Mike Stone

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

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.

Return To IRC

May 30, 2021

I was on IRC a bunch my first few years in college. Day and night and everywhere in between. I started getting busier and busier when I got a full time job before I’d even completed my studies, and I spent less and less time on IRC. Eventually I found that I couldn’t even remember when I stopped doing it. It was never a conscious choice to leave, it just kind of faded away.

Recently there’s been a pretty noisy debacle regarding the leadership of Freenode. I didn’t have any personal investment since virtually all of my personal IRC time was spend on the Undernet, but it did inspire me to give IRC a little bit more of my time.

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.