy there).

Anybody in town have experience with ARM Cortex dev boards and can make a recommendation? I'm looking to do bare metal stuff, no Linux. The number of choices is paralyzing (STM32 Nucleo, TI Tiva, etc.).

Welp, a few days after I posted this, the battery has swelled and the phone won't stay together anymore... 😒

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July low-impact farming report: gemini://gemini.sensorstation.

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You don't own the content of your digital garden if you need Chrome to access it, simple as that.

I have a Nokia 3310 (3G) and it's had 95% uptime since 2017. I pulled it off the charger this morning. Tonight I plugged it back in before bed and it says "Battery already full. Please unplug to save energy." The battery life on this thing is STILL measured in weeks.

Imagine there were a mobile computing/communication device designed and built for repairability, affordability, low power consumption, and completely open source; a smol-phone, if you will. What would be your preferred charging/communication connector for this device? Any opinions welcome.

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environmental impact of container tech 

I haven't seen anyone seriously study the environmental impact of continuous integration and the redundant steps of containerised workflows. like, it feels pretty likely that it's at least a nontrivial impact.

the standard in tech nowadays is to download and build everything from scratch when you make a change, such that even a small non-code change can result in upwards of an hour of computing work.

like, for example, at work we use Circle CI, and the standard plugin (Circle calls them Orbs) for Node.js will manually download and extract a copy of Node every single time a container is launched. this makes them all prone to supply-side attacks, requires huge infra on the servers that host the Node builds that also cannot go down without impacting code changes made by loads of people, but is extremely wasteful and probably has a measurable carbon footprint.

I personally don't have the ability at my current job to properly examine and fix this waste, but I hope that at least someone in tech seriously takes a look and figures out a way to at least improve things. at minimum, I feel like open-source projects not bound by deadlines and profit margins should try and reduce waste in their CI pipelines.

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"Smaller farmers warn that a country without local farmers can create problems in the food supply chain. If one company is providing all the milk or cheese to an entire region, what happens when that plant gets contaminated or a storm isolates it from the rest of the country? 'It’s an incredibly fragile supply chain, and when it fails, it fails completely,'"

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@paul @praxeology Remember when twitter was all about freedom during the Arab Spring? In the late 80s, Ursula Franklin gives four examples of technologies that started out being sold as liberation, but quickly turned into systems of enslavement. One is the sewing machine, which was supposed to give women freedom, so that everyone could make their own clothes - the reality was production line sweatshops. Another is industrialised food - sold as freeing up time, and indeed people do sew and cook less, but then have to work harder in order to afford food and clothes, when food is flown around the world to iron out the seasons. Another is cars - sold as a hobbyists dream of freedom, but then (at least in the UK) train lines were ripped up, and possibilities of active travel were taken away, and we sit in traffic jams.

A farming friend about starting her business: "I just subscribed to QuickBooks the other day, but I haven't entered anything into it because I don't have internet at home."

I am pretty sad that there is almost zero public awareness that internet access is not a requirement to making calculations.

She seems open to learning about Ledger, so hopefully I can get her hooked. I feel like I have a moral duty to convert as many Intuit customers as I can in this lifetime.

@tickfoot and I pulled 90 POUNDS of produce today. Beans, cucumber, zucchini, patty pan. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎ

terrible idea 

centralized bittorrent:

1. write a script to chop up movies into small 10 second segments, splicing them into longer videos
2. upload to youtube or wherever
3. "it's fair use"
4. publish the timestamps and a script that will download the right segments and splice them back together
6. profit: no bittorrent traffic snitched on you

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Or rather, I know there's a low-tech solution hiding in there somewhere, but I just can't put my finger on it. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎ

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