Mike Stone

Mostly The Lonely Howls Of Mike Baying His Ideological Purity At The Moon

A couple days ago, a friend of mine asked me about a screenshot she saw displaying the desktop of a Raspberry Pi 400. In the shot was a window displaying neofetch showing a Raspberry logo, and she was curious.

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One of my favorite things about #Mycroft is its open nature. It's not as advanced as Alexa, Google's Assistant, or even Siri and Cortana, but it's infinitely more private and just as infinitely more customizable. Today I thought I'd run through a really quick and basic skill creation.

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I've recently migrated over to Fedora 33 after an unfortunate accident with my UbuntuDDE installation. Fedora has a very slick Gnome interface that is almost perfect in it's implementation. Still, perfection is subjective, so I've added a couple tweaks here and there to get it just a little bit closer. Here's what I'm using.

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My new Pinephone arrived today. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to play with it. Maybe twenty minutes, if I'm being generous. Even though my time with it has been short, I thought I'd give you my initial impressions of the device.

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A week ago, GitHub received a DMCA takedown notice regarding a program called youtube-dl. Their response has shattered the tiny amount of trust that I'd started to have in them.

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On Tuesday the 20th of October 2020 the Justice Department of the United States of America accused Google of violating antitrust laws. I'm not a huge fan of how Google operates, so this is going to get super awkward really fast.

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We’ve been using our phones to ask for information for almost as long as there have been phones. Modern phones have taken this to a new level by having automated assistants answer our questions and even anticipate our needs. The problem so far has been that these assistants don’t necessarily respect our privacy when they’re telling us the weather.

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A long, long time ago on an operating system that resembled Linux but wasn’t, I used to use emacs. In the years since, I’ve migrated away to several different editors, but I’ve never really spent much time in emacs since. I’m thinking of giving it another go.

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In June, I ordered myself a brand new PineTab from Pine64. Tablets are interesting devices, and really the only one that's been moderately successful over the years has been the iPad. I've been using my trusty old Pixel Cfor the last four years. Can the PineTab replace it?

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On March 24, 2001 Apple released Mac OS X (pronounced “ten”, not “ex”). It introduced a “unixy” foundation to Apple's vaulted GUI. At the time, I thought to myself, “If Apple is basing their new OS on Unix/BSD, now would be a perfect time for Microsoft to redo Windows to be based on Linux!” Obviously, that didn't happen, but is it about to?

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