Mike Stone

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Centralization: It's More Than Just Facebook

October 5, 2021

I think most people know that Facebook had a pretty serious faceplant today. It was all over the news. Even the non-technology news. Facebook has a massive user base, so it being down impacted a whole ton of people. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Facebook’s problems stemmed from something I like to harp on a lot: Centralization. It’s not just Facebook that was impacted though, and that’s because Facebook the company has centralized more than just Facebook the product.

A Costly Misconception About Virtual Assistants

October 3, 2021

We’ve all seen then in their many forms. Alexa. Siri. Cortana. Google Assistant. Mycroft. Others. We know what they look like when we see them, right? They sit on our desks and run on our phones, tablets, and even computers. The problem is, what we see of our “virtual assistants” isn’t really what they are, and that misconception is costing us.

Microsoft Inventing New Reasons To Use Linux

October 3, 2021

Windows 11 is coming. Soon. Very soon now actually. Three days from now in fact. In it, there are some new reasons to use Linux that Microsoft has created to “make your life better”, which is Microsoftese for pushing you towards their products so they can make more money.

Some Thoughts On Free Guy

October 2, 2021

I just finished watching the movie Free Guy. I’m going to try not to get to deeply into spoiler territory, but just in case, you’ve been warned. Also, this post is going to be a lot different than my normal posts since it’s mostly just a brain dump after watching a movie. You’ve been warned about that too.

Enterprise Macs Look Tempting

September 23, 2021

To say that I’m not a big fan of Apple would be a massive understatement, but despite that general distain for the fruit company, a Mac at work doesn’t feel like it would be all that bad.

A Cheap And Easy Picroft

September 13, 2021

I’ve been wanting to get more Mycroft units for my home. I really like having virtual assistants. I don’t like having Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, or whoever else listening to everything that’s going on in my house. Mycroft has been my solution for a non-privacy-invading assistant for a while now.

But, there’s a problem.

Introducing The New Mac Plu.. Err... Mycroft Mark II!

July 12, 2021

Today Mycroft announced a complete redesign of the years late Mark II. I’m a big fan of Mycroft, and I was anxious to see what they’re doing with the physical design of the appliance. What they’ve done looks… familiar.

Thoughts On Windows 11

June 15, 2021

Earlier today, The Verge published an article with supposed leaks of a new interface that’s coming in a hypothetical “Windows 11”. To be perfectly clear, The Verge claims that these images are verified. Maybe they are, but I’ve seen a variety of interfaces come out of Redmond that never make it to the final product. Acknowledging that these ideas may never see the light of day in any meaningful way, I have some thoughts.

Twitter Blue Is Coming

June 4, 2021

“It’s here! Twitter Blue is here!” There’s my hyperbole for the day.

If you’re a Twitter user, and you’ve been waiting, you’re in luck. If you’re like me, you probably don’t care a whole lot.

A New Version Of JingOS Has Been Released

June 4, 2021

I’ve seen recently that a new version of JingOS is now available for download. Back in February, I wrote a personal review of JingOS .6. The new version is .9, so there’s probably been quite a few changes since my earlier review. Despite that, I’m not going to review the new version.