Mike Stone

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

I'm Still Waiting

May 4, 2021

In recent years, I’ve been able to indulge in my gadget hobby a little bit more than I used to. This has taken me into the realms of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowd funded campaigns. I can’t say that this has worked out badly for me since I’ve never had a product not ship. Sometimes, I’ve found myself waiting a very, very long time. I haven’t gotten anything new lately, and I’m still waiting for some of the things I’ve purchased to arrive. Maybe after these get here, I’ll look into new and interesting projects.

Do I Really Want A Linux Phone

April 27, 2021

Last month on his blog, Martijn Braam asked the question “Do you really want Linux phones?” It’s a fair question, and I think one that deserves to be asked, but I disagree with how he did it.

Windows Subsystem For Linux GUI Applications

April 23, 2021

It’s pretty rare that I find myself excited for a new Windows feature on Windows itself, but here we are. Last year Microsoft announced that they were going to be bringing Linux GUI applications to Windows. This year, they’ve demonstrated it. You can even test it out yourself if you have the right stuff on your computer.

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.