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👨‍🌾 We've had to conclude our farming season earlier than expected, but @tickfoot and I assembled all of our data, observations, and conclusions for your perusal.


🥕 easy / 💵 hard

Get growing!

I've been working over the summer to document everything I've been able to pull off with Ledger to run a business and survive the US tax system. Basically picking up where the Ledger manual left off. It's completely free and open, uses only plaintext files.

I still need a trained accountant to fill out the damn forms for me, but I can at least provide all the right numbers with minimal effort!


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We've been elated to see so many male and female Goldfinch in our garden this week. In-between singing lovely little songs they frequent the sunflowers, pulling seeds from the aging heads. #garden @plants

I have this problem of opening a backlog of hundreds of tabs of all of the great links I come across (especially on Merveilles) that I don't have time to read right now but I want to come back to.

This Firefox extension is doing a good job of keeping me at 10 tabs max and focused on the day's task. I either read it today, or the other things I'm doing are more important. The backlog is a mental drag.

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RT @cldellow
People always say cyclists need to be more afraid of cars, because in a collision, the car wins.

It doesn't have to be like that. We can _both_ lose.

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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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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