Mike Stone

Opinions too long winded for social media

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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In the September 11th newsletter from Mycroft AI, the company was pleased to announce the availability of the new Mycroft GUI. Being a huge fan of Mycroft, I couldn't wait to give it a spin.

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Most people who spend any quality time a *nix command line are at least passingly familiar with the cat utility. cat is straight forward and simple, and it's pretty much on every *nix system that exists. Still, if you're looking to extend it's capabilities, I highly suggest replacing it with bat.

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Browsers. In this day and age, everybody has at least one, and everybody has their personal favorite. Today, I'm going to talk a little bit about mine.

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I think almost everybody who has used a *nix OS has probably heard of top, or one of it’s variants. My personal favorite htop has just released the new 3.0 version.

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Everybody has opinions that may be controversial, and I'm no exception. This opinion used to be more controversial when the memory of Clippy was fresh in the mind of nerds everywhere, but now there are probably some reading this that only know Clippy by reputation.

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Every platform has it's fan base. That's true of Linux, macOS, and even Windows. It's probably just me, but Apple fans always seem to have grandiose ideas of their place in the market.

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