Mike Stone

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

Book Review: Klara and the Sun

April 10, 2021

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but maybe I have. I’m too lazy to go back and look, but it doesn’t really matter in the long run. I just finished a book and I thought I’d put up a review of it here. The book is called Klara and the Sun.

Preparing To Return To The Office - Keyboard Recommendations

March 31, 2021

The news came down today in a big meeting with our CEO that we will be returning to the office in at least a limited capacity in July. That still gives me several months to prepare for what I’m going to need. This time, being in the office is going to be a little bit different. I’m not sure how different, but there are things that at a bare minimum, I want to do differently.

Analytics On This Page

March 30, 2021

I’ve recently migrated from write.as to a Jekyll site. I liked write.as, but this version is free and I’m getting more control over the site in the long run while keeping things simple and straight forward. One thing that I’m not currently getting is any form of analytics of traffic. I’ve been looking at several options, and this is what I’ve decided to do.

exa vs ls

March 25, 2021

I’m not sure why, but recently I’ve seen several articles extolling the virtues exa over ls. Since it seems to be a thing right now, at least to me, I thought I’d give it a go.

Richard Stallman Is Back

March 23, 2021

A little bit more than a day ago, Richard Stallman announced that he was returning to the Free Software Foundation Board of directors. This announcement was polarizing, as is much when it comes to Stallman. I’ve been thinking about this since the announcement, and I thought put my two cents here.

Trust In Google

March 13, 2021

A recent study from seoClarity showed that a shocking 65.7% of Americans trust Google search engine. This is, in a word, horrific.

Mycroft On The Pinephone

March 6, 2021

Mycroft AI recently announced the Mycroft Mark II Dev Kits are shipping. Finally. They were expected to ship in the first part of 2018 or the end of 2017. They are decidedly late. I have been anxiously waiting for the Mark II now for years, and lately I’ve gotten impatient so I’ve been trying Mycroft on just about any new hardware I get.

Rest In Peace Fry's Electronics

February 24, 2021

Today I learned that my go to electronics store is going out of business. This isn’t the kind of sad like “I’ve just lost a family member”, but it is sad to see it go.

I'm A Lazy Updater

February 23, 2021

Confession time. When it comes to running updates, I’m super lazy about the whole thing. Super. I realize that keeping your system up to date is important, but I hate messing around and doing it. So, I do it the laziest way I can without not doing it.

Google's Privacy Sandbox

February 15, 2021

In August of 2020, Google announced an initiative called the “Privacy Sandbox”. Now, I normally just laugh softly to myself whenever Google mentions the word “privacy” since never the twain shall meet. I did decide to look a little closer at this particular initiative. Here are my thoughts on the whole matter.