Mike Stone

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

How Long Should A Blog Post Be

September 30, 2022

Cooper recently asked if there was word count threshold someone should meet for a blog post? The answer is no.

Day 20 of the #100DaysToOffload 2022 Series.

Tell Me A Story

September 29, 2022

I’ve never been much of a podcast person. I’m not sure what it is about them, but they’ve just never been a thing for me. I do read a lot of stuff on the Internet, but lately even that has been harder to do just because I’m busy with other things. Today Joel published on Fosstodon something that I feel like I should have been aware of but wasn’t. So, I’ve decided to try a different solution.

Playing With Crypto

September 7, 2022

Cryptocurrency is one of those things that I don’t have a strong opinion about. I feel like they could be good or bad, like pretty much any currency. My ambivalence has led me to not be involved with them much. Recently I dipped a toe in.

Updating My PGP Key

September 5, 2022

I’m updating my PGP key and moving away from Keybase. Yes, I know. It’s about time.

Stop Trying to Make Computers Seem Human

September 5, 2022

I’m a fan of virtual assistants. I have been for years and years. I remember playing with the psychotherapist version of Eliza that’s built into emacs back in the mid-90s. The psychotherapist was not great, and it didn’t take much to know you weren’t talking to a human. The problem is, times have changed and we’ve gotten a lot better at this stuff. We need to stop it.

But Are They Really Podcasts?

August 24, 2022

Podcasts have been around for a while. The term was first used (reportedly) in February of 2004 by Ben Hammersley while writing for The Guardian. That really just put a name to something that had been going on for a while. These days, it seems like everybody wants in on the action.

Just Can't Sleep

August 24, 2022

Sometimes, you just can’t sleep. I’m sitting here browsing the internet on my phone after tossing and turning for a relatively unproductive hour. I just thought I’d throw some stuff on my blog like every sensible human does at two in the morning.

Playing With WSL2

August 9, 2022

I played with WSL a while back, and I suppose I technically use it daily on my work PC. I say “technically” because the way I use it is more of just a terminal window that automatically connects SSH to a remote server where my screen session is running. It doesn’t really do anything locally. I was listening to episode 52 of Linux Downtime, where Hayden was discussing his daily use of WSL, and I realized that I haven’t really done much with it lately. Supposedly WSL now supports GUI applications and everything. Now is a good time to give it another shot.

Ask Mike Anything

August 5, 2022

In light of the 5th Anniversary of Fosstodon, I thought I’d give the community the opportunity to ask me about anything they wanted to know more about. Any question is fair game, and I’m going to do my best to answer honestly where I can.

Five Years Of Fosstodon

August 1, 2022

Five years ago and some change my friend Kev came to me with a crazy idea. I’d conned him into joining Mastodon earlier in the year after I joined and had been having a really good time. His idea? Why not start our own instance? “Sure, why not?” I thought. Could be fun.

Five years later….